Winchester Thurston School, a nationally recognized and innovative Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12 independent day school in Pittsburgh, seeks an Interim Middle and Upper School Counselor, for the anticipated period of February 3 – May 29, 2020.
The Interim Middle and Upper School Counselor will provide professional expertise in promoting and enhancing success for students in grades 6 – 12. This individual will engage in a team approach with colleagues, students, and parents to guide student support, fostering a shared view of academic, cognitive, social and emotional perspectives. The Interim Middle and Upper School Counselor will respond to identified personal, social, and emotional needs of students, manage crisis situations, and continue implementing educational and preventive services for students, parents, and faculty.
The Interim Middle and Upper School Counselor performs under the general direction of the Head of School and under the supervision of the Upper School Director. This individual will also work closely with the Upper and Middle School Directors, the Associate Director of Middle School, the Upper School Dean of Students, students, faculty and parents.
The Interim Middle and Upper School Counselor is responsible for the following duties and responsibilities:
Serve as a trusted and confidential counselor and resource for students and families in the areas of social, emotional, and mental health issues
Consult with the Director of Support Services and other administrators and faculty regarding student problems or concerns, as needed or requested
Provide crisis assessment and management for students in grades 6 – 12, and to the school community, as needed
Teach and facilitate interactive health-related curricular sessions with middle and upper school students (approximately 24 contact hours in the classroom over the course of the 16-week period)
Manage programs related to suicide prevention, wellness, personal safety, student support groups, The Talk sex education program, and other identified issues
Provide crisis counseling to students individually or in groups with identified needs and concerns
Collaborate with and make referrals to appropriate community support providers/resources for students and families
Maintain counseling records in accordance with professional standards
Perform other duties as assigned
Master’s degree in a related field is preferred
Licensure/certification in counseling (e.g., Licensed Professional Counselor [LPC], Licensed Clinical Social Workers [LSW], School Counselor with Secondary Certification, or other applicable certification); candidates who have completed counseling practicum hours will also be considered
Knowledge/experience working with a diverse group of adolescents and teenagers
Strong knowledge of student mental health issues and adolescent development
Ability to manage a wide variety of difficult and confidential situations
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
Ability to work effectively in group and one-on-one settings
Ability to teach and facilitate student educational programs and collaborate with students, parents, colleagues, and external resources
Applicants should email cover letter, resume and contact information for 3 professional references to:
Winchester Thurston School is an equal opportunity employer. WT is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic community and strongly encourages applications from people of color, LGBTQ candidates, and women.
About Winchester Thurston School
Nationally recognized for innovative
teaching, Winchester Thurston is a Pre-K through Grade 12 independent school providing a
rigorous college preparatory program that
prepares students for the challenges of a
changing world. Situated within Pittsburgh’s university and cultural center, WT offers exceptional learning experiences in partnership with surrounding resources. Learn more at www.winchesterthurston.org.
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