The Elisabeth Morrow School is seeking a Middle School Counselor to begin in August 2020. Reporting to the Middle School Head, this is a 10-month position responsible for working in collaboration with faculty to support the social, emotional and behavioral needs of students in Grade 5 through Grade 8.
Plan and execute programs (presentations, classes, group sessions, etc) that proactively enhance awareness of mental health; promote positive, healthy behaviors; and seek to remove the stigma associated with mental health issues
Through consultation and observation, provide insights and strategies for supporting faculty with student’s/students’ social-emotional-behavioral concerns
Collaborate and coordinate with Lower School and Early Childhood colleagues to ensure continuity of care for students.
Develop, coach and oversee all aspects of the middle school’s affective education/SEL curriculum, including articulating and ensuring a climate of positive social and emotional learning through curriculum implementation, continual program assessment and new program development.
Teach a class centered on the school’s affective education curriculum.
Provide responsive, short-term 1:1 and small group counseling support to 5th-8th grade students to help them with developmental and social-emotional needs including self-regulation and awareness, social problem solving, self-care, and stress management. This includes meeting with students as scheduled, supervising and supporting students who drop-in, keeping records of student meetings and offering outside referrals when applicable.
Support the faculty and administration in developing appropriate behavior support strategies for students whose behavior is interfering with their learning.
Offer regular parent education and connect parents with resources as necessary.
Be an active and engaged member of the Middle School Administrative Team. This includes attending and participating in meetings to discuss students in need of support, following through on relevant action items, and collaborating and consulting with relevant faculty, administration and families as needed.
Provide crisis management support as well as parental support and guidance related to adolescent development.
Implement and manage student support plans for students with a documented qualifying mental health condition.
As needed, this position will connect parents with outside therapeutic referrals. Serve as liaison between the School and mental health professionals in the community who are working with our students and families.
In partnership with the director of enrollment management and the director of student support services, screen and assess candidates for admission.
Stay up to date on relevant professional development.
Keep current with laws governing confidentiality as they pertain to adolescents and mental health services in schools.
Other duties as assigned.
A minimum of standard business hours Monday – Friday.
Ability to occasionally work evenings and weekends as necessary.
Compensation and Benefits
This appointment will begin in August 2020 and is a full-time position with benefits. The compensation package will be competitive for the region and commensurate with experience, degree attainment, and the national independent school market.
Please send your cover letter and resume to:
Middle School Head
The Elisabeth Morrow School
435 Lydecker Street
Englewood, NJ 07631
A degree in counseling, school counseling, psychology or social work (or related field) and current Professional certification/licensure in mental health-related field (LICSW, LMHP, LMHC, or equivalent).
Demonstrated and recognized experience as a middle school mental health professional (at least 3 years); experience with educational settings is strongly preferred.
Excellent knowledge of the social-emotional and developmental needs of pre-adolescent and adolescent students.
Experience with developing, coordinating, facilitating and/or teaching a school-wide social-emotional learning program.
Training and experience with safety and risk assessment.
Ability to balance independent work and self-management while also working within a multidisciplinary team
Ability to connect with adolescents while maintaining appropriate boundaries.
Strong attention to detail, written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to communicate complex student information in a respectful and clear manner.
Demonstrated cultural competency, including knowledge of themselves and the cultural lenses they bring to interactions. The candidates will understand different perspectives; interact competently and respectfully with cultures other than their own; and cultivate meaningful relationships with people that have different cultural frameworks.
About Elisabeth Morrow School
The Elisabeth Morrow School’s shared purpose is to provide exemplary academics and character development in a diverse and inclusive child-centered community, inspiring students to become curious scholars, ethical leaders, and global citizens.