Associate Director of Counseling, AIM I

Location
New York, NY, US
Salary
Competitive
Posted
May 08, 2019
Ref
1680251
About Us

New Visions Charter High Schools (NVCHS) provide all students, regardless of their previous academic history, the highest quality education in an atmosphere of respect, responsibility and rigor. We ensure that our students have the skills and knowledge to graduate ready for college, pursue a career, and engage with the 21st century economy. We develop learning experiences that allow risk-taking, cultivate students' imaginative and creative abilities, and celebrate achievement. Through an intensive study of math concepts in our math and science schools, and literature, English, social studies and arts in our humanities schools, students learn how to generate research questions, develop the skills necessary to answer those questions, create products that demonstrate understanding, and defend their knowledge publicly.

New Visions AIM Charter High Schools give preference to the students most often ignored: those involved in the juvenile justice system; homeless students; those in foster care or child protective services; and those at least one year behind their graduation cohort. Our goal is for all students to earn a diploma and successfully navigate college and career options and we achieve this by: Building trusting relationships that foster a safe community, honor student perspectives, and enable intentional socio-emotional learning; immersing students in a tailored program that accelerates academic learning, builds professional skills, and broadens career awareness; and cultivating a mission-driven culture of continuous improvement that is responsive to students’ complex and diverse needs.

THE POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Lead socio-emotional professional development and growth of school team
    • Lead the Clinical Support Team comprised of Social Workers, Guidance Counselors, SpEd Coordinator, and Advocate counselors.
    • Develop and administer ongoing training and support to AIM I staff across a continuum of student support services including, but not limited to, mandated reporter training, crisis intervention training, and professional development on Student Services policies, procedures, and functions.
    • Coordinate with the Director & Assistant of Curriculum and Instruction to provide the socio-emotional component of professional development for teachers
    • Observe classrooms and coach teachers to ensure supportive classroom environments that reflect collaboration between instructional and socio-emotional staff members
    • Support teachers in the implementation of strategies that maximize results for students with various learning styles and needs
    • Direct screening process for identifying English Language Learners
    • Develop, communicate, align and implement vision for student support to the overall academic vision of the school and network
    • Provide innovative professional development to school leaders, families, teachers and student support staff designed to increase their skill level in developing and executing academic, social, and emotional supports for students
  • Leads the provision of mandated student support services to promote student academic and socio-emotional growth
    • Oversee the maintenance of student records and follow all mandated timelines and requirements
    • Oversee the FBA/BIP process for students.
    • Collaborate with Special Education Coordinator in mandated counseling interventions and reporting
    • Support teachers in the implementation of strategies that maximize results for students with various learning styles and needs
    • Support the development and implementation of system-wide procedures and best practices for teachers to implement Response to Intervention (RTI) and special education pre-referral processes
    • Confer with parents, administrators, testing specialists, social workers, and professionals to develop IEPs designed to promote students‘ academic, physical, and social development
    • Communicate with students and families regularly to discuss student socio-emotional progress
  • Manages programs and supports for high needs students
    • Identify and intervene with high-need students to ensure their needs are met
    • Supports school administration in conducting risk assessment, crisis intervention and mediation
    • Actively participates in student intervention team and other related meetings
    • Act as the school’s homeless/McKinney Vento Liaison
    • Support with the development of the school’s Homeless Intervention Plan
    • Coordinate supports for students in temporary living situations and foster care
    • Develop robust programs for supporting students with a criminal justice background
    • Manage documentation and probation requirements to ensure students and agencies are provided with optimal and timely support around documentation or other requests
    • Support students with a criminal justice background by providing support and guidance in relation to reentry, compliance with probation requirements, and recidivism reduction supports and initiatives.

PERFORMANCE EVALUATION

The DCS will be expected to provide evidence of their work including reporting:
  • Verbal and written documentation of supervision sessions including development of a supervision tool
  • Establish and assess measurable student learning outcomes, program goals, and objectives for student engagement activities.
  • Provide (or make provisions for) individual and group supervision for social worker and interns team as required
  • Meet regularly with counseling staff to ensure continual development of counseling program and to provide ongoing support

QUALIFICATIONS
  • At least five years in high school supporting students academically, socially and emotionally.
  • Preference given to candidates with demonstrated success or experience working with disconnected youth.
  • LCSW or LMSW with Seminar in Field Instruction (SIFI) Certificate required
  • Ability to collaborate and train other school staff to explain their role in implementation of school-wide assessments,comprehend data collected from assessments, reflect on such relationships and pursue greater success.
  • Master’s degree from an accredited program
  • Strong work ethic and willingness to assume a variety of roles
  • Strong organizational, communication, and negotiation skills

New Visions is an equal opportunity employer, and we hire without consideration of race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, or disability.

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