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School Counselor


The School Counselor provides services to meet the social, emotional, developmental, and mental health needs of children and youth at Jewish day schools and child care centers.  The counselor will consult and collaborate with school and child care staff, faculty, and administration.  In addition to assessing for and providing brief on-site individual counseling at these sites, the counselor will design and facilitate support groups, psychoeducational offerings, and training for children/youth, parents, and staff.  The School Counselor will also serve as a behavioral health support to the Jewish religious schools and camps as needed.  The School Counselor will act as the key behavioral health partner across all of these sites. They report to the Clinical Director.

Annual Salary $43,000-$52,000
Full-time. Generous benefits.


  • Provides assessment for and delivers short-term counseling services to children and youth at local Jewish day schools and child care centers.
  • Consults and collaborates with school and child care staff, faculty, and administration.
  • Designs and facilitates support groups, psychoeducational offerings, and trainings for children/youth, parents, and staff.
  • Makes appropriate community referrals for children and families.
  • Communicates regularly with parents.
  • Serves as a behavioral health support to the Jewish religious schools and camps as needed.
  • Participates in relevant site-specific meetings.
  • Attends supervision, staff meetings, and staff development activities at JFS.
  • Functions as part of the JFS team to meet the needs of clients and the agency.
  • Other duties as requested by supervisor.

Education & Experience:

  •  Master’s Degree in Social Work or related field (NYS Licensed or licensure eligible preferred)
  • Formal training in a clinical or community-based organization with supervision provided by a licensed social worker, psychologist, or other mental health provider
  • Experience working in schools or in delivering professional development/training highly desirable
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, and demonstrated ability with verbal and written communications
  • Experience or training (or willingness to be trained) in cultural humility, trauma-informed care, and reflective practice
  • NYS Driver’s License

The above description is illustrative of tasks and responsibilities. It is not meant to be all inclusive. Employees are required to follow appropriate supervisory direction and perform other related duties as required.

Physical Demands/Work Environment:  The physical demands/work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit, talk, hear, stand, walk, use hands to type and/or perform light lifting.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision and ability to adjust focus.  The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.

Compliance:  Adheres to all applicable federal and state laws and regulations including, but not limited to, those governing confidentiality, privacy, and documentation standards.  All duties must be performed in accordance with JFS corporate compliance & HIPAA program.

Jewish Family Services is committed to building a culturally diverse and inclusive environment. EOE/AA Disability/Vet

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JFS is committed to building a culturally diverse and inclusive environment.

This job description in no way implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee(s) incumbent in this position. Employee(s) will be required to follow any other job related instructions and to perform any other job related duties requested by any person authorized to give instructions or assignments.

A review of this position has excluded the marginal functions of the position that are incidental to the performance of fundamental job duties. All duties and responsibilities are essential job functions and requirements and are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. To perform this job successfully, the incumbent(s) will possess the skills, aptitudes, and abilities to perform each duty proficiently. Some requirements may exclude individuals who pose a direct threat or significant risk to the health or safety of themselves or others. The requirements listed in this document are the minimum levels of knowledge, skills or abilities.

This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an “at will” relationship.

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