School Adjustment Counselor

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Bart Charter Public School
1 Commercial Street
ADAMS, MA 01220

Phone:(413)743-7311
Website: bartcharter.org

Company Description:
Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School (“BART”) is a nationally recognized, award-winning, college-preparatory, public middle and high school located in Adams, Massachusetts. As the only charter school in Berkshire County, it is consistently ranked among the top schools in Massachusetts for student academic achievement and growth.
Committed to its mission to prepare its students for college and a lifetime of learning, BART is a community of 363 curious and creative students, devoted and innovative teachers and staff members, and families dedicated to the success of their children. The student body is richly diverse, each member with an important personal story. The School is built around a makerspace, and its academic program comprises an intense academic core curriculum enriched by ample elective courses in the arts and technology as well as opportunities for students to pursue independent creative and scholarly projects. Before they graduate, BART students must pass courses on college campuses, take and pass collegiate-skills courses each year, complete an internship within the region, and participate in a rigorous program of mock interviews, portfolio presentations, and annual science fairs.
The success enjoyed by BART’s students and the School as a whole results from a school culture characterized by the pursuit of excellence and based on a set of foundational elements:
A liberating, college-preparatory, academic environment that provides for students and employees alike intellectual challenge, professional development and exploration, and personal growth;
Dedication to the education of the whole child that supports the child’s intellectual, emotional, social, and physical maturation;
A school that embodies the best of contemporary educational knowledge, thought, and practices, including a reliance on data-driven teaching and learning in support of advancing student achievement;
A vibrant, inclusive school that embraces diversity and individuality yet shines by the devotion of students, faculty and staff, and families to their BART and home communities;
An educational experience that brings the world into BART and BART into the world; and
A strong, resilient, and multi-element financial base from which resources enable students’ academic success and professional distinction and employees’ professional development and refinement.

School Adjustment Counselor
Adams
Full Time
Education/Training
Certification
Required
3+
Preferred
MSW required, LCSW or LICSW preferable

POSITION SUMMARY

The School Adjustment Counselor’s role entails providing a full range of services to students who need additional support.  As a key member of the Health and Wellness team, the School Adjustment Counselor will partner with school administrators and teachers to develop and implement plans that provide specialized support for selected students throughout the course of the school year.  The School Adjustment Counselor reports to the Health and Wellness Director.  This is a full time position with a yearly contract.

EXPECTATIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Provide individual and group counseling;
  • Coordinate with the IEP team and provide direct counseling services to student as determined by the IEP;
  • Provide crisis intervention when needed;
  • Provide consultation to teachers regarding the social and emotional needs of students;
  • Make referrals and link students and their families to outside resources;
  • Report direct service data on a weekly basis;
  • Participate in appropriate grade level or other meetings to support the social and emotional well-being of the students;
  • Develop individualized safety plans as needed;
  • Provide outreach to parents and families (home visit, telephone outreach etc.).

QUALIFICATIONS AND ATTRIBUTES

  • Exceptional diagnostic and clinical skills;
  • Innovative problem solving and task management abilities;
  • Good time management skills including the ability to triage/prioritize competing needs;
  • Excellent skills in working with interdisciplinary and collaborative teams;
  • Advanced verbal and written communication skills, including ability to communicate effectively with students and families of diverse backgrounds;
  • Proficient use of data in decision-making;
  • MSW required; LCSW or LICSW preferable;
  • Three years of experience working with youth or in social services preferred.

Those who can see themselves in the role of School Adjustment Counselor at BART Charter Public School should send via email a résumé, cover letter and full contact information for three professional references to employment@bartcharter.org. The cover letter should be addressed to BART’s Executive Director, Dr. James White. Review of completed applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. 

BART Charter Public School is an equal opportunity employer. BART does not discriminate in admission to, access to, treatment in, or employment in its services, programs or activities, on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, those experiencing homelessness, or age. For more information about BART and its programs, please visit www.bartcharter.org.