The Chapin School is an independent, all-girls day school in New York City serving nearly 800 students K-12. Founded in 1901, Chapin prepares a diverse and talented community of young women to thrive and lead in a global society through its dedication to academic excellence, personal integrity and community responsibility. Chapin cultivates in each students a love of learning, independent thinking, emotional resilience and a dedication to serving others.
Under the guidance of the Head of the Lower School and the supervision of the Director of Counseling Services, the full-time Lower School Counselor is responsible for supporting children in grades K-3 in their social, emotional, and academic development. The ideal candidate will possess strong interpersonal and communication skills and work in close collaboration with students, families, and faculty in a warm, compassionate and nurturing manner. He/she will have a solid understanding of child development and children’s social and emotional needs, experience in a school setting, and a passion for working with young children.
Responsibilities of the Lower School Counselor:
Proactively guide and augment the social and emotional learning program within the classroom, across grades, and throughout the division, which may include training of new faculty members in SEL program implementation.
Observe and support students in the classroom and play settings. Lead friendship/social skills discussion groups.
Collaborate and consult with the division head, teachers, and other school personnel regarding the social, emotional and behavioral needs of the students.
Identify individual, classroom, and grade-wide social and emotional needs of students and address specific trends within a group or individual settings, as well as interventions to support such needs.
Participate in Student Support Team Meetings to review, plan for, and implement appropriate modifications and accommodations in the classroom that will lead to an optimal learning environment.
Stay attuned to the diversity of our students and demonstrate cultural competency in the classroom and by serving families from different backgrounds.
Provide referrals for and collaborate with outside providers as needed.
Provide support to parents, as requested, regarding the social-emotional needs of their child/children.
Develop and lead presentations/conversations for parents on child development and parental concerns
The successful candidate will possess the following qualifications:
A Masters or Doctoral degree in counseling, child psychology, or school psychology
Five or more years of experience in a school setting
Knowledge of Social Emotional Learning curriculum, i.e., Responsive Classroom. Background in RULER (http://ei.yale.edu/ruler/) is preferred, not required
A highly responsive work style
The ability to take the initiative and think proactively
The Chapin School is an all girls’ K-12 independent day school located in a quiet section of the Upper East Side. For over a century, Chapin has dedicated itself to providing an exceptional education, with academic excellence, personal integrity, and community responsibility all integral to the Chapin experience. Our active alumnae and parent constituencies reflect and honor these values, support...ing the students and school in a myriad of ways.
Each girl who studies at 100 East End Avenue builds a clear understanding of herself and her world by thinking independently, collaborating with others, and cultivating compassion. In a caring community that provides academic challenges, Chapin students are enthusiastic learners and responsible citizens who go on to thrive and lead in the world.
Chapin is committed to diversity in its culture, curriculum and program. We believe that an equitable, inclusive, collaborative community provides the strongest environment for learning. Expecting and requiring respect for others is a hallmark of our educational process.