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Elementary School Counselor (MSW, LPC, School Counselor)
Type: Leadership & Support Staff
Full Time/Part Time: Full-Time
Start Date: 2019-20 School Year
Organization: KIPP Nashville
About KIPP Nashville
KIPP Nashville is a network of high-performing, college preparatory public schools that has been committed to creating a vibrant, college-going culture in Nashville since 2005. KIPP Nashville is part of the acclaimed KIPP Network, which educates 100,000 students nation-wide and supports students from educationally under-resourced communities to college graduation through our KIPP Through College program.
KIPP Nashville currently operates 3 elementary schools, 2 middle schools, and 1 high school. 100% of our 2018 alumni graduated high school with acceptance to 4 year colleges and are projected to complete college at a rate 4x that of their peers. We are excited to expand our Kinder-College continuum by opening our 7th school in 2019 and continuing our growth until all students in Nashville have access to an excellent education.
The mission of KIPP Nashville is to cultivate in its students the character and academic skills needed to succeed in college and have an opportunity-filled life in the world beyond. If you share in this belief, if you have a proven willingness to do what it takes for students to achieve, if you thrive in an environment that is both collaborative and entrepreneurial, then you are already a KIPPster.
Position OverviewKIPP Nashville seeks a highly dedicated school counselor who will bring a “whatever it takes” attitude to its team. The Elementary School Counselor will work directly with students and families to provide effective, high quality interventions that are data-driven. The Counselor will work directly with teachers to cultivate their knowledge of students’ social and emotional development. To ensure that we are meeting the social and emotional needs to all students and families we educate, our School Counselor will be a key driver of our schools’ student culture vision of creating safe, inclusive, and character building culture for every child. The School Counselor provides the following core services: prevention, intervention, assessment, and collaboration. Position ResponsibilitiesResponsibilities of the Elementary School Counselor will include, but are not limited to:Prevention
- Participate in weekly intervention meetings to thought partner with teachers around social and emotional supports
- Build relationships and collaborate with external education and social services professionals to develop appropriate agency services for students and families
- Facilitate workshops and other learning opportunities for families
- Conduct home visits that support families to meet school expectations and increases student/family involvement
- Participate on school staff teams to develop policies and practices to proactively build school culture including opportunities for team-building and collaboration among students
- Help drive a school-wide atmosphere that suits the needs to our students, teachers, and families
- Facilitate professional development for teachers to help them understand child development and how it affects student performance academically and social/emotionally
- Drive social and emotional intervention plans for our most high need students
- Run individual and group counseling sessions with research-based social and emotional practices
- Assist students, teachers, and families to develop solutions to family and community factors that influence students’ capacity or ability to learn
- Complete high-quality progress notes for all students receiving social work services weekly
- Conduct interviews with a student, family members, and KIPP staff members to gather information about each student’s social, emotional and behavioral needs; help all constituents integrate information to best meet the student’s needs
- Conduct observations to gather data in order to determine best options for interventions
- Create professional learning goals each year and implement feedback towards these goals
- Offer support to and receive constructive feedback from colleagues in order to create a professional working atmosphere that is conducive to growth and improvement
- Be available for open houses, parent-teacher conferences, and other events involving families outside of normal operating hours
- Bachelor’s Degree
- Experience working with underserved communities, families, and/or students, particularly students and families in immigrant communities (Preferred)
- Demonstrated success in building relationships and trust with leaders, teachers, students, parents and community
- Professional license required - can be Licensed Social Worker, Licensed Professional Counselor or School Counselor
- Unwavering commitment to KIPP Nashville’s mission, students, families, and community
- Firm believe in affirming the identity of students, families and staff
- Proficiency speaking, reading and writing in Spanish, Arabic and/or Somali a plus
- Committed to being a leader for race and equity
- Eagerness to collaborate and problem-solve with a variety of stakeholders
- Sensitive and responsive to the needs of others
- Demonstrate commitment to continue their professional development individually
- Possess an entrepreneurial spirit, be flexible, willing, and bale to play different roles that the school, and to go above and beyond to meet the varied and constant needs of students
Salary is competitive, commensurate with experience, and includes benefits. KIPP Nashville is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual preference, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, pregnancy, or veteran status.