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School Counselor (RICH)

Richfield Public School Academy, a charter school in Flint, MI, is hiring full time School Counselor.  

Richfield Public School Academy is a 'Leader in Me' school, focused on building student leaders that are successful both academically and behaviorally. Applicants should have a passion for working with a diverse group of students, a creative and flexible classroom management system, and a dedication to teaching all students with the belief of 'Live to Learn, Learn to Lead'. 

The School Counselor will assist students whose emotional/social problems interfere with their ability to obtain maximum benefit from the educational program. Acts as liaison between parents/guardians, school, and public and private agencies responsible for student care and services.

Essential Duties: 

  • Provides counseling services to students having or suspected to have a disability as diagnosed through an outside agency. 
  • May provide consultation to teachers and administrators regarding students with behavioral and/or adjustment problems. 
  • Provides consultation to parents/guardians regarding family and community adjustment. 
  • Serves as liaison between the school and outside social agencies when appropriate. 
  • Could make home visits for family consultation and evaluation. 
  • Provides assistance to teachers and principals regarding students with adjustment problems. 
  • Assists in the development of student behavior management plans, functional behavior assessments and manifestation determinations. 
  • Collects data regarding behavioral intervention plans and services provided to students with disabilities. 
  • Maintains appropriate confidential records on each student referred. 
  • Consults, counsels and collaborates with parents, school personnel, students and appropriate community agencies regarding behavioral and educational concerns developed in a multi-tiered system of support. 
  • Consistently models Win-Win leadership.

Other Duties: 

  • May travel to and from district sites and constituent school districts. 
  • Represents the district on various community services agencies and professional organizations as appropriate to the assigned area. 
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Qualifications: Education: Masters degree in counseling or closely related field. Must hold a valid license or be eligible for a license through the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA).

Other Skills: 

  • Skilled in interviewing, individual and group treatment techniques.
  • Ability to formulate eligibility recommendations for emotional impairment. 
  • Demonstrated initiative and understanding in working with students, parents/guardians, teachers and staff. 
  • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills. 
  • Ability to solve problems logically and effectively, to work independently, to manage multiple tasks with results and demonstrate effective time management skills. 
  • Ability to utilize district technology and work to maintain proficiency, as required skill sets change with technology and/or the needs of the district. 
  • Punctuality and good attendance are requirements for the position. 
  • Ability to work a flexible workday and work week. 
  • Ability to work effectively as a team member. 
  • Demonstrate mental/physical ability and stamina for meeting the essential duties of the position. 
  • Discretion with confidential information. Ability to maintain a calm, poised and professional image at all times. 
  • Ability to exercise good judgment and make decisions in accordance with board policies and administrative guidelines.

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