Title: Primary School Counselor Classification: Exempt
Department: Primary School School: Sacred Heart Schools, Chicago, IL
Hired By: Head of Schools Reports to: Head of Primary School
Foundedin Chicago in 1876, Sacred Heart Schools at Sheridan Road (Hardey Preparatory for Boys and Academy of the Sacred Heart for Girls) are independent, Catholic, single-sex elementary schools committed to academic excellence within the context of a Christian, faith-based community. The educational mission is deeply rooted in the 200-year tradition of the Society of the Sacred Heart and shared with the Network of Sacred Heart Schools located in 30 countries; including 22 schools in the United States. The essence of this tradition is the total development of each child: spiritual, intellectual, social, emotional and physical. Our girls and boys are taught in single-sex classrooms but follow a similar curriculum and share in many activities. With a total enrollment of approximately 700 students, the Schools are organized into three academic divisions each led by a division head.
Sacred Heart Schools is seeking a Primary School Counselor to join its team of professional individuals committed to fully supporting the school’s mission and goals. The positions initial area of focus will be working closely with the Head of Primary School to provide preventive services and respond to identified student needs by implementing a comprehensive school counseling program that addresses academic and personal/social development for all students. All of which should be in accordance with the philosophy and Goals and Criteria of Sacred Heart Schools.
Essential Job Function:
Serve as the primary resource for administrators, faculty/staff, and parents in working with students to create a positive learning environment and helping students develop a positive self-concept.
Work closely with PS Division Head to address student social and emotional concerns
Teach SEL lessons in each classroom using Second Step Curriculum and Second Step Bullying Prevention Program. Other classroom lessons include: Zones of Regulation, Conflict Resolution, Problem Solving, Feelings Awareness and Big vs. Small Problems.
Provide 1-1 short term solution focused counseling to students who drop in or request a check-in with the PS Counselor or are referred by a teacher or administrator.
Attend weekly meetings with PS Division Head
Attend weekly meetings with counseling department (PS, LS and MS counselors.)
Coordinate and facilitate Social/Emotional Skills Training Groups
Worry Busters, Making and Keeping Friends, Super U!, Growth Mindset, Kids Supporting Kids (children of divorce/loss). Each topic consists of 5-6 sessions
Provide written or verbal feedback to parents about each group member’s strengths and areas for continued growth
Offer short term1-1 social/emotional support for students who need more individualized attention post group
Refer parents/students to clinicians in the community if more support is needed beyond what we can offer
Observe students of concern in the classroom, lunchroom and recess. Document and report back to teachers, administration, SST and/or parents w/ findings
Co-Lead SHS CARES Committee
Planning and implementation of program the SHS CARES program
Provide teacher consultations/education about social/emotional issues impacting learning
Assist with crisis intervention, de-escalation and help process serious events
Participate as a member of the Student Services Team. Provide/conduct interventions to help improve student’s functioning. Observe students of concern in the classroom, lunchroom and playground. Document and report back to SST and/or parents w/ findings. Attend parent SST meetings and students staffing.
Participate in the development of positive student behavior support systems and development of intervention strategies alongside Division Heads. Assist with behavior modification issues across K-2; may include creation of behavior charts/contracts, plans and help supervise/monitor rewards. Create visuals for classroom teachers or individual students (i.e. Coping Cards, Stop Light, Stop and Think Signs, Tattle or Report).
Support student health and wellness by working closely with the Nurse
Assist in consulting with the Division Heads about the development and alignment of the disciplinary policies and procedures throughout grades K-8. Counselor does not have a disciplinarian role – rather works to find the root cause and support interventions through a team approach
Plan and facilitate the Mindfulness Program – Support teachers, administration and students with training and continual implementation of the program.
Collaborate with outside therapists/counselors/psychologists to coordinate student learning with their clinical therapy work
Consult with parents to discuss social/emotional issues as needed
Collaborate with Curriculum Coordinator on Safe Environments Program content development and observation of classroom lessons.
Consult with the Director of Institutional Advancement to develop, plan and implement the Parent Education Program
Master’s degree in counseling/psychology – preferred
LCPC status preferred
Experience in an educational setting
Experience working with students with behavioral and emotional challenges
Clear communication skills
Strong organizational skills
Comfortable with technology in a variety of settings
Sacred Heart Schools is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate.
The duties and responsibilities in this job description may be subject to change at any time at the discretion of the Schools. These changes may be done to satisfy a reasonable accommodation or for other reasons.