The primary objective of the Director of Student Support Services (“Director”) is educating and providing daily direction to students by performing the following duties.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Responsible for supervising, guiding, evaluating and advising school counselors, learning specialists and school nurses. The Director is a resource for these individuals and the administrative team as a whole.
Provide counseling as a related service for student(s) referred by Student Support Services Team; provides regular continued counseling to caseload of students referred by the students themselves, other students, school personnel, parents or community agencies; provides crisis intervention counseling and service in coordination with other personnel, in such areas as suicide prevention, child abuse, and family crisis or community tragedies.
Coordinate and supervise all Special Education services and school counseling programs for all students and coordinates all Student Support Services school-wide.
The Director is the school’s Student Support Coordinator for Educational Testing Services responsible for all applications and appeals and is Ross School’s liaison to all local public and private school district committees on special education.
Responsible for directing and coordinating all in-school faculty development workshops related to Student Support Services. The Director advises for the Ross School Emergency Response Plan, Drug and Alcohol procedures, and disciplinary issues.
Attend administrative meetings at the Lower School and Upper School to coordinate with division heads on school operations and all areas related to Student Support Services and overall student wellbeing.
Assists the Division Heads in the implementation and coordination of programmatic changes to meet individual student needs identified by the Student Support Services Team.
Assess the student/family’s specific and on-going psychosocial needs that impact the student’s school performance; confers with teaching staff in order to assist in the development of appropriate plans and recommendations for student experiencing difficulties; assists in developing recommendations to meet student needs with school services as well as appropriate outside services, follow up, and implementation.
Coordinates activities, meetings and conferences with individual department members; participates constructively in grade-level meetings and keeps the Leadership Team apprised of the work of the Student Support Services Team.
Manages the Student Support Services budget.
Understands the developmental and emotional needs as well as milestones for the age group, educating students through differentiation of instruction and the ongoing tracking of student performance, as well as assist students with learning disabilities.
Responsible for required duties in the area of Student Life many times throughout the year. Duties include weekday afternoons and evenings as well as occasional weekends.
Minimum of bachelor’s degree in related discipline. Master’s degree preferred.
Minimum of two years’ counseling experience in an educational institution or experience in social work.
About Ross School
Ross School’s mission is to change the way education meets the future; to foster interdisciplinary, integrated thinking and innovative leadership; to engage fully in the global community; and to facilitate lifelong learning. Ross School was founded in 1991 by Courtney Ross and Steven J. Ross. They recognized that preparing students to meet the challenges of the 21st century requires new paradigms to transform education. Aided by the research of educational pioneers and leading thinkers, they expanded upon some of the best practices in K–12 education, combining them with the notion that leadership in an increasingly connected and rapidly changing world demands a global perspective and an openness to technology and innovation.
Located on two campuses in East Hampton and Bridgehampton, New York, Ross School serves 520 students pre-nursery to grade 12. Beginning in grade 7, the school hosts a growing number of domestic and international boarding students on the Upper School campus. The nonprofit Ross Institute, founded by Courtney Sale Ross in 1996, promotes understanding of globalization’s implications for precollegiate education and develops and provides curriculum resources and m...entoring to schools around the world interested in adopting the Ross model. Ross School operates as Ross Institute’s lab school. www.ross.org
Positions for boarding house parents who live in boarding houses and supervise students are also available and may be combined with any position.