The School Counselor is a collaborative and organized leader who provides individual and small-group student counseling, works with teachers and families to effectively meet student needs, and responds to emergent issues in a mission-appropriate manner. Reporting to the Head of School, the School Counselor is a collaborative leader who consistently demonstrates a deep understanding of elementary and middle school-aged children. To promote a cohesive PK-8 program, the School Counselor actively collaborates with the Lower School Director and Upper School Director to manage the school-wide health and wellness program and promote an emotionally positive community. Specific expectations are to:
Develop, implement and manage school guidance programs.
Work with students in individual, small group and classroom settings.
Assist students with creating plans for academic and social-emotional success.
Help students work through difficult situations by providing short-term support and referrals for outside support, when appropriate.
Collaborate with teachers and school leadership to ensure counseling programs meet school goals.
Monitor student progress to ensure counseling programs are effective.
Lead community health and wellness initiatives.
Be a visible presence in all areas of the school.
Establish programs for training teachers, parents and students in areas of social-emotional understanding, growth and support.
Assist all community members in managing problems as they arise.
Assistant the Division Directors in reviewing report cards.
Collaborating with academic support teachers.
Advise school leadership on the overall program with particular attention to equity and access, achievement and opportunities for all students.
Attend major school events and support admissions initiatives.
Perform other duties as assigned by the Head of School.
A related master’s degree and/or licensure
Knowledge of the full continuum of mental health care services, such as prevention and intervention
Thorough understanding of barriers to student learning and the use of counseling strategies to eliminate those barriers
Knowledge of individual counseling, group counseling and classroom instruction that promote academic achievement and social-emotional well-being
Understanding of the legal, professional and ethical issues that affect American schools
Ability to work collaboratively as a member of a team
Effective and grammatically correct communication skills (written and verbal)
Ability to talk, hear, operate a computer, handheld learning devices and other office equipment and school technology, reach with hands and arms, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.