School Counselor Role
School counselors are advocates who provide support to maximize student potential and academic achievement while serving the needs of a diverse student population. In collaboration with all educators, families and the community, school counselors create a support system through individual and small-group counseling, responsive services and leadership. As a result of the school counselor, students will acquire skills and knowledge for college and career readiness and become civically minded members of society.
The successful candidate possesses:
- Knowledge of Common Core Learning Standards and College and Career Readiness skills;
- Ability to work collaboratively with staff members, and administrators;
- Ability to build strong relationships with students, staff, parents and the community;
- Excellent organizational, verbal, and written communication skills;
- Strong foundation in the principles of anti-racism, trauma-sensitivity, and culturally-responsive education.
- Takes a strengths-based, advocacy approach to working with students and families;
- Strives to grow and learn in a team-oriented, collaborative environment.
- NYS School Counselor Certification - Preferred
Job responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Developing/implementing a comprehensive school counseling program in collaboration with other school counselors.
- Working with students individually and in groups.
- Participation in the CSE process as appropriate;
- Assisting students with personal goal setting, action planning, and progress-monitoring
- Providing support in pathways for college and/or career readiness, and long-term post-secondary planning.
- Providing responsive services to include individual and small group counseling, and comprehensive Tier 1 programs and interventions.
- Consultation and collaboration with teachers, staff and parents/guardians; referrals to and consultation with outside service providers and community resources.
- Serving as a member of the School Based Support Team, Committee on Special Education, 504 Committee, Cohort Team, and other groups as appropriate.
- Providing classroom guidance instruction to students in several areas to include college and career readiness, study and organizational skills, self-awareness and identity development, and social/emotional learning.
- Assisting administrators with mediating student conflicts and partnering with parents and other stakeholders to identify barriers to learning, and design personalized interventions.
About Schenectady City Schools
With a population of nearly 10,000 students, the Schenectady City School District is one of the largest in the Capital Region. With an incredibly diverse population we are committed to ensuring that all children feel valued, are safe and will learn. We place the highest priority on a culture of equity, ensuring that race, economics, and disability are never predictors of student achievement. Every child in our district counts and will be supported each step of the way, along the path to graduation.
The Schenectady City School District is committed to hiring members of protected classes and residents of the City of Schenectady. For more information on the District’s recruitment and hiring plan, please contact the Human Resources Office at 881-2000 ext. 40133. The Schenectady City School District does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, creed, disability, marital status, veteran status, national origin, race or gender. This policy is in compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Regulations and By-Laws of the Board of Education of the Schenectady City School District.