St. Mark’s School of Texas seeks an experienced Lower School Counselor to join our Health and Wellness Office for the 2020-21 academic year on a part-time basis. Competitive candidates will have expertise in child development, demonstrated experience working with children and their families, a commitment to health and wellness education, and enthusiasm for working with young boys. The Lower School Counselor provides support and care for Lower School students and their parents and works in collaboration with the Lower School faculty and Administration. The Lower School Counselor reports to the Director of Counseling and meets regularly with the Head of Lower School and the Wellness team to review student needs and plan programming that educates the students, faculty, and parents on topics related to health, wellness, and healthy child development.
Specifically, the Lower School Counselor designs and implements Health and Wellness programming for students to address their developmental needs; provides short-term, individual counseling for students as needed; consults with parents on the personal success of their sons and provides counsel in support of families; consults with faculty on developmental issues which impact a student's performance in the classroom; provides crisis and behavioral intervention within the school setting; and makes appropriate referrals to outside agencies as needed.
The daily interaction with faculty and students is an important element of life at St. Mark’s. While the role of Lower School Counselor focuses on the needs of Lower School students, he or she will also consider the Lower School student experience holistically and in context of a 1-12 school.
Develop a strong rapport with students, families, faculty, and staff to foster a culture of community
Maintain strong lines of communication with families about student progress
Partner with faculty and staff in support of the School’s mission
Meet with students and parents when appropriate for counseling and intervention while skillfully implementing a wide variety of treatment modalities and strategies to meet individual student needs
Possess a strong knowledge of child development, learning differences, and mental health issues across the developmental spectrum
Consult regularly with teachers at each grade level to facilitate timely academic screening and treatment planning for executive function deficits, learning needs, behavior management, and emotional needs
Design age-appropriate Health and Wellness programming focused on the healthy development of boys
Facilitate topic-specific treatment groups as needed to address common developmental issues
Provide community education on important topics relevant to child psychosocial development
Engage in the life of the community by attending student events, athletic contests, concerts, performances, Lower School assemblies and chapel services
Calm, thoughtful approach to addressing issues as they arise
Strong communication skills in both speaking and writing
Sound judgment and decision-making skills
Qualified applicants should visit our website to complete an online application including a letter of interest and a resume.
Master’s Degree in clinical or counseling psychology, school counseling, social work, or related field required
PhD or PsyD in Clinical, Counseling Psychology, or School Psychology preferred
Licensure commensurate with degree required (i.e. LPC, LP, LMFT, LMSW)
Experience working with children of diverse backgrounds in a counseling setting and implementing a variety of treatment modalities
Experience developing and implementing student programs
Experience working in a school setting preferred
About St. Mark's School of Texas
Founded in 1906, St. Mark's School of Texas is a non-sectarian, college-preparatory, independent day school for boys in grades one through twelve. The School’s charter states that it is “designed to afford its students well-rounded physical, intellectual, moral, and religious training and instruction.” The School is intended to be a diverse community of teachers and students who share a love of learning and who strive for high achievement in whatever they undertake.
St. Mark’s aims to prepare young men to assume leadership and responsibility in a competitive and changing world. To this end, the School professes and upholds certain values. These values include the discipline of postponing immediate gratification in the interests of earning eventual, hard-won satisfaction; the responsibility of defending one’s own ideas, of respecting the views of others, and of accepting the consequences for one’s own actions; and an appreciation for the lively connection between knowledge and responsibility and the obligation to serve.