School Counselor - Vanguard School at Valley Forge Ed Services
Position: School Counselor
Subject Area: (none)
Job Title: School Counselor
Job Location: The Vanguard School
Beginning: Immediately
Deadline: Open until filled **
District: Vanguard School at Valley Forge Ed Services
Paoli, PA 19301
Telephone: 610-296-6725
Job Description:
Title: School Counselor - Long Term Sub
Program or Department: Clinical Services
Position Type: Long-term Substitute (1 position)
Work Schedule: Monday to Friday, 7:45AM to 3:45PM
Reports To: Assistant Director of Clinical Services

Position Summary

Reposted: 1/29/2019:  The Vanguard School has one opening for a long-term substitute School Counselor to assume a caseload in our High School Program beginning immediately and continuing through April 26, 2019.  (There is an option to continue working in a different capacity through June, 2019).  Certification must be K-12 or Secondary School Counseling.
We are looking for a responsible, patient, caring individual with experience in a special education setting.  The ideal candidate will have prior experience working with students diagnosed with autism, developmental delays, neurological impairments and/or emotional disorders.
The School Counselor is responsible for coordinating and facilitating all aspects of programming and communication for the students on their caseload to include support in academic, social, and behavioral areas as well as implementing the school-wide positive behavior system.  He/she represents Vanguard and VFES daily through direct contact with colleagues, parents, school district representatives, other school personnel, mental health agencies and other outside agencies. 

Position Requirements
  1. Master’s degree in School Counseling or a related field.
  2. Current PA school certification in School Counseling.
  3. Prior experience working with students with special needs and knowledge of best practices in special education, transition planning, and mental health services is required.
  4. Possess a high level of interpersonal, problem-solving, conflict resolution, and leadership skills.
Specific Duties & ResponsibilitiesStudent Counseling
  • Assist students in developing the attitudes and skills to reach their potential through individual and/or group counseling, therapeutic activities, and observation.
  • Maintain documentation of all activity regarding student contact, parent contact, and agency involvement.
  • Maintain accurate records as to student status within program, recommendations, and ancillary services.
  • Facilitate the transition planning process which is detailed in each student’s IEP, focusing on the three main post-secondary areas of education/training, employment, and independent living. Evaluate and review progress with students, parents, and outside agencies as appropriate.
  • Meet with students to focus on common core areas of transition with specific emphasis on developing empowerment, self-determination, and self-advocacy skills.
Responsive Services
  • Respond to acute immediate needs of students as they occur which may require counseling, remediation, and crisis intervention. Communication and coordinate with appropriate staff members during the crisis. Maintain documentation of all activity regarding student contact, parent contact, and agency involvement.
  • Implement all applicable organizational policies and provide student specific education and/or counseling in accordance with organizational procedures.
  • Assess suicidal/homicidal ideation or threat assessment. Collaborate with appropriate staff members and supervisors, communicate with parents. When necessary, contact the appropriate crisis/mental health professionals.
  • Respond to child abuse reports under mandated reporter requirements and procedures. Contact appropriate staff members and outside agencies, complete appropriate paperwork, and follow-up as directed.
Systems Support
  • Consult daily with staff members by phone, e-mail, informal conversations and meetings to ensure in-program consistency.
  • Schedule and facilitate case conference, team, and SETT meetings as required. Document meeting decisions and distribute to meeting attendees and others.
  • Communicate regularly with parents and meet with parents as needed to discuss current student academic, social, emotional, and behavioral functioning and future planning. Attend parent-teacher conferences as needed.
  • Communicate with district representatives regarding student progress, programming, and other concerns, as needed.
  • Consult and coordinate visits with shared programs or services as it relates to educational and transition planning.

** District reserves the right to close any Job Posting when a suitable applicant has been found before the deadline date.
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