Bullis School seeks an innovative, energetic, and dedicated candidate for the role of Upper School Counselor. Bullis School is an independent coeducational college preparatory day school for students in grades K-12 located in Potomac, MD that provides a student-centered balanced experience in academics, the arts, athletics, and community service. Bullis uniquely prepares every student to become caring global citizens and creative, critical thinkers who will thrive in tomorrow's world. To learn more about Bullis School please click here.
This position begins August 2020 and reports directly to the Head of the Upper School. The Upper School Counselor is responsible for overseeing the emotional, social, and behavioral health and well-being of students in grades 9 through 12. The US Counselor provides short-term counseling and crisis intervention to students and makes recommendations for outside mental health and therapeutic support.
This position works with Upper School Administrators to support wellness education and school policies around mental health, bullying, and mandated reporting, including facilitating relevant health education programs to meet the needs of students and families. The Counselor also works with Upper School teachers to determine student needs, offers guidance, facilitate communication, and advocate on how to best support students in the classroom. This is a 10-month instructional support position.
The essential functions included the following, as well as other duties as necessary and assigned:
Provide short-term individual and/or group counseling and crisis intervention for Upper School students
Provide recommendations to families about outside support and referrals for various therapeutic assessment and/or on-going mental health treatment
Serve as the main point of contact on US student’s mental health, wellness, and social-emotional issues to teachers, administrators, families, and clinical providers
Works closely with teachers to offers guidance, facilitate communication, and advocate on how to best support students
Play a key role in crisis management situations involving students and determine when clinical intervention is required
Lead faculty and staff training on mental health, wellness, and social-emotional needs of students.
Partner with school administration to review and support school policies around mental health, bullying, and mandated reporting
Maintain accurate and confidential student records and behavioral data, as it appropriately pertains to student’s emotional well-being
Coordinate the Peer Mentor Program with other US staff, including selection, training, and scheduling of peer mentors
Collaborate with the Admission Office on design and implementation of Welcome Day for new Upper School students
Facilitate a variety of relevant health and education programs for students and parents, including substance abuse awareness and education, healthy relationship dynamics, senior transition to college, and other relevant topics
Work with grade-level teams and the Assistant Heads of Upper School to assist with additional programming for orientation, experiential education opportunities, advisory, and assemblies
Serve as a member of the Student Review Committee
Seek opportunities to maintain visibility in the community, such as serving as a student club sponsor, member of a Professional Learning Community, task force participant, and other ad hoc opportunities
Serve as an Upper School Advisor
Other duties as assigned by the Head of Upper School
Qualified candidates should possess the following education & experience:
Master’s Degree in Counseling, Social Work, or related mental health field required
Minimum of five years of experience working as a counselor in a student-centered, community based independent school, focused on students in grades 9-12
Must be able to exchange accurate information in situations with parent, students and other health professionals
Ability to make good judgments and quick decision
High degree of discretion and confidentiality, as necessary and appropriate
Bullis School is committed to staff diversity, equality, and continued professional growth. Bullis School provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Bullis School complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment.
About Bullis School
Bullis School is a 102-acre private school for grades K - 12 located in Potomac, MD.