The Middle and Upper School Counselor works with the school’s 6th through 12th graders and with the rest of the middle and upper school leadership team, as well as supports a faculty and staff of 60. Reporting to the Directors of Middle and Upper School, the counselor serves on the Student Support Team and on the Middle and Upper Leadership Team.
Wildwood School seeks an ambitious, confident, friendly, and highly organized independent school thought leader with:
Experience as a middle or upper school counselor.
Degree(s) in psychology, social work, counseling, or related relevant discipline.
Exceptionally strong organizational, communication, collaboration, and interpersonal skills.
Demonstrated commitment to anti-bias education and diversity, equity, and inclusion, and belonging work.
Wisdom, judgment, and patience.
Superior skills in project management and systems implementation.
A strong work ethic.
Genuine care for and inclination toward middle and upper school students.
Proven success working with parents and an excellent sense of humor.
Specific responsibilities of the middle and upper school counselor include, but are not limited to:
Utilizing clinical knowledge and constructs to collaborate with teachers, parents, administrators, and outside professionals to establish developmentally appropriate strategies for supporting students academically, emotionally, socially, and behaviorally.
Intervening when a student or students require responsive services, including counseling, consultation, referral, and/or information.
Providing parent education that deepens parents’ understanding of Wildwood’s programs as they relate to advisory, decision-making, health and wellness, and parenting.
Teaching middle and upper school components of the health curriculum; educating students about healthy decision making, especially with regard to choices surrounding tobacco, drugs, alcohol, and sex.
Interfacing as necessary with outside mental health resources as well as local and state agencies responsible for providing services to children in need.
Core responsibilities of all Wildwood School administrators include:
Actively participating in and contributing to the daily operation of the school.
Supporting the work of recruitment, retention, evaluation, and support of faculty.
Designing and implementing professional development opportunities.
Designing and implementing parent education programs; and participating in the admission process (namely interviewing and serving on the admission committee).
Additional Salary Information: Compensation will be appropriate for the market and the individual’s experience and will include Wildwood’s comprehensive benefits plan.
About Wildwood School
Wildwood School is an urban, coed, college-preparatory, K-12 school in West Los Angeles recognized for its innovative practices, progressive pedagogy, and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion programming. Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the school enrolls 750 students in three divisions on two campuses. Wildwood School’s deep commitment to ongoing professional development feeds a renowned Outreach Center that has provided programming for public and independent school teachers, administrators, and trustees in over 16 states and eight countries. Wildwood School is also a founding member of the Mastery Transcript Consortium.
Wildwood School is committed to building a diverse and inclusive culture and welcomes teachers and staff members who bring skills, qualities, and/or experiences that demonstrate an understanding of and ability to support our work surrounding multicultural education, global citizenship, and sustaining a diverse and inclusive school community.
To learn more about Wildwood School, visit our website at www.wildwood.org.
Wildwood School is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit. We want to have the best... available persons in every job. Wildwood School policy prohibits unlawful discrimination based on race, color, creed, sex, gender identity, religion, marital status, registered domestic partner status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition including genetic characteristics, sexual orientation, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local law or ordinance or regulation. Wildwood School also prohibits unlawful discrimination based on the perception that anyone has any of those characteristics or is associated with a person who has or is perceived as having any of those characteristics. All such discrimination is unlawful.
The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the School’s non-discrimination policies, including its Title IX policy:
Director of Human Resource
Director of Equity and Inclusion
11811 Olympic Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90064
12201 Washington Place, Los Angeles, CA 90066
For assistance related to Title IX or other civil rights laws, please contact OCR at OCR@ed.gov or 800-421-3481.
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