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Job Details

  • Job ID: 1732062
  • Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
  • Re-posted : April 6, 2022

Job Description

Announcement of Vacancy for the

2022-2023 school Year

Anticipated / Pending budget approval                                                                                                            


Bilingual School Adjustment Counselor

Somerville High School


Job Goal: 

To provide mental health services, adjustment support, and coordination of services for Newcomers in the Multilingual Learner Education program at Somerville High School.


Through the application of knowledge of best practices in counseling and by implementing antiracist counseling practices, counselors/social workers will serve as advocates who support students throughout high school. They will help students prepare for their post-secondary plans, help students maximize their academic achievement and mental health wellness while acknowledging every student’s unique intersectional identity. In partnership with other educators, parents/guardians, and the community, counselors/social workers will strive to ensure that all students at Somerville High develop the skills, knowledge, and understanding necessary to be successful in our changing society.


Somerville Public Schools strives to create an inclusive and racially affirming environment that welcomes and values the diversity of our staff and students. We foster fairness, equity, and inclusion to create a workplace environment where everyone is treated with respect and dignity. We welcome and value different perspectives and experiences in our staff, recognizing the powerful impact that a diverse workforce has on all students. We are committed to supporting educators through a strong induction and mentorship program, educator-driven professional development, and opportunities for professional growth and advancement. As a district, we are also committed to supporting the whole child by promoting a trusting, mutually respectful and inspiring culture that values the individuality of our students and the professionalism of the field.




  •       Bilingual/bicultural - English – Spanish required
  •       Experience working with youth of immigrant and refugee backgrounds
  •       Teaching and/or counseling experience in a secondary education setting preferred
  •       Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling/Counseling Psychology (LMHC preferred/license eligible)
  •       Master’s degree in Social Work (LCSW/LICSW)
  •       DESE Massachusetts Adjustment Counselor (Grades 5-12) licensure required
  •       Familiarity with LGBTQIA community




  • Oversee and facilitate the implementation of the Newcomer Seminar program    
  • Train and oversee Newcomer Ambassadors (current SHS students, work-based learning experience)
  • As needed, may coordinate overall mental health services for students on assigned caseload
  • As needed, may implement 1:1 individual and group counseling services for referred students
  • As needed, provide direct service to assigned caseload of students, utilizing the following delivery methods (as appropriate): Large group meetings, Small group counseling and meetings, Individual counseling, Consultation meetings, Group counseling, Crisis response and intervention
  • As needed, serve as the liaison between student, home, school, and community resources, like family service agencies, courts, protective services, and doctor.
  • As needed, consult with parents, teachers and other school personnel, especially our school counselors, to assist in the coordination of school based and outside provider services
  • As needed, serve as a member of the 504 Team for assigned students
  • Attends all School Counseling Department meetings
  • Provides student data and written reports as needed
  • Follows all Crisis Protocols as developed by Somerville High School
  • Maintains an understanding of the services provided by the School Counseling Department and Somerville High School and effectively communicates those services to constituencies.
  • Participates in professional development necessary to remain current with counseling/social worker practices.
  • Performs other program related duties as assigned as per the Somerville Teachers Association, Unit A Collective Bargaining Agreement
  • Other duties as assigned as per the Somerville Educators Union, Unit A Collective Bargaining Agreement

Position Reports to:  The School Principal and School Counseling Director, supported by the Multilingual Education Department (MLE)


NOTE: Only online applications accepted


The Somerville Public Schools does not discriminate in its programs, facilities, or employment or educational opportunities on the basis of race, color, age, religion, disability, pregnancy, home status, marital/civil union status, sex/gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, citizenship status, place of birth, national origin, ancestry, cultural identity, genetics or military status, and does not tolerate any form of retaliation, or bias-based intimidation, threat or harassment that demeans individuals’ dignity or interferes with their ability to learn or work.

  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Positions Available: 1
  • Job Categories : Classroom Teacher > Bilingual Education
    Student Services > Adjustment Counselor
  • Employer Description

    Education - Inspiration - Excellence are the themes that characterize the instructional services, departments and programs of the Somerville Public Schools.

    Our Mission: The Somerville Public Schools is dedicated to the realization of the full intellectual, physical, social, and emotional potential of all students. Our talented team of teachers and other professionals provides every student with the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to be successful throughout their lives. This is accomplished through the delivery of innovative instruction guided by the Massachusetts Curriculum and Somerville Curriculum Frameworks, and supported through partnerships with organizations such as Primary Source, and the Center for Engineering Education and Outreach at Tufts University. Learn more about us...

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    Job Requirements

    • No experience required

    Contact Information

    • Central HR
    • 8 Bonair St.
    • Somerville, Massachusetts 02145

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