Are you passionate about helping students unlock their potential and build capacity in their ability to thrive in a challenging educational environment? Are you an engaged collaborator who works in partnership with teachers and administrators to best support student success? Do you have an educator’s mindset and skill set and are excited to build and deliver a wellness curriculum to middle and upper school students? Do you thrive in a fast-paced environment and in the opportunity to touch the lives of many students? Are you authentic, kind, engaging, and ready to make a difference?
The Upper School Counselor works proactively and collaboratively with students, families, staffulty (faculty and staff), the Middle School Counselor, and the Upper School Student Support Team to promote and support student health and well-being. The Counselor provides direct counseling services to students in times of crisis and to support their social and emotional health at school, and works to coordinate, design, teach, and facilitate wellness (social-emotional learning and health) curriculum. This role works under the supervision of the Upper School Division Head.
Develop, implement, and support mental health and wellness programs in collaboration with other members of the Student Support Team
Provide direct services to students through programs, classes, preventative activities, and individual and group counseling
Provide emergency and sustained counseling support to students as needed, including after-hours crisis communications and/or management in partnership with school administration
In coordination with the relevant Student Support Team members (Division Head, Deans, Learning Specialist, Middle School Counselor, School Nurse, and Director of Equity, Community, and Culture), proactively identify and address behaviors that may be interfering with student well-being
In coordination with the Learning Specialist, Nurse, and Division Head(s) manage student accommodation plans directly related to mental and emotional health.
Work to support the comprehensive WILLDS curriculum (wellness, identity, life skills, leadership, diversity, service) curriculum in collaboration with fellow educators and under the supervision of the Upper and Middle School Division Heads. Within the WILLDS curriculum, specifically deliver and coordinate wellness (Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and health classes and workshops in support of the overall goals of the WILLDS curriculum and student needs
In conjunction with this Counselor role, there is the potential for the Counselor to also be appointed as the WILLDS department leader should the candidate’s skill set and interest align with this department leadership role. An additional stipend would accompany this role
Work with colleagues to establish, maintain, and communicate mental and emotional health protocols
Conduct faculty, staff, and student training on mental health, wellness, and abuse prevention for students
Assist faculty and other school personnel in developing appropriate interventions and programs to help students achieve success at school
Provide parent communication and education to support through regular and timely personal communication and formal parent education/workshops/drop-in events
In coordination with the Upper School Division Head and Head of School, serve as a point person for potential mandatory or discretionary reporting to Child Youth and Families Division and/or law enforcement
Communicate effectively and proactively with students, parents, and school staff about student well-being and counseling needs
Expand and maintain a network of mental health professionals, and refer students and their families to appropriate outside professionals for medical or social services, when necessary
Apply and adhere to the professional standards and ethics related to the employee’s professional degree and level of training
Maintain student records pertaining to counseling services, confidential school records, records of services provided, and behavioral data
Support the Admission Office by reviewing student files and conducting conversations with outside mental health professionals as needed during the admission process, often in coordination with school Learning Specialists
Model a growth mindset and engage enthusiastically in our robust annual professional development program.
Take part in professional organizations and continually seek to improve professional knowledge and skills
Demonstrate a commitment to working with culturally diverse students, families, and colleagues and contributing to building and maintaining an inclusive community
Other duties as assigned by the Division Head and Head of School
Professional license at the master’s level required: LPCC (Licensed Professional Counselor), LISW (Licensed Independent Social Worker), or equivalent
Five years of directly related experience in a school or clinical setting preferred
Experience and commitment to working with culturally diverse students, families, and colleagues and contributing to building and maintaining an inclusive community
Engaging interpersonal skills and strong speaking and writing skills.
Effective skills in working with groups
Collaborative working style and strong work ethic.
Ability to engage with people in a manner which shows sensitivity, tact, and professionalism.
Experienced with the needs of secondary school-age students and their families.
Teaching experience a plus
Advanced degree or equivalent in Psychology/School Counseling preferred
Discretion and respect for confidentiality
Commitment to Bosque School’s mission and values
WHO WE ARE
Bosque School is an independent college preparatory school in Albuquerque, NM, serving students in grades 6-12. We create transformative learning experiences that empower a diverse community of students to lead lives of intellectual curiosity, personal integrity, and compassionate contribution to a more just world. We manifest our mission through our core values of inspiring academic excellence, cultivating community, fostering integrity, and learning from place. Our dynamic, immersive, interdisciplinary learning environment challenges each student to think critically, creatively approach problems, and to collaborate effectively with cultural competence. Experience Challenging Education in action by visiting our beautiful 42-acre campus alongside the Rio Grande or online atwww.bosqueschool.org.
HOW TO APPLY
Interested applicants must send a letter of intent and resume to Human Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org in order to be considered. Review of applications will begin immediately and the position will remain open until filled.
Bosque School is an equal opportunity employer and makes all employment decisions, including those related to recruitment, hiring, training, promotion, and recognition of individuals on the basis of their ability and job-related qualifications and without regard to race, gender, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or any other classification proscribed under applicable federal, state, or local law. We actively seek diversity among faculty and administration as well as among students. The school complies with the law regarding reasonable accommodations for employees with disabilities. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation in order to participate in the application/interview process are requested to contact the School in order to arrange such accommodation.
About Bosque School
Founded in 1994 and located on a 45-acre site in the bosque in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Bosque School values integrity, community and scholarship. Our progressive curriculum is designed to support a lifelong learning mindset through challenge and inquiry. Through the Bosque Environmental Monitoring Program, our students host thousands of peers from around the state as they are trained on-site to collect scientific data for use by researchers at the University of New Mexico. A dynamic Service Learning program develops student leadership skills. Ongoing teacher growth is facilitated by the Sofia Center for Professional Development, like BEMP and our student service program, an expression of the school's commitment to public-private partnership in our community. Currently, we serve about 500 students in grades six through twelve. There are over 50 full-time faculty members with more than half of them holding advanced degrees. The average class size is 18 and the average student:faculty ratio is 9:1.