SCHOOL ADJUSTMENT COUNSELOR


Worcester Public Schools - Anticipated
Worcester Public Schools
Worcester, Massachusetts

Job Details
Job ID: 3668313 Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
Posted: September 8, 2021 Starting Date: Immediately

Job Description
PLEASE NOTE: FOR ALL POSITIONS THAT REQUIRE A MA DESE LICENSE, PLEASE BE SURE TO INCLUDE YOUR LICENSE NUMBER OR VISIBILITY TO YOUR LICENSE. IF THAT INFORMATION IS NOT EASILY ACCESSIBLE, YOU WILL BE CONSIDERED UNLICENSED.

The Worcester Public Schools is soliciting applications for School Adjustment Counselors for the 2021-2022 school year. To maximize the effectiveness of your application, it is recommended that you provide a cover letter, which describes the specific training, and experience that you have for the position(s) that you are applying for and that you ensure that the certification information in your SchoolSpring profile is updated. Your MA DESE certification number will allow us to verify that you possess the correct license. Please ensure that your SchoolSpring resume, specifically, is updated as this will be used to determine your Degree and Step placement on the Teachers salary schedule.

ACCOUNTABILITY OBJECTIVE:

This position is accountable for the delivery of social casework services to students; to identify a student’s needs and to make use of internal and community resources to help bring about positive changes so as to function to his/her fullest potential in the school and community through actions consistent with the policies of the Worcester Public schools and relevant state laws and regulations.

PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

1.Responsible for pre-referral conferences with school personnel in a team context for the appropriate intervention for a student.

2.Responsible for individual and/or group short-term counseling with, or otherwise assisting referred students.

3.Responsible for cooperating and consulting as a team member with teachers, principals and other school personnel for purposes of diagnosing, evaluating and recommending interventions for the adjustment of students.

4.Responsible for providing crisis intervention and conflict resolution services when requested by school personnel.

5.Responsible for making home visits to parents of referred students and counseling with parents at school and in the home to help them understand the social, emotional and academic needs of the student.

6.Responsible for serving as a referral agent and case manager for the student and parent(s) in developing a network of social services with community agencies.

7.Responsible for serving as a resource team member and/or supervisor of attendance for the court when indicated in cases of children in need of service.

8.Responsible for providing outreach and follow-up for students referred because of attendance problems.

9.Responsible for compiling, summarizing, maintaining, and submitting data or other records of pupils referred for appraisal to appropriate school personnel.

10.Responsible for safeguarding the student’s right to privacy against disclosure of information in the student’s case history, or if disclosures of confidences during counseling within the framework of applicable laws and systemwide policies.

11.Responsible for being knowledgeable and conforming to state and systemwide regulations and guidelines on student records.

12.Responsible for assuring equal educational opportunity to all individuals regardless of race, color, gender, age, marital status, religion, natural origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, homelessness, or disability.

13.Perform other job-related duties as assigned.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

1. MA DESE Licensure as a School Adjustment Counselor, including the completion of a 900-hour field-based experience.
2. Must be Fluent in Spanish
3. Masters degree
4. Evidence of mastery of social case work techniques.
5. Ability to understand the dynamics of families from various cultural backgrounds.
6. Two years’ experience working with school-age children and their families.
7. Familiarity in working with consultants, resource personnel, community groups, etc.
8. Ability to produce concise reports concerning relevant developmental, social, and medical information.
9. Group work experience.
10. Ability to deal with typical issues, such as eating disorders, pregnancy, alcohol and other drug abuse, sexual identity, family conflict, and physical, sexual and psychological abuse.
11. Willingness to visit students’ homes throughout the Worcester community.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

1. Ability to speak Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Vietnamese, Albanian, Nepali, or an African language.
2. Training and experience in conflict resolution techniques.
3. Experience working in schools and/or social service agencies with clients from culturally and socio-economically diverse backgrounds.
4. Experience in providing consultation services, including workshops to professionals
relative to child development, behavior modification, adolescent issues, etc.
5. Demonstrated experience supporting students with special needs
6. Demonstrated experience with second language acquisition
7. SEI Endorsement


WORK YEAR: Teachers’ work year.

WORK DAY: Teachers’ work day with some flexibility for afternoon and evening meetings.

SALARY: Appropriate step on teachers’ salary schedule.

TO APPLY: Any person interested in this position must submit a resume, cover letter, licensure, and answer all questions on-line at https://worcesterschools.org/about/employment-opportunities. This information must be submitted on-line.

This deadline date does not preclude further advertisement or recruitment

Position Type: Full-time
Positions Available: 8

Equal Opportunity Employer
The Worcester Public Schools is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer/Educational Institution and does not discriminate regardless of race, color, ancestry, sex, gender, age, religion, national origin, gender identity or expression, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy or a related condition, veteran status or homelessness. The Worcester Public Schools provides equal access to employment and the full range of general, occupational and vocational education programs. For more information relating to Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action contact the Human Resource Manager, 20 Irving Street, Worcester, MA 01609, 508-799-3020.

Job Requirements
To maximize the effectiveness of your application, it is recommended that you provide a cover letter which describes the specific training and experience that you have for the position(s) that you are applying for and that you ensure that the certification information in your SchoolSpring profile is updated. Your MA DESE certification number will allow us to verify that you possess the correct license. Please ensure that your SchoolSpring resume, specifically, is updated as this will be used to determine your Degree and Step placement on the Teachers salary schedule.
  • Citizenship, residency or work VISA in United States required

  • Application Questions
    This employer has requested that all applicants answer the following questions. It is highly recommended that you type any essays in a word processing program, save them, and then paste them on the proceeding job application page.
    1. Have you ever been terminated for cause from a prior position? If so please explain.
    Brief Response (Answer limited to 200 characters, including spaces)

    2. Have you ever worked for the Worcester Public Schools? When? What capacity?
    Brief Response (Answer limited to 200 characters, including spaces)

    3. Do you have any relatives employed by the Worcester Public Schools or the School Committee? If yes, please list name, title, and relationship.
    Yes/No

    Contact Information
    Maura Mahoney, Manager of Social Emotional Learners
    20 Irving Street
    Worcester, Massachusetts 01609
    Phone: 508-799-3175
    Fax: 508-799-3178
    Email: mahoneym@worc.k12.ma.us