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School Adjustment Counselor Anticipated Vacancy

School Adjustment Counselor Anticipated Vacancy
Drury High School
Job Goal: To provide mental health services to the school: prevention, intervention, and postvention. The SAC should be an advocate for the emotional and social needs of children which are paramount to their success in school. Therefore, the SAC provides mental health services to individual students and their families as well as to the whole school. The SAC is available to any student in the school and should prioritize services to those students with the most imminent needs and least resources (i.e. outside counseling, already receiving special support in school).

Supervision: Responsible to the principal. Responsible for no professional staff member. Cooperative relationship with other SAC’s, team leaders, and building administration.

Performance Responsibilities:

1. Provide early identification, intervention, advocacy and referral of high risk students and their parents via individual, group or family counseling.
2. Coordinate with Student Support Center staff to meet needs of referred students.
3. Provide crisis intervention to students in acute emotional distress, at risk of suicide, child abuse, etc.
4. Serve as a student advocate in areas directly affecting their adjustment.
5. Provide short-term intensive counseling to those individuals and families who need extra support and guidance in initiating and connecting with both in and out of school referral services.
6. Promote positive school climate and student mental health through leadership and participation with relevant programs, policies, faculty training, and curriculum development.
7. Implement 7-12 SEL curriculum as coordinated district-wide.
8. Protect student’s rights to privacy against disclosure of confidential information in accordance with state and school system policies.
9. Uphold professional standards of behavior and ethics of licensed mental health counselors and social workers.
10. Provide consultation to staff on identification and referral of students.
11. Serve as referral agent for students to other services within the school system.
12. Attend Individual Educational Plan meetings, as time permits, on students currently receiving SAC services and on students identified for referral to SAC.
13. Counsel with parents to help address the social, emotional, and academic needs of the student. This will be done at school or in the home as deemed necessary by the SAC.
14. Act as liaison between the schools and community social services agencies to facilitate student referral, case collaboration, and collaboration of community and school based prevention programs.
15. Collaborate with administrative team to facilitate the social and emotional transition of students between elementary and middle levels and between middle and high school levels.
16. Coordinate and advocate with agencies to provide direct services to students at school.
17. Maintain records of activities and relevant statistics.
18. Write end-of-year report on counseling program.
19. Serve on committees and boards of agencies which provide services for youth.
20. Make presentations to parent groups and other community organizations.
21. Participate in training opportunities provided by the school system, community or state agencies, professional organizations, or institutions of higher learning.
22. Facilitate school response team in reaction to tragedies or crises that impact the school community.
23. Perform any duties related thereto.

The Committee's policy of nondiscrimination will extend to students, staff, the general public, and individuals with whom it does business; No person shall be excluded from or discriminated against in admission to a public school of any town or in obtaining the advantages, privileges, and courses of study of such public school on account of age, race, color, sex, gender identity, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or homelessness.
Shall meet all current requirements for School Adjustment Counselor certification from the Massachusetts Department of Education.

Physical Requirements: The position requires a moderate amount of walking, standing, sitting and climbing stairs and step stool whenever necessary. Activities also include moderate physical exertion in body movement such as reaching, bending, twisting, grasping, pushing, and pulling of objects. The position requires lifting objects of 20 pounds on a frequent basis, and over 20 pounds occasionally. There is a frequent requirement of fine manipulation associated with the required use of a computer, typewriter, keyboard, calculator, and other business machines.

Environmental Conditions: The occupant is required to work indoors. The regular chemical solvents are toners, inks, and cleaning fluids.

Applications due: April 25, 2019.
Start Date
Per NATA contract
Contact Charlene Volff
Phone: 413-776-1458
Fax: 413-776-1685
37 Main Street, Suite 200, North Adams, MA 01247