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School Counselor – Friendship Academy

The Watson Institute is hiring a full-time School Counselor at Friendship Academy, a special education school and Partial Hospitalization Program for children ages 5 to 21 with emotional and behavioral disorders located 4 miles east of Pittsburgh, PA.

This position will work Monday through Friday (1616 Hours).

Job Benefits

At the Watson Institute, we invest in our employees personally and professionally. Check out a few of the employee benefits you’ll receive as a Watson employee:

  • Excellent medical, dental, and vision insurances as well as life and long-term disability and access to voluntary benefits. 
  • 403b Retirement Plan with Watson matching employee contributions after 1 year of employment. 
  • Access to Tuition Reimbursement to pursue further education and advanced degrees.
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program access for employees who meet the forgiveness program requirements.
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and flexible spending accounts.

Learn more about what it’s like to work at the Watson Institute!

Employment Type: Full-time

School Counselor Job Responsibilities: 

  • Provide counseling to students in need including individual and crisis intervention
  • Develop intervention strategies to increase academic success
  • Manage Credit Counts/Transcripts using PowerSchool (Student Information System)
  • Liaison between partnering school districts and Friendship Academy for student(s) graduation requirements
  • Facilitate peer mediations as necessary
  • Assist with conflict resolution and anger management skills
  • Help students develop appropriate social interaction skills
  • Assist students in understanding and accepting themselves and others
  • Conduct small groups on identified needs (anger, grief, drug & alcohol, problem solving)
  • Interview families to assess problems affecting the child’s school adjustment
  • Work with families to facilitate support in their child’s schooling
  • Provide case management for students and families requiring multiple resources
  • Participate in Individual Education Planning meetings
  • Act as a school liaison between students, school, families, and community providers including attending outside meetings and court hearings as needed
  • Meet with probation officers, case managers, and agencies to assist in meeting the needs of the students
  • Develop staff in-service trainings as requested
  • Make referrals to outpatient treatment as needed
  • Attend learning community meetings and other assigned meetings as requested
  • Assist in developing positive behavioral intervention strategies
  • Other duties as assigned

Job Requirements: 

  • Master’s Degree in Human Health field or Counseling required
  • Relevant license such as Guidance Counselor or School Counselor certification preferred
  • Related work experience strongly preferred
  • The essential functions of the job described require the ability to exert moderate physical effort in light work, typically involving some combination of bending, stooping, squatting, reaching, kneeling, crouching, and brisk walking, and which may involve lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and material of moderate weight (40 pounds)
  • Ability to physically restrain students for their safety and the safety of others
  • Current Act 34, 114, and 151 clearances required