Founded in 1961, Solomon Schechter Day School is a premier Jewish independent school for children 18 months through eighth grade. Located in Newton, Massachusetts, and situated on two campuses, Schechter is committed to engaging students in a rigorous Judaic and general studies education, creating a rich and collaborative community among faculty, parents, students, and alumni and igniting a spark and commitment to Judaism and Israel that students will carry with them throughout their lives
The School is seeking a 20 hours per week school counselor for the 2017-2018 school year. The School Counselor will serve as a counselor for students eighteen months to gr. 3. The ideal candidate will have experience in a school setting, excellent organization skills, and an understanding of the relevant procedures and regulations. The Counselor will be responsible for all appropriate communications regarding student care.
Provide direct services to students through short term, group or individual counseling, or social skills training;
Provide conflict resolution support, consult on appropriate crisis intervention support, and intervene with students who experience more emergent needs during the School day;
Collaborate and consult with School staff and faculty to build teachers’ capacity for addressing the social and emotional needs of students;
Consult and collaborate with parents, School staff, and outside personnel regarding mental health, behavioral and educational concerns, including prevention-oriented approaches;
Connect students and families to community agencies to assist them in managing students’ social and emotional needs outside the scope of the School counseling program as necessary;
Work with School administrators, parents, teachers and community-based mental health professionals to coordinate a broad base of support for students;
Compile, summarize, maintain, and submit data or other records to appropriate School personnel;
Responsible for being knowledgeable about and conforming to state and school-wide regulations and guidelines on student records;
Responsible for performance of other job-related duties as assigned; mainly in conjunction with the School Nurse, Head of School and academic support faculty.
The work performed by the School Counselor requires physical activity including but not limited to performing the following tasks:
Ability to work in a fast paced environment;
Ability to respond to a medical emergency in an urgent manner on the School properties;
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to work independently, yet collaboratively, and perform each essential duty satisfactorily.
Master’s degree and certification as LMHC, LICSW or School Psychologist;
5 years of relevant experience in a K-8 school or the equivalent;
Able to interpret psych and neuropsych/cognitive testing;
Possess the ability to respond to common inquiries and complaints from students, parents, school employees, or regulatory agencies; write business correspondence, reports, notices, and procedure manuals; knowledgeably and effectively present information to students, parents, and school administrators;
Knowledge of Social Emotional Learning curriculum, i.e. Second Step, Responsive Classroom, Open Circle, is preferred, not required;
Have discretion and the ability to handle confidential and sensitive matters appropriately.
Maintain continuing education requirements, as required by licensing board; maintain continuing education credits, related to the field of adolescent mental health;
Ability to communicate effectively in writing and orally in English; Hebrew communication skills a plus;
An interest in working with students and the ability to connect with young people; a sense of humor.