The Cannon Upper School (US) Counselor, a Master’s level clinician, works to address the academic, personal, and social needs of all US students (grades 9-12) through individual counseling sessions, advising activities, and large group lessons. During the school day, the US Counselor is accessible to students who may be struggling with a variety of concerns, such as friendship difficulties, social adjustment concerns, coping with the loss of a loved one, etc. The US Counselor also facilitates Student Life programming related to teaching students healthy, positive coping skills to manage stress, anxiety, depression, and general school/academic and life worries. The US Counselor reports directly to the Head of Upper School.
This is a part time, 30 hr/wk, 10-month position.
Working with Students:
Provides individual counseling to US students through scheduling of consistent and reliable cycles of appointments
Provides individual and/or small group counseling to US students during crisis situations
Collaborates with US Learning Specialist to provide individual and/or small group support of students with dual diagnoses of LD/ADHD and emotional health
Assists students in gaining a sound knowledge of themselves and in developing a positive self-image by:
Working with students to enhance their self-awareness, decision-making, and goal-setting skills through personality measures, social intelligence, and social skill development
Contributing to the continual promotion of an educational climate in which students can grow intellectually and emotionally
Helping students assess strengths and areas in need of growth
Facilitates communication between students and parents, advisors, teachers, deans, peers, etc.
Meets with students serving In-School Reflections when necessary
Serves as advisor to Empower Club
Serves as co-advisor to Peer Support Team (pst;)
Working with Parents/Families:
Assists parents in understanding and meeting the educational, family, and personal/social needs of their child
Provides parent education on pertinent topics, such as stress, alcohol and other drugs, overall wellness, etc.
Serves as a consultant to parents and provides outside referral information when necessary
Serves as a liaison among families, outside support, and US personnel when necessary
Working with Colleagues:
Serves as an active member of the Student Support Team, collaborating with team members to provide intervention strategies for students in academic and/or emotional need
Collaborates with US Deans of Students and US Academic Dean in developing Student Life programming related to teaching students healthy, positive coping skills to manage stress, anxiety, depression, and general school/academic and life worries
Collaborates with existing US Counselor, US Learning Specialist, US Academic Dean, Deans of Students, College Counseling Department, and Advisors/Teachers in finding developmentally appropriate curricula to support students in their academic efforts in specific circumstances
Serves on US Administration Team
Serves as member of MS/US Transition Team: develop a transition plan for 8th grade students moving into the 9th grade
Collaborates with the LS/MS Counselors for school counseling initiatives, consultation, and parent education
Communicates as needed with School Nurses
Years of Experience/Education Required:
Masters in Counseling, (LPC, LPC-A or LPC-Supervisor preferred)
Masters in Social Work (LCSW, LCSW-A or LCSW Supervisor preferred)
School experience preferred
Tireless advocate for young people
Exceptional organization, communication skills
Ability to excel in a fast paced, team environment
About Cannon School
Established in 1969, Cannon School is a private independent junior kindergarten through 12th grade college-preparatory institution. Cannon attracts 1,000 students from Concord, Davidson, Cornelius, Huntersville, Mooresville, Charlotte, the University City area, Kannapolis, and Salisbury. Located on a 65-acre campus on Poplar Tent Road in Concord, Cannon’s 209 full-time faculty and staff members are committed to nurturing relationships at the heart of learning and engaging the learner in a journey of growth.