February 28, 2022

Guidance Counselor

Full Time
Golda Och Academy
West Orange, NJ

Qualified candidates should be energetic and outgoing professionals who support diagnosis, assessment, intervention, prevention, health promotion, program development, and staff training. Guidance Counselors serve as a student advocate who works cooperatively with parents/guardians, faculty/staff, and external organizations, as needed, to promote the healthy development of children and families in our community. The Guidance Counselor enriches the community through a strong cross-curricular approach to create a sense of belonging that empowers students to engage daily.

Essential Functions

  • Abides by the policies and guidelines contained in the GOA Employee Handbook
  • Responds to any crisis, including separation and loss
  • Keeps abreast of breaking events that may affect the community and provides resources for staff, parents, and students
  • Collaborates with the admissions team to screen prospective applicants and review neuropsychological testing
  • Trains faculty to implement classroom-based prevention and support programming related to mental health and students’ social, emotional, and behavioral needs (e.g., anti-bullying and self-regulation)
  • Educate students about self awareness and self esteem. Teach problem solving and conflict resolution skills.
  • Support student growth and development inside and outside of the classroom (ie. on the playground, at recess, and during lunch/less structured times of the day)
  • Provides short-term individual and small group counseling pertaining to school-based behavioral, emotional, social, self-regulation, and mental health issues
  • Maintains documentation, logs, and appropriate communication in accordance with professional standards pertaining to licensed school counselors
  • Consults with parents/guardians, teachers, support staff, administrators, medical professionals, and community mental health personnel
  • Maintains relationships with qualified therapists and/or community agencies and provides referrals to families as appropriate
  • Works collaboratively to develop and implement a school-wide health and wellness curriculum and resources to support understanding of early childhood and elementary development
  • Provides guidance and professional development opportunities to faculty and staff on topics such as behavior management, recognizing mental health challenges in the classroom, building classroom community, growing resilience in children, and effects of COVID-19 in our Preschool through Grade 5 learners
  • Provides robust parent/guardian education on a range of relevant topics
  • Attends all appropriate school meetings and events
  • Develops, designs, and implements behavioral-based support plans
  • Implements classroom-based prevention programming related to mental health and students’ social, emotional, and behavioral needs (e.g., anti-bullying, self-regulation)

Required Qualifications

  • Previous school counseling experience preferred
  • Master’s Degree in Counseling or Social Work
  • Minimum two (2) years post-licensure experience preferred
  • Experience working with students, parents, teachers, and families
  • Well-versed in reading and writing learning plans
  • Experienced in creating and implementing social-emotional learning skills programs for students, faculty/staff, and parents
  • Strong organization/time management and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work both collaboratively and independently
  • Must be able to develop high levels of trust and rapport with students, parents/guardians, and colleagues
  • Knowledgeable about the development stages of early childhood and elementary aged students as well as positive identity formation frameworks

To apply, please email a resume and cover letter to gpaulick@goldaochacademy.org.