The position is responsible for establishing a rapport with students in alternative settings that is conducive to learning pro-social skills. Must be able to maintain frequent, meaningful parental communication and develop proactive partnerships between the student/parent and the Virginia Beach City Public Schools to support academic achievement and pro-social behaviors. Act as a positive role model for students and model professional and ethical standards. Work in a collegial and collaborative manner with peers, school personnel and the school community to promote and support the mission and goals of the school division and abide by all school division policies and procedures.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Possess knowledge of the local, state, and national support services and agencies available to at-risk youth; ability to establish a collaborative innovative learning environment that is responsive to at-risk students’ need to belong and to develop self-esteem and personal and social responsibility; recognize multicultural perspectives in all areas of the curriculum and emphasize the value of cultural diversity; demonstrate an ability to work as part of a collaborative team; demonstrate effective verbal and nonverbal communication techniques to foster positive interactions with students; maintain accurate and confidential records and demonstrate computer proficiency, especially with Microsoft office software programs.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Bachelor’s Degree in counseling, social work, psychology, sociology or a related field or hold a Collegiate Professional Certificate or Postgraduate Professional Certificate. Background in working with students in alternative or at-risk settings, instructional knowledge of crisis intervention strategies, ability to apply a gradually progressive system of verbal and non-verbal strategies to effectively deescalate potentially dangerous situations and understanding of 40 Developmental Assets and support of intentional asset building in students preferred. A comparable amount of training and experience may be substituted for the minimum qualifications.
HOW TO APPLY
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Candidates with degrees in the areas of School Counseling, Counseling, Social Work, Psychology, and Human Services are highly preferred and encouraged to apply for this position.
Qualified candidates should have experience working with at-risk youth and knowledge of the local, state, and national support services and agencies. Candidates must have expertise in facilitating small group instruction.
Candidates will work under the direction of the Executive Director of Renaissance Academy and must demonstrate leadership qualities and characteristics necessary for working effectively with students, parents, teachers, and administrators.
Virginia Beach City Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation/gender identity, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical condition, disability, marital status, age, genetic information or veteran status in its programs and activities. (Reference: School Board Policies 2-33, 4-4, 4-6)
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