The Fessenden School, in West Newton, MA, is an all-boys independent day and boarding school serving 525 students from Pre-K to Grade 9. The School seeks to employ individuals who will share our commitment to supporting The Fessenden School’s mission to cultivate each boy’s talents and develop in balance his character, mind, and body in an inclusive and joyful community. For over 100 years we have been committed to the education of boys, and our facilities, curriculum, and programs are designed with the necessities of boys in mind.
The School Counselor provides social-emotional and behavior support to students in grades Pre-K to Grade 9. In collaboration with the School Psychologist, the School Counselor works with students, families, teachers and administrators to assess students, determine needed support for them, and provide short-term counseling.
The essential functions include, but are not limited to the following:
Attend Student Support Team meetings with the Division Heads, School Psychologist, Director of Residential Life, Director of Learning Resources, and others
Work with individual students to provide counseling support
Communicate regularly and effectively both orally and in writing with parents and faculty
Document student performance and progress toward meeting established goals and objectives or benchmarks
Manage student social groups and programs
Observe classrooms to assist teachers in planning effective educational strategies for all students
Organize and lead parent programming in collaboration with the School Psychologist
Conduct student group activities as deemed appropriate by the School Psychologist, Assistant Head of School, and division heads
Oversee lunch, recess, and study halls as needed
Performing other duties as assigned.
Possesses a professional and personable demeanor and enjoys working with students
Enthusiasm and communication skills to engage boys and build meaningful relationships
Demonstrates a commitment to ongoing development of cultural competency skills
Has training in behavioral psychotherapies and/or Applied Behavioral Analysis (BACB preferred)
Holds a master’s degree in School Counseling, Psychology, or related field from NASP-accredited institution
Is a Certified or Licensed School Psychologist (or eligible)
Is trained and certified in School Crisis Prevention and Intervention.
Has strong technology skills and is proficient in Google applications including Gmail, GoogleDocs, Google Calendar
Is well-organized and strong attention to detail
Possesses excellent written and verbal communication skills
Is discrete and able to handle confidential and sensitive matters appropriately
Successful criminal background check
Physical Demands and Work Environment
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions. The requirements for performing the duties of this position are as follows:
Occasional lifting, bending and climbing stairs
Frequent talking, listening, walking, sitting, and standing
Ability to perform multiple concurrent tasks and function in a fast-paced working environment
Submit an application through Fessenden’s Career Site. Please include a resume and cover letter.
About The Fessenden School
The Fessenden School
250 Waltham Street, West Newton, Massachusetts 02465
The Fessenden School (525 students, Pre-K through 9th Grade) located ten miles west of Boston, Massachusetts, is the oldest all boys, junior boarding school in the country.
The Fessenden School’s mission is to cultivate each boy's talents and develop in balance his character, mind, and body in an inclusive and joyful community.
For more than 100 years we have been committed to the education of boys and our facilities, curriculum, and programs are designed with the necessities of boys in mind. Faculty programs include ongoing professional development relating to the education of boys, cultural competency, project-based learning, academic technology, and differentiated learning.