THERAPEUTIC COUNSELOR/SOCIAL WORKER - Special Services (Maternity Leave 08/25/21 - 12/17/21)
The purpose of this position is twofold: first, to serve as the primary LCSW resource for special education-identified students, providing them with learning, emotional, and behavioral support, as well as healthy self-management strategies.
This individual possesses strong interpersonal and communicative skills, understands and enjoys the diversity of needs and experiences inherent in the Academy’s student body, and demonstrates prior collaborative success on a team. This therapeutic counselor works closely with special education colleagues, grade-level deans, the Health and Wellness Director, and other individuals charged with student wellness and academic concerns. The ideal individual to the Special Services Coordinator and the Health and Wellness Director.
Specific counselor duties fall among the following essential functions of the job:
*work directly with students in response to problematic situations, identifying causal issues, behavioral responses and their impact, and future choices
*consult with relevant members of faculty and administration in developing behavioral plans
*serve on individual students’ learning support teams
*serve as a member of crisis intervention and emergency planning/response teams
*facilitate occasional faculty-staff discussions on social and emotional well-being concerns and promotion
*deliver classroom instruction focused on developing positive relationships and other areas based on students' needs
*hold regularly scheduled student counseling sessions as needed
*engage, collaborate, and communicate with parents and other care providers
*act as case management liaison as applicable for in-home services, outside counseling, etc.
*promote student attendance, work with students and families to uncover attendance barriers, and develop positive incentives to increase attendance
*Relevant graduate degree and/or licensure in mental health or social work; LCMHC, or LCSW preferred
*Prior employment within a school setting; experience in design and implementation of behavioral strategies and plans; school-counseling experience preferred
*Constructive understanding of adolescent development and family systems
*Familiarity with school-based strategies for student support
*Curriculum expertise on subjects involving emotional, personal, and social development of high school students
*Cultural sensitivity and awareness
*Outstanding verbal and written communication skills
*Sound organizational abilities, including the ability to balance duties and timelines
Qualifying Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree preferred.
Interested candidates should submit an application, letter of interest, résumé, college transcripts, and three references to Amanda Fusco, Executive Assistant to the Head of School and Student Records Manager (firstname.lastname@example.org).
All Fryeburg Academy employees are subject to Maine Dept. of Education Criminal History Record Check.
Fryeburg Academy is an Equal Opportunity Employer.