Shady Hill School is seeking a Middle School Counselor to begin August 2020. This position is responsible for supporting the social, emotional and behavioral needs of students in collaboration with their teachers.
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 Psychologist to ensure continuity
Develop, coach and oversee all aspects of Shady Hill Middle School’s affective education/SEL curriculum (TOAD-Topics on Adolescent Development) including articulating and ensuring a climate of positive social and emotional learning through curriculum implementation, continual program assessment and new program development.
Teach Shady Hill Middle School’s affective education curriculum (TOAD), as necessary
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
Serve as expert and coordinator in cases where a 51A filing is considered
Be an active and engaged member of the Middle School Administrative Team. This includes attending and participating in weekly 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 Middle School Learning Resources Director, screen and assess candidates for admission with an eye toward ADA compliance
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
Work with Secondary School Advisor to develop a parent program to help with transition to secondary schools
As needed, participate in teaching seminars for the Teacher Training Course
Other duties as assigned
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, LMFT, etc)
Demonstrated and recognized experience as a middle school mental health professional (at least 3 years); Experience with educational settings is 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.
A minimum of standard business hours Monday – Friday
Ability to occasionally work evenings and weekends as necessary
About Shady Hill School
For over 100 years, Shady Hill has been a leader in progressive elementary and middle school education and teacher training. The year-long central subject study, which emphasizes strong content, the use of primary sources, acquisition of essential skills, and self-discovery, forms the core of our curriculum. As a diverse school, we believe that a varied and inclusive community is an educational and moral imperative that empowers us all. Therefore, we seek to hire faculty and staff who share our vision. We offer a dynamic and supportive work environment, competitive salaries and a generous benefits package. Shady Hill is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. For more information on Shady Hill please visit us at www.shs.org.
Shady Hill offers competitive salaries and a generous benefits package, including medical, dental and vision insurance plans, a school-matched retirement plan and paid time off.