Founded in Chicago in 1876, Sacred Heart Schools at Sheridan Road (Hardey Preparatory for Boys and Academy of the Sacred Heart for Girls) are independent, Catholic, single-sex elementary schools committed to academic excellence within the context of a Christian, faith-based community. The educational mission is deeply rooted in the 200-year tradition of the Society of the Sacred Heart and shared with the Network of Sacred Heart Schools located in 30 countries; including 23 schools in the United States. The essence of this tradition is the total development of each child: spiritual, intellectual, social, emotional and physical. Our girls and boys are taught in single-sex classrooms, but follow a similar curriculum and share in many activities. With a total enrollment of approximately 700 students, the Schools are organized into three academic divisions each led by a division head.
The Middle School Counselor is directly accountable to the Middle School Division Head and works within the scope of the Goals and Criteria of Sacred Heart Education.
Essential Job Functions:
Serve as the primary resource for administrators, faculty/staff, and parents in working with middle school students to create a positive learning environment and helping students develop a positive self-concept.
Work closely with the Middle School Division Head to address behavioral/emotional/social concerns/needs.
Facilitate teacher consultations/education about social/emotional issues impacting learning.
Assist with crisis intervention, de-escalation, and help process serious events.
Observe students of concern in the classroom, lunchroom, and recess; document and report back to teachers, administration, the Student Services Team, and/or parents with findings.
Collaborate with outside therapists/counselors/psychologists to coordinate student learning with clinical therapy work.
Provide 1-1 short-term solution-focused counseling to students who drop in, request a check-in, or have been referred by a teacher or administrator.
Assist with the development of positive student behavior support systems and development of intervention strategies alongside Division Heads.
Assist in consulting with the Division Heads about the development and alignment of the disciplinary policies and procedures throughout grades K-8; Counselor does not have a disciplinarian role – rather works to find the root cause and support interventions through a team approach.
Provide/conduct interventions to help improve students’ functioning.
Support student health and wellness by working closely with the Nurse and Health Office team.
Support the implementation and use of the Development Designs Program in all Middle School advisories alongside Middle School Division Head
Work as liaison to coordinate academic work when students are offsite for specialized programs.
Collaborate with Curriculum Coordinator on Safe Environments Program content development and observation of classroom lessons.
Consult with parents to discuss home and school behavior/emotional issues, as needed.
Program development responsibilities:
Co-lead SHS CARES Committee.
Plan and implement program
Help coordinate bulletin boards and presentations to students
Plan and facilitate the Mindfulness Program; support teachers, administration, and students with training and continual implementation of the program.
Consult with the Director of Institutional Advancement to develop, plan, and implement the Parent Education Program.
Help to plan and implement Bullying Awareness Week.
Provide resources and support for teaching bully awareness curriculum
Facilitate the administration of a bullying survey, compile, and share the results
Master’s degree required; master’s degree in counseling/psychology is preferred
LCPC status preferred
Experience in an educational setting
Experience working with students with behavioral and emotional challenges
Clear communication skills
Strong organizational skills
Comfortable with technology in a variety of settings
Apply directly at the School's website (www.shschicago.org) in the Career Opportunities section, submitting a cover letter and resume.
Sacred Heart Schools is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate.