Somerville Public Schools
Employment Opportunities


Full Circle/Next Wave
Somerville Public Schools
Somerville, Massachusetts

Job Details
Job ID: 3252003 Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
Posted: April 3, 2020 Starting Date: August 31, 2020

Job Description
2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR
Pending Budget Approval

Crisis Counselor

Job Goal:
Next Wave Junior High and Full Circle High School are Somerville’s public, alternative moderate special needs (502.4i) school for grades 6 through 12. The schools are designed to meet the special academic, social, emotional and behavioral needs of adolescents, ages 12-20, who for many reasons, have experienced historical school failure in the traditional mainstream educational system.

• Provide crisis counseling to all students when social, emotional, environmental or physical conditions interferes with the learning process or their adjustment to school
• Provide individual and group counseling with the supervision of the Clinical Coordinator and Principal
• Supervise students at all levels of classroom exclusion and facilitate the consequence – process – return to classroom routine.
• Implement crisis intervention and prevention techniques
• Coordinate behavior management strategies and implement social/emotional curriculum
• Coordinate positive reinforcement efforts in conjunction with other staff
• Manage IEP’s (attend annual meetings and prepare IEP) and prepare clinical case conferences presented at staff meetings
• Be a resource for teachers/staff in developing socio-behavioral goals for individual students
• Communicate with outside human service agencies which provide services to students
• Attend staff meetings (bi-weekly) and share in responsibilities (chair, minutes)
• Participate in supervision provided by principal
• Share responsibility for break, lunch and dismissal coverage
• Help plan and supervise school activities (field trips, parent nights, graduation, etc…)
• Assist in bi-yearly class scheduling and transitions
• Attend professional development workshops and sessions organize by school, Central Administration and the Special Education Development.
• Participate on school based committees as needed (hiring, school council, scholarship, etc.)
• Maintain appropriate records and reports
• Other duties to be assigned by the principal.

• DESE School Social Worker/Adjustment Counselor License and LICSW
• Master’s Degree in Social Work
• Minimum of 3 years experience working with emotionally disturbed children/adolescents in a clinical or educational therapeutic milieu in which s/he was providing direct, clinical services.
• Experience providing clinical supervision to a multidisciplinary team.
• Demonstrate competence in a range of therapeutic modalities including individual, group and family therapies
• Experience with developing accommodations and modifications to make curriculum accessible to students with special needs. Experience with the IEP process
• Experience with middle school and high school curriculum, instruction and assessment practices
• Familiarity with alternative education, behavior management interventions and supports (CPI certified)
• Ability to maintain a safe and healthy environment for students
• Strong organizational and effective communication skills
• Experience working with a team

Position Reports to: Principal of the Next Wave/Full Circle Alternative Schools

Applications are only accepted online through School Spring.

Please do not mail or email resumes. Only resumes that are submitted through School Spring will be considered.

Should you need assistance with the online application process, please contact the Human Resources Office via email at

Somerville Public Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Somerville Public Schools actively seeks applicants with diverse backgrounds. Grade level and content licensure is required when applicable. Dual licensure including SPED, ESL, ELL, or bilingual licensure and/or proficiency in a language or languages other than English is preferred.

Position Type: Full-time
Positions Available: 1

Welcome to Somerville Public Schools!

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.

Equal Opportunity Employer
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Job Requirements
  • Citizenship, residency or work VISA in United States required

  • Application Questions
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    Contact Information
    John Haverty, Special Education Department Chair
    11 Otis St
    Somerville, Massachusetts 02145
    Phone: (617) 625-6600