Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Mock Interviews at the ASCA Conference

Master's level school counseling students planning to attend the ASCA Annual Conference have an opportunity to sign up for a mock interview with a school counseling district director/coordinator. Take advantage of this chance to brush up on your interview skills. There is no additional charge to registered attendees for the mock interviews. Sign up here.

Monday, April 28, 2014

New Executive Director Voices for Kids of Southwest Florida

Voices For Kids of Southwest Florida Seeks New Executive Director Voices for Kids of Southwest Florida (VFK) is seeking a new Director to help bring the organization to a new level of managerial and fundraising success and is seeking someone looking to make a profound difference in the lives of thousands of children and families throughout Southwest Florida.

About Voices for Kids

VFK is a non-profit agency whose mission is to support Florida's 20th Judicial Circuit Guardian ad Litem Program (GAL) in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties. The Guardian ad Litem Program recruits and trains volunteer child advocates who are paired with an attorney and an advocacy coordinator for the purpose of representing abused, neglected and abandoned children in court, school, the child welfare system and the community. VFK has been serving the community for more than 30 years. It is the organization’s mission is to raise funds to ensure every child in Southwest Florida’s dependency system has a trained and certified volunteer advocate and to ensure all advocates have access to funds to help them address unmet social, educational and health needs of the children they represent.

Job Description

Our future Director will work with the VFK Board of Directors and the Guardian ad Litem Program, to develop and execute annual plans for fundraising, grant writing, and public awareness. The Director has general oversight of the operational, financial, marketing and fundraising activities of the organization. This position provides an excellent opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of our region’s most vulnerable children as well as an opportunity to grow the organization. We encourage all who have demonstrated experience in developing and executing successful fundraising strategies, grant writing, and building community relationships for a not-for-profit organization to submit a resume. In addition, candidates with more limited experience, but strong references and portfolio, will also be considered. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated an ability for: working compatibly and effectively with volunteers, staff and board members; grant writing; strategic thinking and planning; budget development and administration; proficiencies with Microsoft Office Suite; understanding of key information to be maintained in a donor database application (GiftWorks) and how to use the data for planning and fundraising; knowledge of fundraising strategies and ability to achieve fundraising goals.

Roles & Responsibilities

For selected candidates VFK will provide a more complete list of roles & responsibilities along with outlined goals and clear performance metrics for the upcoming year. Examples of how the future Director will be measured include: Prepare and successfully implement funding strategies adequate to meet budgetary requirements, including assuming shared leadership with events chair. Satisfactorily manage day-to-day VFK operations, including overseeing the timely fulfillment of guardian requests. Maximize donor efforts through use of existing and future donor database.

Skills & Experience

Although experience in the non-profit sector isn’t required, it would be helpful. As Executive Director you’ll have to juggle both fundraising and managerial efforts to help grow the organization as a whole so experience in both is preferred. Technology skills and a general comfort with day-to-day computer use and various programs is required. We ask that all applicants be comfortable sending and receiving email, updating a website (with coaching), learning new programs for the management of donors, etc. Proficiency with both a Mac & Windows computers would also be helpful, but is not mandatory. Please have at least a couple years working experience with Microsoft Office including Outlook, Word, Excel, Power Point, etc. Excellent communication skills are required, as much of your future responsibilities will involve developing and communicating goals to staff members, committee, volunteers, etc. as well as assisting with grant writing and presenting the Voices for Kids mission to the Southwest Florida Community.

Application Process

Voices for Kids is headquartered in Fort Myers, Florida. Travel throughout Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties is required (mileage is reimbursed). A background check is also required. Salary will be commensurate with experience. Resumes (or questions related to this position) should be submitted to

Full time administrative assistant

Friday, April 25, 2014

Domestic Violence Training for Mental Health Professionals

Elementary School Teaching/Counselor K-5: Waukee Community Schools

  Waukee Community School District
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Elementary School Teaching/Counselor K-5
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  Maple Grove Elementary
Date Available:
196 Day Contract

Desirable Position Criteria
  • K-5 Elementary Counseling or Master's Degree in School Counseling, required
  • Experience working with elementary learner, preferred

Performance Responsibilities
  • Implement the elementary counseling curriculum
  • Guide individual and groups of students through the development of education, personal, social and career needs
  • Counsel individuals and groups of student who demonstrate specific need
  • Work to discover and develop special abilities of students
  • Work to resolve students' educational handicaps
  • Work to prevent students from dropping out of school
  • Help students evaluate career interests and choices
  • Remain readily available to students so as to provide counseling that will lead each student to increased personal growth, self-understanding and maturity 
  • Work with students on an individual basis in the solution of personal problems related to such problems as home and family relations, health and emotional adjustments
  • Guide students in their participation in school and community activities 
  • Confer with parents when necessary
  • Provide in-service training in guidance for teachers and district staff
  • Advise administrators and faulty on the matters of student discipline
  • Consult with administrators, teachers, parents and staff regarding children's needs
  • Refer children with specific needs and their parents to special programs, specialist and outside agencies when necessary
  • Work with teachers and other staff members to familiarize them with the general range of services offered by the elementary guidance program
  • Take an active role in interpreting the school's objectives to students, parents and community at large
  • Interpret the guidance program to the community
  • Plan and evaluate the guidance program
  • Pursue continuous professional growth
  • Develop and monitor accommodations and interventions; assist with the Problem Solving Process; collaborate with teachers and administrator to determine necessary changes
  • Active membership in team level Professional Learning Communities 

Friday, April 18, 2014

Job Opening in Colorado Springs

Harrison School District services a dynamic population of students who truly need the services that school counselors provide! Check out the posting below for an opening in one of our middle schools.

Interviews at the ASCA Conference

Interviews at the ASCA Conference

Looking for a school counseling position? Interview for a job at the ASCA Annual Conference in Orlando. Representatives from a variety of school districts will interview applicants on June 30 and July 1 for potential positions in their district's schools. More information will be sent to registered conference attendees when it's available.

Are you a graduate student looking for feedback on your interview style? We'll also have opportunities for mock interviews at the ASCA Annual Conference. Sign up for a brief mock interview and feedback from a district school counseling coordinator or school leader. Mock interviews will be on June 30 and July 1. Bring your resume, and put your best foot forward your mock interview at the ASCA Annual Conference. Please note, mock interview appointments are for grad student attendees only.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

School Counselor Position Open in Northern VA

School Counselor Position Open in Northern VA

The School Counselor is a full time, 10-month salaried employee who will work with students, faculty, and parents to support the social affective program for students at Oakwood School. Oakwood is a K-8 school for students with average to above average potential who have mild to moderate learning disabilities without significant behavioral or emotional issues.
Responsibilities:• Point person for intervention of social/emotional issues and for assisting students with self-regulation activities to enable them to remain in the classroom
• Support teachers and staff in implementing school-wide behavior and social/affective programs at both the elementary and middle school levels
• Administrative responsibilities as assigned
• Create and lead presentations for staff, students, and parents on topics related to social/affective development
• Working and communicating with the entire "team" to serve students (including parents, teachers, supervisors, professionals, OT and Speech Therapists, etc.)
• Responsible for keeping up-to-date with current research in the field
• This position does not involve long-term group or individual therapy.
Requirements:• Graduate degree in counseling, social work, or a related field
• Minimum of 3 years of experience working in a school as a counselor, specifically including Middle School
• Experience working with students have learning disabilities
• Strong written and oral communication skills
• Counseling certification or license preferred, but not required
Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Position Announcement - School Social Work Consultant

Position Announcement - School Social Work Consultant

Hiring Salary/Salary Range: $65,000 - $75,000
School social work consultant position is part of the statewide Student Support Services Project at the University of South Florida. The position is assigned to the Florida Department of Education. This position provides statewide support services to all school districts in the state of Florida and to allied state agencies that provide mental health, wellness, safety and social services to students and families across Florida. The position is based in Tallahassee, Florida.
Training and technical assistance to districts, school social workers, university training programs focused on the social developmental needs and evidence based services for students with and without disabilities. Training and technical assistance to the above focused on foster care; compulsory attendance and the unique needs of students with disabilities. Policy analysis and implementation impacting the social, family and community factors/needs for students with and without disabilities. Core Flow responses focused on resolving requests for assistance from parents of students with disabilities (IDEA) and without disabilities (EIS). Training and technical assistance to districts related to problem-solving, assessment and intervention. Policy analysis and development for statutory and regulatory activities impacting special education
Technical assistance regarding procedures for implementation of IDEA State Performance Plan with emphasis on Indicators 9 and 10 (disproportionally). Technical assistance regarding mental health issues in a multi-tiered system of supports for students with disabilities. Serve as Department of Education liaison in collaboration with Department of Health, the Department of Children and Families, Executive Office of the Governor, in development of Child Abuse Prevention strategies for children with disabilities (IDEA) and without disabilities (EIS).
Minimum Qualifications:
Master’s degree in social work. Certification (or eligibility for certification) as a school social worker by the Florida Department of Education. Five or more years of experience as a school social worker at the school district level.
Preferred Qualifications:
Experience using data-based planning and problem solving within a multi-tiered system of supports within school or district settings. Evidence of effectiveness planning and implementing family and community engagement efforts. Experience with policy development, analysis, and support. Experience collaborating and maintaining multi-agency partnerships. Demonstrated effectiveness with managing a heavy workload, flexibility, and teamwork. Evidence of effective leadership skills. Evidence of professional social skills in dealing successfully with sensitive topics and with stakeholders. Systems level consultation and problem-solving. Experience with professional association leadership.
Information for Applicants

This position is located in Tallahassee. This position is subject to a criminal background check.
To apply for this position, go to:
  • Click Access Careers@USF under Find a Job at USF.
  • Click Advanced Search under Welcome to Careers@USF.
  • Type 2979 in the Job Opening ID field and click Search.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The Role of the School Counselor Continues to Change

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