The Meadowbrook School of Weston, a pre-kindergarten through 8th grade school located in Weston, MA, seven miles west of Boston, is seeking a Lower School Counselor to join our faculty for the 2021-2022 school year. Meadowbrook is a mission-driven school and we invite candidates to familiarize themselves with our mission before applying for the position. The Lower School counselor works closely with the Head of Lower School, Counseling Department Chair, Director of Student Support Services, Learning Specialists, Lower School faculty, and parents/guardians to support students. We work to promote community understanding of the social-emotional well-being and intersectionality of the identity of students.
At Meadowbrook, smart, passionate people join together in an expansive learning environment with rigorous academics and innovative curricula to inspire, challenge, and empower students to achieve at the highest level, connect deeply with a diverse community, and courageously create change. We strongly encourage applications from people of color, LGBTQ educators, or educators from communities that are historically underrepresented in independent schools. We are committed to an inclusive school experience for all those who come to work at Meadowbrook.
Skills and Responsibilities included in Lower School Counselor role:
Direct clinical services to support mental health and social-emotional growth of JK-4 students - individual, dyad, small groups, whole class; crisis intervention as needed
Consultation as a resource to faculty and administration; provides psycho-education in meetings
Observes students in classroom and develops behavior plans in partnership with teachers and learning specialists
Teaches social-emotional skills and facilitates preventative mental health education in JK-4
Providing guidance to parents and guardians in individual meetings as needed; develops and leads parent workshops around social-emotional child development
Works in close partnership with Director of Student Support in reading and interpreting psychoeducational evaluations, writing learning plans, providing feedback to faculty, parents and students as needed
Strong collaboration with the Multicultural Affairs Office
Makes referrals to outside providers such as therapy as needed; maintains diverse list of clinicians; consults regularly as school liaison with outside providers
Demonstrating a commitment to Meadowbrook's statement of inclusion by actively seeking out professional development on providing trauma-informed care to diverse populations specifically focusing on race-based stress, prevention and coping processes.
Meets regularly with the Counseling Department Chair (5-8 Grade Counselor) to enhance SEL program, mental health protocols and counseling procedures JK-8
Meets regularly with the Head of Lower School, LS faculty, and attends division meetings
Masters-level clinical social worker, or an advanced degree in Clinical Psychology or Counseling Psychology; Licensed or licensed eligible in Massachusetts
Previous counseling experience in a school
Knowledge and experience providing evidence-based clinical skills in school milieu
Experience with developmentally appropriate approaches to teaching and learning, such as Responsive Classroom and/or RULER, or other SEL training
Deep knowledge of best-practices in preventative mental health and wellness education and anti-racist education, with commitment to personal growth in these areas
Experience planning curriculum and teaching social-emotional learning at early childhood and elementary level
Ability and experience in developing, coordinating, and executing mental health assessments, interventions and behavioral plans for students
Experience with maintaining confidentiality- boundaries with, and documentation of- students and families
Strong interpersonal and leadership skills; including the ability to meaningfully connect with all constituents, with a positive attitude, energy, and an inspiring and entrepreneurial style
Commitment to working in and fostering an inclusive community
Knowledge of and ability to work effectively with populations across different cultures
About Meadowbrook School
The Meadowbrook School is an equal opportunity employer. We consider applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, familial or marital status, or any other characteristic protected from discrimination under state or federal law. We welcome candidates who will increase our diversity.