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Wellness Counselor (22-23SY)

Company: Lighthouse Community Charter School
Location: Oakland
Posted on: June 26, 2022

Job Description:

The Organization

Lighthouse Community Public Schools

At Lighthouse Community Public Schools we are engaged in an educational movement that goes beyond our classrooms working to disrupt inequities by providing our students and families exceptional educational opportunities every day. Grounded in our core values of community, integrity, agency, love, and social justice rooted in the Expeditionary Learning Education Model, LCPS is a leader in fostering innovative schools achieving exceptional student outcomes where each child is at the center of their own learning. Our mission is to prepare diverse students for college, a career of their choice, and to be lifelong changemakers. Founded in 2002, LCPS operates two high-achieving K-12 public charter schools--Lighthouse and Lodestar--serving nearly 1,500 students in East Oakland. Lighthouse is a beacon for public education and our graduates fulfill the promise of a better, brighter Oakland.

Learn more at www.lighthousecharter.org.

The Opportunity

Wellness Counselor (22-23SY)

Competencies and Qualifications

Lighthouse Community Charter School is looking for a Wellness Counselor who is relentlessly committed to ensuring that traditionally underserved students achieve our mission of completing college and securing the career of choice. Lighthouse staff believe that this important mission is not only attainable; it is essential to transforming our Oakland community. The Counselor will be an integral part of an RTI Team which ensures all students receive necessary academic, behavioral, and social-emotional supports to thrive in alignment with the Lighthouse Mission, Theory of Change, Graduate Profile, and Instructional Stances.

Roles and Responsibilities

* Counseling Expertise. Provide counseling, case management, and consultation services for a caseload of students, dependent on need and determined in conjunction with the Clinical Intervention Team. This may include: engaging caregivers and teachers, providing frequent opportunities to discuss student growth and needs as well as report out on goals and progress
* Team Collaboration. Work collaboratively and effectively as a member of the RTI Team and instructional staff, including but not limited to:
* Professional Learning. Provide consultation and professional development to support staff in providing social/emotional and behavior supports to promote success for all students
* Data Collection and Analysis. Implement and track research-based interventions aligned with Response to Intervention
* Consultation. Provide consultation to school staff on safety assessments, mental health crises, and accessing social
* Professionalism. Maintain a high level of professionalism at all times

* This role includes responsibilities that support students in three primary ways: 1.) individual student support, including crisis response, 2.) group counseling and support, and 3.) staff support, including coaching and leadership in the COST process.
* Individual caseload of 1:1 counseling/therapy clients
* Represent therapists at COST meetings
* Multi-disciplinary Coordination of Services Teams
* Participate and liaise with the Clinical Interventions Team
* Therapy services for students as needed in collaboration with Clinical Interventions Team

* Proactive School-wide Support with RTI Team
* Process referrals from COST or counseling referrals and ensure communication back to staff and teachers
* Engage in Staff PD Spaces: Whole Staff PD, Band-Level, Grade-Level, and PLCs
* Be a connector to families:
* Build relationships with families
* Connect families with internal and external services and resources as necessary
* Provide trainings for families as needed in coordination with Family Liaison

* Instructional Staff Support:
* Schedule monthly meetings with teachers and provide necessary updates on students who were referred for services and/or through a COST Process
* Teacher consultation and in class behavior support and observation
* Support teachers in classroom lesson design and facilitation as necessary

* Student Groups:
* Counseling Groups/Circle Facilitation (Co-facilitating with Deans)
* Psycho Educational Groups/Skill Building Groups
* Possible Areas of Focus: social skills, grief, aggressive behavior, communication skills, stress reduction, anger management, focus and attentional redirection

* Additional Duties as Needed

Minimum Qualifications

* Appropriate Master's Degree required
* Appropriate California Pupil Personnel Services Credential or full licensure LMFT, LCSW, or other Mental Health License, required
* Experience working in urban public schools and with high school students, preferred
* Experience with Google apps
* Bilingual in Spanish a Plus

Time Commitment

200-day work year including 23 student-free days for collaboration with colleagues and families. Common Building Hours: maintain hours of 8:00 - 4:00 pm on M, T, Th, F, and 8:00-5:00 on Wednesday for Professional Development and Collaboration.


This position reports to the Director of Student Services & Special Education.


Commensurate with experience. Competitive benefits package.


People of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Interested candidates should submit:

* Resume
* Cover Letter--Describing why you are an optimal fit for this position and your philosophy of education that describes how you would support students achieving the Lighthouse mission
* 3 references including a current supervisor

Application submission screening will be completed on a rolling basis. In-person interviews and performance tasks will take place over Zoom.

Lighthouse Community Public School is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity at all levels.


Keywords: Lighthouse Community Charter School, Oakland , Wellness Counselor (22-23SY), Other , Oakland, California

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