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Bellingham Memorial School
Bellingham Public Schools
Bellingham, Massachusetts

Job Details
Job ID: 3931764 Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
Posted: June 15, 2022 Starting Date: August 29, 2022

Job Description

DATE: June 15, 2022

TITLE: Guidance/Adjustment Counselor

SCHOOL: Bellingham Memorial School

SALARY: As Per BTA Contract

FUNCTION:The School Adjustment/Guidance Counselor is directly responsible to the School Principal, and also reports to the Guidance Supervisor. The position requires counseling of students in the middle school setting and other duties as assigned by the School Principal and Guidance Supervisor.


1.Knowledge of, and practical application of, the psychology of learning; the diagnosis and treatment of learning and behavior
disorders; personality theory, and normal and abnormal development of children and adults throughout all stages of the life cycle;
theories and techniques of individual, group, and family counseling which address the needs of diverse racial, socioeconomic,
linguistic and cultural populations; principles, practices and recent research in school guidance counseling; federal, state,
municipal and school laws and regulations, including the implications of liability and the requirements of due process; the
philosophy and organization of guidance and counseling services; career counseling and career development theory, including
helping students and parents assess occupational goals, and providing opportunities for career exploration; prevention
programs; computer skills to enhance guidance functions; principles of effective interaction between students, families and
school; referral skills needed to direct individuals to resources within the school system or the community.
2.Uses language appropriate to the age, stage of development, culture, linguistic and social background of students and their
parents; interprets and responds appropriately to students' verbal and non-verbal communications; uses appropriate interviewing
skills and other forms of oral and written communication; fosters a relationship with students that encourages open
communication and the attainment of objectives; writes clear and concise reports and educational recommendations; explains
functions, services and procedures clearly to students, parents, teachers, administrators and the community; collaborates with
regular and special education team members, including sharing knowledge and skills, carrying out assigned tasks, supporting
the contributions of others, and providing leadership in those problem situations where appropriate; understands the physical,
social, emotional and psychological factors that strengthen and detract from students' academic achievement; communicates
with other
professional staff and consults effectively with the wider school community.
3.Remains abreast of major trends, issues and advances in the field; participates in professional development activities, including
action research, to promote professional growth; develops and pursues a personal plan for professional development in
guidance counseling based upon self and external evaluation.
4.Understands the importance of education in a democratic society, including the need to provide equal educational opportunities;
accepts and respects individual and group differences with regard to gender, language, race, sexual orientation, religion,
socioeconomic background, and values; identifies and uses educational resources and agencies which provide support and
expertise for education of regular and exceptional students; fosters a school climate that addresses the individual needs of
students in a multi-cultural society; recognizes and addresses bias in teaching materials, assessment instruments, school
practices and school organization; acts in accordance with the ethical principles of the profession; understands and addresses
the historical and political backgrounds of the major gender, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation, and cultural groups in the school
district; recognizes and responds to the impact of common psycho-social pressure on students, including human sexuality, child
abuse, discrimination, AIDS, and substance abuse; works for effective integration of all students into school and community
settings; understands appropriate assessment procedures and counseling methods for linguistically diverse individuals and
families and uses appropriate techniques to address multi-cultural issues.
5.Assumes responsibility for related duties that may be assigned by the building Principal and/or Guidance Supervisor
6.Adheres to the policies and procedures of the Bellingham School Committee.

Position Type: Full-time
Positions Available: 1

Welcome to Bellingham Memorial School!

Welcome Our Mission Through the teamwork of students, staff, parents and the community, Bellingham Memorial School will ensure a safe, supportive, and positive learning environment from which students will emerge as successful learners and respectful and responsible members of our diverse society. Our Vision Bellingham Memorial School seeks to establish itself as an exemplary middle school by developing programs that are developmentally responsive to the needs of our students. By instituting strong academic teams and a positive learning environment, students will be provided the framework to develop as life-long learners. The highest expectations for academic success, technological expertise, social and moral responsibilities and the maintenance of health, wellness and personal safety will be demanded of all students. Parents, staff and the community will work together to promote these ideals and to insure that each student has the opportunity to reach his fullest potential as a responsible member of our diverse society.
Equal Opportunity Employer
Bellingham Public Schools is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws.

Job Requirements
QUALIFICATIONS: 1.A minimum of a Master’s Degree or equivalent district or other program with a major or equivalent in counseling 2.Massachusetts Certification as a School Adjustment Counselor and/or Guidance Counselor K-4 AND 5-8 required. 3. Experience in Elementary and Middle School preferred. PERSONAL QUALIFICATIONS: 1.Good health – willing to submit to a medical examination 2.Ability to relate well with administrators, staff, parents, students, and the community. 3.Must be a person of high professional and personal integrity APPLICATION PROCEDURES: 1. Applicants should apply, via SchoolSpring, attention Mr. Marano, Superintendent of Schools. 2. Applicants must be willing to sign a Criminal Offender Record Information release upon application and have no recorded serious violations that would prevent hiring for this position. Your appointment is pending suitable fingerprint results in accordance with Fingerprinting Requirements for Public School Employees: Implementation of MGL Chapter 77 of the Acts of 2013. 3. This position is open until filled. Internal applicants must submit notice of intent to apply by Friday, June 24, 2022. 4. Following initial screening, those candidates selected for personal interviews will be notified. Peter D. Marano Superintendent of Schools EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES The Bellingham Public Schools does not discriminate in its admissions and employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, housing status, political affiliation, genetic information, or disability, in accordance with state and federal law. Additionally, the District does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of homelessness, consistent with the McKinney-Vento Act. The District prohibits retaliation against individuals who oppose such discrimination, harassment and/or who participate in an Equal Opportunity Commission investigation. If you have any questions, please contact the District’s Title IX Coordinator at 4 Mechanic Street, Bellingham, MA 02019, Phone Number: 508-883-1706.
  • At least 3 years of relevant experience preferred
  • Master degree preferred
  • Citizenship, residency or work VISA in United States required

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    Contact Information
    Richard Nerbonne, Interim Assistant Principal
    130 Blackstone Street
    Bellingham, Massachusetts 02019
    Phone: 508-883-2330
    Fax: 508-883-2037