Green Acres School is seeking an experienced full-time counselor to work with students in Pre-K-8th grade. The school counselor provides counseling services to individuals and groups of students in a safe and welcoming environment. The person in this position acts as a consultant to parents, teachers, and administrators. Some of the duties and support services that the counselor is responsible for include:
Building relationships with students, families, and colleagues throughout the school community;
Providing short-term individual and group counseling for students with social-emotional challenges, whether or not those challenges are clinically diagnosed;
Providing behavior management assistance and crisis intervention when necessary;
Communicating with families about their children, both sharing accounts from school and listening to accounts from home;
Developing and maintaining a referral list of therapists and local resources for students who may need an assessment and/or long-term therapeutic support;
Communicating with therapists and other outside professionals about students;
Coordinating the gathering, editing, and sending of documentary evidence for social-emotional testing on behalf of outside professionals;
Actively participating in the Student Support Committee meetings;
Problem solving with teachers, parents, and outside professionals to develop appropriate supports for students with social-emotional challenges;
Developing and coordinating student learning plans with teachers;
Participating in parent-teacher conferences, as needed.
Requirements | The ideal candidate will have experience working in a school setting with children varying in age from Pre-K to early adolescence. The minimum education requirement is a master’s degree in a counseling-related field.
To apply | Please do NOT apply through the NAIS website. Rather, email your complete application (with the 4 required documents listed below, attached) directly to this email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
A complete application consists of the following | (1) cover letter (2) resume (3) statement of educational philosophy (4) Green Acres School Employment Application form (available at www.greenacres.org).
All four documents are necessary for an application to be considered.
Questions may be addressed to Nancy Schnog, Assistant to the Head of School. Email: email@example.com.
About Green Acres School | Founded in 1934, Green Acres School is one of the country’s leading progressive schools. Serving approximately 250 students in grades PK-8, the school occupies a 15-acre campus in North Bethesda, Maryland. Our school focuses on the development of the whole child through an academically challenging program that emphasizes interdisciplinary and experiential learning.
Green Acres School offers a collegial work environment, competitive salaries, and a strong benefits package. Multiple buildings serve Lower School (PK-4) and Middle School (5-8) students; we value the outdoors for ourselves and for our students. Strong understanding of child development is essential for Green Acres teachers. An advanced degree in addition to significant experience with best practices in progressive education is strongly preferred.