Middle School Guidance Counselor (1-year replacement)
United Nations International School
March 8, 2018
New York, New York
Full Time - Faculty
Founded in 1947, the United Nations International School (UNIS) is an independent, K-12 college preparatory school that provides an international education that emphasizes academic excellence within a caring community. The culminating academic credential for many of our students is the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. UNIS promotes appreciation of the diversity of persons and cultures, provides an optimal environment for learning and teaching, and offers a global curriculum that inspires in its students the spirit and ideals of the United Nations Charter. More than 120 countries are represented in the student body of 1,570, which comes from United Nations families and other families seeking an international education for their children. UNIS is located in New York City, with campuses in Manhattan and Queens.
UNIS admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not, in any way, discriminate on the basis of gender, race, religion, color, sexual orientation or national origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs and athletics and other school administered programs.
UNIS is currently seeking a full-time School Guidance Counselor to provide school-based social-emotional health and wellness services in the Middle School (Grades 5-8), including the promotion of a safe, healthy and inclusive school environment. The primary function of the Middle School Guidance Counselor is to provide a comprehensive competency-based counseling program focused on the learning, personal/social and career/vocational needs of all students. The services of the School Guidance Counselor also involve effective integration, delivery and sustained attention to the provision of high-quality social and emotional programming and service delivery for students. Working directly and indirectly with students to address social-emotional and learning needs of each student within our school community, the school guidance counselor will act as a liaison and communicate and collaborate with school staff, parents, students and outside community organizations/resources to support optimum physical, mental, emotional and social well-being, including the promotion of a safe, healthy and inclusive school environment. This position reports to the Middle School Principal
Education, Work Experience, Skills and Qualifications
Maintain appropriate New York State license and certification in relevant field of school psychology, clinical psychology or school guidance counseling.
Relevant CEU credits required
Minimum of two (2) years educational experience as a school guidance counselor when possible; international experience preferred
Experience with a variety of psycho-educational and behavioral assessment tools, including cognitive testing, academic achievement testing, behavior rating scales, and social-emotional measures.
Ability to align proactive, universal programs for prevention and intervention in alignment with UNIS’ curriculum and support services.
Excellent listening and communication skills.
Authenticity in empathizing and understanding presenting concerns
Ability to develop effective rapport with students, parents and faculty
Ability to work cooperatively with other school personnel, parents, children and agencies to promote carryover of strategies in the classroom and at home.
Interest in collaborating with staff to determine appropriate, proactive strategies and interventions to meet students’ needs.
Ability to offer and model effective proactive problem-solving strategies
Teaching and curriculum development in K-12 classroom and adult education preferred
Organized, efficient, and able to multi-task and self-manage to meet deadlines.
Knowledge of special education programs and services for children
Knowledge of health curriculum and methods of instruction for children from kindergarten through middle school
Ability to work cooperatively with other school personnel, parents, children, professionals and community agencies
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both verbal and written
Demonstrated initiative, leadership, organization and decision-making skills, coupled with objectivity and good professional judgment in stressful situations
Proficiency in basic computer operation, including electronic student management and documentation software, online research and database operation
The School Counselor will work closely with students, parents and teachers to provide counseling, assessment, and crisis intervention when needed; to spearhead and promote mental health and wellness programs in the school; initiate, conduct and assist with the organization of workshops/seminars in the field of social emotional, academic and health wellbeing and success; and proactively develop systems and practices that enhance student welfare and maintain a positive school atmosphere. School day work hours, approximately 8:15 AM – 4:00 PM, and after-school faculty meetings and parent events are necessary in this position. Responsibilities will include, but not be limited to, the following:
Consultation and Training
Provide consultation to parents, teachers, other school personnel and community agencies to enhance the learning and adjustment of students.
Consult and support faculty, administrators and parents regarding healthy and effective ways of dealing with differences in learning, behavior and general social-emotional health and well-being.
Help teachers, parents and administrators to understand child development and how it affects learning and behavior
Consult with learning support and guidance personnel to develop interventions based on individual student needs
Serve on the Admissions committee for admission decisions as needed
Help students effectively utilize the educational opportunities of the school
Provide individual counseling for students at risk
Counsel students individually and in groups to assist them in educational achievement and personal or social adjustment
Counsel individual staff members who seek help
Participate on the Crisis Management team in the case of a crisis involving ISB community members
Provide Student Support Services Program orientation to new students, their parents, and new teachers
Delivery of Social-Emotional Learning and Mental Health Services
Participate in the planning, development and implementation of a coordinated, developmentally appropriate guidance and counseling program, in relation to the needs of the students being served.
Show concern for the total need of each student (educational, vocational, personal and social), encouraging maximum growth and development.
Provide guidance, counseling, coordination, consultation, referral and delivery of relevant informational services and supports.
Apply ethics of professional practice in the delivery of school guidance and counseling services and observe relevant laws and policies that govern practice.
