SOCIAL WORKER/ADJUSTMENT COUNSELOR

Christa McAuliffe Charter School

Framingham, Massachusetts ( map )

Job Details

  • Job ID: 3476370
  • Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
  • Posted : March 24, 2021
  • Starting Date: August 15, 2021

Job Description

The Christa McAuliffe Charter School (McAuliffe) may not and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, gender identity, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, homelessness, or any other legally protected status. (M.G.L. c. 71, § 89(m); 603 CMR 1.06(l)). Rather, we are a community committed to cultivating an environment where diverse backgrounds and perspectives are embraced. We acknowledge that a team reflecting diversity of race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, age, gender, marital/domestic partner status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status, and veteran status allows us to serve our community better. To that end, we welcome and encourage applicants to bring their authentic selves.

About the School
The Christa McAuliffe Charter School’s mission is to cultivate within each member of a diverse student body, through the expeditionary learning design, an intense commitment to self and community, the courage and insight to set high standards for academic and personal success, and the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to achieve those standards.

McAuliffe is a 19-year-old charter middle school (grades 6-7-8) educating 400 scholars who live in MetroWest: Ashland, Framingham, Holliston, Hopkinton, Marlborough, Natick, Southborough, and Sudbury. We are one of 155 EL Education (EL) schools nation-wide and one of nine EL schools in Massachusetts. EL is a non-profit organization devoted to providing network schools with a highly-respected model of comprehensive school reform with emphasis on high achievement through active learning, character growth, and teamwork.

Position Overview
We are seeking a qualified Adjustment Counselor/Social Worker (LICSW, LMHC) to work collaboratively, within a multi-disciplinary special education team, to develop and monitor positive behavior supports and interventions; provide counseling and instruction to address IEP goals; consult and collaborate with teachers, administrators and parents and outside agencies and providers to support the social and emotional skill development and well-being of our scholars. Additionally, the Adjustment Counselor/Social Worker will consult with the guidance team and contribute to Team Plus (our RTI Data team/Student Support Team) in order to contribute to a continuum of mental health support for all scholars.

RESPONSIBILITIES
** Demonstrates a knowledge of and maintains currency in school counseling, therapeutic relationships, clinical best practices, diagnostic instruments, child development, mental health issues, as well as federal and state laws and regulations addressing legal rights of students and families.
** Works in conjunction with the IEP Team to create IEPs for annual reviews; provides input for students who are involved with the three-year reevaluation.
** Functions within an interdisciplinary team, including our speech and language pathologist, special educators, and contracted school psychologist, to support student progress.
** Provides individual and group services outside of the classroom focusing on the development of skills and strategies (e.g. social thinking); provides services within the general education setting to support generalization of skills and strategies.
** Develops and manages positive behavior intervention plans, with support from contracted school psychologist; educates teaching teams on implementation of plans; tracks student progress and adjusts plans based on progress
** Communicates regularly with families of students receiving services.
** Maintains service delivery log and progress notes; uses ongoing assessments to evaluate and report on student progress.
** Provides consultation to general education and special education teachers pertaining to student progress, behavior management techniques, and implementation of individualized behavior management plans.
** Coordinate communication and services with outside providers, agencies, and programs including DCF, DMH, etc.
** Serve on crises responses team; Support students in crisis intervention
** Supports implementation of restorative practices at McAuliffe (e.g. support and facilitate restorative circles as a response to various school/classroom climate concerns)
** Reports to the Director of Student Services and works collaboratively and regularly with school leaders and school counselors.
QUALIFICATIONS
** Master’s degree in Social Work, Counseling, Psychology, or related field required. Licensure preferred: LICSW, LMHC or beyond.
** Agreement with the goals and philosophy of the school’s mission, vision, and goals
** Demonstrated ability to engage, direct, teach, and have fun with middle school-age students
** Experience leading small group counseling sessions
** Experience and knowledge with Social Thinking curriculum
** Knowledge of behavior assessment, interventions, strategies and documentation
** Knowledge of ABA helpful but not required.
** Skilled at setting limits, processing events, and guiding students to take responsibility for their actions.
** Trained and experienced in applying crisis prevention and de-escalation techniques
** Demonstrated commitment to personal and professional growth: reflective, focused on ongoing learning and improvement, evidence of perseverance through challenging situations.
** Knowledge of federal and state special education laws and regulations, including mandated reporting.
** Experience with IEP-focused service delivery or solution-focused counseling
** Enjoys working in a high energy and creative environment!
** Demonstrated ability to establish strong relationships with students, faculty, and parents.
** Strong verbal and written communication skills.
** Skilled at prioritizing, organizing, and following through.

OTHER REQUIRED PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES
** Follow the school’s faculty handbook including school rules, policies, and procedures.
** Fulfill duty responsibilities which may entail arrival/dismissal or lunch/recess duty.
** Attend evening events (if applicable).
** Participate in at least one overnight student trip per year.
** Attend weekly staff meetings and professional development (during school hours).
** Attend week-long professional development in August.




  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Positions Available: 1
  • Job Category : Student Services > Adjustment Counselor
  • Employer Description

    The Christa McAuliffe Charter School is an Expeditionary Learning charter school for students in sixth, seventh, and eighth grades, serving students from Ashland, Framingham, Natick, Holliston, Hopkinton, Marlborough, Sudbury, and Southborough and a number of other towns outside of Boston.

    The mission of the Christa McAuliffe Charter School is to cultivate within each member of a diverse student body, through the Expeditionary Learning design, an intense commitment to self and community, the courage and insight to set high standards for academic and personal success, and the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to achieve those standards. Learn more about us...


    Location Description

    The Christa McAuliffe Charter School is an Expeditionary Learning charter school for students in sixth, seventh, and eighth grades, serving students from Ashland, Framingham, Natick, Holliston, Hopkinton, Marlborough, Sudbury, and Southborough and a number of other towns outside of Boston.

    The mission of the Christa McAuliffe Charter School is to cultivate within each member of a diverse student body, through the Expeditionary Learning design, an intense commitment to self and community, the courage and insight to set high standards for academic and personal success, and the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to achieve those standards. Learn more about us...

    Equal Opportunity Employer

    Christa McAuliffe Charter School is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws. Additionally, we prohibit retaliation against individuals who oppose such discrimination and harassment or who participate in an equal opportunity investigation.

    Job Requirements

    • At least 3 years of relevant experience preferred
    • Master degree preferred
    • Citizenship, residency or work visa required

    Application Questions

    There ARE NO application questions required FOR this job posting.

    Contact Information

    • Cori Jacomme , Director of Student Culture
    • 139 Newbury St.
    • Framingham, Massachusetts 01071

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