The Magellan International School (Colegio Internacional Magallanes), in Austin, Texas, is seeking a Primary School Counselor. This position will work with Primary (K - 4th grade) and school levels as a school counselor and instructor for Social Emotional Learning (SEL), sexuality education, and mindfulness.
Intervene in behavioral and emotional crises
Provide mental health resources and case management for high need children and parents
Stay in regular contact with external mental health professionals
Conduct sessions to children in need of support
Collaborate with the SSR team organizing and finding spaces for the therapists and tutors that come to the school to work with the students
Based on external therapists, specialists, and professionals' recommendations and referrals, s/he communicates and collaborates with teachers, parents, and students to help create accommodations based on these professional suggestions
Essential Functions As It Relates To:
Lead SEL, mindfulness, and any lessons based on sensitive issues
Provide therapeutic and crisis intervention
Connect students with community resources and external therapists, specialists, and professionals
Conduct observations/ brief assessments of students with behavioral challenges
Provide sessions for children in need of support
Provide support to students with behavioral/emotional/psychological needs
Collaborate with external specialists (e.g. therapists, clinicians, psychiatrists) to provide professionally recommended accommodations
Support teachers (K - 4th Grade) with behavior management
Provide mindfulness education and techniques
Collaborate with teachers on SEL and mindfulness lessons, as well as lessons based on sensitive issues
Bridge communication with specialists (e.g. therapists, clinicians, psychiatrists)
Document psychological reports and recommendations to be provided to teachers
Lead the grade level caseload meetings with the SS&R team
Report to the Heads of Sections on external professionals' feedback and recommendations for students receiving services
Document psychological reports and recommendations from specialists
Discuss high need cases with the Heads of Sections
Write blog posts on behalf of SS&R
Organize parent education programs
Provide presentations to parents as needed
Attend parent meetings when required
Communicate and collaborate with parents
Maintain and facilitate referrals to external providers (therapists, testing, etc.)
Create and maintain connections with relevant community resources
Bridge communication with specialists (e.g. therapist, clinicians, psychiatrists)
Document psychological reports and recommendations provided by specialists (e.g. therapists, clinicians, psychiatrists)
Collaborate with SS&R team to accommodate specialists and tutors who work with students
Suggest resources to provide the best learning experiences for students with behavioral, emotional, and mental health needs
Continue to build and maintain the list of community resources and specialists (e.g. therapists, clinicians, psychiatrists)
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
Required Education and Experience
Strong background in mental health services and child development
Previous experience in therapeutic intervention and crisis management
Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) or Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) Prior experience working in a school
Background and skills related to comprehensive sexuality and sex education
Ability to speak and write in both Spanish and English (preferred)
Personal Attributes and Skills
Dynamic, empathetic communicator
Therapeutic communication skills
Crisis management and conflict resolution
Coordinate community and school-based resources
Knowledge of evidence-based mental health and behavioral interventions
This position does not include a supervisory role.
Salary and Benefits
A competitive salary package with medical and supplemental benefits, 401K, vacation and sick days.
This job operates in a professional office as well as a classroom environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets, and fax machines.
Position Type and Expected Hours of Work
“Core” work hours: Mondays 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Wednesdays 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Availability during occasional nights and weekend events.
Some out-of-area and overnight travel may be expected.
Additional Eligibility Qualifications
A criminal history background check will be required for finalist(s) under consideration for this position.
Work Authorization/Security Clearance
If hired, you will be required to complete the federal Employment Eligibility Verification form, I-9. You will be required to present acceptable and original documents to prove your identity and authorization to work in the United States. Documents need to be presented no later than the third day of employment. Failure to do so will result in loss of employment at the school.
The Magellan International School provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, The Magellan International School complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.
About Magellan International School
The Magellan International School is an independent, not-for-profit school founded in 2009 which today educates more than 400 students from Preschool through Middle School. The School is named after Ferdinand Magellan, the Portuguese explorer who conceived of and led the first successful expedition to circumnavigate the world. It is this same curiosity, passion, and capacity for achievement in a global context that the School aims to give its students.