Guidance Counselor

  • Posted Date: Jun 3, 2020
  • 3269 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, New York United States

Job Details

School Name: P.S. 938

District: 19

School Site: 3269 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11207

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Guidance Counselor


At P.S. 938 we prepare all scholars for success by providing an innovative, STEM-focused learning environment that deeply engages students in relevant experiences that foster a love of education. At P.S.938 we understand and fully embrace the ideas that student “success” requires the articulation of learning and student performance based upon a strong and positive relationship between students and teachers (academics and school culture) and the realization by each student that they are unique and special.

At the center of all we do are our core values woven into the fabric of our school life. Our core values are curiosity, joy and voice. These values guide our decision making and help ensure that all aspects of our school are in alignment with maintaining a positive and strong school culture.

  • Curiosity- We ask questions about the world around us.
  • Joy- We enjoy learning because learning is how we grow.
  • Voice- We express ourselves clearly and are empowered to use our voice to create a community of kindness, positivity, and respect.

A 5-day summer planning institute will offer an essential opportunity for staff to be involved in developing the school’s culture and instructional program.

Because we believe that all staff members play an important role in the education of our students, the school will offer opportunities for Guidance Counselors to assist with or participate in activities like:

  • After-school and/or Saturday tutoring, enrichment, sports, arts, and family programs
  • In-house school committees and/or special programs.
  • Inquiry work with teachers and other staff members and collaborative conversation among all staff members.
  • Any other opportunities you’ll have in your school that are outside of guidance counselors’ contractual obligations within the scope of a guidance counselor’s responsibilities.

Advance notice of dates will be supplied, and those who participate will be compensated according to the terms of the UFT contract. Staff participation in these activities is voluntary, although strongly encouraged, as they are very important to the development of the school.


Licensed certified Guidance Counselor in New York City schools, [bilingual + Chinese/Spanish preferred,] with satisfactory ratings and attendance.


Because roles in small schools are varied and complex, serious consideration will be given to applicants who demonstrate in their resume and cover letter experience and/or willingness to commit to the school’s mission and core beliefs and to become involved in these essential aspects:

  • Counseling students, individually and in groups, regarding academic readiness, discipline-related guidance issues, social and emotional development, conflict mediation and making appropriate referrals
  • Collaborating to develop and implement behavior intervention plans to support the academic, social and emotional development of students
  • Participating in regular faculty development and being involved in collaborating on the school’s guidance program
  • Organizing and conducting pupil personnel committee meetings
  • Maintaining regular and open communication with parents
  • Identifying and making appropriate referrals to meet and support students’ academic, social, and/or mental health needs
  • Seeking out resources and services outside our school to improve the emotional, social and academic well-being of our students and their families
  • Providing orientations, workshops (PTA/at risk students, etc) and other public speaking events
  • Working with attendance team to help improve student attendance
  • Attending all IEP conferences and meetings


The successful candidate will demonstrate:

  • Willingness to carry out the above duties and responsibilities
  • Evidence of successful counseling strategies with regard to academic readiness, discipline-related guidance issues, social and emotional development and conflict mediation
  • Commitment to developing professional goals and objectives in collaboration with the administration that will monitor progress and assess effectiveness in enhancing student development and achievement
  • Success in working collaboratively with colleagues, parents/caregivers and partners
  • Ability to use data to inform counseling practices
  • Ability to retrieve, organize, and report student data using all NYCDOE data systems (e.g. ARIS, STARS, AIS, SESIS)
  • Evidence of success in forming successful partnerships with community-based organizations and other organizations that offer social and emotional supports to students
  • Knowledge of or ability to make referrals for students in need of additional services or alternative placements
  • Knowledge of both ELL/ESL standards and Special Education compliance requirements
  • Evidence of success in collaborating on AIS (Academic Intervention Services) team
  • Strong written and oral communication skills

In addition to the cover letter, resume, and interview, applicants must present three references including, if possible, one from a current supervisor. Other references might include a colleague with whom the applicant has collaborated, and/or a professional organization or staff development representative.


As per Collective Bargaining Agreement

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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