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Job Details

  • Job ID: 3705042
  • Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
  • Re-posted: January 21, 2022
  • Starting Date: February 27, 2022

Job Description



Background on Southbridge Public Schools:

Southbridge Public Schools serve approximately 2,200 students in six schools. The district is presently undergoing extensive turnaround at all levels, with the assistance of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. This creates unique opportunities for teachers and students. One example is a recently announced, long-term partnership with the University of Connecticut to develop Southbridge Schools to be a national demonstration site for successful implementation of PBIS strategies. Additionally, our district is the recipient of a number of significant grants that are allowing us to creatively redesign Secondary School, curriculum enhancements, improved culture and climate and afterschool opportunities for students. If you feel strongly about improving the educational experience for students and have a commitment to social justice, Southbridge Public Schools welcomes you.



More information about the district’s turnaround efforts can be found here.



POSITION: Elementary School Adjustment Counselor for Social Emotional Classroom at West Street School


REPORTS TO: Building Principal


ACCOUNTABILITY OBJECTIVE: This position is accountable for the delivery of clinical services to students; to identify a student’s needs and to make use of internal and community resources to help bring about positive changes so as to function to his/her fullest potential in the school and community through actions consistent with the policies of the Southbridge Public schools and relevant state laws and regulations.



  1. Responsible for pre-referral conferences with school personnel in a team context for the appropriate intervention for a student.
  2. Responsible for individual and/or group with referred students.
  3. Responsible for collaborating as a team member with teachers, principals and other school personnel for purposes of diagnosing, evaluating and recommending interventions for the adjustment of students.
  4. Responsible for providing crisis intervention and conflict resolution services when requested by school personnel.
  5. 5. Maintain compliance expectations for students receiving special education services.
  6. Collaborate with parents of referred students to help them understand the social, emotional and academic needs of the student and treatment planning.
  7. Responsible for serving as a referral agent and case manager for the student and parent(s) in developing a network of social services with community agencies.
  8. Responsible for serving as a resource team member and/or supervisor of attendance for the court when indicated in cases of children in need of service.
  9. Responsible for partnering with school administration and family liaisons to follow-up for students referred because of attendance problems.
  10. Responsible for participating on relevant teams and committees including the Student Support team, PBIS Team,
  11. Responsible for attending monthly department and staff meetings.
  12. Responsible for compiling, summarizing, maintaining, and submitting data or other records of pupils referred for appraisal to appropriate school personnel.
  13. Responsible for safeguarding the student’s right to privacy against disclosure of information in the student’s case history, or if disclosures of confidences during counseling within the framework of applicable laws and system-wide policies.
  14. Responsible for being knowledgeable and conforming to state and system-wide regulations and guidelines on student records.
  15. Responsible for assuming equal educational opportunity to all individuals regardless of race, color, gender, age, marital status, religion, national origin, homelessness, sexual orientation or disability.
  16. Performance of other job-related duties as assigned.



  1. Massachusetts LICSW licensure or LMHC. Will consider LCSW if eligible for LICSW.
  2. Hold a valid Massachusetts License as a School Social Worker/School Adjustment Counselor All Levels.
  3. Evidence of mastery of clinical competency and social case work techniques.
  4. Ability to understand the dynamics of families from various cultural backgrounds.
  5. Familiarity in working with consultants, resource personnel, community groups, etc.



Equal Opportunity Employer

Southbridge Public Schools is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin, sex, gender identity, disability, religion, age, or sexual orientation.

  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Positions Available: 1
  • Job Categories: Special Education > Emotionally Disabled
    Student Services > Adjustment Counselor
    Student Services > School/Guidance Counselor
  • Equal Opportunity Employer

    Southbridge Public Schools is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws. Additionally, we prohibit retaliation against individuals who oppose such discrimination and harassment or who participate in an equal opportunity investigation.

    Job Requirements

    • No experience required

    Contact Information

    • Human Resources
    • 132 Torrey Road
    • Southbridge, Massachusetts 01550

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