The Benjamin School seeks, for the start of the 2017-18 school year, an experienced Upper School counselor.
The school counselor is responsible for providing support and services to students who need emotional support. The counselor works with the Director of Student Services to provide individual counseling to students and to promote a culture of wellness within the Upper School. Further responsibilities include, but are not limited to, overseeing the health curriculum, managing communication with parents, faculty and administrators, implementing the advisory curriculum, and providing support/guidance for organizations. The counselor will work closely with the Director of Student Services and Head of Upper School on matters of academic and institutional support.
General Professional Qualifications:
Responsible for academic, social/emotional and career counseling for grades 9-12
Provide small group and individual counseling services as needed
Oversee and coordinate the Upper School advisory program
Provide consultation and referral services for faculty and families as needed
Assist in coordinating faculty development and training as it relates to student social-emotional development
Consult with faculty, staff, administrators, and students on various issues such as student referrals, academic difficulties and crisis intervention
Provide article submissions for Student Services Quarterly
Collaborate with Lower & Middle School members of the Student Services Department and attend monthly meeting
Participate in regular professional development opportunities with the purpose of enhancing the Upper School Student Service Department
Assist with course selection and scheduling
Provide tutoring and other academic support services as needed
Coordinate and assist in determining the need for learning plans
Assist students in applying for accommodations services for college admissions tests
Facilitate monthly grade level meetings as needed
Serve as 10th Grade Lead Advisor
Coordinate the Senior Internship Project
Organize an annual career counseling speaker series
Organize an annual career fair and provide information about career interests and development, summer internship opportunities, volunteer opportunities, etc.
Qualified candidates should possess a passion for working with adolescent populations, a kind, firm, empathetic demeanor, and a collaborative, flexible nature. In addition, familiarity with relevant laws and regulations regarding counseling issues is also desirable. And, as in any school setting, excellent oral and written communication skills are a necessity.
Educational Requirements: M.A. in school-related counseling, with a particular focus on adolescent development.
The Benjamin School is an independent, non-affiliated day school for pre-kindergarten to 12th grade students in Palm Beach County. The School resides on two campuses; the 14 acre Lower and Middle School campus in North Palm Beach and the 50 acre Upper School campus in Palm Beach Gardens. Approximately 144 teachers and associates are responsible for about 1135 students. The Lower School currentl...y serves 452 students in grades Pre-K 3 through 5; the Middle School enrolls 230 in grades 6-8; and the Upper School has 453 students in grades 9-12. The School’s rigorous and varied program prepares its students for acceptance to 4-year colleges.
The Benjamin School’s core is academics, with a balanced emphasis on athletics and the arts. The Lower School challenges students with an academic program that includes, among other strong elements, highly developed research-based instruction in language arts and mathematics and a strong Pre-K 3 to 5th grade world language program. In the Middle School students are challenged with a wide variety of college preparatory courses including advanced world language instruction, Algebra I and Geometry and advanced science programs. At the Upper School campus, the faculty offers courses on three levels: regular, honors, and AP.
Each May the School administers 449 or more AP examinations to all of the students enrolled in its 24 AP courses. In May, 2015 eighty-two percent of those tests received qualifying scores of at least a 3, and 87 percent of the students taking the tests earned at least one 3 or better. Seventy-four percent of the seniors in the class of 2015, took one or more AP course,. The Upper School also has more than 50 semester electives. Students can study Spanish, French, and Mandarin Chinese to satisfy their language requirement.
In all three divisions, students have many opportunities to be involved in dance, instrumental (including strings) and vocal music, drama, and the visual arts. Students in all three divisions also have a physical education program, and those in the Middle and Upper Schools must participate in one or more team sports.
The School makes extensive use of technology in its programs. Almost all classrooms have an interactive whiteboard (Smartboard or Epson), and all computers on both campuses have internet access via a school-wide Wireless access. The fourth and fifth grade students bring iPads to school each day. The Middle School has a BYOD program, and in the Upper School all students own and use laptops or iPads. The School also provides specialized computers for video editing, digital graphics, desktop publishing, and the language lab.
Please visit our website at www.thebenjaminschool.org for more information about our school.