Berkshire School seeks a School Counselor or Psychologist to begin in August 2020. Working collaboratively with the Counseling Office, this full-time, ten-month position will help support the approximately 405 students at Berkshire School. In addition to providing direct support and interventions for students, they will advise school leaders regarding school-wide practices and work with faculty members and families to ensure student health and learning.
Salary is competitive and includes meals when school is in session. Health and retirement benefits, including TIAA-CREF, are part of the compensation package. Funding exists to support advanced degree work, as well as participation in professional conferences, workshops, summer study, and travel.
Berkshire School strives to create a global community that reflects the world around us and the backgrounds, experiences, identities, genders, perspectives, races, religions, and talents that each member brings to our school. We believe that a diverse and inclusive community supports and respects all cultures, ethnicities, languages, philosophies, political views, and sexual orientations that exist within and beyond our school.
Successful candidates for this position will:
Have five or more years of relevant experience providing counseling and academic support services to adolescents, ideally within an independent school setting.
Ensure that students, families, and faculty members know the psychologist/counselor is available to provide students effective and helpful emotional, psychological, and social support.
Act as a resource for teachers and administrators, developing action plans for students needing support, and broadly assisting the faculty's efforts to best serve Berkshire students.
Execute student risk assessments based on best professional practices.
Develop strong relationships with external health professionals to ensure that Berkshire students are connected with external resources when needed or appropriate.
Ensure that families of students with emotional and other needs are well-counseled and, when appropriate, connected with external expertise.
Collaborate with faculty and staff members to advance schoolwide education and programming.
Serve on-call in a weekend and evening rotation with the members of the Counseling Office.
Promote student well being; provide preventative services; and respond to student emotional, psychological, academic, and social needs.
We will consider psychologists, mental health counselors, and clinical social workers.
Potential candidates should have earned a Master's Degree or PsyD/Ph.D. in psychology, social work, school counseling, or a related field.
Potential candidates should hold a Massachusetts state license in their field or be license eligible.
Experience and expertise working with upper school students both individually and in groups is required.
All clinical theoretical orientations are welcome, but a working knowledge of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is desirable.
Telecommuting is allowed. Employer will assist with relocation costs.
About Berkshire School
Berkshire School is a co-ed, college preparatory boarding and day school offering a rigorous academic course of study. Pioneering programs - such as Advanced Math/Science Research, Advanced Humanities Research, Sustainability and Resource Management, and Pro Vita Winter Session - coexist with advanced sections and AP offerings in all disciplines. Berkshire provides a range of artistic and athletic offerings supported by a state-of-the-art academic building and brand new facilities in athletics and the arts. In this extraordinary setting, students are encouraged to learn, in the words of the school motto, "not just for school, but for life."