Blue Ridge School is an all-boys, all-boarding college preparatory school for 185 boys on a stunning 750-acre campus along the eastern slope of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Blue Ridge is only 20 miles from Charlottesville, Virginia, a vibrant community and home to the University of Virginia.
Blue Ridge educators gain the added satisfaction of working with students inside and outside the classroom which gives them a greater influence in shaping a student’s mind and character. Our teachers have the opportunity to lead athletic and outdoor activities based on their own passions.
The school provides an interactive learning environment in which teachers have a great amount of autonomy in their classrooms and still have the support of a collaborative faculty. Using a college-preparatory curriculum with a high-degree of individual support, teachers can better prepare their students for college and careers in the 21st century.
Most teachers live on campus in homes provided by the school. On campus housing helps give our safe, family-oriented community the sense of a small village in which students and families live and work together.
The role of School Counselor is a full-time, 9 month, position that has the primary responsibility of understanding teenage boys, their academic, social, behavioral and emotional development at each grade level and will be able to support diverse learners, promote positive behaviors and mental health, create and maintain a safe, positive school culture and foster leadership opportunities. Our School Counselor will also be asked to teach two classes, to be determined by the appropriate candidates interest and/or education.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Develop, implement, and support mental health and wellness programs in collaboration with Associate Headmaster of Student Outcomes, Director of Health & Wellness, Chaplain, Director of Residence Life, and other members of the Student Health Committee.
Provides individual and group counseling services to meet the development, preventive, and remedial needs of students.
Proactively identifies and addresses behavior problems that may be interfering with student academic or social success.
Professionally consults with students, parents, teachers, and other school and community personnel in order to thoroughly meet the needs of each student.
Provides emergency, including on-call, support to students when needed.
Advises and/or coordinates various student-lead organizations related to health and wellness.
In conjunction with the Associate Headmaster for Student Outcomes and the Assistant Headmaster for Co-Curricular Programs, support the delivery of our all-school life skills and leadership programming which can include but not limited to personality testing and education, relaxation/stress relief, skills building, etc.
Maintain student records, confidential records, records of services provided and behavioral data.
Refer students and their families to appropriate outside professionals for medical or social services, when necessary.
Promote school policies and practices that ensure the safety of all students by reducing school violence, bullying, and harassment.
Attend workshops, seminars, and/or professional meetings in order to remain informed of new developments in school psychology.
Conducts faculty, staff, and student leader in-service training and educational opportunities on mental health and wellness related topics.
Teach two classes (TBD).
Participate in extracurricular activities such as social activities, sporting activities, clubs and student organizations
Participate on weekday and weekend duty teams
Attends on-campus special events, such as Registration, Parents Weekend, Alumni Weekend, School sponsored mixers, etc.
Master’s degree in Counseling, Psychology, or Social Work
Willingness to develop curriculum on mental, social, and emotional wellness topics
Experience working with students from different backgrounds, cultures, and academic needs, including students with learning differences or giftedness.
Ability to effectively present information to all constituencies of the school
Highly effective crisis management skills
Excellent communication skills
Ability to work cooperatively with colleagues and students while maintaining confidentiality
Adaptable and stress tolerant
Strong organizational skills
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:
National Counselor Certification (NCSC); preferred
Virginia School Counselor Certification (VSCA)
Physical Demands and Working Conditions:
Occasionally lift up to 30 pounds.
Generally works in standard office conditions and climate.
May work in varied extreme outside weather conditions during special activities.
Ability to handle a wide variety of challenges, including crisis management.
May work at a desk and computer for extended periods of time.
On-campus housing within the school residential community.
Ability to drive students to appointments, etc.
Valid driver’s license.
About Blue Ridge School
Blue Ridge School is an all-boys college preparatory boarding school, grades 9-12. We serve approximately 200 young men who respond well to small classes, a structured environment, close faculty support and a strong sense of community. Blue Ridge is located 20 miles from Charlottesville, Virginia, home of the University of Virginia. Our campus, which comprises nearly 800 acres, lies at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
We believe, understand and respect that all boys are different; they grow at different rates, have different interests, learn differently and walk different paths. We know how to relate to boys and teach them to reach: reach their potential, their goals, and their best. We do this by focusing on individual needs, building success, self-confidence and independence. The results are boys who are independent thinkers, creative problem solvers, self-directed and self-reliant.