Reporting to the Assistant Principal, the School Counselor is primarily responsible for supporting the emotional well-being of specific students (including referred, identified, or self-identified students) and the student body in general.
Specific duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Maintaining regular office hours to meet with students, families, and faculty/staff
Providing crisis intervention and support services for students
Maintaining on-going, confidential records of contacts and tracking emotional well-being of students
Giving faculty and staff members guidance in handling specific student issues
Working closely with the Assistant Principal in the development and implementation of proactive health and wellness programs, related curricula, and community resources
Assisting the senior team, as needed, on certain projects (e.g. academic reviews of prospective students)
Keeping the Head of School and his delegate(s) informed of student issues
Support the school and its leadership
Other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the Head of School or his delegate
Additionally, the school counselor will:
Plan and execute programs (presentations, classes, group sessions, etc) that proactively enhance awareness of mental health; promote positive, healthy behaviors; and seek to remove the stigma associated with mental health issues
Provide responsive services including internal and external referral procedures, short-term counseling or crisis intervention focused on mental health or situational concerns with the intent of helping the student return to the classroom and removing barriers to learning
Recognize warning signs and respond appropriately
Provide school-based prevention and universal interventions and targeted interventions for students with mental health and behavioral health concerns
Educate teachers, administrators, parents/guardians, and community stakeholders about the mental health concerns of students and provide resources and information
Adhere to appropriate guidelines regarding confidentiality, the distinction between public and private information and consultation
Direct students and parents to school and/or community resources for additional assistance through referrals that treat mental health issues
Help identify and address students’ mental health issues while working within the ASCA’s Ethical Standards; Competencies for School Counselors; and national, state and local legislation (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act), which guide school counselors’ informed decision-making and standardize professional practice to protect both the student and school counselor
Seek to continually update their professional knowledge regarding the students’ social/emotional needs
Please email a cover letter, addressed to Chris Arnold, Assistant Principal, and resume to employment at chicagoartsacademy dot org.
About The Chicago Academy for the Arts
ABOUT THE CHICAGO ACADEMY FOR THE ARTS
The Chicago Academy for the Arts http://chicagoacademyforthearts.org/ transforms emerging artists through a curriculum and culture which connect intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, and creativity to impart skills to lead and collaborate across diverse communities. The artistic and educational philosophy of the Academy is to equip talented, emerging artists with rigorous pre-professional training and a comprehensive college preparatory education so they achieve great artistic success and passionate contributions to the world as artists, scientists, entrepreneurs, engineers – whatever their dreams become. Academy students develop a capacity for imagination that is broad, deep, and powerful, so they may expand the possibilities of their art and apply their mastery of key skills to any dream in life.
The Academy’s rigorous and comprehensive curriculum is taught by a talented faculty, in an intimate and nurturing environment, set in a culturally rich urban location, and with a deliberately socio-economically diverse student population. Our program and school design creates the conditions necessary to cultivate creativity, critical think...ing, risk-taking, the ability to learn adaptability, empathy, leadership, collaboration, communication, and character – all the characteristics and skills required to succeed as artists, thinkers, and doers who make an impact no matter what path they choose in life.
The Academy views diversity – socioeconomic and in thought – as a key engine in fostering the inventiveness, imagination and competitiveness integral to future-thinking individuals and organizations. For diversity across all sectors, the Academy ranks well above residential art conservatory programs and other Chicago-area independent schools. Needs-based scholarships are imperative to attracting and retaining the best and brightest emerging artists and to ensure a diversity of talent. Sixty-five percent of Academy families receive tuition assistance, which far exceeds the national average among comparable schools, and which reflects an essential part of the school’s core values. The average percentage of people of color at similar independent conservatory programs is 24% compared to over 40% at the Academy.