Guidance Counselor

  • Posted Date: Jun 5, 2020 Deadline: Oct 31, 2020
  • The Mafalda DiMango Campus for the Arts

Job Details

School Name: P.S. 939

District: 20

School Site: The Mafalda DiMango Campus for the Arts 278 59th Street, Brooklyn, NY

Send Cover Letter and Resume to: hiringatps939@gmail.com

POSITIONS

Guidance Counselor

DESCRIPTION

P.S. 939 Mission Statement:

In becoming culturally and civically responsible, our students will be aware of both the needs of their own communities, and the needs of the many diverse communities that make up our society through a rich and rigorous curriculum immersed in the arts. In the process of creating an equitable learning environment, students will develop the knowledge, attitude and skills needed to understand and manage their own emotions and empathize with others’, thus cultivating and maintaining positive relationships with peers. Our mission is to prepare students of all backgrounds and abilities to be engaged global citizens through community and self-expression in the arts.

School Vision:

P.S. 939 students will be equipped with critical thinking skills, global awareness and respect for core values through a rigorous curriculum in order to prepare them for a rapidly changing world.

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.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

Licensed certified Guidance Counselor in New York City schools, [Spanish or Chinese speaking preferred,] with satisfactory ratings and attendance.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

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, conflict mediation, 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
  • Organize and conduct pupil personnel committee meetings
  • Remaining in regular contact with families of students
  • Identifying and making appropriate referrals to meet and support students’ academic, social, and/or mental health needs
  • Seeking out resources and services outside our school to improve the emotional, social and academic well-being of our students and their families
  • Organize and facilitate workshops (staff/PTA/at risk students, etc) and other public speaking events
  • Working with attendance team to help improve student attendance
  • Attending all IEP Conferences and meetings

SELECTION CRITERIA

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
  • Ability to offer leadership to staff and teachers around the social and emotional development of students
  • 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
  • Commitment to developing professional goals and objectives in collaboration with the administration that will monitor progress and assess effectiveness in enhancing student development and achievement
  • Success in working collaboratively with colleagues, parents/caregivers and partners
  • 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
  • Knowledge of both ELL/ESL standards and Special Education compliance requirements
  • Ability to use NYCDOE systems
  • 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.

WORK SCHEDULE & SALARY

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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