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Creative Minds International PCS

Washington, Washington DC

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Job Description

Counselors or Social Workers report to the Director of Inclusion. This position provides students with individual, small-group, and classroom guidance services and is part of the Student Wellness Team. Counselors or Social Workers observe children during classroom and play activities and confer with their teachers and parents to evaluate and support the children's strengths, weaknesses, or special needs. In addition, Social Workers assist with mental health concerns, behavioral concerns, positive behavioral support, academic and classroom support, consultation with teachers, parents, and administrators, as well as provide individual and group counseling/therapy. This is a school year exempt position.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Uses the majority of the time (80%) to provide direct services (individual and group) to students with Individual Education Programs (IEPs) through preventive and responsive services, including individual student planning;
  • Provide individual and/or group therapeutic support to general education students on an as-needed, temporary basis;
  • Lead the Student Support Team (SST) to develop plans of assistance for students at risk of academic and/or behavioral difficulty (specialty area will be considered);
  • Work collaboratively with families to better understand cultural and economic disadvantages that may be adversely affecting student progress;
  • Provide in-service training on topics related to social/emotional health and wellness to staff so that teachers can facilitate monthly classroom guidance sessions to meet the identified guidance and counseling competencies in the areas of academic achievement, career and educational development, and personal and social development to assist students in developing decision-making skills and identifying life goals;
  • Develop informal support plans and recommend specific instructional strategies for students;
  • Assists families in obtaining out-of-school services for their children through an appropriate referral and follow-up process;
  • Participate in Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT), IEP, manifestation determination, and other related meetings;
  • Work collaboratively within the classroom setting to implement student IEPs;
  • Collect data to monitor social/emotional progress and evaluate the effectiveness of services;
  • Coordinate the design and implementation of behavior intervention plans (BIPs) and functional behavior assessments (FBAs);
  • Complete student progress reports;
  • Serves as liaison between the social services agencies (i.e., D.C. Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA) and school personnel;
  • Works with administrators to coordinate health education programs and delivery services that address school safety, school attendance, substance abuse, teen pregnancy, child abuse, and neglect;
  • Prepares students for the transition to the next level: high school and post-high school activities/options;
  • Plans and coordinates programs such as career and high school fairs, test skills preparation, improved/perfect attendance celebrations, and other extensions of the counseling program to support students’ knowledge of post-secondary options;
  • Collaborates with parents/guardians and educators to assist students with educational and career planning. Participates in school management teams to advocate for students' needs and provide guidance for school staff;
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.


Required Skills and Abilities:

  • Satisfactory background check;
  • Excellent verbal/written communication skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to work well with the public;
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively as a team member;
  • Ability to self-direct and prioritize among competing goals, exhibit flexibility, and drive results;
  • Adept at thinking strategically, translating plans into action, and exhibiting excellent judgment;
  • Commitment to the success of every student.


Desired Skills and Abilities:

  • Familiarity with student information systems;
  • Experience with scheduling and reviewing student transcripts;
  • Ability to analyze data to inform work and decision making, analyze and evaluate available data, assess student needs, and develop and implement procedures and policies to support student achievement;
  • Strong commitment to urban education and the mission of Creative Minds International Public Charter School.


Education/License and Experience:

  • Master's degree in school guidance and counseling required;
  • District of Columbia Certification/Licensure for social worker or counselor, or licensed out of state and eligible for District of Columbia licensure;
  • At least two years of experience as a school-based guidance counselor, preferably in an urban school setting.


Physical Requirements:

The physical demands described here represent those that must be met by an employee to perform the essential functions of this job successfully. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Prolonged periods standing and walking throughout school;
  • Must be able to lift up to 25 pounds at a time;
  • Must be able to kneel, sit, stand, crawl, push, and pull;
  • Prolonged periods of sitting and working on the computer to complete necessary paperwork.


Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions and outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.



At CMIPCS you will join a staff uniquely committed to a vision of inclusion and equity for all types of learners. At CMIPCS you will find a team of educators who deeply believe that all students can learn and will make a contribution to their community. At CMIPCS we take seriously the idea that “no significant learning occurs without a significant relationship.” Each of our educators, regardless of role or responsibility, is committed to seeking out best practices for delivering instruction and responding to the academic and social-emotional needs of all children.


CMIPCS offers an exceptional and dynamic working environment with a positive and supportive culture, including small class sizes (approximately 20), higher than average adult to student ratios, weekly and monthly professional development, comprehensive and generous benefits including medical, dental, 401K (with employer contributions), short and long- term disability, life insurance, paid school holidays, personal and sick days, and parental and family leave, among others. Salary will be commensurate with experience and includes excellent benefits.


Note: Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time. 


Creative Minds International PCS is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Personnel are chosen on the basis of ability without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, marital status or sexual orientation, in accordance with federal and state law.


  • Job Categories : Student Services > School/Guidance Counselor
    Student Services > Social Worker
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