The School Counselor is responsible for designing and delivering social-emotional learning through classroom lessons, school-wide programs, group and individual counseling, educator consultation and training, and parent workshops. The School Counselor will report directly to the Dean of Student Life and will work with students in preschool through grade nine at our Fitchburg and Devens campuses.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include but are not limited to:
Providing mental health counseling to individuals and groups, including helping residential students address issues of homesickness and other related issues that are common for middle school students who are living away from home.
Providing direct instruction in Social-Emotional Learning in a structured and thoughtful manner in collaboration with faculty and administration.
Conducting initial assessments of clients' situation to determine needs and goals
Providing crisis intervention as needed
Ensuring that all case files, and other records, strictly comply with policies, regulations, and procedures
Coordinates with school personnel and parents to ensure student needs are being addressed comprehensively.
May plan weekend and evening programming of social and emotional learning including outings and skill building activities designed to build group unity and cohesiveness.
Demonstrated skills in working effectively and collaboratively as a team player
Effective communication skills, both oral and written
Appreciation for and respect of the highly confidential nature of the information
Equivalent combination of education, training and experience
About Applewild School
Applewild has been a cherished community institution since 1957 and we are courageously re-imagining ourselves to evolve our programs to offer a compelling and relevant education. We have a main campus in Fitchburg, Massachusetts which is approximately one hour from Boston. We offer preschool through 9th grade, including a small junior boarding program for students in grades 5-9. Our innovative 9th grade is called “Prospect Studio” which offers an interdisciplinary intellectual adventure centered around the theme “Urban Renewal, Placemaking, & Social Justice”. In 2014 we opened a satellite location in Devens which serves preschool through third grade and is growing. We are additionally sponsoring the creation of a new school called “Foundations at Applewild” which is located on Applewild School’s Fitchburg campus and will serve students in grades two through eighth with diagnosed language-based learning disabilities.
We are thankful to draw a broad range of students from over 32 towns and several countries, and well over half of our students receive financial assistance in order to attend. Our core values and competencies lay the foundation for a culture that encourages respect..., honesty, compassion, and fairness. Our faculty have invested in their professional growth to create an educational environment that is deeply metacognitive --- our goal is to teach children to be the protagonists in their own educations. At Applewild, we know that once children feel emotionally safe and valued for who they are, then children will avail themselves to deeper and more authentic learning experiences.
When considering adult additions to our community, we are very interested in growing our diversity and in diverse perspectives and experiences. We seek smart, creative, and thoughtful professionals who are interested in trying new things knowing that some failures are intrinsic to cultivating a culture of progress. We are looking for professionals who care deeply about developing the next generation for a future we know will be marked by volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity. Intellectual curiosity, cognitive agility, passion, and emotional resiliency are paramount for success. We are committed to offering a progressive but proven curriculum, so professionals seeking to join our community must be keen on teaching using student-centered and project-based learning. We are a small school so everyone wears multiple “hats” to meet the needs of our community.
The School is accredited through the Association of Independent Schools of New England and is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools and The Association of Boarding Schools.
Applewild School is an equal opportunity employer and as such does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, or any other status protected by law. We welcome individuals that add to the diversity and vibrancy of our community.
Candidates should send a letter of interest, and resume to Amy Jolly, Head of School to firstname.lastname@example.org (please indicate position in subject line).