Guidance Counselor for MS 85

  • Posted Date: Apr 19, 2022

Job Details

  • School Name: MS85 -The Young Women’s Leadership School of Staten Island
  • District: 31
  • School Site: The Evelyn King Campus, 45 Waverly Pl, Staten Island, NY, 10304
  • Send Cover Letter, Resume and Portfolio to:


Guidance Counselor


School Vision

At MS85 -The Young Women’s Leadership School of Staten Island, students will be equipped to learn and create in this ever-changing world. Students will give back and inspire those around them by using what they have mastered. TYWLS scholars will leave a legacy because they will create and innovate to positively impact the people and communities that they encounter.

Mission Statement

MS85 -The Young Women’s Leadership School of Staten Island (TYWLS of Staten Island) was established to nurture the intellectual curiosity and creativity of young women and to address their developmental needs. Learning is dynamic and participatory, enabling students to experience great success on many levels, especially in science, mathematics, and technology.

Students of TYWLS of Staten Island will grow academically and emotionally into leaders of their school, community, and the world. TYWLS strives to work with families to instill in all students a sense of community, responsibility, and ethical principles of behavior- characteristics that will help to make them leaders of their generation. Through exposure to technology, engagement in community service, and participation in action-research and interdisciplinary projects, students will elevate their voice and take responsibility for their community. At TYWLS of Staten Island families are partners and together we will support the experience as each leader is cultivated in Staten Island.

TYWLS of Staten Island scholars will learn from every opportunity and in order to give them the ability to create. They will embody what it means to be a successful innovator with strong integrity.

School Slogan: Strong Integrity- Successful Innovation- Sustainable Impact

The TYWLS Staten Island Pledge

I have strong integrity.

I am a successful innovator.

I will have a sustainable impact.

A 9-day summer planning institute will offer an essential opportunity for staff to be involved in developing the school’s culture and instructional program. Additionally, the school will offer opportunities for guidance counselors to participate in:

  • After school and/or Saturday tutoring, enrichment, sports, arts, and family programs
  • In-house school committees and/or special programs.
  • Daytime professional development such as inquiry work, intervisitations, teacher common planning, and collaborative conversation

Advance notice of dates will be supplied, and those who participate will be compensated according to the terms of the UFT contract. Staff participation in these activities is voluntary, although strongly encouraged, as they are very important to the development of the school.


Licensed certified Guidance Counselor in New York City schools, bilingual Spanish language preferred, with satisfactory ratings and attendance.


Because roles in small schools are varied and complex, serious consideration will be given to applicants who demonstrate in their resume and cover letter experience and/or willingness to commit to the school’s mission and core beliefs and to become involved in these essential aspects:

  • Practicing counseling to facilitate professional growth and collaboration that supports overall learning environment for students
  • Counseling students, individually and in groups, regarding academic readiness, discipline-related guidance issues, social and emotional development, substance abuse (if trained), conflict mediation, and graduation requirements, and making appropriate referrals
  • Collaborating to develop and implement behavior intervention plans to support the academic, social and emotional development of students
  • Collaborate with teachers and provide expertise on socio-emotional aspects of learning to develop a guidance-based Advisory curriculum
  • Serving as a faculty-advisor to a small “advisory group” of students throughout their duration in school, and attending professional meetings to support this work
  • Organizing and conducting pupil personnel committee meetings
  • Completing annual review cards on all students grade 7-12 as per NYS Part 100.2
  • Working with attendance team to help improve student attendance
  • Attending all IEP conferences and meetings
  • Facilitating active student recruitment and conducting new student intake


The successful candidate will demonstrate:

  • Willingness to carry out the above duties and responsibilities
  • Evidence of successful counseling strategies with regard to academic readiness, discipline-related guidance issues, social and emotional development, substance abuse (if trained), and conflict mediation
  • Experience preferred, but willingness to be trained in providing counseling strategies for substance abuse
  • Ability to offer leadership to staff and teachers around the social and emotional development of students
  • Ability to offer assistance to staff and teachers around guidance based topics in an Advisory programs
  • Success in working collaboratively with colleagues, parents/caregivers and partners
  • Ability to retrieve, organize, and report student data using all NYCDOE data systems (e.g. ARIS, STARS, AIS, SESIS)
  • Knowledge of or ability to make referrals for students in need of additional services or alternative placements
  • Knowledge of both ELL/ESL standards and Special Education compliance requirements
  • Evidence of success in collaborating on AIS (Academic Intervention Services) team
  • Strong written and oral communication skills

In addition to the cover letter, resume, and interview, applicants must present three references including, if possible, one from a current supervisor. Other references might include a colleague with whom the applicant has collaborated, and/or a professional organization or staff development representative.


As per Collective Bargaining Agreement

An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D

It is the policy of the Department of Education of the City of New York to provide equal employment opportunities without regard to actual or perceived race, color, religion, creed, ethnicity, national origin, alienage, citizenship status, age, marital status, partnership status, disability, sexual orientation, gender(sex), military status, unemployment status, caregiver status, consumer credit history, prior record of arrest or conviction(except as permitted by law), predisposing genetic characteristics, or status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual offenses and stalking, and to maintain an environment free of harassment on any of the above - noted grounds, including sexual harassment or retaliation. For more information, please refer to the DOE Non - Discrimination Policy.

New Requirement

As of August 2, 2021, all NYC Department of Education new hires (who are not currently employees of the City of New York) must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination prior to beginning their employment unless they have been granted a reasonable accommodation for religious or medical reasons. Please visit the New Employees page for details regarding Executive Order 75.