3-6 COVID-19 Response Counselor

Reports To: LCIS Principal
Length of Assignment: August 3 – December 17
Salary Range: $22,900 Full benefits provided. Grant-funded for one-half school year

Purpose of Position: This is a short-term counseling position to support students and families in dealing with challenges related to COVID-19. This position will work closely with Lake County School District’s counseling and social work team to support response efforts.

Responsibilities: Duties of this job include, but are not limited to:

  • Provides intervention and skill building for students who have been referred for intensive skill-building and therapeutic supports (individual or group).
  • Participates as a member of the District Counseling/Social Work team in addition to the school’s Multi-Tiered System of Support and RtI processes to represent social/emotional and mental health perspective. Will also participate on Collaborative Problem Solving teams as needed.
  • Utilizes assessment tools to understand student strengths and lagging skills, and to determine an appropriate course of action.
  • Supports the lead Social Worker at LCIS with referrals, interventions and support protocols to meet the needs of students related to COVID-19, and builds upon common social/emotional, behavior, and academic goals to deliver services as appropriate.
  • Support LCIS staff, with the school social worker, as needed during the transition to teaching and working with students during COVID-19 (ie: direct to EAP services, provide trauma informed resources).
  • Participates in data collection used to measure the impact of interventions and supports, and to demonstrate the impact of the associated grant programs.
  • Consults with staff, parents and students about interventions and options for students.
  • Works regularly with the school principal and social worker to ensure the needs of all students are being equitably met.
  • Refer students in need of therapeutic services to community therapy resources (i.e. School based Health, Sol Vista, etc.)
  • Maintains records of contacts and actions taken with each student.
  • Perform Suicide Risk Assessments and other threat assessments on an as needed basis with support of ten school social worker and DCSW team.
  • Support school staff in utilizing trauma-informed practices to support students experiencing challenges with COVID-19.
  • Assists in the promotion of a positive school climate and follows school norms and expectations.
  • Promotes a positive professional and ethical image of the school district, social emotional and behavioral-mental health supports and special education services.
  • Be available by radio to respond as needed to crisis situations.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in Social Work or Counseling required (CDE or DORA license within 45 days of hire.
  • Ability to motivate and work with Middle School students grades 3-6 in addition to staff.
  • Possess educational and professional experience in counseling
  • Experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and a variety of family situations
  • Bilingual English/Spanish preferred
  • Experience with educational systems and practices, such as RtI, PBIS, and EL preferred
  • Experience implementing social/emotional curriculum to both classrooms and small groups

Logistics:

  • Create schedules collaboratively with principal and other relevant stakeholders. Continuously revisit schedules with the principal and/or social worker to refine and adjust as needed.
  • Flexibly adapts to the needs of the school, students, and concerns associated with COVID-19 response.
  • 45 minutes per day planning period.
  • Half hour, duty free lunch.
  • Student supervision duties will be required, such as before and after school and at recess and lunch
  • A work space will be provided; it may be shared, if needed.

To apply, please complete a certified employee application (found on LCSD website under employment and applications), email a resume and letter of interest to Cheryl Talbot, LCIS Principal

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