Grace Church School’s mission of fostering academic excellence, ethical values, and an inclusive community anchors our program and informs our pedagogy and curriculum, preparing our students to lead meaningful and productive lives. The school nurtures and educates the whole child, understanding that our humanity comprises mind, body, heart, and spirit. We celebrate our differences, respect our diversity, and embrace our shared human experience.
About the position
The counselor is part of a collaborative, cross-divisional, team-based structure with a high level of communication and collegiality. Active participation in a faculty culture of continuous learning, professional development, and intellectual growth is expected and supported.
The ideal candidate will:
have experience and find joy working with young children
work best in a collegial, collaborative environment
embrace developing the role to fit their strengths and the needs of the school
possess excellent people skills
have experience with a diverse array of learners and families
In particular, the counselor will:
provide counseling to students in the junior kindergarten through fourth grade
facilitate group and individual student meetings
perform classroom observations and provide support to faculty
meet with parents/guardians
participate in the teaching of character education, life skills, and health
oversee management of evaluations and referrals
serve on the student support and guidance team
work in coordination with counselors, learning consultants, and occupational therapist in a multi-disciplinary, team approach that focuses on early interventions
meet regularly with Early Childhood (JK–1) and Lower School (Grades 2–4) division heads.
offer faculty professional development and parent education
Candidates should have prior experience working in a school setting.
A master’s degree (or greater) in counseling, social work, or a related field is required.
Grace Church School seeks to provide its students with an outstanding education and with the desire to use it to make the world a better place. Every facet of our work is enhanced by the diversity and strength of our community. We believe that equity and inclusion are not only hallmarks of a just society, but also virtues essential to sound learning. And so, Grace seeks to recognize and honor the unique gifts of its students, families, faculty, and staff—and the cultures, beliefs, values, and experiences that have shaped them—striving always to cultivate mutual understanding, humility, respect, and kindness.
But inclusion is not enough and equity is an impossibility if we cannot name, acknowledge, and oppose the forces of racism and all forms of bias, hate, and fear that exist in our society and that seek to diminish so many in our midst. Knowing this, we commit ourselves to the work of antiracism and to the cause of justice: that all students may find in Grace a home, may learn from Grace their precious worth, and may hear from Grace a call to serve the common good and the dignity of humanity.
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