POSITION OBJECTIVE: Major responsibility of the position is to oversee the social and emotional well being of the middle school students and serve as a member of the Leadership Team to assist in the administration of the division.
ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES:
Counsel students individually and in group settings using a short-term, strengths based, solution focused model; assist with problem-solving regarding academic, social and emotional issues; serve on crisis response planning team.
Consult with parents and teachers; may be involved with test interpretation and/or assist with educational, personal, psychological or social factors affecting academic progress.
Function as a resource for divisional faculty and staff; consult with and provide information to faculty/staff on topics such as adolescent development and standardized test interpretation, peer/adult relationships and group dynamics. Contribute to in-service training as requested.
Act as central repository of student records regarding social, psychological, learning and emotional issues; work with Head of MS to maintain, manage and secure records. Maintain and manage confidentiality of student records, including interfacing with an electronic medical records platform.
Assist with development, implementation, and improvement of parent/family education and orientation programs, with emphasis on developing programs focused on students developing a healthy lifestyle. Topics should include drug/alcohol prevention education, interpersonal relationships (including cyberspace conduct), pre-adolescent and adolescent development and parenting topic/issues.
Recommend local resources (educational, psychological) which might be helpful to families. Refer to outside agencies, with great discretion, after campus resources have been exhausted; follow-up such referrals, as appropriate, and function as a liaison between the professional or agency and the school community. Be familiar with public law regarding child abuse and with appropriate procedures to be followed by the School should such cases come to the School’s attention.
Act as chief divisional liaison with the campus-wide testing coordinator; ensure that appropriate arrangements have been made for standardized and special testing. This includes coordinating the interpretation process for students, teachers and parents. Be familiar with the nature, availability, and appropriate use of the various tests given. Be available to work with faculty, staff, parents and students in interpreting and applying findings resulting from individual psycho-educational testing.
Act as a professional resource; exhibit professionalism through care in communicating, maintenance of objectivity, and discretion with regard to the use of privileged information; adhere to established Ethical Standards. Serve on various divisional and School committees.
Serve as a member of the Counseling and Health Department; assist in the development and implementation of a PK-12 Social Emotional curricular plan and advisory program; cooperate with other counselors of the school to ensure smooth transitions and coherent policies, coordinating special programs with other school divisions as appropriate.
Assist with promoting “community’ among constituents, as specified and assigned.
The above description covers the most significant duties performed, but does not exclude assignments not mentioned.
QUALIFYING CHARACTERISTICS: Candidate should possess excellent organizational and communication skills. Especially important is the ability to protect confidentiality in all matters. The candidate should have demonstrated experience in a school setting working with adolescents and their parents – including teaching, counseling, and developing student or parent education programs. Masters Degree in School Counseling, Counseling Psychology, Clinical Social Work, or School Psychology is required.
Additional Salary Information: Ravenscroft School is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding employees through a compensation plan that compares favorably with those of regional peer schools. A full benefits package includes TIAA/CREF retirement and generous medical/dental coverage, and equals the best plans in Independent School.