The School Counselor/Psychologist provides support to students, parents and teachers for the academic, emotional, and social well-being of students in pre-school through grade eight. This includes proactive curricular work targeting predictable developmental needs of children in the school. In addition, expertise in emergency and crisis management with children in the flow of a school year is of utmost importance. The counselor/psychologist is a resource for teachers and parents to consult on learning issues and behaviors to help children with academic, emotional, and social success. Collaborating with teams of teachers, particularly the Elementary School/Early Childhood Coordinator of Student Services, and Learning Support faculty, about children is an important element of this position. The School Counselor/Psychologist also manages/coordinates Orchard’s annual standardized testing for grades four through eight. The ability to administer and interpret psychometric assessments, as well as acting as a liaison between outside therapists/psychologists and the school would be preferable.
The ideal candidate will possess a solid understanding of children’s academic, emotional, and social development at each grade level but will be anchored in the Middle School so experience with Middle School students is desirable.
Master’s degree or Licensure related to Counseling/Certified psychologist desired
Experience administering and interpreting psychometric assessments is preferred
Three years minimum of relevant experience
Experience working with Middle School students
Understanding of tenets of progressive education
Capacity to strive for unity, harmony, and cooperation through respect, tact, helpfulness, and recognition of individual differences
Ability to relate well to all constituencies in a school setting