School Counselor

Washington, DC
School Support – Special Education Support
Full-time
At Rocketship Public Schools, we believe in the infinite possibility of human potential. We believe that every student deserves the right to dream, to discover, and to develop their unique potential. And it is our responsibility and our privilege to unleash the potential inside every Rocketeer we serve. Our non-profit network of public elementary charter schools propels student achievement, develops exceptional educators, and partners with parents who enable high-quality public schools to thrive in their community. We are a collective of parents, teachers, leaders, and students working together to transform the future for underserved communities across our country. At Rocketship Public Schools, we are unleashing potential.

Rocketship Public Schools  is looking for a dynamic, committed and flexible School Counselor to become part of a vibrant educational community. The Rocketship School Counselor will do whatever it takes to improve student achievement and ensure that students are progressing on their individual goals.

School Counselors at Rocketship help families navigate and overcome obstacles so that their Rocketeers are on the path to college.  Rocketship School Counselors are responsible for delivering effective, high-quality, interventions that are data driven.

Essential Functions

    • Demonstrate positive, collaborative problem-solving orientation with students, parents and guardians, educators, administrators, community members, and colleagues
    • Provide core services including: prevention, consultation, intervention, assessment, and counseling. Services include, but are not limited to, conducting observations, collecting data, reviewing student records, conferring with teachers and parents, interviewing students, conducting functional behavior assessments, counseling (individual and group), planning behavior interventions, and conducting in-services and professional development. These core services are adapted to the particular needs of each student, situation, and setting
    • Help all stakeholders understand child development and how it affects student performance academically and social/emotionally
    • Serve in a consultative role with designated personnel to offer prevention and intervention strategies related to learning and behavioral problems of students; and provide consultation on an on-going basis to teachers, parents, and other school personnel to resolve students’ learning and behavioral problems
    • Assist in identifying needed community resources for students and makes appropriate referrals to resources to facilitate educational and behavioral interventions recommended for student success
    • Deliver crisis response and intervention services to students, families and staff, when needed
    • Provide group and individual therapy and classroom support to general education students, as well as monitor the students’ responses to the interventions identified
    • Complete special education pre-referral paperwork and attend multidisciplinary team meetings
    • Develop and monitor student responses to behavior intervention plans, including providing support and consultation to general and special education teachers
    • Conduct functional behavior assessments and social history evaluations and communicate the results to all team members in parent-friendly language
    • Complete and monitor the pre-referral paperwork as it relates to the social/ emotional functioning of students
    • Complete paperwork for students with 504 plans, as well as monitor the implementation of the accommodations identified in the plans

School and Community

    • Serve as a school liaison to social service agencies and community
    • Monitor and develop school-wide plans to address student attendance
    • Participate in mediation, administrative reviews, hearings and due process proceedings, as needed
    • Participate in disciplinary proceedings: expulsions, manifestations, and causation meetings
    • Be available for Open Houses, Parent-Teacher Conferences and other events involving parents outside of normal operating hours
    • Believe deeply in the mission and values of Rocketship  and subscribe to Rocketship’s Five Core Values
    • Hold high expectations for each student and exhibit positive rapport with all students
    • Demonstrate strong knowledge of therapy models
    • Implement the school-wide student management policies within classrooms and everywhere on campus
    • Create and fosters a positive learning environment
    • Establish and maintain strong communication lines with all parents
    • Remain on call in the evenings (via school cell phone) to provide student support

Qualifications

    • At least two years of School Counseling experience (Preferred)
    • Master's Degree in School Counseling (Required)
    • Licensure as a School Counselor by the District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE).
    • Commitment to working with underserved students (Required)
    • Experience working in an urban public school (Preferred)
    • Pass a criminal background check, as required by law

Other Skills and Traits

    • Unquestioned integrity and commitment to Rocketship  DC’s mission
    • Passion for education and a desire to help Rocketship  DC schools grow
Physical Demands:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions. While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to talk, hear, and communicate with both adults and children. The employee frequently is required to use hands or fingers, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally climb ladders. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus. The noise level in the work environment is moderate to high.

Compensation:
Commensurate with qualifications and experience, plus excellent health and welfare benefits, 403b retirement plan, flexible spending account (FSA), and generous paid time off.

Rocketship Public Schools provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. Rocketship Public Schools complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

Rocketship Public Schools expressly prohibits any form of unlawful employee harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of Rocketship Public Schools’ employees to perform their expected job duties is absolutely not tolerated. Click here for our Sexual Harassment Policy and here for our Title IX Policy.  For questions, concerns, or complaints, please contact Equity/Discrimination Title IX Compliance Officer,  Address: 350 Twin Dolphin Drive, Suite 109, Redwood City, CA 94065. Phone: 877-806-0920 ext. 115.