The Calhoun School, a progressive, coeducational, independent day school located on Manhattan's Upper West Side, is seeking an experienced educator/counselor to serve as Lower School (K-5th grade) Counselor and Health Educator to begin in August 2017. In addition to inviting candidates with experience in counseling and education we may also consider “non-traditional” candidates with alternative background and experience. The Lower School Counselor reports to the Lower School Director and must have experience working with children and parents.
Assist students, administration, faculty and parents with intervention in social and emotional situations by:
Facilitating ongoing communication among teachers, administration, parents and therapists;
Providing short-term counseling when emergencies arise;
Participating in Lower School student life by actively engaging in the community (lunch, park, field trips, etc.);
Providing insight during anecdotal sessions;
Attending Student Resource Team meetings;
Attending weekly division and grade level meetings;
Making referrals for outside support;
Creating and maintaining files on students with need for support;
Offering guidance and strategies to teachers and parents for dealing with a variety of social and emotional issues.
Serve as a resource to the community on early childhood and childhood issues and, in the process,
work with the Lower School faculty to promote a positive emotional and academic climate in the school;
strengthen effective advocacy for student needs throughout the school;
promote constructive communication among all members of the community;
organize and run education programs and workshops on childhood and parenting issues;
work closely with the Health Education teachers on curriculum and instructional activities;
offer assistance to parents through phone conversations, parent conferences and evening workshops.
Participate in day-to-day activities that will ensure the counselor's accessibility to students and adults (e.g., orientation programs, trips, open houses, faculty meetings, workshops, informal conversations, etc.).
Develop and teach life skills/health/wellness courses for Lower School students.
Develop and complete school reports for students.
Work with the directors to identify ways of improving faculty skills and identifying professional development opportunities (speakers, workshops, etc.).
Insight into developmental stages and generational conflict issues;
Ability to relate to and communicate with students, parents, teachers, administrators;