Utilizing leadership, advocacy, and collaboration, school counselors promote student success, provide preventive services, and respond to identified student needs by implementing a comprehensive school counseling program that addresses academic and personal/social development for all students.
Essential Job Functions:
Student Assessment & Counseling
Serve as the primary resource for administrators, faculty/staff, and parents in working with students to create a positive learning environment and helping students develop a positive self-concept.
Work closely with LS Division Head to address student behavioral/emotional/social concerns/needs.
Provide 1-1 short term solution focused counseling to students who drop in or request a check-in with the LS Counselor or are referred by a teacher or administrator.
Assist in the development of positive student behavior support systems and development of intervention strategies alongside Division Heads. Assist with behavior issues across grades 3-5.
Observe students of concern in the classroom, lunchroom and recess. Document and report back to teachers, administration, SST and/or parents w/ findings.
Assist in consulting with the Division Heads about the development and alignment of the disciplinary policies and procedures throughout grades K-8. Counselor does not have a disciplinarian role – rather works to find the root cause and support interventions through a team approach.
Support student health and wellness by working closely with the Nurse
Assist with crisis intervention, de-escalation and help process serious events
Provide teacher consultations/education about social/emotional issues impacting learning
Attend school activities, assemblies, and meetings as scheduled
Collaborate with outside therapists/counselors/psychologists to coordinate student learning with clinical therapy work.
Collaborate with Curriculum Coordinator on Safe Environments Program content development and observation of classroom lessons.
Consult with parents to discuss both home and school behavior/emotional issues as needed
Participate as a member of Student Services Team. Provide/conduct interventions to help improve student’s functioning at school.
Plan & create Bullying Awareness Week including writing curriculum
Consult with the Director of Institutional Advancement to develop, plan and implement the Parent Education Program
Coordinate and facilitate Social/Emotional Skills Training Groups
Worry Busters, Cool Kids, Making and Keeping Friends, Super U , Growth Mindset
Each topic consists of 5 sessions
Provide written or verbal feedback to parents about each child’s strengths and areas for continued growth
Refer parents/students to clinicians in community if support beyond what we can offer is required.
Co-Lead SHS CARES Committee
Plan and facilitate the Mindfulness Program – Support teachers, administration and students with training and continual implementation of the program.
Bachelor’s degree – required
Master’s degree in counseling/psychology – preferred
LCPC status preferred
Experience in an educational setting
Experience working with students with behavioral and emotional challenges
Clear communication skills
Strong organizational skills
Comfortable with technology in a variety of settings