As Punahou School enters into its 177th year, it recognizes the richness of its traditions, as well as its responsibility to deliver a relevant educational experience in a rapidly changing world. It remains anchored in the aim of developing the full potential of each student through a broad and vigorous program of studies and through rich experiences for exploration, growth and mastery. Working within a coherent curricular framework that promotes personalized, product-oriented, inquiry-based learning , we seek to cultivate curious, confident, and self-directed students. Our faculty attends to the social-emotional learning of our students via intentional opportunities to foster empathy, resilience, moral reasoning, and social responsibility. Our teachers are agile learners themselves, demonstrating a growth mindset and a commitment to their continual professional development. Incoming teachers will join a dedicated and inspiring faculty whose ongoing reflection and renewal is supported by a schoolwide culture of collaboration and innovation.
Utilizing leadership, advocacy, collaboration, and professional expertise, the Academy School Counselor promotes and enhances student success, provides preventive services, and responds to identified student needs by collaborating in the implementation of a comprehensive program that addresses academic, personal, social, and emotional development for students in grades 9 through 12.
Essential duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
Teaches courses in the Psychosocial Education Department and supports curricular evolution towards a Social, Emotional and Ethical Learning curriculum K-12.
Implements and facilitates delivery of responsive counseling services
Develops, structures, coordinates and delivers services that are preventative and/or interventive activities meeting students’ immediate and future needs. Conducts individual counseling and group counseling with students in areas of need, intervening quickly during crisis situations.
Coordinates, collaborates and consults with deans and teachers to provide supportive instructional classroom activities that relate to student educational, social, and personal needs.
Assists teachers in individualizing instruction to accommodate and support students with specific social-emotional needs.
Consults and collaborates with teachers in addressing special classroom problems (e.g., fighting, stealing, personal hygiene, bullying).
Assists parents and students in preparing for school transitions: school entry, placement in special programs.
Consults with administrators, supervisors and/or teachers on student problems and concerns as needed or requested; gathers data about the student and identifies “at-risk” behavior from various sources (e.g. records, teachers, parents, peers, school staff and community specialists).
Provides necessary information that will help school staff meet individual student needs.
Acts as an on-going, effective advocate for students.
Supports the development and execution of a robust Advisory Program by partnering with faculty to support students.
Commitment to development and implementation of a robust resiliency focused Outdoor Education Program
Monitors the progress of students.
Provides support to parents in their efforts to address their child’s need and in assessing the efficacy of support strategies.
Support educational programs for parents
Facilitates referrals to in-school specialists and community providers as appropriate. Consults and collaborates with specialist/providers to facilitate continuity of care.
Participates in Professional Development Activities
Engages in professional-growth activities by participating in continuing education appropriate to counselor or program needs; reviewing current research and literature; and through regular self-reflection.
Applies newly acquired professional knowledge.
Demonstrates ability and willingness to learn enthusiastically as a member of professional learning community, and to connect with local, national, and global colleagues.
Position Details: Department: Academy, Grades 9-12 Status: Full Time Regular FLSA Status: Exempt Work Year: 2018 - 2019 School Year Work Hours: Monday – Friday, 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Bachelor’s degree. Masters’ degree or higher in school counseling from an accredited university or the substantial equivalent.
Three (3) years of recent high school counseling experience.
Demonstrated proficiency in counseling with the adolescents including working knowledge of current trends; physiological and psychological growth and development; social and cultural influences on child development; a variety of counseling theories, models and processes of counseling and consultation; parenting models and issues; and assessment, data-gathering and analysis.
Knowledgeable and skilled in addressing such issues as ADHD, grief, divorce, anxiety, difficulties with self regulation, depression, and learning differences.
Experience working with parents/families as an essential component of supporting students.
Experience planning, implementing, and monitoring behavioral interventions.
Familiarity with test batteries and proficiency in interpreting results.
Organizational and record-keeping skills.
Familiarity with state laws regarding child abuse.
Familiarity with available state, county and local services.
Internal Number: 975
About Punahou School
Punahou School nurtures the individuality of each child within a vibrant K – 12 school community that celebrates diversity, inspires excellence and connects students for life.
Located in Honolulu, Hawai`i, Punahou is the largest coeducational, independent K – 12 school on a single campus in the United States. Students at Punahou have unparalleled opportunities to cultivate their unique interests and talents under the guidance of attentive and caring teachers. Rigorous academics, robust programs in athletics and the arts, and an array of co-curricular opportunities offer an integrated, 21st-century education for the whole child.
Students exemplify the diversity and strength of Hawai`i and reflect the School’s commitment to providing robust, need-based financial aid. When students graduate from Punahou, they join a network of 30,000 alumni spanning the globe. Beyond excellent scholars, the School seeks to develop engaged global citizens who can strengthen their communities.