Under the direction of the Director the Counselor supports the overall strategic vision and programs and initiatives of the school in areas of student services and support. The Counselor provides critical information to instructional and non-instructional school personnel in order to maximize support for students with social/emotional needs. The Counselor works closely with outside service providers, parents, and school staff to build a community of support for students with social/emotional needs. The Counselor also provides support as appropriate to families.
This position is responsible for developing and carrying out the school’s response to intervention program for students with social emotional needs, including development of systems for screening, identifying students, assessing, progress monitoring, and timely assessment of effectiveness of interventions for students with chronic behavioral challenges based on current best practices.
Major Duties and Responsibilities
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
Provide school based counseling services in individual or small group settings
Provide bio-psychosocial assessment
Provide Counseling Mediation and Small Group Therapy for students as needed, including, but not limited to friendship groups, grief groups, etc.
Develop a process for review and oversight for the life skills curriculum
Provide direct instruction and instructional support in areas of life skills and counseling
Plan activities outside the classroom promoting academic or social/emotional development
Develop interventions and accommodations for students with social/emotional needs, and provide systems for progress monitoring
Help develop a system of positive behavioral interventions and supports within the school
Recognize and respond to student mental health needs and assist students and families seeking resources.
Provide support and assistance to students and families as they navigate crisis and emergency situations
Assist with conflict resolution and anger management.
Lead selected life skills classes
Coordinate the Student Council
Indirect student services
Work with parents to facilitate their support in their children's school adjustment.
Alleviate family stress to enable the child to function more effectively in school
Assist parents to access programs available to students with special needs.
Assist parents in accessing and utilizing school and community resources.
Provide staff with essential information to better understand factors (cultural, societal, economic, familial, health, etc.) affecting a student’s performance and behavior.
Develop staff in-service training programs.
Lead parent coffees on topics of interest to parents in the area of social and emotional development of children
Assist teachers with behavior management.
Provide direct support to staff.
Provide case management for students who have been identified as in need of greater support
Work with Deans and the learning specialist and provide continuity of service for grades K-5.
Professional skills and qualifications
A degree in counseling or related degree (M.A. preferred)
Minimum 4 years of experience as a counselor or related role
A strong knowledge base in the area of of developmental theory, learning theories, social justice theory, and culturally supportive, counseling theories
Knowledge of supports needed to work with students with sensory disorders
Deep knowledge of counseling theories and techniques that work in school, such as solution-focused brief counseling, reality therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, individual planning, group counseling and classroom guidance
Knowledge and experience in supporting teachers with classroom management
Knowledge and experience in crisis counseling, including grief and bereavement
Presentation skills for programs such as teacher in-services and parent presentations
Demonstrates time-management skills including scheduling, publicizing and prioritizing time and task
Ability to to apply a consensus-building process to foster agreement in a group
Ability to to facilitate group meetings to effectively and efficiently meet group goals
Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English
Ability to collaborate with faculty, staff, administration, and families
A disposition of advocacy for vulnerable students
Measured and thoughtful communication skills as needed for sensitive information