Thayer Academy seeks a full-time School Counselor/College Counselor for its Upper School (grades 9-12) to begin in August 2021. Candidates should be well versed in both adolescent social/emotional health issues and also in academic/college/career guidance. The Counselor and College Counselor will work closely with the Upper School Counselor, The Upper School Director, and the College Counseling Department.
Thayer Academy’s mission is “to inspire a diverse community of students to moral, intellectual, aesthetic, and physical excellence so that each may rise to honorable achievement and contribute to the common good.” In its hiring practices, Thayer Academy seeks candidates who come from a broad range of backgrounds and can contribute to a more diverse community, who love working with young people, who thrive when engaged in multiple arenas of school life, and who welcome professional growth.
School Counselor Role duties and responsibilities:
Provide short-term and crisis counseling for students individually or in small groups.
Screen students for symptoms of more serious mental health concerns and help parents find appropriate outside mental health providers.
Assist with improving the School’s ability to meet the needs of students from historically underrepresented identity groups.
Work with Upper School Counselor to design and implement psychoeducational programs for parents, students, and faculty/staff.
Teach some of the eleventh grade Decisions classes.
College Counselor duties and responsibilities:
Work with a group of juniors and seniors as they navigate the college application process.
Establish relationships with colleges and universities to help promote Thayer Academy and its students.
Work with the Director of Project RISE to support RISE students in the college application process.
Run college planning workshops for students in grades 9-11
Develop resources for historically underrepresented students and their families, including the identification of special college programs, scholarships, and opportunities.
Liaison for first-generation families when they enter Thayer's Upper School.
Advanced degree in social work, counseling, or clinical psychology
Direct experience working with high school age children (especially from historically marginalized identities), their parents, and their teachers
Knowledge of the college application process and college application databases (Scoir, Naviance, etc.)
About Thayer Academy
Thayer Academy is an independent, college-preparatory day school for boys and girls in grades 5 - 12. It was founded in 1877 by the bequest of General Sylvanus Thayer, “Father of the U.S. Military Academy” at West Point and founder of the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College.
Thayer Academy is located in residential Braintree, Massachusetts, 13 miles south of Boston on a 34-acre campus comprised of 9 buildings and 57 classrooms.
Thayer's enrollment for the 2019-2020 academic year is 702 (196 Middle School, 506 Upper School), with students coming from 57 surrounding towns and cities. There are 108 faculty members, 70% of whom have graduate degrees.
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