At Marin Academy, we believe that educational excellence should push the boundaries of what is known today in order to prepare students for a world we can’t even imagine tomorrow. Our educational approach inspires MA teachers and students to work side-by-side every day immersing themselves deeply in their subjects while honing the ability to think critically and creatively. Because many voices are welcomed and encouraged at MA, our students cultivate the tools they need to live their lives fully—and the inspiration to contribute as compassionate citizens to our world.
We seek a full-time School Counselor in August 2023. The ideal candidate holds a minimum of a master’s degree and a current license in social work, family therapy, or psychology. Expertise in adolescent development and significant work with teens is required. Salary range is $75,000- 115,000 depending on experience. The work schedule aligns primarily with the school’s academic hours and calendar but includes some work and availability during the summer months and school breaks.
The School Counselor oversees the general counseling environment of the school including working with students, families, and faculty. The school counselor shares their knowledge regarding adolescent issues and engages with faculty, staff, and administration as it relates to student support.
Active member of the Student Support Team and attends weekly meetings.
Consult with faculty on an as-needed basis regarding issues that arise in and out of the classroom.
Member of the school’s Crisis Response Team.
Possess a strong understanding of mental health and counseling, from both a neuropsychological and practical school-based perspective.
Bring a DEIB lens to counseling work as it relates to issues of equity, access, belonging, and the social identity development of adolescents.
Team with school administration to implement and support school initiatives (as they relate to counseling services) and keeps the school mission at the forefront.
Model a growth mindset by fully participating in individual professional development (for example, feedback process, workshops, conferences, retreats, etc.).
Provide short-term and crisis-oriented counseling, making outside referrals when appropriate.
Serve as a case manager for students with mental health diagnoses, including writing, updating, and ensuring proper implementation of mental health learning plans.
Read, interpret, and translates educational testing into appropriate accommodations and/or interventions for students with mental health diagnoses.
Connect with students with mental health diagnoses on a regular basis to make sure they are getting the support they need as well as empowering them to be strong self-advocates.
Collaborate closely with the school’s Director of Learning Services to manage the school’s intake questionnaire process and communicate results to students and families.
Collaborate with teachers around appropriate mental health and well-being curriculum and serves as a guest instructor in the Human Development program for ninth and tenth graders.
Serve as a resource for students and families on mental health and well-being and identifies potential outside resources for further therapeutic support and education.
Foster clear and transparent communication around school values and policy.
Make referrals to families for professional evaluation and ongoing support.
When appropriate, coordinate evening parent education evenings each year on relevant issues.
Serve as a resource and works to develop faculty capacity and skills in working with students with mental health issues.
Imagine, plan, and implement appropriate educational workshops/faculty professional development.
Collaborate with class deans and advisors and communicates with small groups of faculty (as needed) about students who are truly struggling and/or need significant accommodations in order to succeed.
Regularly communicates and offers counsel around students of concern with class deans, advisors, Dean of Students, parents, and teachers.
Professional Relationships and Outreach
Stay up-to-date on relevant issues with peer schools and cultivates relationships with colleagues across schools.
Develop, maintain, and cultivate relationships with local clinicians, neuropsychologists, adolescent psychiatrists, educational therapists, and counselors.
Collaborate with the learning specialists to coordinate support for students with diagnosed mental health challenges.
Manage the communication between the school and families to arrange for appropriate accommodations.
Collaborate with the Director of Learning Services
Meet regularly with the Dean of Students
Meet quarterly with the Head of School
Marin Academy is an independent, college preparatory high school located in the San Francisco Bay Area in San Rafael, CA with an enrollment of 445 students with academic talent, interest in the arts and athletics, and a passion for a multitude of issues. Our students come from San Francisco, the East Bay, and Sonoma in addition to Marin County. Salary and benefits are very competitive and are based on level of experience and education. Marin Academy’s mission statement “asks every individual to think, question, and create in an environment of encouragement and compassion, and challenges each person to accept the responsibilities posed by education in a democratic society.” Marin Academy is an equal-opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity. For more information about Marin Academy, please visit our website (www.ma.org).
Please send a cover letter and resume to:
Dean of Students
*Applications submitted through NAIS will NOT be reviewed.*
MA is a progressive high school in the San Francisco Bay Area emphasizing interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary teaching and learning, competency-based assessment, and equity and inclusion. MA values the inclusion of many voices and perspectives, and candidates should have the inclination and experience to work in a diverse community focused on issues of equity and social justice. In addition, we highly value the student-teacher relationship. Individuals with a demonstrated desire to play roles across the school including but not limited to advising, leading student activities, coaching, and/or supporting other key programs are encouraged to apply.
Marin Academy’s mission statement “asks every individual to think, question, and create in an environment of encouragement and compassion, and challenges each person to accept the responsibilities posed by education in a democratic society.” The school is a vibrant and diverse community, and students and teachers alike continue to work towards the furthering of an inclusive and supportive school. Marin Academy is an equal-opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity, and people of color and women are encouraged to apply. For more information about Marin Academy, please visit our website (www.ma.org).