This full-time, 10-month faculty position spans the academic school year from mid-August until mid-June. The school counselor works in close collaboration with the School Psychologist and Director of Student Wellness and Division Heads and provides supportive counseling for individual students as well as lessons for students across grade levels. The counselor works with students in the lower, middle, and upper school and reports directly to the School Psychologist and Director of Student Wellness. In addition, the school counselor serves as a resource for faculty members and parents. This position typically extends through the hours of the school day (8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)
The school counselor is responsible for the following:
Counseling Services/Crisis Support
Provision of short-term supportive counseling for individual students on drop-in and scheduled bases.
Protection of student confidentiality while working collaboratively with student advisors, teachers, and coaches when permissible.
Evaluation and management of students in crisis, including collaboration with outside psychiatrists and other mental health professionals, and coordination of a support plan.
Referral of students to outside mental health professionals when indicated or desired by the student and/or family.
Consultation & Collaboration
Ongoing consultation and collaboration with School Psychologist and Director of Student Wellness to support wellbeing of students across grade levels.
Collaboration with our school nurse, Division Heads, and student advisors.
Collaboration with teachers, Division Heads, and Learning Specialist to determine need for assessment, observation, referral, and/or school accommodations based on review of outside evaluations.
Consultation and collaboration with outside psychiatrists and other mental health professionals to best support student emotional wellbeing in the school setting.
Professional development and consultation to faculty and parentsregarding child development, the support of student emotional wellbeing,and positive growth and learning at various age levels.
Support of School-Wide Health & Wellness
Support of school wide Health & Wellness programming by teaching Health classes, guest lecturing in Leadership classes, and collaborating with Director of Student Wellness in implementing school wide lessons consistent with needs of the students/community (e.g., stress management, self-care, executive functioning skills, healthy relationships, gender/sexual identity development, healthy habits for social media, etc.).
An undergraduate degree (required) and Master's Degree (strongly preferred) in School Counseling, Counseling, Social Work, School Psychology, Clinical Psychology, or Applied Psychology.
Experience working in a public, private, independent, boarding, college preparatory, or like-kind school setting as a counselor or school psychologist.
Experience working with lower, middle, and upper school aged children.
Accessibility, discretion, the ability to communicate clearly and firmly, and composure in emotionally difficult situations.
An entrepreneurial spirit and willingness to become a visible, collegial member of an independent school community.
Since its founding in 1837, Doane Academy has helped students to realize their interests, develop their talents, and have a significant impact on the world around them.
For children ages 3 through twelfth grade, Doane Academy is committed to developing intelligent, capable young people within a school culture where students are known, loved, and strongly encouraged to realize their full potential.
The students, faculty and staff at Doane Academy are all part of a supportive and encouraging school family. Our teachers are attentive to the needs of each student as an individual, and work closely with both students and parents to insure success in academics and extracurricular activities. The school's rigorous college preparatory curriculum, strong athletic program, and numerous opportunities in extracurricular activities cultivate the development of character, leadership, emotional maturity, and standards of ethical conduct that are essential in preparation for college and education for life.