Westminster is an inclusive, Christian independent day school for boys and girls where bright, motivated, curious students who are nurtured by challenge become leaders of conscience. Founded in 1951, Westminster is guided by a mission to prepare students for college and for life. With a current enrollment of approximately 1,870 students in grades pre-first through twelfth and 285 faculty, Westminster fulfills its mission through a dynamic curriculum that engages children across the key dimensions of their growth--academic, physical, and spiritual.
Job Title: UPPER SCHOOL COUNSELOR
This faculty member will join a growth-oriented, collaborative learning community committed to the School’s mission and vision, including core values of inclusivity and service. Westminster excels regionally and nationally in every area of school life, from academics to the arts to athletics, achieving excellence through a wide range of programming supported by a wealth of resources. These include the Center for Teaching, a professional development institute located on the Westminster campus.
In fulfilling our mission to “develop the whole person for college and for life,” Westminster hires and retains passionate, talented, diverse educators to offer a rich and engaging curriculum, preparing our students to be lifelong learners and citizens well equipped to address local and global challenges. Westminster teachers are more than academic experts, serving as coaches, advisors, and inspirational mentors.
Anticipated start date for this position is July 31, 2018.
Reports to: Head of Upper School
Master's degree education in one of the counseling professions, post-degree supervised clinical experience, and passing of the National Counselor Examination or an equivalent exam required
Current counseling certification issued by the state of Georgia or licensure in the state of Georgia, or agreement to transfer an out-of-state certification/ licensure upon hiring
Strong facilitation skills to engage and educate parents, staff, and students
Direct experience with adolescents (Upper School preferred) and expertise in their social-emotional, developmental, and cognitive needs
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
The Upper School Counselor assists the Director of Student Support and the Upper School Counseling Team in the following areas:
Design and implement programming to enhance a culture of wellness that fosters student support and self-advocacy
Coach classroom teachers and staff on action steps to support well being
Provide thought leadership on national trends and developments in counseling with an eye toward empirically supported interventions
Empower and support students through individual and small group counseling
Normalize conversations around mental health
Manage crisis intervention
Lead consultations with parents, teachers, nurses, and administrators
Support advisement, affinity groups, mentoring and leadership programs
Consult with external mental health professionals to assess and refer students as needed
Collaborate with teachers, deans, division heads, chaplains, and counselors in the Lower and Middle Schools to ensure cross-divisional continuity of care
Candidates should be able to contribute to the larger school community through coaching or sponsoring other extracurricular programs. Because Westminster’s vision of Counseling and Student Support is proactive, visible, and deeply connected across many facets of the student community, the strongest applicants are willing to engage with students through attendance at a variety of school events.
Ability to engage in moderately strenuous physical activity both indoors and out; sitting and standing for long periods of time; ability to become CPR and First Aid Certified.
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY STATEMENT
Westminster is committed to the principle of equal opportunity in employment. It is Westminster’s policy to provide equal employment opportunities and administer terms and conditions of employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.
About The Westminster Schools
Westminster is a Christian, independent day school for boys and girls, which seeks to serve students who are bright, motivated, curious, and nurtured by challenge in an environment that develops leaders of conscience who will be a positive force in the world. The School was founded in 1951 guided by a mission to prepare students for college and for life. With a current enrollment of approximately 1,860 students in grades Pre-First through Twelfth, Westminster fulfills its mission through a dynamic curriculum that engages children across the key dimensions of their growth – academic, physical, and spiritual.
Westminster is a growth-oriented, collaborative learning community committed to the school’s mission and vision, including core values of inclusivity and service. Westminster excels regionally and nationally in every area of school life, achieving excellence through a wide range of programming supported by a wealth of resources.
Interested Candidates can click here to apply online.