Counselor/Social Worker

Special Education · Harvey, Louisiana
Department Special Education
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced
Compensation 50,000-70,000

Salary Range

$50,000-$70,000 per year

School Overview

Founded by seven community members in 2014, Jefferson RISE Charter School will have 740 students in grades 6-12 for the 2021-2022 school year. Located in Harvey, Louisiana, we serve a diverse group of students from the Westbank of Jefferson Parish, with a student body that is 52% Black/African American, 30% White, 16% Hispanic, and 2% Asian and where 92% of students qualify as economically disadvantaged. 

We believe in educating the whole child, supporting both an academic foundation as well as building students’ social-emotional skills and readiness for long-term college and career success. Our model includes:

  • High-Quality Academic Program: With a longer school day and school, one-on-one tutoring, intervention, one-to-one devices, and a rigorous curriculum, our academics prepare our students for college.
  • Social-Emotional Learning: Everything we do supports students to develop and live our values of Character, Respect, Integrity, Self-Discipline, and Excellence. 
  • Student Life and Career Readiness: Beyond our core academic program, we provide enrichment opportunities and electives, skill blocks, and community circles to support students in developing their passions and life-long happiness. 

Since our founding, we have achieved remarkable results with our students. In the 2018-2019 school year (the latest year with available data), our 8th graders outperformed both district and state achievement levels in all subject areas, and our high school earned an “A” growth grade from the Louisiana Department of Education. We have also found that students who spend more time at our school are significantly more likely to score proficient or advanced on end-of-year exams. 

Position Overview

The Counselor/Social Worker will provide counseling and social work services for students who receive services through their Individualized Educational Program, or IEP.  Students who receive services under an IEP have varying exceptionalities (ex:  Oppositional Defiance Disorder, Autism, or Intellectual Disability).  This position reports to the Director of Special Education and has the opportunity to work with students in both individual and group settings. 

As a charter school, Jefferson RISE sets its own academic calendar and daily/weekly schedule based on the needs of its students. Staff generally work from mid-July (beginning with professional development before students arrive) through late May, although prospective candidates should expect to start on July 1st, 2021. 

Employee Hours

  • Clock in at 6:45 am
  • Staff huddle 6:50-7:05 am
  • Students arrive at 7:10 am
  • Teach 3 double blocks with 1 double block non-instructional period
  • Students dismiss at 3:15 pm (usually 2:50 pm but adjusted due to Hurricane Ida)
  • Employee clock out at 3:30 pm (4 days per week)
  • Employee clock out at 4:30 pm (1 day per week on afterschool day)
  • School calendar did not change due to Hurricane Ida other than canceling Fall Break and extending school day by 15 mins

Additional employee duties and responsibilities

  • Support school operations, including lunch duty and/or homeroom duty, as needed
  • Attend a weekly one-on-one meeting with supervisor to discuss performance, student needs, school needs, and other items that may arise
  • Participate in weekly professional development sessions 
  • Participate in weekly grade level team meetings
  • Other duties may be assigned as needed


Counseling and Student Support

  • Conduct individual and group counseling sessions to advise support students who receive services through their Individualized Educational Program, or IEP
  • Evaluate students’ needs and assist them in realizing their objectives
  • Develop and implement counseling goals for annual IEP meetings
  • Monitor and track student progress towards IEP goals
  • Identify behavioral problems and act appropriately to remedy the situation
  • Pay attention to societal and cultural differences in all student matters
  • Assess the development of students and highlight the sense of accomplishment
  • Complete evaluations, analyze results and provide purposeful feedback
  • Engage with parents, academic staff and external partners
  • Partner with the Director of Special Education to lead trainings on social and emotional support for students with disabilities

School and Community Culture

  • Embody and teach the mission, vision, and strategic direction of the school
  • Design and implement programs that promote positive student behavior, and that motivate students to exhibit the leadership values of the school
  • Build community by investing families in students’ academic success and long-term career goals 

  1. Administrative
  • Analyze student goal data in collaboration with team members 
  • Implement data tracking systems and use data to inform practices throughout the school
  • Enter in student data in a timely manner
  • Complete all administrative requirements before given deadlines


Education and Certification:

  • Bachelor’s degree (required)
  • Certification in School Counseling (required)
  • Masters Degree in School Counseling or School Social Work (preferred) 

Experience and Skills:

  • Experience with creating, collecting data, and implementing counseling strategies to support 
  • Technological proficiency in Excel, Word, and PowerPoint as well as other web-based applications
  • Excellent communication skills
  • High level of personal organization and planning
  • Proven track record of supporting patients with physical and mental health 
  • Arabic or Spanish language proficiency (preferred)

Culture and Fit:

  • Commitment to the mission and organizational success of Jefferson RISE 
  • Ambition and desire to grow as a leader 
  • Openness to feedback and a willingness to take personal responsibility for the affairs of the school 
  • Entrepreneurial spirit 
  • Personal and professional integrity 
  • Team player (flexible, willing to jump in)

At this time, Jefferson RISE is not able to provide work visa sponsorship. Being authorized to work in the United States is a precondition for employment.

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  • Location
    Harvey, Louisiana
  • Department
    Special Education
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience
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