Support students at all levels as they build social skills and develop the tools for appropriate emotional management.
Collaborate with teachers in implementing community, culture and character building programs.
Develop and implement student success programs, faculty trainings, and participation in student pastoral care, advisory and mentoring programs.
Provide support to students to address the social-emotional issues that affect their ability to perform academically.
Design and evaluate effective prevention, treatment and support programs for individuals, groups, and larger school community.
Observe students in classrooms to provide strategies to teachers.
Understand and communicate developmental, learning, and social-emotional difficulties students may experience at various stages, and where appropriate.
Collaborate with classroom teachers and administrators to further their understanding and knowledge of the developmental, cognitive, and social-emotional needs and supports of students.
In collaboration with the School Psychologist, serve as primary facilitators of regular divisional Student Success Team meetings aimed to discuss students and to develop strategies to support individual student progress as well as to strengthen broader school climate, culture and student connectedness.
Collaborate with other team members and parents to assist in developing appropriate program recommendations and plans that support students at school and home.
Regularly update administrators, principals, grade level coordinators, teachers and parents on student progress.
Facilitate faculty development and parent workshops related to child and adolescent development, cognition, social-emotional growth, and parent guidance.
Identify, assess, and provide relevant intervention, short-term treatment, support and resources to students and families to assess concerns, address any social-emotional issues that may affect academic performance.
Refer and collaborate with outside service providers to create a consistent program for individual students when needed.
Participate in the administration of relevant school wide screenings, benchmark assessments, interventions and progress monitoring.
Review any outside student evaluations and discussing these with parents to support their understanding of their child’s profile and needed supports.
Communicate and provide written summaries to teachers regarding student needs and to help determine appropriate accommodations and strategies to support the primary purpose of achieving the best outcome for students.
Maintain relevant ethical obligations for professional competence conduct, informed consent, and confidentiality.
Avoid any potential conflict of interest that may result from their role within the school and engagement in independent private practice, i.e., work within the school should not be used as a referral source for their private practice.
Evaluate the effectiveness and outcomes of professional practice and programs.
Serve as resource regarding social-emotional learning and wellness for the health instruction curriculum
Promote environment that is positive, student-centered and differentiated to meet the needs of all learners
Provide staff and community educational opportunities as needed
Arrange for speakers on health related topics specialists to provide CPR, First Aid and AED training to school personnel
Collaborate with school and community based personnel to provide a comprehensive model of school linked guidance and mental health services
Help foster tolerance, understanding and appreciation of diversity in the school community
Work with children and families to provide integrated community services focusing on psychological wellness and mental health issues
Develop partnerships with parents and teachers to create a healthy school culture
Update teachers and parents about the activities of Student Success Services
Process referrals to mental health agencies/professionals as needed
Serve as a liaison with community agencies providing support services to students and parents.
Participate in professional organizations and continually seek to improve knowledge and skill.
Use technology for record-keeping and as needed
Document services provided in accordance with the New York State laws
Create forms dealing with mental health-related policies (e.g., kindness, empathy, friendship, anti-bullying, critical incident and emergency response protocols, etc.)
Maintain current pertinent data for each student through periodic review and documentation within the individual student’s electronic and paper records
Educate and maintain documentation of all faculty and staff trainings about confidentiality of student information, student mental health and learning needs, etc.
Prepare, distribute and post student accommodation lists in designated areas
Set and distribute agendas for the Student Success Team meetings
Take responsibility for recording and distributing minutes of these meetings to relevant individuals
Act as a liaison between other school professionals, the Director of Student Support and Success, principals and faculty
Assist with facilitating revision of policies and procedures as appropriate
Assists with recruiting, screening, interviewing and training/orientation as may be requested
Monitor compliance and completion of annual reports
Provide input to social emotional health, safety and wellness related matters
Set priorities for equipment and supply requests
Schedule and coordinate consulting services provided by the Department of Education
Provide other duties and services as assigned by the Director of Student Support and Success
Professional Development/Community Involvement
Demonstrate an understanding of the milieu of the school community needs
Collaborate with community partners in delivery of social emotional learning and wellness education
Participate in research and data collection involving social emotional learning, pastoral care and health education
Develop and pursue individual professional growth plans, which may include in-service workshops, graduate courses, conferences and collegial learning
Attend and participate in relevant faculty meetings, in-service and professional development opportunities
Engage in international and national professional school guidance counselor associations
UNIS is an equal opportunity employer is an equal opportunities employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, marital status, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, veteran status, national or ethnic origin, genetic information, or physical or mental disabilities that do not prevent performance of essential job tasks.
Any offer of employment will be contingent on the result of a criminal background check and fingerprinting.
To apply, please visit our website and complete the online form at: https://www.unis.org/about-unis/employment
About United Nations International School
United Nations International School is a K-12 co-educational, independent international school of 1,500 students with campuses in Manhattan and Queens, New York.