This position is a salaried, exempt position. Annual gross salary for this position is between $30,000-$50,000, depending upon qualifications, experience and total contracted hours. Full-time employees of Bixby School receive a competitive set of benefits including fully-paid health insurance (with the option to purchase insurance for family members), access to a tax-deferred retirement plan, paid time off, tuition remission for children of all full-time employees, and daily chef-prepared lunch.
Bixby School nurtures children’s love of learning as they discover their individual gifts and prepare to make meaningful contributions to their world.
Founded in 1970, Bixby School is a small independent school serving approximately 130 students from preschool through 5th grade. Some of the defining characteristics of a Bixby education include small classes of students who demonstrate a wide range of individual needs and strengths, and a strong focus on the social-emotional growth, independence, and creativity of students. Our students’ days are richly balanced with academics, play, movement, music, art, sports, and a nourishing, chef-prepared lunch. Bixby is a close, supportive community of positive, dedicated staff and families who have returned over generations. Bixby students are curious, kind and fun!
Bixby School is currently seeking a compassionate and skilled professional to lead Bixby School’s efforts to understand and respond to the emotional needs of students and families. In order to design and coordinate a comprehensive student support program, the School Counselor/LCSW must work closely with the other staff and administration of Bixby School. Defining features of the Bixby School community include:
Small class setting (avg. 10-12), with activities tailored to the students' needs and pacing
Problems that arise from a student's own thinking/questioning are valued and responded to
Focus on helping students to build social-emotional competency through:
Self-awareness and self-care
Healthy relationships; and
Teachers spend just as much time on academics as they do on forming positive relationships with students
Advisory model in 1st-5th Grade
Team of content-specialist teachers support each student
A Core Belief of Bixby School is that “committed, well-qualified teachers are fundamental to the success of our school.” As a Bixby School teacher, you will nurture students’ cognitive, academic, social and emotional growth and development in a manner that reflects Bixby’s mission to: “nurture children’s love of learning as they discover their individual gifts and prepare to make meaningful contributions to their world.”
Supports students with social-emotional needs using a strength-based approach
Setting up student assistance programs and providing supports for all students
Keeps current with research-based practices and maintain ethical standards and practice guidelines within the profession
Encouraging parent participation through phone contacts and home visits
Navigation of systems and accessing resources for students and their families
Collaborating with teachers
Engages in direct student support within the three tiers of intervention (i.e., universal or whole group, targeted or small group, intensive or individual work), including leading the implementation of Responsive Classroom practices school-wide
Provides indirect support using collaborative consultation and coaching methods with various stakeholders including, but not limited to, teaching staff, administration, parents, and community partners
Promotes student agency
Uses data to collaboratively identify student strengths, needs, and interests at the school level and use data to drive focused interventions
Collaborates with connected teams of professionals (e.g, school administration, school counselors and mental health professionals, student support team, teachers,
Serves a leadership capacity at the school level (e.g. support climate/culture surveys, universal SEL competency, trauma-responsive systems, student support teams, SEL initiatives)
Helps lead professional development initiatives relevant to this role (e.g., SEL, academic planning, executive function skills, etc.)
Serves on the Safety Team and helps lead crisis management if/when they occur
Makes referrals to community partners (e.g., school-based therapists, basic needs, etc.) as determined by student needs
Coordinates with outside special service providers to support a cohesive and supportive system of responding to students
Promote the school mission and vision
Other duties as assigned by the Head of School
Inclusive Community; Non-Discrimination:
In pursuit of our mission to “...prepare [children] to make meaningful contributions to the world”, Bixby School actively works to foster a diverse community, in which all students, families, faculty and staff are full and accepted members of the school community, Bixby School provides equal employment opportunities to all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, or status as a veteran.
Submit letter/email of interest, resume, and three current references. Send your materials to Nina Lopez, Head of School, at firstname.lastname@example.org@bixbyschool.org or 4760 Table Mesa Drive, Boulder, CO, 80305. Position will remain open until filled.
A background check will be completed for applicants being considered for employment. Proof of COVID immunization is a condition of employment.
Possesses a valid special service provider license from the Colorado Department of Education with an endorsement in School Counseling or related area, such as School Psychologist or School Social Worker
Enthusiastic about engaging in school advisory and mentoring programs.
Demonstrated experience and/or skills for successfully partnering with culturally diverse populations desired
Strong interpersonal relations and collaborative teaming skills with all stakeholders, including customer service and PR skills
Strong oral and written communication skills
Astute critical thinking and problem-solving skills
Calm and collected demeanor during crisis situations
Ability to manage multiple priorities efficiently and effectively
Has knowledge and experience in child-directed progress education models or enthusiastic to learn
Experience working with student populations with diverse gifts and needs
Current First Aid, CPR, and Universal Precautions,
Enjoys spending time and engaging with young children and other educators
Committed to personal and professional growth
Sense of humor
Self-aware; able to ask for help when needed
Curious about others and the world around them
Belief in the value of a diverse community and committed to foster an inclusive environment
Demonstrated ability to deliver a differentiated, whole-person approach to education
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Proficient in use of Google suite, SeeSaw and Zoom, or able to become so quickly and easily
Able to continuously walk, stand, climb stairs, and sit
Frequent bending or stooping, and reaching above shoulder level