Georgetown Day School, a progressive PK–12 school committed to academic excellence, educational innovation, and social justice, seeks a Health and Wellness Coordinator to promote the healthy development of all students. Founded in 1945 as the first racially and religiously integrated school in Washington, GDS continues to place the cultivation and healthy experience of a diverse student body, faculty, and Board at the very heart of its mission. As a school, we affirm that human diversity includes, but is not limited to, race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, age, socioeconomic class, family structure and physical ability, as well as diversity of thought, talents, and learning style.
Rich content, creative pedagogy and authentic relationships are essential components of a GDS classroom. Providing those elements, working collaboratively with colleagues, and placing the students’ interests and experiences at the heart of the classroom are essential components of this role. As a diverse, inclusive school devoted to preparing our students to live and work in an increasingly globalized society, GDS is particularly interested in professionals with demonstrated interest and experience in working in such a school setting.
Primary Responsibilities for Health and Wellness Coordinator include:
Consult on health education curriculum development across the LS, MS, and HS divisions; working toward the goal of implementing a comprehensive PK-12 integrated curriculum that is cogent and inclusive (in terms of race, gender expression, sexual orientation, ethnicity, etc.) and focused on the “constructive” rather than just the preventative.
Train, support, and provide feedback to teachers involved in health education across the divisions.
Chair an all-school committee to review, expand, and update comprehensive PreK-12 Health and Wellness Curriculum.
Provide professional development and programming designed to enhance health and well being to faculty, staff, and parents.
In concert with the LS, MS, and HS counselors, design and orchestrate an annual Parent Education Series consisting of engaging and strong speakers on parenting topics across all three divisions.
Teach health and wellness classes in conjunction with our Physical Education teachers to all ninth and tenth grade students each quarter. Topics to be taught include (but not limited to) healthy relationships, alcohol and other drugs, body image, nutrition, mental health, human sexuality, stress management, consent and other social/emotional elements of health and wellness.
In partnership and coordination with school counselors, Physical Education Department, and other members of our community, assess and evaluate health and wellness programming for all four grades at the High School, developing new programming, as appropriate, to reflect the changing social landscape.
Assist the HS counselor and Dean of School Life in thinking proactively around the dynamics of students’ off campus social life; advising individual students in regard to these issues and encouraging critical thinking about decision-making in social settings
Well-versed in the full scope of developmental stages from lower school to high school with a preference for teaching experience at those various levels.
B.S. in Health, Counseling or a related field is required. A Master’s degree and five years or more experience working in school settings are preferred.
A strong health, wellness, sexuality teaching/training background coupled with a proven capacity for developing innovative and imaginative programming around issues of health and wellness.
Demonstrated sensitivity, knowledge, and understanding of the diverse backgrounds of community members with a continuous focus on healthy relationship building
Commitment to a lifetime of learning, personal and professional integrity, and the capacity to serve as a model of openness, generosity, and acceptance.
Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter, resume and, a list of three references using our online application system. Applicants must also complete an application for employment form. This form can be uploaded directly to online application or emailed directly to email@example.com. To apply and to find out more about the school, candidates should visit our website at www.gds.org.
Georgetown Day School does not discriminate in its educational, admissions, and personnel programs and policies or activities on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion or religious creed, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, disability or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state or local law.