ABOUT US: Oregon Episcopal School occupies a wooded 59 acre campus where 880 students in Pre-K through 12th Grade share an excellent faculty, an inquiry based curriculum, and a strong sense of community. The School values employees who seek to continually develop the OES Essential Competencies in themselves and others and are prepared to engage in a vibrant, culturally diverse learning community.
JOB SUMMARY: The Upper School counselor supports the health and well-being of all 9-12 students through individual student and small group work, triage, and close collaboration with teachers, advisors, and administrators. The successful counselor thrives working with a globally diverse student body composed of both day and dorm students, commits to making a positive impact on the lives of teenagers through personal and differentiated relationships, and seeks to ensure that students feel a sense of belonging in the community. In keeping with an integrated approach to student wellness, the counselor supports faculty and parents in their work with children, coordinates with mental health professionals in the community, builds and implements grade level programming focused on social-emotional learning and other important mental health topics, and in conjunction with the other members of the Student Support Team, coordinates mental health accommodations to work towards student success and growth Though this role is not supervisory, the counselor, who reports to the Head of Upper School, is expected to be fully involved in all aspects of the Upper School community.
This is a full-time, academic year, staff position that comes with a competitive salary, abundant professional development opportunities, and a generous benefits package including tuition remission for up to two admissions eligible children. For more information on benefits at OES visit the OES Benefits Guide. Starts August 23, 2021. Open until filled.
Provide direct service, including crisis counseling, time-limited interventions, and assessment for triage and referral purposes for those students struggling with social, emotional, mental health or behavioral challenges.
Contribute to an overall school climate that promotes healthy adolescent development, student wellness and the school’s mission and vision.
Maintain an awareness of overall mental health of the US student body.
Work with students and families if needed to make referrals for additional support, and coordinate and consult with outside care teams of those students receiving mental health services outside of school.
Stay up-to-date on relevant professional development and provide education on relevant social-emotional topics to students and faculty.
Keep current with laws governing confidentiality as they pertain to adolescents and mental health services in schools.
Assist in the development of school programs to promote wellness, safety, and resilience by reinforcing communication and social skills, problem solving, anger management, self-regulation, self-determination, and optimism.
Assist in crisis situations by providing leadership and/or direct services.
Maintain documentation as required by State Law and Health Services policies and procedures.
Develop and facilitate family education through interactive workshops and presentations.
Assist, when appropriate, in transitioning students and their families into the OES community, between grade levels, and between divisions.
Engage in the co-curricular life of the school to be known and recognized by students.
Teach a class, as deemed appropriate for this role.
Develop and implement a peer counseling program with components of health education, coping-skills education, group problem solving and sharing, and social wellness.
Work closely with advisors, teachers, learning resource coordinator, international student support coordinator to assist students who have been assessed as needing additional academic and emotional support.
Identify and ensure effective communication to administration and Student Support Team regarding any at-risk student.
Maintain an active and positive and collaborative role with MS and LS counselors regarding the overall needs of the school, students, and families.
Help facilitate and ensure effective communication and coordination between all parts of the school community for those students with psychological, psychiatric, and/or mental health needs.
Attend and participate in weekly Student Support Team and Residential Life Team meetings to identify and support students of concern.
Engage in professional growth and development opportunities including the Schools DEI development activities.
Serve as consultant to faculty, advisors, and administrators regarding the social/emotional needs of students.
Coordinate with the director of residential life to support dorm students outside of school-day hours.
Attend annual dorm staff retreat and coordinate dorm parent training around mental health concerns; perform DHS required mental health screenings of dorm students upon entry into the program.
Be a trusted, available, and reliable resource for parents and guardians and provide families with information about and strategies on adolescent development and parenting adolescents.
Maintain an updated list of counseling referral sources for students and families.
MA/MS in school counseling or psychology or LCSW.
Three years age-appropriate teaching or counseling experience
Experience with crisis intervention and assessing suicidality
Familiarity with state laws regarding child abuse, available state, county and local services, test batteries and interpreting their results
Training in and experience with a range of diagnostic and treatment options for a high-school population
IT skills: general digital literacy, intermediate to advanced MS Office Suite, database skills, web applications including Google Docs, Zoom or Skype, etc. as appropriate to job duties, flexibility to learn as digital tools evolve
Intercultural competency, demonstrated experience and skill in working with students from diverse ethnic, gender, socioeconomic, and educational backgrounds and a demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion
Willingness to work beyond the school day and week to meet student needs
Ability to pass a criminal background check and drug screen
Experience in an independent school setting, preferably with a residential component
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
Knowledge of legal standards regarding compliance with state and federal laws, ability to maintain appropriate confidentiality
Organizational skills, ability to effectively set priorities, be flexible, and work independently
Interpersonal skills, ability to create responsive, caring and appropriate relationships with students, parents and colleagues
Ability to generate and implement innovative ideas for engaging and working with students
Excellent verbal and written communication skills, ability to communicate complex information about students in a respectful and clear manner
Primarily classroom and office environment, some sitting at a computer and keyboarding
Mobility sufficient to move about the campus, to include climbing stairs
Sight and hearing adequate to perform the duties of the job, ability to communicate clearly
Ability to lift and carry up to 20 pounds on a frequent basis
COMPENSATION: Annual salary commensurate with education and experience plus benefits
Oregon Episcopal School does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, gender (including gender identity or expression), disability, national or ethnic origin, age, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic information, or other legally protected characteristic or status.
About Oregon Episcopal School
Oregon Episcopal School prepares students for higher education and lifelong learning by inspiring intellectual, physical, social, emotional, artistic, and spiritual growth so that they may realize their power for good as citizens of local and world communities.
Oregon Episcopal School occupies a wooded 59 acre campus where 880 students in Pre-K through 12th Grade share an excellent faculty, an inquiry based curriculum, and a strong sense of community. The School values employees who seek to continually develop the OES Essential Competencies in themselves and others and are prepared to engage in a vibrant, culturally diverse learning community.