Head School Adjustment Counselor

Location: District-Wide

This is an annual internal posting for current NAPS faculty members. The following position is stipended per the NATA contract and is for the school year only.

Job Goal:              To provide mental health services to the district: including prevention, intervention, and postvention. The Head SAC should be an advocate for the emotional and social needs of children which are paramount to their success in school. Therefore, the Head SAC provides and models mental health services to individual students and their families as well as to the whole district.

Supervision:       Responsible to the superintendent. Cooperative relationship with other SAC’s and with cabinet members.

Performance Responsibilities

1.       Assume complete responsibility for supervising and administering the overall operation of school adjustment counseling services.

2.       Supervise and direct all school adjustment counselors in collaboration with the building principals.

3.       Assume responsibility as a supervisory evaluator for all school adjustment counselors.

4.       Maintain and evaluate the provision of school adjustment counseling services in order to provide feedback for improvement of performance and operation of the services delivered.

5.       Counsel students individually and in groups and model services.

6.       Act as a developmental specialist, a change agent, and a resource person.

7.       Function as a student advocate and support school adjustment counselors in their advocacy efforts.

8.       Establish and maintain a positive and safe psychological climate within each school setting.

9.       Serve as lead agent for referrals to other services and agencies and supports the referral process within each school.

10.   Supports the engagement of families and community partners to improve the economic, physical and social conditions that threaten the welfare of a child.

11.   Models the integration of resources of the school, home, and community to meet the developmental needs of the individual student.

12.   Advise on matters pertaining to program development and service offerings, as well as modifications as necessary.

13.   Participate in curriculum development.

14.   Coordinate professional development for school adjustment counselors with the Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment.

15.   Plan and conduct in-service training for staff and/or parents

16.   Conduct and/or participate in research studies in surveys.

17.   Interpret school adjustment counselor services to school personnel and the community.

18.   Make a special effort to insure a close and cooperative relationship between school adjustment counseling services and special education.

19.   Assume responsibility for remaining current professionally by reading widely, attending professional meetings, visiting other school systems, taking courses at accredited colleges and universities, and any other means that will contribute to professional growth.

20.   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.

Required:            Shall meet all current requirements for School Adjustment Counselor certification from the Massachusetts Department of Education.             Minimum of three years’ experience as a School Adjustment Counselor.

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.

Start Date

Stipend per the NATA contract

Charlene Volff
Phone: 413-776-1458
Fax: 413-776-1685
10 Main Street, Second Floor, North Adams, MA 01247