Hannah Senesh Community Day School seeks an outstanding, experienced Middle School Counselor to begin in August 2018. The School Counselor will support the social and emotional well-being of students in fifth through eighth grade while creating an environment in which learning can take place and a school climate that is supportive and reflects our school mission and values. The School Counselor will be a member of the Student Support Team (SST), consisting of the learning specialist, school psychologist, and academic administrators who meet regularly to consult and collaborate. Additionally the person in this position will partner with teachers and parents to support social-emotional learning.
Identify students in need of social-emotional support in consultation with faculty, parents, and SST.
Visit classes and observe students as needed or requested by faculty, parents, leadership, or SST.
Meet with students individually and in group settings to provide support and guidance to address specific social, emotional, or behavioral needs of students and help them get back on track and, if necessary, make recommendations for ongoing outside support services.
Act as liaison between the school and outside professional support.
Respond to behavioral crises, psychological and/or otherwise, as they arise.
Investigate student complaints and grievances and oversee resolution of student conflicts.
Collaborate with Middle School director to ensure appropriate consequences and support for behavior, maintain documentation, and oversee correspondence with staff and parents.
Attend faculty and team meetings and serve as a resource/consultant to faculty on student social and emotional concerns, as well as on their understanding of the developmental needs of Middle School students.
Model and implement effective strategies for classroom and behavioral management to aid teachers in their handling of difficult student and classroom behavioral situations.
Collaborate with faculty and staff to develop and implement a health and social emotional curriculum.
Work with Admissions Director to evaluate compatibility of potential students with our school culture and environment.
Communicate and meet with parents as needed regarding student behavior and wellbeing.
Coordinate and facilitate parent education programming.
Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume (with School Counselor in the subject line) to Sarah Kay, Middle School Director: firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more visit our website at www.hannahsenesh.org.
Skills, Qualifications, and Experience
Demonstrated commitment to the mission and values of Hannah Senesh Community Day School.
Graduate degree in counseling, clinical psychology, social work, or other applicable field.
Current License and/or credential as a clinical social worker, psychologist, school counselor or related field.
5+ years prior experience working in a middle school setting, preferably an independent school.
Good humor, energy, and a passion for learning and working with pre-adolescent and adolescent students.
Excellent interpersonal skills with students, teachers, and parents.
Excellent communicator with keen follow-up skills.
Ability to balance administrative and support service efficiently.
Collaborative and team-oriented approach to problem solving
About Hannah Senesh
Hannah Senesh Community Day School is a progressive, independent K-8 Jewish school in brownstone Brooklyn. We teach our students to:
SEEK MEANING. Drawing from the rich traditions of Jewish inquiry and secular scholarship, our students learn to think deeply and realize their highest academic, intellectual, and ethical potential.
BUILD COMMUNITY. Our students and families cultivate meaningful connections within the school, with Israel, and in the wider world. We share a commitment to global citizenship and social responsibility.
LEARN JOYFULLY. We approach every day with creativity, passion, and joy, and celebrate Jewish learning and life.
Our values, which are deeply rooted in Jewish teachings, guide us in all that we do at Senesh.
Kindness – Chesed – ???
We treat each other with respect and strive to demonstrate compassion and empathy.
Openness – Elu v’Elu – ??? ????
We seek to understand diverse perspectives and accept those with different ideas.
Responsibility – Areivut – ?????
We take responsibility to support the well-being of others in our community and the world around us.
Perseverance – Hatmadah – ?????
We apply ourselves in all we do and earn th...e satisfaction of seeing things through, especially when the challenge is great.
Journey – Masa – ???
We embrace life as a continuous journey of learning and growing.