Ridgefield Academy seeks an experienced school psychologist / counselor who will work closely with teachers, advisors, and administrators to support students in their social, emotional, and academic development.
The school psychologist / counselor will report directly to the Director of the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning (CITL) and the Heads of Lower and Middle and Upper School, while partnering with classroom teachers and advisors in support of our full, PS-8 student body. This full-time, 10-month employee will work directly with students to manage and navigate social and emotional issues, work with teachers and advisors to support specific student concerns or group issues that arise in a classroom setting or grade level, institute and lead targeted breakout sessions with student groups, and oversee the Middle and Upper School Wellness Program. The school psychologist / counselor will actively collaborate with parents and faculty regarding students’ social and emotional needs and will be responsible for leading the referral process for students in need of greater support. The ideal candidate would be passionate about working with a broad age group of students and be excited to be an active member of the full school community, potentially also serving as an advisor, coach, or club leader. Successful candidates must be prepared to:
Provide short-term counsel to students in need.
Make referrals to outside resources and coordinate services with providers.
Work with parents, classroom teachers, and advisors to support individual student needs.
Facilitate appropriate accommodations and assist teachers to effectively utilize recommendations from neuropsychological testing.
Work closely with the Learning Specialist to evaluate student testing and create student academic plans.
Work with grade level teams and advisor groups to address grade level-specific issues and concerns, and potentially build and lead responsive program.
Present developmentally-appropriate parent programming about child development and emotional issues impacting their children.
Advance and implement the Middle and Upper School Wellness Program, and develop other ad hoc programming to support PS-8 grade students' social and emotional needs.
The successful candidate for this position will be equally comfortable working with students, parents, teachers, and administrators across our Preschool, Lower (Grades K-3), Middle (Grades 4-5), and Upper (Grades 6-8) School divisions. The candidate will share expertise stemming from years of successfully providing psychological services to a range of children in an academic environment. He/she should demonstrate a love of working with children, as well as expertise in child development, the ability to successfully partner with parents and colleagues, flexibility, and a great sense of humor.
Ridgefield Academy is an independent day school in Ridgefield, CT with students in Kindergarten through 8th Grade. Our Landmark Preschools have programs for children ages one - five at our Ridgefield, Redding and Westport, CT locations and Bedford, NY.
For additional information, please visit our website at www.ridgefieldacademy.org or landmarkpreschool.org