SUMMARY: The School Counselor is responsible for creating and maintaining programs to support the social, emotional, and intellectual well-being of the members of the school community. The ideal candidate will have experience working effectively within family frameworks and a proven track record with Pre-K to 9th grade students and families. The Pike School is seeking a creative, flexible, and forward-thinking individual to identify and address student and faculty needs in a collaborative and evolving community. This person is committed to the mission and values of Pike School and to building and supporting a diverse and inclusive community.
REPORTS TO: Division Heads
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Provide consultation to and collaboration with faculty, parents, and administrators regarding developmental and social-emotional issues
Conduct classroom observations upon the recommendation or request of the Division Heads, help assess and evaluate the needs of the child in question, and explore possible strategies and solutions
Observe and assess classroom practices in areas such as social skills and character education and attend grade level team meetings to support faculty and suggest additional methods to support child development
Establish and maintain a referral list of support service specialists for families
Provide crisis intervention and referrals as necessary to families and faculty
Create and implement professional development for faculty and families regarding developmental and social-emotional issues
Develop time-limited, developmentally appropriate, and prevention-oriented group curriculums in collaboration with teachers to address specific topics (e.g. conflict resolution, popularity, teasing)
Conduct student groups in all three divisions to address student needs
Engage in an ongoing process of needs assessment, evaluation, and revision of the role as necessary to meet the needs of the school community
Member of admissions team and school wellness team
Interested candidates will visit The Pike School's website at www.pikeschool.org/employment to submit a resume, at least two letters of reference, and a personal statement that addresses how your experience meets the expectations of the position as stated above.
Master’s degree and/or post-graduate work in psychology, counseling or social work with professional licensure.
Experience working with children ages 4-15 and their families
Excellent verbal and written communication skills, as well as public speaking/presentation skills
Demonstrated leadership and facilitative skills
Technological proficiencies in the areas of communication, presentation, and record-keeping
Commitment to supporting a diverse and inclusive community
Additional Salary Information: commensurate with years' experience
About The Pike School
The Pike School in Andover, Massachusetts, is an independent day school of 440 students in grades Pre-kindergarten through Grade Nine. The Pike School community represents culturally and socio-economically diverse families from 38 communities. Pike seeks candidates who possess skills in multicultural teaching and leadership practices and a dedication to working in a diverse community. Candidates must also have demonstrated a commitment to collaboration and lifelong learning, as well as an expertise in best practices in elementary education.