The Kew-Forest School is a co-educational independent day school founded in 1918 in Forest Hills, Queens, New York. Today, the School serves approximately 225 students in Preschool (3-year-olds) through twelfth grade. The Kew-Forest School student body is one of the most diverse and international to be found at any independent school in the country. Kew-Forest students have varied cultural, racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds and a majority are multilingual.
The Kew-Forest School seeks a thoughtful, compassionate Lower School Counselor (part-time) for the 2021-2022 school year. The role involves two full days on campus per week (which may be split into three partial days, depending on availability). The Lower School Counselor will be a visible and active presence in the school. The counselor will provide direct services to children, including crisis intervention with individuals and groups of children, short-term individual counseling, and recommendations for outside mental health support services. The Lower School Counselor is part of the Child Study Team that provides educational care for identified students in the Lower School. The counselor works closely as a team with the Director of Learning Support to ensure continuity of care for all students in Lower School. The counselor reports to the Head of Lower School.
Supporting the social and emotional well-being of students – individually and in small groups.
Consulting with parents – individually and in groups.
Observing in classrooms and meeting regularly with teachers and learning support staff.
Initiating and leading meetings about an individual child who is experiencing social and emotional challenges in school.
Leading professional development and parent education events.
Building deep relationships with all members of the school community and maintaining strong lines of communication with families about individual student progress.
Collaborating with the Learning Support Team to develop responsive strategies and interventions for students experiencing social and emotional difficulties.
Education and Certification
Bachelor's degree in psychology, social work, education, or related field required.
Master's degree in counseling, social work, or related field required.
Certification as Licensed Clinical Social Worker or Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor preferred.
The ideal candidate is a trustworthy, compassionate, and perceptive individual who has:
A minimum of three years of clinical counseling experience with children and families preferred.
Previous experience working in a school counseling setting.
Experience working with a wide range of students with diverse backgrounds.
A deep understanding of the CASEL 5 (self-awareness, self-management, responsible decision-making, social awareness, and relationship skills) and how to promote these social-emotional competencies in the elementary grades to promote students’ intrapersonal, interpersonal, and cognitive skills.
A desire to stay abreast of best practices, trends, and innovative techniques in school counseling and guidance for early childhood and elementary school students.
A commitment to developing personal cultural competency and professional growth.
Possesses strong interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.
Excellent listening, problem-solving, and decision-making skills.
The ability to identify and respond to students’ needs.
Please send a resume, cover letter, and list of at least three references addressed to Karin Bernstein, Head of Lower School, to email@example.com, and include “Lower School Counselor” in the subject line.
To learn more about The Kew-Forest School, please visit our website: www.kewforest.org.
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NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATION
The Kew-Forest School believes that all persons are entitled to equal employment opportunity. The School prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, religion, color, creed, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national origin, culture, background, physical or mental disability, or any other legally protected classes or classifications. No employee or job applicant will be discriminated against in recruitment, compensation, promotion, or termination practices.
About The Kew-Forest School
The Kew-Forest School is accredited by the New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS), the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, and the New York State Department of Education. The School is also a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), the Independent School Admissions Association of Greater New York (ISAAGNY), and the Guild of Independent Schools of New York (GISNY).