School Counselor

Community Charter School of Paterson | Paterson, NJ

  

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CountyPassaic
Posted Date 5/11/2021
Expiration Date8/17/2021
Description

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Position Title: School Counselor

Employment Category: Full-time, Exempt

10 month position

General Duties: The School Counselor provides a comprehensive counseling program for elementary school students; consults with teachers, parents and staff to enhance their effectiveness in helping students achieve at high levels; provides support to educational programs; and support the social emotional development of all students.

Requirements: Valid New Jersey School Counseling Certificate and a masters’ degree in a related field.

Minimum of three years’ experience working with families and community health and social services agencies preferred

Bilingual/Spanish speaking preferred

Reports to: Principal

Evaluation: December & April

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Guide individuals and groups of students through the development of educational and career plans: provide orientation activities to incoming students.
  • Plans home visits or office interviews with family members to assess past and present history and development as well as family dynamics and interactions that are relevant to the child's adjustment.
  • Counsel individuals and small groups of students toward social and emotional growth; conduct structured, goal-oriented counseling sessions in systematic response to identify needs of individuals or groups of students-recurrent topics may include academic failure, child abuse, attendance problems, family issues, substance abuse, suicide prevention and intervention, behavior problems, peer problems, and pregnancy
  • Maintains an ongoing relationship with families for the purpose of: sharing information regarding educational planning and programming for students; assisting families in utilizing appropriate community resources; and providing counseling to family members and/or students to facilitate social adjustment.
  • Coordinates activities with Community Schools Team.
  • Initiates, facilitates and maintains relationships with community agencies and other resources to meet needs of students and families. Refers parents and children to agencies when appropriate. Refers children with problems and their parents to special programs, specialists and outside agencies; consult and coordinate with district and community specialists, such as school nurses, administrators, school psychologists, service agencies, and physicians.
  • Participate in, coordinate and conduct activities that contribute to the effective operation of the counseling program and school; contribute to individual and district goals for enhancing education; cooperate with other school staff in placing students with special needs in appropriate programs; evaluate students’ schedules for appropriate placement; provide input and/or coordinate statewide test administration; act as an advocate for individuals or groups of students as system decisions are made.
  • Consults with and trains teachers, parents and staff regarding needs of elementary school students; conduct in-service programs for faculty; conduct conferences with teachers, parents, and students; conduct or provide opportunities for parent education programs; write articles for parent newsletters; assist families with school-related problems
  • Interviews pupils as indicated.
  • Participates in all activities as part of the Intervention & Referral Services Team; assume an active role in designing, implementing, monitoring, and adjusting educational plans for individual students.
  • Maintains accurate records and prepares all State reports for timely submission.
  • Assesses students in terms of personal and family history, socio-economic and cultural differences.
  • Evaluates the configuration of factors within the home, community and school as related to students’ current social and academic adjustment.
  • Interprets the implications of significant social findings as a member of the child study team, and participates in educational planning for exceptional students.
  • Plan and evaluate the counseling program; review the counseling program annually with other members of the staff; establish the counseling department master calendar and complete the annual program plan for the elementary school; and evaluate strategies as they are implemented.
  • Maintains an ongoing relationship with families for the purpose of: sharing information regarding educational planning and programming for students; assisting families in utilizing appropriate community resources; and providing counseling to family members and/or students to facilitate social adjustment.
  • Initiates, facilitates and maintains relationships with community agencies and other resources for students. Refers parents and children to agencies when appropriate.
  • Assists in upholding and enforcing department rules, administrative regulations and board policy.
  • Maintains professional competence through in-service education and participation in professional development activities.
  • Develops, monitors and evaluates the effectiveness of student intervention plans.
  • Plans and implements programming for the purpose of HIB education and prevention . This includes Week of Respect, Character Development Lessons, and age appropriate instruction related to HIB prevention for each marking cycle of the school year.
  • Facilitate social groups at each campus for the purpose of social skills and character education and development.
  • Consults with administration and staff regarding social adjustment factors of students in schools, at home and in the community.
  • Observes children in classes or other settings on an ongoing basis.
  • Performs all duties required as a member of the child study team by administrative code, state and federal laws, and board policy; pursues continuous professional growth; attends district sponsored staff development offerings; join associations; read professional journals and contribute to professional literature; attend relevant workshops and conferences sponsored by professional organizations; take post-graduate courses; conduct training for staff and other counselors.
  • Attends and participates in meetings as deemed necessary and consistent with the needs of CCSP.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Building Principal
County
Passaic

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