Early Childhood Counselors are a visible and active presence in the classroom and in the school observing frequently in classrooms and meeting regularly with teachers and learning support staff to discuss and strategize regarding support of individual children. Counselors provide direct services to children including crisis intervention with individuals and groups of children, short-term individual counseling and facilitating a variety of student groups during the school day addressing social and emotional issues to enhance social and pragmatic skills.
Working with parents is an essential part of the counselor's' role in the school, including consultation regarding child guidance, family issues, and helping with difficulties a child may be experiencing in school. Guide and support the parents in the process of finding the best resources developing knowledge of, and a working relationship with outside referral sources including mental health professionals, occupational therapists, and speech and language therapists in support of the child's needs. It is often the responsibility of the counselor to initiate and lead meetings and/or staffings about an individual child who is experiencing challenges in school. These meetings include teachers, parents, principal, learning support staff and often outside professionals.
Building deep relationships with students, families, and staff and maintaining strong lines of communication with families about student progress fosters a shared understanding of the critical transition families make when children enter nursery school. We are looking for team members who will emanate optimism, share feedback to solve problems, reflect on how your actions impact others, and take ownership over creating the culture you want to show up to each day. and go above and beyond to support and collaborate closely with teammates in the united pursuit of Lab's mission.
The Early Childhood Counselor is part of the Learning and Counseling Team that provides educational care for all students in the Nursery School and Kindergarten (N3-K). Work closely as a team with the Learning and Counseling Team at Earl Shapiro Hall to insure continuity of care for all students in N/K and Primary Schools. Counselors report to the Principal.
Full-time teachers are expected to work a 40-hour week and the required number of days as stipulated in the Faculty Association contract. All teachers are expected to perform in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Anticipated start date for this position is 9/1/2018.
Minimum of three years of clinical counseling experience with children and families required. Previous experience working in a school counseling setting preferred. Experience working with a wide range of students with diverse backgrounds such as race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, learning abilities, class, language and nationality.