Counselor

Newton Public Schools – Newton, MA

Department: Student Services Job Title: Counselor/Clinician FLSA Status:
(Exempt/Non-exempt) Unit A; Exempt Reports to: Department Head for Special Education, Assistant Superintendent for Student Services or designee general description (1-3 lines describing role): The Counselor/Clinician works to support a safe and welcoming learning environment for all students, and particularly those with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). In partnership with other program staff, provides cohesive clinical oversight that aligns and supports program mission and vision. Qualifications:
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS :
  • At least a Bachelors degree in counseling, guidance, social work, psychology or related field
  • Masters degree preferred
  • Appropriate DESE licensure or licensure eligible (School Adjustment Counselor, School Guidance Counselor, School psychologist)
  • 3-5 Years of experience required, preferably working with teens/young adults/families with ASD in a school setting
  • Experience running programs/programming for youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
  • Experience running social skills groups for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
  • Desire to support direct instruction in social, organizational, and life skills to adolescents with ASD
  • Understanding of Social Thinking Curriculum and Social Pragmatics
  • Experience connecting families with outside resources
.Experience collaborating with Department of Developmental Services, Department of Mental Health and the Department of Children and Families
  • Ability to handle multitude of varying and complex issues
  • Understanding of special education regulations and laws
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to use technology effectively
  • Something about risk assessments
  • Trained in de-escalation techniques
  • Experience or skill around school refusal strategies
.Case management as possible part of duties
  • Ability to collaborate and communicate effectively with numerous building stakeholders
ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES (not limited to): Provide individual and group counseling to students with ASD, including, but not limited to, social, emotional and/or behavioral needs
  • Provide individualized, culturally relevant, strengths-based case management and crisis intervention for students in need
  • Provide services to students as outlined in individual education plan (IEPs) or 504 plans
  • Collaborate with staff members on developing interventions for students in need
  • Support the development of programs and activities that promote student engagement, family engagement, community involvement and a positive school climate Complete all required paperwork in accordance with district/school policies and federal and state law. .Consistent and on-time attendace is required . .Responsible for implementing other job related duties as needed Work Environment & PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
Work Environment:
  • Majority of work is performed in a school environment
Physical Requirements:
.Must be able to assist with student behavioral needs as necessary
  • Ability to sit or stand for extended periods of time
Ability to lift and/or move objects weighing up to 30 pounds
  • Sufficient mobility to navigate within a large school building
Newton Public Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Newton Public Schools ensures equal employment opportunities regardless of race, creed, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, sexual orientation or disability. The Newton Public Schools places a high value on diversity and active recruitment of qualified minority teachers and staff . Any individual needing assistance in making application for any opening should contact the district human resources office.

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