Position Summary: Reporting to the Director of Psychology and Counseling Services and in collaboration with the Head of School, Associate Head of School, Dean of Students and Director of Health Services, the School Counselor is responsible for applying their skills in mental health, learning, and behavior, to help students succeed academically, socially, behaviorally and emotionally. Partnering with families, faculty, school administrators, and other professionals, the School Counselor will help to create a supportive learning environment that strengthens connections between home, campus and the community.
Primary Responsibilities Include:
Provide counseling, instruction, and mentoring for those students struggling with social, emotional or behavioral problems including but not limited to clinical assessments and individual or group session with positive family involvement as appropriate.
Increase achievement by assessing barriers to learning and determining the best instructional strategies to improve learning.
Promote wellness and resilience by reinforcing communication and social skills, problem solving, anger management, self-regulation, self-determination, and optimism.
Work with students and their families if needed to make referrals for additional support.
Identify and communicate to school officials any at-risk student.
Assist in the analysis of data to support in student outcomes and school community improvement.
Promote school policies and practices that ensure the safety of all students, including but not limited to bullying and harassment.
Assist in crisis situations by providing leadership and/or direct services.
Maintains electronic case notes and other documentation as required by State Law and Health Services policies and procedures.
Work with colleagues to develop and present educational programs for the campus community and serve as a resource for faculty, staff and students.
Interact with students consistent with a boarding school community.
Competencies and Essential Functions:
Ability to maintain confidentiality.
Strong interpersonal skills with all levels of co-workers, students and parents.
Demonstrate effective analytic, written and oral communication skills.
Experience with integrated software packages.
Ability to work independently with limited supervision.
Ability to solve problems by collaborating with others.
Ability to exercise sound judgment.
Masters degree in a mental health discipline
Must be currently licensed by the State of Ohio or immediately license eligible
At least two years of experience
Satisfactory completion of a routine background check
Ability to work a flexible schedule necessary in the operation of a 24/7 boarding school.
To apply for this position, please visit our website https://www.wra.net/ and complete an employment application online. Within our website, our employment application is located in the About WRA section, under Employment.
About Western Reserve Academy
Western Reserve Academy is one of the oldest boarding schools in the nation and the premier school of its kind in the Midwest. A WRA education emphasizes the importance of a lifelong engagement with the world. WRA offers a challenging curriculum that prepares our 400 students for future academic success – and for purposeful, fulfilling lives. WRA strives to graduate citizens who can think critically, discuss important matters articulately, write persuasively and act responsibly.
A Western Reserve Academy education offers a transformational experience where students strive for excellence, live with integrity and act with compassion. We have a diverse body of motivated and well-rounded students who study and live in a supportive, inclusive academic community where they learn about independence and responsibility – traditional values that help them achieve success at higher rates than private day and public school students, in the classroom and beyond.
Western Reserve Academy’s campus, listed on the U.S. Department of Interior’s National Register of Historic Places, is ideally situated just a few blocks from downtown Hudson, which offers a variety of shopping and dining oppo...rtunities. Modeled on a traditional New England square, Hudson’s historic main street features charming brick and clapboard store and shop fronts. These blend perfectly with a beautifully designed, new shopping district that comprises an additional three blocks. With Akron and Cleveland within 30 miles, our employees and their families can take advantage of many cultural and educational opportunities.