Are you passionate about helping students unlock their potential and build capacity in their ability to thrive in a challenging educational environment? Are you an engaged collaborator who works in partnership with teachers and administrators to best support student success? Do you thrive in a fast-paced environment and in the opportunity to touch the lives of many students? Are you authentic, kind, engaging and ready to make a difference?
The Middle School Counselor works proactively and collaboratively with the Middle School Student Support Team to promote and support student health and well-being. The Counselor provides direct counseling services to students in times of crisis and to support their social and emotional health at school, and work closely with grade-level deans to coordinate, design, teach and facilitate the 6-8th grade social-emotional learning and health curriculum. This role works under the supervision of the Head of Middle School with working hours of 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. with the possibility of the daily schedule occasionally shifting to accommodate the needs of students and families.
Develop, implement, and support mental health and wellness programs in collaboration with other members of the Student Support Team
Provide direct services to students through programs, classes, preventative activities, and individual and group counseling
Provide emergency and sustained counseling support to students as needed, including after-hours crisis communications and/or management in partnership with school administration
In coordination with the relevant Student Support Team members, proactively identify and address behaviors that may be interfering with student well-being
Teach Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and health classes
Work with colleagues to establish, maintain, and communicate mental and emotional health protocols
Conduct faculty, staff, and student training on mental health, wellness, and abuse prevention for students
Assist faculty and other school personnel in developing appropriate interventions and programs to help students achieve success at school
In coordination with the Head of Middle School and Head of School, serve as a point person for potential mandatory or discretionary reporting to Child Youth and Families Division and/or law enforcement
Communicate effectively and proactively with students, parents, and school staff about student well-being and counseling needs
Expand and maintain a network of mental health professionals, and refer students and their families to appropriate outside professionals for medical or social services, when necessary
Apply and adhere to the professional standards and ethics related to the employee’s professional degree and level of training
Maintain student records pertaining to counseling services, confidential school records, records of services provided, and behavioral data
Provide parent communication and education to support through regular and timely personal communication and formal parent education/workshops
Support the Admission Office by reviewing student files and conducting conversations with outside mental health professionals as needed during the admission process, often in coordination with school Learning Specialists
Model a growth mindset and engage enthusiastically in our robust annual professional development program.
Take part in professional organizations and continually seek to improve professional knowledge and skills
Other duties as assigned by the Division Head and Head of School
QUALIFICATIONS AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Professional license at the master’s level required: LISW (Licensed Independent Social Worker), LPCC (Licensed Professional Counselor) or equivalent
Engaging interpersonal skills and strong speaking and writing skills required
Affinity for and engagement with working with middle school students (grades 6-8) and families
Experience and commitment to working with culturally diverse students, families, and colleagues and contributing to building and maintaining an inclusive community
Effective working with groups
Collaborative working style and strong work ethic
Ability to engage with people in a manner which shows sensitivity, tact, and professionalism
Discretion and respect for confidentiality
About Bosque School
Founded in 1994 and located on a 45-acre site in the bosque in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Bosque School values integrity, community and scholarship. Our progressive curriculum is designed to support a lifelong learning mindset through challenge and inquiry. Through the Bosque Environmental Monitoring Program, our students host thousands of peers from around the state as they are trained on-site to collect scientific data for use by researchers at the University of New Mexico. A dynamic Service Learning program develops student leadership skills. Ongoing teacher growth is facilitated by the Sofia Center for Professional Development, like BEMP and our student service program, an expression of the school's commitment to public-private partnership in our community. Currently, we serve about 500 students in grades six through twelve. There are over 50 full-time faculty members with more than half of them holding advanced degrees. The average class size is 18 and the average student:faculty ratio is 9:1.