Westmark School seeks a School Counselor to provide a comprehensive counseling program and serve a key role in creating and sustaining an atmosphere of emotional wellness among students. Reporting to the Head of School, the counselor utilizes collaboration, leadership and advocacy to promote students’ social, emotional and academic success.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Design, plan, implement, and participate in programming that fosters a culture of wellness with all students.
Communicate the goals of the program to students, parents, faculty and staff, and maintains current and appropriate resources available for their use.
Participate in regular professional development opportunities in order to stay updated on national trends and developments in providing support to children.
Preventative and Responsive Services
Provide short-term, solution-focused support through individual and group counseling; and when appropriate, assist families to arrange outside therapy and support services as needed and then coordinate with outside providers working with students.
Consult and collaborate effectively with parents/guardians, teachers, administrators and other educational/community resources regarding students with identified concerns and needs.
Implement an effective referral and follow-up process.
Accurately and appropriately use assessment procedures for determining and structuring individual and group counseling services.
Meet regularly with the head of school, division directors and health coordinator to review the health and wellness of our student population and collaborate with educational staff to determine whether intervention strategies are effective.
Provide appropriate information to staff related to the comprehensive school counseling program.
Assist teachers, parents/guardians and other constituents in interpreting and understanding student data.
Use available technology resources to enhance the school counseling program.
Adhere to laws, policies, procedures, and ethical standards of the school counseling profession.
Host workshops and presentations for parents and in-service programs for teachers and staff.
Conduct a yearly program audit to review extent of program implementation.
Collect and analyze data to guide program direction and emphasis.
Measure results of the school counseling program activities and shares results as appropriate.
In conjunction with division directors, monitors student academic performance, behavior and attendance, and assists with appropriate interventions.
Ideal Experience and Personal Characteristics
The School Counselor should have the following types of experience, qualifications and characteristics:
An advanced degree in School Counseling, Counseling, Social Work, School Psychology, Clinical Psychology, or Applied Psychology is required. Appropriate license, certification, and/or other documentation attesting to the candidate’s expertise in counseling is required;
Experience working with a diverse student population;
Excellent written and oral communication skills with an ability to effectively communicate with all stakeholders of the school.
Physical Demands and Work Environment
The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions for the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Physical demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to sit in on meetings and work on a computer for long periods of time; and is occasionally required to walk, reach with hands and arms, balance, stoop, talk, and hear. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 15 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus.
Start Date: Immediate
Interested applicants should submit electronically and as separate documents the following materials:
Cover letter expressing interest in the School Counselor position
List of five references with contact information, including email, to:
Westmark School is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit and job performance. School policy prohibits discrimination based on race, color, creed, gender, gender identity or expression, religion, marital status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical conditions (including genetic characteristics or information), sexual orientation, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, and local laws.
About Westmark School
The leading independent school in Los Angeles for children with language-based learning differences in grades 2-12, Westmark School has provided an exceptional college-preparatory environment for more than 30 years, allowing students to grow and succeed, not only in the classroom, but also in life.
Westmark students discover how they learn best and become advocates for themselves, leading them to become highly functional, concrete thinkers, and preparing them for a successful college experience.
Westmark’s exceptional multi-modal, research-based pedagogy differentiates instruction based on student need and allows children to discover not only their personal academic style but their strengths and areas of need as well. Using state-of-the-art technology—including our one-to-one iPad program—and facilities designed with our learners in mind, as well as low student-teacher ratios, our distinguished faculty provide individualized instruction.
Westmark is about much more than what happens in the classroom. With a beautiful new athletic field, highly competitive sports teams, a small sound stage and production studio, vibrant music, performing and visual arts programs, an advance...d experiential learning program highlighted by engaging outdoor educational class trips, an integrated service learning program, student leadership opportunities as well as countless enrichment programs, Westmark has much to offer motivated, creative, and multi-faceted children.