Situated among the woods and wetlands of the Southwest Portland hills, Oregon Episcopal School offers a unique educational experience. The school occupies a 59-acre campus where 870 students in PreK through 12th Grade share a committed faculty, a curriculum geared towards college and lifelong learning, and a strong sense of community. OES welcomes those who wish to engage in a vibrant, culturally diverse, learning community.
Oregon Episcopal School seeks a skilled, professional, and culturally competent individual to be its Upper School counselor. The counselor has responsibility for guiding the social and emotional well-being of students in grades 9-12 through one-on-one and small group sessions. In addition to being able to meet with students, the counselor’s expertise supports faculty and parents in their work with children, coordinating with mental health professionals in the community, and in teaching as part of the health and wellness curriculum. Work is performed largely independently, in consultation with the director of student life, class deans, director of residential life, Upper School division head, classroom teachers, and student support staff. The counselor’s role is not supervisory and full involvement in the life of the Upper School is expected. This position reports directly to the director of student life. In addition to the qualifications detailed below, the successful candidate will possess the ability to support the OES educational mission.
This is a full-time, academic year position and comes with a competitive salary and benefits package, including 95 percent employer paid group medical, dental, and vision insurance for the employee, 25 percent for dependents, 403(b) retirement plan with generous employer match, tuition remission for up to two admissions eligible children, abundant professional development opportunities, and one excellent meal daily. See the OES Benefits Guide for more information.
Provide direct service, including crisis counseling, time-limited interventions, and assessment for triage and referral purposes for those students struggling with social, emotional or behavioral problems.
Contribute to an overall school climate that promotes healthy adolescent development and the school’s mission and vision.
Maintain an awareness of overall mental health of the US student body.
Work with students and families if needed to make referrals for additional support.
Stay up-to-date on relevant professional development and provide education on relevant social-emotional topics to students and faculty.
Keep current with laws governing confidentiality as they pertain to adolescents and mental health services in schools.
Assist in the development of school programs to promote wellness, safety, and resilience by reinforcing communication and social skills, problem solving, anger management, self-regulation, self-determination, and optimism.
Assist in crisis situations by providing leadership and/or direct services.
Maintain electronic case notes and other documentation as required by State Law and Health Services policies and procedures.
Assist, when appropriate, in transitioning students and their families into the OES community, between grade levels, and between divisions.
Engage in the co-curricular life of the school to be known and recognized by students.
Participate in teaching sections of Life in Community, as deemed appropriate for this role.
Collaborate with director of student life, class deans, and Life in Community teacher to develop, implement, and coordinate a peer counseling program with components of health education, helping-skills education, group problem solving and sharing, and social wellness.
Work closely with advisors, teachers, and US learning support coordinator to assist students who have been assessed as needing additional academic and emotional support.
Identify and ensure effective communication to US division head and Student Support Team information regarding any at-risk student.
Maintain an active and positive and collaborative role on CAST team and consult and collaborate with MS and LS counselors regarding the overall needs of the school, students, and families.
Help facilitate and ensure effective communication and coordination between all parts of the school community for those students with psychological, psychiatric, and/or mental health needs.
Attend and participate in weekly Student Support Team meetings to identify and support students of concern.
Serve as consultant to faculty, advisors, and administrators regarding emotional needs of students.
Coordinate with the director of residential life to support dorm students outside of school-day hours.
Be a trusted, available, and reliable resource for parents and guardians and provide parents and guardians with information about adolescent development and offer
Coordinate and consult with external referral sources for students receiving mental health services outside of school.
Maintain an updated list of counseling referral sources for students and families.
MA/MS in school counseling or psychology or LCSW from an accredited college or university
Two years of age appropriate teaching or counseling
Training in and experience with a range of diagnostic and treatment options for a high-school population
IT skills: general digital literacy, intermediate to advanced MS Office Suite, database skills, web applications including Google Docs, Zoom or Skype, etc. as appropriate to job duties
Intercultural competency, demonstrated experience and skill in working with students from diverse ethnic, gender, socioeconomic, and educational backgrounds and a demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion
Evidence of a commitment to continued professional growth and development
Ability to pass a criminal background check and drug screen
Experience in an independent school setting, preferably with a residential component
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
Knowledge of legal standards in compliance with state and federal laws, ability to maintain appropriate confidentiality
Knowledge of educational technology; openness to innovation, flexibility and willingness to learn as digital tools evolve
Organizational skills, ability to juggle multiple and sometimes competing deadlines, attention to detail, ability to balance self-directed work with a strong collaborative approach
Interpersonal skills, ability to contribute to strong and positive connections with high school students, ability to maintain collegial relationships with colleagues
Ability to generate and implement innovative ideas for engaging and working with students
Excellent verbal and written communication skills, ability to communicate complex information about students in a respectful and clear manner
Primarily classroom and office environment, some sitting at a computer and keyboarding
Mobility sufficient to move about the campus, to include climbing stairs
Sight and hearing adequate to perform the duties of the job, ability to communicate clearly
Ability to lift and carry up to 20 pounds on a frequent basis
COMPENSATION: Salary commensurate with education and experience, plus benefits
Oregon Episcopal School does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, gender (including gender identity or expression), disability, national or ethnic origin, age, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic information, or other legally protected characteristic or status.
Additional Salary Information: COMPENSATION: Salary commensurate with education and experience, plus benefits
About Oregon Episcopal School
Oregon Episcopal School prepares students for higher education and lifelong learning by inspiring intellectual, physical, social, emotional, artistic, and spiritual growth so that they may realize their power for good as citizens of local and world communities.
Among the woodlands, wetlands and wildlife of the hills of Southwest Portland lies the unique educational experience that is Oregon Episcopal School. The school occupies a 59-acre campus where 870 students in Pre-K through 12th Grade share an excellent faculty, a college preparatory curriculum, and a strong sense of community.