Oldfields School, an all girls’ international boarding and day school, grades 8-12, located in northern Baltimore County, seeks applicants for an experienced School Counselor. This is a part-time, exempt 10-month residential or non-residential position requiring work and on-call hours outside of regular business hours. This is an outstanding opportunity for a person with a high degree of integrity and a deep commitment to the value of a single sex independent school education.
The Oldfields School Counselor plays an integral role in supporting students’ academic, social, and emotional growth at Oldfields. Adolescence is a time where students face both personal and developmental challenges that have an impact on their academic growth, and the school counselor works with students to help develop a plan to navigate life’s daily challenges. The mission of the School Counselor is to implement a comprehensive, developmental school counseling program aligned with the school’s mission to ensure each girls’ success through courage, humility, and largeness of heart. To achieve this, the School Counselor meets students on an individual basis, as well as in a group setting, while also collaborating closely with the Director of Health Services, the Dean of Students and the School’s consulting psychologists.
Responsibilities will include:
Work collaboratively with administrators and faculty to identify and refer students who may benefit from individual counseling sessions.
Work with students to develop strategies to address social-emotional challenges that may impact their day to day
Provide group wellness and counseling opportunities programming focusing on a variety of different reasons, including but not limited to academics, family, social, emotional and peer related issues.
Provide one-on-one brief counseling to students.
Work with the Director of Health Services and the student’s family to refer the student to the school’s consulting mental health professional, or, if appropriate, another outside mental health provider.
Act as a liaison between the mental health provider and the student’s immediate team to coordinate how to best support the student at Oldfields.
Attend team meetings to discuss students of concern and help create and implement a plan of action and support.
Preserve confidentiality for students and families on mental health issues.
Create and implement group and classroom guidance lessons for all students based on grade level needs.
Assist in creating educational curriculum to enhance the residential life programs.
Provide crisis intervention and assessment as needed.
Provide programming and education to students, parents, and faculty on topics related to emotional health and wellness within a high school community.
Adhere to and assist in enforcing all school policies and procedures.
Additional responsibilities may be assigned for housing arrangement.
Master’s degree in counseling, Licensed Social Work, or psychology.
Experience/training in a middle or high school environment is preferred.
Willingness to work within a boarding school schedule, including evenings and weekends.
Ability to effectively listen, respond, and present information to students, parents, faculty and staff.
Ability to effectively communicate via phone or email with parents and student support systems in order to provide a safe and healthy academic, athletic and boarding environment.
Ability to take initiative and demonstrate strong organizational and interpersonal skills.
Work in partnership with the Director of Health Services, the Dean of Students and the School’s consulting psychologists.
Work in collaboration with the Director of Health Services in assessing physical, mental and emotional needs, with an emphasis on the safety of our students.
Attend Health and Wellness team meetings
Maintain confidentiality of all physical and mental health related information.
Enforce all School policies and procedures inline with the mission of the School
Proficient with Microsoft Office software; Excel, and Word.
Experience with Magnus Health Tracker or similar software.
Must be able to respond to onsite emergencies.
Works well independently and collaboratively.
Interested candidates should send résumé, cover letter and references in pdf format to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please reference the position being applied for in the subject line. Onsite interview may be required. Background checks are performed on all new hires. Oldfields School offers a dynamic and supportive work environment, competitive salaries, and a generous benefits package. Oldfields is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
At Oldfields, each girl’s success is enhanced as we celebrate the personal experiences that often are informed by socio-economic status, race, age, nationality, ideology, sexual orientation, gender identity, expression and ethnicity. We honor and respect the opportunity to learn and grow from the multitude of valuable life experiences and personal beliefs from every member of our community. The community is committed to a continuously active and innovative process of creating a welcoming, inclusive, and safe environment for everyone.
Oldfields School prohibits discrimination based on the following characteristics: race, color, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, disability and age in its admissions procedures, educational programs, services, activities or employment practices.
The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the School’s non-discrimination policies, including its Title IX policy: