Responsibilities: The Upper School Counselor will join a well-established team of educators at Ravenscroft. The Upper School Counselor is responsible for the oversight of the emotional, social, and psychological health of Upper School students. Essential duties include:
Individual and Group Counseling: The primary responsibility of the Counselor is to provide social and emotional support to Upper School students utilizing individual and group treatment modalities. The counselor is responsible for the provision of these services with the highest degree of ethical standards.
Member of the Counseling and Health Team: The counselor will report to the Assistant Head of School for Student Affairs and is a member of the Counseling and Health Department. Responsibilities and initiatives will be carried out in close collaboration with the Counseling and Health team. Counselor will participate in weekly team meetings engaging in student case consultation and program planning.
Assistance with Psychoeducational Testing Interpretation and Academic Accommodations: The counselor partners with divisional Academic Skills faculty in providing psychoeducational test interpretation, and works with faculty and parents in implementing academic accommodations and support. The counselor also assists students, teachers, and parents in understanding educational, personal, or social factors which may be affecting a student’s academic progress. Responsibilities also include chairing the Upper School Student Assistance Team (SAT).
Resource for Upper School Faculty and Staff: The counselor will be an objective, available resource to the adults in the community, even though students are the counselor’s primary responsibility. The counselor will be available for consultation and provide faculty/staff with information on topics such as adolescent development, standardized test interpretation, peer/adult relationships, group dynamics, and will offer in-service trainings as needed.
Coordination of the Advisory Program and Lead From Here: The counselor will help with providing developmentally appropriate, regular programming to enhance students’ social and emotional learning. The counselor will assist with implementing the advisory program, and work alongside the Upper School Division Head, the Dean of Student Life, and the US Class Deans to set and publicize the Upper school advisory schedule each semester. The counselor will offer structure and support for the overall program and offer assistance to individual advisors regarding specific topics and/or specific students. The person in this position may also be expected to assist in training Faculty Advisors in facilitative teaching techniques usually associated with our advisory program, especially the competencies associated with our Lead from Here initiative and the Citizen Leader Frameworkwhich can be viewed here. Of high importance in this appointment is the ability to work in a complementary fashion with the Upper School leadership team and our colleagues from the Center for Creative Leadership (www.ccl.org) with whom Ravenscroft has an ongoing partnership.
Maintaining Confidential Records: The counselor will be considered a professional resource in the Upper School. As such, the counselor shall exhibit professionalism through care in communicating, maintenance of objectivity, and discretion with regard to requirements for confidentiality. The counselor will adhere to established Ethical Standards of practice. The Counselor will also be expected to be able to maintain appropriate documentation and electronic records for students using the school database management software.
Resource for Parents and Families: The counselor will work with the Counseling and Health Team, as well as the Upper School Leadership Team, on the development and implementation of parent/family education programs. The counselor will continue to develop our alcohol and other drug prevention education program, and continue our commitment to offer educational opportunities around interpersonal relationships (including social media use), adolescent development, identity development, and sexual education. The counselor will also serve as a resource for parents and families to support student well-being.
Liaison for Outside Providers: The Counselor will maintain a robust referral network of providers and be prepared to recommend local resources (educational, psychological, crisis response) that might be helpful to families. The counselor will also follow-up on referrals, as appropriate, and function as a liaison between the professional or agency and the school community, particularly in the event of a student needing to take a medical leave of absence. The Counselor shall be familiar with mandated reporting and public law regarding child abuse and with appropriate procedures to be followed by the school should such cases come to the School’s attention.
Member of the Upper School Leadership Team: The counselor will be a key member of the Upper School Leadership team. The counselor will participate in regular US Leadership team meetings, SAT Team meetings, and Department Chair Committee meetings.
QUALIFICATIONS: A minimum of a Master's Degree in School Counseling, Clinical/Counseling Psychology, School Psychology, or Clinical Social Work is required. Eligibility for (or already obtained) licensure in the state of North Carolina is preferred. Successful applicants will possess excellent computer and organizational skills. The candidate should have experience in a school setting working with adolescents and their parents - including teaching, counseling, and developing student and parent education programs. The candidate should possess a high degree of interpersonal warmth and skill across a wide range of stakeholders in negotiating the nuances, complexities, and demands of a high-profile, fast-paced academic institution.
Applicants must meet the physical requirements of the position. Ravenscroft School is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
About Ravenscroft School
Ravenscroft School is an independent coeducational day school offering a broad curriculum in the liberal arts with numerous advanced classes and an emphasis on best-practices teaching methods at every level. Founded in 1862, the school enrolls 1160 students in grades pre-K through twelve who demonstrate high standards of conduct as well as the capability of achieving success in a rigorous academic program.
Ravenscroft School Mission Statement: "The Ravenscroft community, guided by our legacy of excellence, nurtures individual potential and prepares students to thrive in a complex and interdependent world."