Lake Forest Country Day School (LFCDS) seeks an experienced school counselor starting in August 2021. This individual should be passionate about advocating for and supporting students, skilled in nurturing relationships, and knowledgeable about the developmental needs of children. The individual should be an outstanding communicator and should have a strong background in the clinical skills needed to provide social and emotional education and to support students, faculty, and families.
LFCDS, located on a 30-acre campus about 30 miles north of Chicago, Illinois, is a co-educational, independent day school serving 400 students from age 2 through Grade 8. The School has a long tradition of producing thoughtful, confident, and successful students. Children are known, loved, and challenged at LFCDS, and a state-of-the-art facility provides a remarkable setting for inspired teaching, academic rigor, and attention to individual needs.
At Lake Forest Country Day School, our mission expresses our promise to attend to individual needs, and our commitment to building an emotionally intelligent school serves to elevate that pledge. We believe that a student’s social and emotional well-being is a direct contributor to academic success.
Successful fulfillment of this role requires someone who is clinically astute; collaborative; highly flexible; a self-starter; creative; and adept at working within multiple client systems. This position will work in collaboration with our current school counselor to bolster existing social and emotional learning curricula and to continue to develop cohesive and developmentally informed social and emotional approaches school-wide. Responsibilities will include the following:
Conduct individual and group work with students to provide social and emotional support and build skills
Work closely with Division Heads, and faculty to address behavioral, emotional, and social concerns and needs
Attend grade-level team meetings/staffings and advise on best practices for supporting students and families
Identify and track students with comorbidities and cross-reference caseload with students receiving services from the Learning Development team
Classroom observations; participating in extracurricular activities, such as field trips
Support the overarching goals and objectives of the RULER approach and assist with implementation school-wide
Referral to, and collaboration with, outside providers
Serve as a resource and advocate for families and the individual needs of their students
Professional and Personal Qualifications
LCSW, LCPC, or LMFT with a focus on children and adolescents
Significant counseling experience (3-5 years minimum)
Experience in a school setting a plus
Excellent verbal communication skills and organizational skills
Outstanding written skills for communication and documentation
Knowledge about and experience with developmental, social, emotional, and cognitive needs of the early childhood, primary grades, and adolescence
Experience in and commitment to developing one’s own cultural competency and seeking, continually, greater levels of diversity, equity, and inclusion in practices and curricula
Willingness to develop relationships with community leaders, mental health professionals, schools and organizations
Flexibility related to in-person or virtual learning, given COVID-19 restrictions (position is by default in-person)
Mission Statement: Inspired teaching, academic rigor, attention to individual needs, a commitment to responsible citizenship—these principles infuse every aspect of life at Lake Forest Country Day School and define our dedication to producing students of strong character with a passion for learning.
Interested applicants should send a letter of interest, resume, and the names of three professional references (personal statement optional) in PDF format to the attention of Katie McCarthy, at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “School Counselor.” Materials accepted immediately and will be reviewed until position is filled.
Lake Forest Country Day School seeks and embraces diversity among our faculty, staff, and student body. LFCDS is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and it does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, religion, marital status, disability, sex, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, military or veteran status, order of protection status, genetic information, or any other category protected by applicable law.
About Lake Forest Country Day School
Lake Forest Country Day School (LFCDS), founded in 1888, is a coeducational, independent preK-8 school located on a 29-acre campus in Lake Forest, Illinois, USA, a suburb approximately 30 miles north of Chicago. The School serves families from more than 30 communities. The School is affiliated with the Country Day School movement and is a member of The National Association of Independent Schools, The Independent Schools Association of the Central States, The Lake Michigan Association of Independent Schools and The Secondary School Admission Testing Board.
Inspired teaching, academic rigor, attention to individual needs, a commitment to responsible citizenship—these principles infuse every aspect of life at Lake Forest Country Day School and define our dedication to producing students of strong character with a passion for learning.