Thayer Academy seeks a collaborative and experienced school counselor to serve as our Middle School Health and Wellness Department Chair. As a member of our Middle School administrative team this person will seek to ensure the overall emotional health and well-being of our students. They will further develop and lead our advisory program, organize special programs for students and parents to support their learning about social challenges, academic difficulties, mental illness, family circumstances, etc. They will teach Health/Wellness classes, such as 7th grade Decisions and 5th and 6th grade Health, and create vertical alignment in the health and wellness curriculum in partnership with the science department and US Health and Wellness teachers. Other duties will include serving as an advisor to a small group of students as well as various ancillary duties. Serving as an athletic coach is also welcome.
Thayer Academy's mission is “to inspire a diverse community of students to moral, intellectual, aesthetic, and physical excellence so that each may rise to honorable achievement and contribute to the common good.” In its hiring practices, Thayer Academy seeks candidates who come from a broad range of backgrounds and can contribute to a diverse community, who love working with young people, who thrive when engaged in multiple arenas of school life, and who welcome professional growth.
The ideal candidate possesses a love of the middle school age child, is a team player who can work collaboratively with colleagues, and has at least 1-3 years teaching and counseling in a school or other educational setting. A master’s degree in counseling or other related field is preferred.
In addition, the candidate should be able to demonstrate many of the following:
Knowledge of Health and Wellness curriculum
Experience with an advisory program
Ability to implement restorative justice in a school setting
Commitment to working in and fostering an inclusive community
Knowledge of and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion practices
High levels of comfort and experience with technology and audio equipment
Ability to communicate effectively with students and families
Curriculum design and assessment experience
About Thayer Academy
Thayer Academy is an independent, college-preparatory day school for boys and girls in grades 5 - 12. It was founded in 1877 by the bequest of General Sylvanus Thayer, “Father of the U.S. Military Academy” at West Point and founder of the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College.
Thayer Academy is located in residential Braintree, Massachusetts, 13 miles south of Boston on a 34-acre campus comprised of 9 buildings and 57 classrooms.
Thayer's enrollment for the 2019-2020 academic year is 702 (196 Middle School, 506 Upper School), with students coming from 57 surrounding towns and cities. There are 108 faculty members, 70% of whom have graduate degrees.