The Calhoun School, a leading progressive, independent, co-educational day school in Manhattan, seeks a full time experienced educator to serve as Lower School Counselor (3s to 5th Grade). Reporting to the Lower School - Elementary Director, the Lower School Counselor is a member of the small but mighty Lower School - Early Childhood and Lower School - Elementary Leadership Teams and leads the division in developing and implementing programming and culture around decision making, communication and life skills, as well as character values.
The ideal candidate for this position possesses counseling and classroom teaching skills and has experience in a school setting working with students, as well as working with and assisting faculty and parents.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Assist students, administration, faculty and parents with intervention in academic and emotional situations by:
Facilitating ongoing communication among teachers, administration, parents and outside tutors and therapists
Working with administration and faculty to identify students in need of counseling and learning evaluations
Providing short-term counseling when emergencies arise
Participating in Lower School student life by actively engaging in the community (clubs, recess,, field trips)
Providing insight during anecdotal sessions
Attending weekly Student Resource Team meetings
Making referrals for outside support
Interviewing and maintaining lists of prospective therapists
Creating and maintaining files on students with need for support
Offering guidance and strategies to teachers and parents for dealing with a variety of social and emotional issues
Serve as a resource to the community on early childhood, adolescent and preadolescent issues and, in the process:
Work with the Lower School faculty to promote a positive emotional and academic climate in the school
Strengthen effective advocacy for student needs throughout the school
Promote constructive communication among all members of the community
Organize and run peer education programs and workshops, or groups on special needs (grieving, eating issues, substance abuse, coping with the illness of someone close, etc.)
Work closely with the teachers on curriculum and instructional activities (e.g. Lower School health) and on identifying resource materials for students and adults on health education
Offer assistance to parents through phone conversations, parent conferences and evening or morning workshops
Participate in day-to-day activities that will ensure the counselor's accessibility to students and adults (e.g., orientation programs, trips, open houses, faculty meetings, workshops, informal conversations, etc.)
Assist the Admissions Office with reviewing files of prospective students with psychological or learning issues and, if appropriate, contacting their outside support specialists.
Work with the directors to identify ways of improving faculty skills and identifying professional development opportunities (speakers, workshops, etc.)
SUCCESS FACTORS/JOB COMPETENCIES
Flexibility and a desire to collaborate
Insight into developmental stages and generational conflict issues
Excellent interpersonal and communication abilities with early childhood and elementary aged children, preadolescents, parents, teachers, administrators
Strong sense of humor and the ability to see things from a "glass half full" perspective
Ability to organize, manage and prioritize multiple projects simultaneously
Ability to work well in a busy and sometimes noisy environment
Commitment to progressive education and core mission and values of the school
5 or more years of demonstrated experience in school social work, school counseling
Graduate degree in Clinical Psychology, Counseling, Social Work, or a related field
Active New York licensure or certification in one of the following required: Licensed Psychologist or Certified School Psychologist; Licensed Social Worker or Certified School Social Worker; or Certified Guidance Counselor
Demonstrated commitment to and engagement in work around identity, equity, diversity & inclusion
Familiarity with Responsive Classroom
Knowledge of Mindfulness Practices
Experience in Independent Schools
COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY WORK
Calhoun is committed to addressing issues of social justice, diversity, equity, and anti-bias education in our curriculum and in our community. Employees must be willing learners and participants in supporting this work.
Calhoun is committed to recruiting, hiring and supporting a diverse staff and welcomes applicants of all gender, sexuality, religious, ethnic, racial and cultural identities. Calhoun does not unlawfully discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of one’s actual or perceived race; color; religion; sex/gender (including gender identity); creed; sexual orientation; marital status; pregnancy; ethnicity; national origin; ancestry; age; disability.
ALONG WITH AN APPLICATION, QUALIFIED APPLICANTS SHOULD SUBMIT:
Statement of Educational Philosophy
About The Calhoun School
The Calhoun School is a leading progressive, independent, co-educational day school in Manhattan.