The Siena School is seeking a culturally competent, caring and experienced school counselor to join a dynamic and creative team. As a school committed to academic excellence, educational innovation and social justice, the School Counselor will serve as a key member of the Guidance Team in supporting the social-emotional well-being of all students. The School Counselor is responsible for designing and delivering social-emotional learning through classroom lessons, school-wide initiatives, consultation with staff, and parent workshops. The Counselor will also meet with students in individual and small group settings. The Counselor will be based at the Silver Spring campus and will support the Northern Virginia campus remotely.
Policies and Record Keeping
With administration, creates and maintains policies for the counseling department
Creates and maintains confidential records
The counselor serves as the main mental wellness liaison for students, parents, teachers, administrators, and outside clinicians
Meets regularly with the Head of School and other members of the Guidance Team to communicate student progress and/or concerns
Serves as a resource for parents, faculty and administration in addressing concerns pertaining to students
Provides 1:1 counseling support to students on a short-term and drop-in basis
Makes appropriate referrals to families for specialized support services
Provides crisis intervention and assessment as needed
Actively engages and supports the School’s commitment to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community
Runs ongoing groups for students on issues related to social-emotional and mental wellness (i.e. friendship, stress management, etc.)
Partners with teachers to develop strategies for specific students and conduct student observations as necessary
Provides consultation to teachers and other school personnel regarding student needs and supports
Consults with outside therapists to support individual students and families
Develops and implements schoolwide programming on topics related to social-emotional and mental health
Creates and co-leads a health curriculum that addresses social-emotional wellbeing, drugs, alcohol, body image, sexual education, anxiety, wellness, and other relevant topics
Leads, trains and oversees high school students for the peer mediation program
Provides professional development to staff about topics of mental health and social emotional wellbeing
Organizes and facilitates regular discussions with parents around pertinent topics
Develops programming that responds to the needs of the school community
Other duties as assigned
This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities required of the employee and is subject to change based on the needs of the school.
QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS:
Professional Mental Health/Counseling or School Counseling Degree
Professional mental health license
Experience working with a variety of age groups from elementary through high school
Ability to work with a dynamic and engaging staff and school community
Ability to effectively listen, respond, and present information to students, parents, faculty and staff.
Ability to take initiative and demonstrate strong organizational and interpersonal skills.
Ability to maintain sensitive information in the strictest of confidence, exercising absolute discretion and professionalism
Knowledge of child and adolescent development
Strong interpersonal and group facilitation skills
Additional Salary Information: Additional Salary Information: The position includes a competitive salary and benefits package, commensurate with experience including but not limited to: health, dental and vision insurance, retirement plan, and professional development opportunities
About The Siena School
The Siena School has become a national leader in educating bright, college-bound students with mild to moderate language-based learning differences, such as dyslexia. With growing enrollment of 130+ students in grades 4-12, including 40% students of color, the school is opening a second campus in Northern Virginia this Fall 2021. The school focuses on the professional development of its staff who are regularly published and have presented at national and international conferences, including the NAIS Annual Conference. Siena is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.The Siena School is committed to equitable hiring practices, and enthusiastically encourages professionals of all backgrounds to apply.Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone inquiries please.