Harpeth Hall seeks a dynamic, innovative, and culturally-responsive professional to serve as an Upper School Counselor. The ideal candidate will have experience in a school setting, demonstrate classroom teaching skills, and possess an enthusiasm and commitment to working with adolescent girls. Additionally, the ideal candidate will have skills in collaborating with teachers and consulting with parents in an academic setting. Harpeth Hall is committed to an inclusive program, and candidates with a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, or inclusion work are especially encouraged to apply. A masters degree in counseling or related field is required.
The mission of Harpeth Hall’s Counseling Department is to be a catalyst for the growth and development of all the school’s students, particularly in the realm of emotional, social, and behavioral health. In addition, the counseling team considers support of the faculty, administration and parent body to be essential to the overall well-being of the Harpeth Hall community and in turn for maximum development of its students. In accord with the school’s history of excellence in educating young women, the counseling team believes its mission includes modeling excellence in every lesson taught and every counselor/student interaction. By promoting the development of self-knowledge, wellness, resiliency, and empathy in each young woman, the counseling team prepares students for meaningful higher education and responsible, productive lives.
This position begins in August of 2019. Candidates should complete an online application and submit a letter of interest, resume, references, and a statement of educational philosophy.
Duties include, but are not limited to:
Teaching Upper School Life Balance classes
Collaborating with Director of College Counseling on the Senior Speaker Series
Counseling students individually and in groups throughout the year in grades 9 – 12
Attending Upper School Grade Level Advisor Lunch Meetings
Being an active member of the Student Support Team
Attending Counseling Department Meetings
Assisting with New Student Orientations for the Upper School in August
Communicating and consulting effectively with parents, via individual meetings, grade level parent meetings, and written correspondence
Presenting at Grade Level Parent Nights
Organizing the Upper School’s annual Wellness Day
Collaborating with teachers and administrators on student issues
Assisting Upper School Dean with Advisory Programming
Assisting Counseling Team with Advisory Placements in the summer months
Developing learning opportunities for teachers to better understand how to support students in various situations
Participating in counseling professional development each year
Participating in the life of the school through additional activities such as serving as an Advisor to a group of students
About The Harpeth Hall School
The Harpeth Hall School is one of the country's premier independent college preparatory schools for girls and young women in grades 5-12. A pioneer in the field of women's education with origins in the 1860s, the school combines a superior program deeply rooted in the liberal arts tradition with proven instructional techniques that are most meaningful for girls. Teachers and administrators cultivate a love of learning, a commitment to honor and integrity, and the leadership skills students will need in the future. This is a vibrant, forward-looking school with a rigorous, innovative curriculum and exceptional teaching. In addition, outstanding and extensive arts, athletics, service learning, and co-curricular activities provide students with a rich educational experience. The strength of the school today results from the extraordinary vitality and richness of its past. The school is situated on a beautiful, college-like suburban campus of 43 acres in the Green Hills area of Nashville.
Harpeth Hall is a national leader in the use of technology to enhance teaching and learning. The campus-wide wireless network was the first in Middle Tennessee. Since 2001, every girl in grades... seven through twelve uses her own laptop computer. At every level, the faculty and students use technology to advance learning.