The Pingry School seeks a perceptive and compassionate Middle and Upper SchoolCounselor to join a diverse school community. The ideal candidate authentically embraces working collaboratively across disciplines for the well-being of the school community and its individuals. In addition to welcoming partnerships with families and employees, as a health specialist committed to the social, emotional, and intellectual development of students, this professional is skilled in creating and facilitating intervention plans that are responsive and proactive. An intuitive professional with a deep appreciation for the pre-adolescent, adolescent and human experiences, this person initiates interactions with students and adults across a variety of situations and settings using different means and opportunities to authentically engage with them.
With a commitment to continued professional growth, the candidate of choice abides by the highest ethical standards particularly related to privacy and confidentiality while upholding those standards in the nuances of a school milieu. As a school counselor, this professional will assume an active role on student support teams providing relevant information and responsibility for follow-up and management.
Utilizing optimism, initiative, flexibility, and teamwork, the selected candidate has an implicit desire to support the wellbeing of students and the school community as well as contribute his/her/their passions through additional efforts such as advising clubs, facilitating affinity groups, supervising/attending student activities, presenting to staff and parents, and proactively arranging for meaningful programs and community-wide education.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Working with the counseling team to create proactive community-wide programming to promote well-being and mental health.
Supporting student mental health through initial assessment, individual counseling and appropriate referrals as needed.
Creating intervention and support plans for students who engage in counseling services.
Communicating with parents/guardians as warranted to support individual student well-being and mental health and alternatively, being accessible to parents/guardians for consultation.
Maintaining records that facilitate counseling with individual students and provide data to track service trends.
Engaging in crisis intervention and school wide crisis response protocols.
Participate in student support meetings and collaborate with faculty/advisors for the benefit of student’s healthy growth and development.
Consulting with employees regarding their own concerns and well-being needs as well as their concerns for students.
Building and maintaining a professional network outside of school for professional reference, consultation and referral.
Engaging in educational opportunities within the academic and advisory curriculum to teach on topics related to well-being and mental health.
Collaborating in the design and implementation of community based programs related to relevant topics and emergent needs.
Creating well-being support and educational communications/materials for the different school cohorts (students, parents, employees, alumni).
Bringing experience and expertise in social-emotional development and learning to collaborate with MS and US leadership.
Participating in the ongoing evolution and implementation of SEL curriculum and programming including progress measures and outcome assessment.
Master’s or doctorate degree in a related field
Professional credentials in the field (e.g., social work, psychology, counseling, etc.)
Expertise in the integrated facets of adolescent development
Skill in consultation and collaboration in school settings as well as knowledge about current laws, Professional practice, and ethics in the field of behavioral and mental health.
An educated and experienced understanding of social-emotional learning (including models, programs, curriculum) is also strongly recommended.
Experience engaging in responsive work with students one-on-one and in small groups.
Ability to navigate the Google Suite of applications (Gmail, Google Drive, Google Calendar, etc.)
In addition to honor and character, commitment to intellectual engagement, and appreciation for stewardship and sustainability, especially important is the candidate’s ease with diverse constituencies and demonstrated commitment to an inclusive school community.
About The Pingry School
Founded in 1861, The Pingry School is an independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school for students in Kindergarten through Grade 12. Situated on two spacious campuses in Basking Ridge and Short Hills, New Jersey, the school draws students of varied talents and diverse backgrounds from nearly 100 communities in New Jersey and New York. Together, our two campuses in Short Hills (K-5) and Basking Ridge (6-12) serve more than 1,100 dynamic students. Pingry students participate in an engaging and challenging academic program, complemented by extensive co- and extracurricular opportunities, thriving in a community that is committed to intellectual engagement, diversity and inclusion, honor and character, and stewardship and sustainability.