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Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy School Counselor in Aurora, Illinois

The selected candidate will be responsible for counseling students on a drop-in basis, providing outside resources for students and families, assessing student needs, developing peer support group programs, and assisting with the coordination of the sophomore navigation program as a part of implementing a comprehensive counseling program focused on social and emotional learning. The selected candidate will assist in the training of residential life staff with appropriate counseling skills and provide support for student leadership development. The School Counselor will be supervised and evaluated by the Executive Director of Student Affairs. Currenly, most operations at IMSA are remote, the duties of this position included, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. There is an anticipated return to campus once it is deemed safe for staff and students.

Through a model of Equity and Excellence, the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy is committed to creating a diverse, inclusive community of global citizens who can realize their full potential and execute our mission to advance the human condition. We work to ensure that our policies, practices, programs, services, interactions, and resources are representative of, and constructed through an equity lens. To continue moving diversity, equity and inclusion forward, IMSA seeks to recruit, support, and retain diverse, talented individuals who are culturally competent, equity-minded, and constituent–centered.

  • Support the emotional, psychosocial and overall psychological wellbeing of the students (currently through virtual support services)

  • Assist the students in adjusting to the rigors of the IMSA academic and social environment

  • Provide brief solution-focused therapy to students in need

  • Provide crisis management and crisis intervention as needed

  • Mediate conflicts between students, students and faculty, or students and staff

  • Assess and refer students and families to appropriate resources

  • Conduct presentations, centered on issues relevant to gifted adolescents

  • Advocate for students in times of stress with staff, faculty and other students

  • Meet with the student and parent for academic concerns, mental health issues, residential or behavioral concerns, and issues originating at home

  • Provide on call crisis intervention 24/7 for students when needed

  • Consult with Resident Counselors and other staff members regarding student issues

  • Train Resident Counselors and staff members on various issues related to student mental, emotional and social health

  • Mandated reporting for child abuse and neglect

  • Conduct brief group counseling for special interest groups

  • Coordinate and participate in various programs such as Sophomore Navigation and the Senior Transitional Education Program (STEP)

  • Communicate with parents whenever a student experiences serious psychological problems

  • Collaborate with Student Life team members and Academy partners to support students’ social and emotional needs

  • Perform psychosocial screenings on students of concern

  • Serve on various department and community-wide teams

  • Establish relationships with local mental health agencies and professionals

  • Attend staff meetings including Student Life department and residence hall meetings

  • Complete required documentation and administrative tasks

  • Participate in Summer Orientation and Summer Excel program

  • Other duties as assigned by the Chief Student Affairs Officer

  • Contribute to the overall success of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy’s strategic plan

  • Ability to work irregular schedules, including periodic evening and/or weekend hours

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Master's degree in a counseling related field.

  • Illinois Licensed Professional Couselor/Licensed Social Worker (LPC/LSW) with willingness to complete Clinical Licensure (LCPC or LCSW) within 3 year period - IMSA is able to provide LCPC supervision at no cost.

  • Experience in an educational setting

  • Experience working with high school age students

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

  • Demonstrated ability to work well with a variety of individuals and diverse populations

  • Ability to work independently, resolve issues, seek help when needed, and work on concurrent projects

  • Experienced user of common computer hardware, office productivity software, and mobile devices

  • Must possess a valid driver’s license

  • Ability to travel as needed

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Illinois Clinical License in Counseling or Social Work (LCPC, LCSW)

  • Working with gifted and talented students

  • 5+ years of clinical experience with adolescents

  • Bilingual - Spanish

WORKING CONDITIONS AND PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

Work is performed in an office setting with minimal exposure to health or safety hazards. Substantial time is spent working on a computer. This role generally requires mobility, written and verbal communication, hearing and visual capabilities. However, reasonable accommodations, including assistive technology, may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform such requirements.

COMPENSATION:

This position is a full-time, exempt, 10-month, employment-at-will position. Beginning salary no less than $52,165. As part of the State University Retirement System, the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy offers an excellent comprehensive benefits package including health and retirement benefits. The State Universities Retirement System (SURS) is reciprocal with other Illinois public retirement systems such as the Teachers’ Retirement System of Illinois (TRS) and the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF).

Street: 1500 Sullivan Rd

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