Guidance Counselor Vacancy Circular (19K935)

  • Posted Date: Apr 20, 2021 Deadline: Apr 20, 2022
  • 76 Dinsmore Pl., Brooklyn, New York United States

Job Details

Guidance Counselor Vacancy Circular

School Name: M.S. 935
District: 19
School Site: K667, 76 Dinsmore Pl., Brooklyn, NY 11208
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Guidance Counselor


Our Mission

Our mission at M.S. 935 is to provide students with a well-rounded, rigorous, inquiry-based education that is rooted in STEM. Staff, parents and students will work collaboratively to ensure that students have the tools and skills necessary to engage in a curriculum that allows students to continue to be innovative and inquisitive, while maintaining their path to college and career readiness. We will continue to provide a safe, inclusive and engaging learning environment for all students via traditional and remote learning platforms so that our students will become the problem solvers of tomorrow.

Our Vision

The students of M.S. 935 will take their classroom, remote learning and regular life experiences and apply them to solving real-world issues. Students will engage in inquiry based (STEM) activities, that will require them to think critically while still being creative. Students will be immersed in a flexible learning environment, that provides structure and positive mental stimulation to warrant growth for future excellence.

We are looking to hire teachers who understand the importance of a team and embody the following core values that we are instilling in our students:

M.S. 935 students are:

Resilient – Our students do not give up in the face of adversity. Instead they push through the obstacles in front of them and find a solution to the problem.
Inquisitive – Our students are curious and they question the status quo. They look for deeper meaning and understanding of what they see.
Innovative – Our students are not satisfied with the existing way of doing things. They look for new ways to solve current and future problems in the world.
Compassionate – Our students understand the well-being of others is important. They look to support their community and their peers.
Honorable – Our students are striving to be respected and productive citizens in society, who choose to do the right thing because it is the right thing and not for accolades or acknowledgement.

A 10 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.

Eligibility Requirements

Licensed certified Guidance Counselor in New York City schools, bilingual (Spanish 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:

  • 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
  • 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
  • Participating in regular faculty development and being involved in collaborating on the school’s guidance program
  • Maintaining regular and open communication with parents
  • 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
  • Working with attendance team to help improve student attendance
  • Attending all IEP conferences and meetings
  • Facilitating active student recruitment and conducting new student intake

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
  • Knowledge of and experience with contemporary issues that affect youth 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Dedication to helping children grow and learn in a demanding setting
  • Knowledge of both ELL/ESL standards and Special Education compliance requirements
  • Ability and/or willingness to use or learn to use Google Apps

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 and 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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