Guidance Counselor

  • Posted Date: Jun 8, 2020 Deadline: Oct 31, 2020
  • Mafalda DiMango Complex for the Arts

Job Details

School Name: M.S. 936

District: 20

School Site: Mafalda DiMango Complex for the Arts, 278 59th Street, Brooklyn New York 11220

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Subject to sufficient budget, positions in the school may include, but are not limited to, the following titles:

  • Guidance Counselor

School Mission

Social and Emotional

At M.S. 936 we believe that the Arts are the foundation to teaching the whole child. We embrace a culturally diverse learning community and promote strong teacher-student relationships. We commit to strong family ties to support both our students and the community we serve.


To create a rigorous learning environment that engages students. To develop strong curricula aligned with the key shifts of Advanced Literacy. And to give our students the skills they will need to be critical thinkers as well as creative contributors in the 21st Century.

Our School Vision

At M.S 936 we will prepare our students with the tools they need to be creative, productive citizens that understand their worth as unique critical thinkers in our ever changing society. The arts allow students the opportunity to become collaborators who possess strong interpersonal skills and celebrate diversity and expression. We will provide students with a strong foundation that is unique unto itself due to its emphasis on teaching the whole child through music, dance, visual arts, and theater. Our students will be able to face the rigorous demands of college readiness with a specific skill set only obtained through a quality education and full immersion in the arts at a developmentally integral age.

A 2 - day summer planning institute will offer an essential opportunity for staff to be involved in developing the school’s culture and instructional program.

Because we believe that all staff members play an important role in the education of our students, the school will offer opportunities for Guidance Counselors to assist with or participate in activities like:

  • After-school and/or Saturday tutoring, enrichment, sports, arts, and family programs
  • In-house school committees and/or special programs.
  • Inquiry work with teachers and other staff members and collaborative conversation among all staff members.

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, 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:

  • 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.
  • Collaborate on developing and implementing behavior intervention plans to support the academic, social and emotional development of students.
  • Participating in regular faculty development and being involved in collaborating on the school’s guidance program.
  • Maintaining current student academic records and regularly communicating with students and families, in regards to students’ academic progress towards meeting graduation requirements.
  • Organize and conduct pupil personnel committee meetings
  • Provide transitional linkage counseling support and outreach to students with IEP’s.
  • Maintaining regular and open communication with parents
  • Seeking out resources and services outside our school to improve the emotional, social and academic well-being of our students and their families
  • Provide orientations (incoming 6th graders), workshops (PTA/at risk students, etc) and other public speaking events.
  • Working with attendance team to help improve student attendance


The successful candidate will demonstrate:

  • 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.
  • Knowledge of and experience with contemporary issues that affect students living in high poverty communities and provide strategies to staff in promoting social and emotional competence throughout the building.
  • Familiarity with professional literature and best practice in social and emotional intelligences, and adolescent development.
  • 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. SESIS).
  • Evidence of success in forming successful partnerships with community-based organizations and other organizations that offer social and emotional supports to students.
  • Knowledge of or ability to make referrals for students in need of additional services or alternative placements.
  • Evidence of success in collaborating on AIS (Academic Intervention Services) team.

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.

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