• Posted Date: Sep 18, 2019 Deadline: Sep 18, 2020
  • New York United States

Job Details

(Subject to Budget Availability)


Guidance Counselor Assigned – Single Shepherd (Multiple Positions).



Assigned to a school serving grades 6 – 12 participating in the Single Shepherd initiative (based on student need).


New York State licensed Guidance Counselor. For current DOE employees, you must also have been rated Satisfactory (S) for the past 3 years and have a satisfactory record of attendance and punctuality.


The Single Shepherd initiative is currently available to approximately 15,000 students in grades 6 through 12 in 49 schools throughout District 7 in the Bronx and District 23 in Brooklyn. Students receive support from a Shepherd who will be responsible for guiding them through middle and high school and preparing them for post-secondary success. Guidance counselors assigned will be working as Shepherds to provide individualized guidance and social emotional support at an approximate 1:100 ratio. The cohort of Shepherds is comprised of social workers and guidance counselors. Shepherds meet with students either in a group setting or one-on-one to identify needs, provide individualized support to students, and assist them in the development of the social-emotional, academic, and post-secondary planning skills necessary to thrive in their education. Initiative guidance is provided by principals, superintendents, the Single Shepherd District Coordinators, and Office of Counseling Support Programs (OCSP) central staff. Guidance counselors assigned will be supervised and provided professional development by the Office of Counseling Support Programs (OCSP) and Office of Safety and Youth Development (OSYD) Central staff. OCSP and OSYD provides the day to day supervision of the guidance counselors assigned working in the Single Shepherd initiative. Input will be provided by school principals and the Single Shepherd District Coordinator assigned to their respective schools.


  • Monitor and review academic achievement of students to ensure appropriate programming and progress towards credit accumulation
  • Assist students and families with financial aid
  • Stay current regarding scholarship availability and eligibility
  • Support athletes in meeting NCAA academic standards
  • Facilitate individual academic and post-secondary student planning
  • Provide follow up support to recently graduated students
  • Provide individual student guidance meetings on post-secondary planning and career exploration
  • Provide counseling support services on personal, academic, career, and social-emotional development, and individualized educational mandates
  • Collaborate with school based staff administration on academic and post-secondary concerns
  • Collaborate as needed with existing school teams such as Pupil Personnel Team and School-based Support Team to provide individualized support to students within the Shepherd’s caseload
  • Provide group meetings with students in need of academic and executive functioning skill building
  • Provide faculty workshops on academic planning and post-secondary preparedness
  • Provide faculty workshops to educate staff on issues impacting student social emotional wellness and student achievement
  • Offer teacher wellness strategies and workshops to minimize compassion fatigue
  • Organize school-wide campaigns such as Career Day or Adopt a College
  • Conduct interest inventories
  • Serve as liaison between school and military recruiting stations for students within caseload
  • Conduct guidance lessons as class push-ins on career exploration, life skills, and post-secondary planning
  • Conduct celebrations related to academic achievement and the college application process
  • Organize and conduct college visits in collaboration with initiatives such as College Access for All
  • Contact parents and facilitate meetings between parents and school for those students struggling academically (i.e. promotion in doubt)
  • Organize opportunities for alumni/near peers to talk about the HS/College experience
  • Meet with students and their families in the community and/or their home
  • Collaborate with school social worker to share resources and information regarding on-site student siblings, support services and school-wide needs
  • Data collection of contact time of service provision to students and families
  • Attend professional development workshops and Single Shepherd training, including orientation held during August 2019, after school and/or weekends
  • May be required to work up to 5 days during summer vacation period
  • Work hours outside of normal school hours to accommodate a flexible schedule to meet with students and families


  • Experience working with or willingness to work with high-need and at-risk students and their families
  • Knowledge of all DOE policies and procedures regarding guidance and promotion requirements
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, design, and deliver guidance lessons; and provide support to teachers in the implementation of daily advisory classes
  • Demonstrated success in working collaboratively with other professional staff
  • Demonstrated success initiating and maintaining open communications with students and families
  • Eagerness to learn new skills and commitment to attend professional development activities
  • Demonstrated excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills


As per collective bargaining agreement / 37 ½ hours per week (exclusive of 30 minute lunch) which is 7 ½ hours per day (exclusive of 30 minute lunch). Hours: 3 days a week day begins ½ before start of school day, 2 days a week day begins at 9 a.m. or after to accommodate late days.


As per collective bargaining agreement


Please send cover letter describing related experience, current resume, and completed Single Shepherd application no later than until filled, to: Attention: Dereka Hendon-Barnes.

(Please include Vacancy Circular Number and Guidance Counselor Assigned – Single Shepherd in subject line. For current DOE employees, please include your DOE email address and/or file number in your application. Applicants not currently working as guidance counselors for the DOE need to also complete the NYC Department of Education's Online Teacher Application).

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An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D

It is the policy of the Department of Education of the City of New York to provide equal employment opportunities without regard to actual or perceived race, color, religion, creed, ethnicity, national origin, alienage, citizenship status, age, marital status, partnership status, disability, sexual orientation, gender (sex), military status, unemployment status, caregiver status, consumer credit history, prior record of arrest or conviction (except as permitted by law), predisposing genetic characteristics, or status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual offenses and stalking, and to maintain an environment free of harassment on any of the above-noted grounds, including sexual harassment or retaliation. For more information, please refer to the DOE Non-Discrimination Policy.

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