The basic purpose of this job is to provide a comprehensive counseling program that includes educational, social, behavioral and personal support for children at all school levels, with an emphasis on upper elementary and middle school. The counselor will consult with teachers, parents and staff to enhance their effectiveness in helping students. The counselor will employ leadership, advocacy, and collaboration to promote student success, provide preemptive services, and respond to identified students’ needs by implementing a comprehensive school counseling program that addresses academic and personal/social development for all students.
Examples of Essential Functions:
Program Management and Curriculum Guidance
Responsible for the creation and oversight of schools social emotional learning (SEL) curriculum program, including teaching and/or co-teaching SEL classes in Middle School.
Provides leadership and collaborates with educators in the school-wide integration of SEL curriculum in the classroom, including SEL rotations and Middle School advisory.
Support the teachers and administrators in maintaining the social and emotional well-being of all students and look at all of the factors interfering with the child’s learning and behaviors.
Evaluates the SEL and counseling programs to assure their contributions are aligned to the school’s mission and goals.
Implements developmentally appropriate and prevention-oriented group activities to meet student needs.
Incorporates into their programs the life skills that students need to be successful in the twenty-first century.
Individual/Group Student Planning
Assists all students, individually or in groups, with developing academic, and personal/social skills, goals, and plans.
Accurately and appropriately interprets and utilizes student data received from educators and parents. Assists educators and parents in interpreting and understanding student data.
Consults and collaborates with families to enhance and understand their child’s development and needs.
Consults with and trains educators and learning specialists regarding student’s social and emotional needs.
Works with educators and staff to develop, promote and support behavior management/intervention strategies.
Respects and nurtures the uniqueness of each student.
Empowers students to identify problems and use resources to resolve issues.
Preventive and Responsive Services
Provides individual and group counseling to students with identified concerns and needs.
In collaboration with the educational psychologist and the learning specialist, coordinates and manages student/family requests for medical accommodations and engage in the associated interactive processes.
Consults and collaborates effectively with parents, educators, administrators, and other community resources regarding students with identified concerns and needs.
Implements an effective referral and follow-up process as needed.
Accurately and appropriately uses assessment procedures for determining and structuring individual and group counseling services.
Works with administration to provide support for students in crisis situations.
Consults with external community and professional resources. Selects and uses referral interventions appropriate to student’s problems and circumstances.
Facilitates parent coffees, along with teachers, to address age specific issues around students’ social and emotional development. This may include bringing in outside speakers.
Runs workshops and provides professional development at faculty meetings as needed.
Willing to participate beyond the academic program (i.e., attending student overnight trips and extra-curricular events on occasion), is punctual, and is reliable with paperwork, duties, and assignments; keep accurate records.
Demonstrates professional demeanor and maintains appropriate boundaries.
Is ethical, uses good judgment, and maintains confidentiality with student records.
Collaborates with colleagues to plan, share ideas, and look at student issues as a team.
Seeks out effective ideas from colleagues, workshops, and other sources and implements them well. Participates in professional development activities to improve knowledge and skills.
Uses available technology resources to enhance the school counseling program.
Adheres to laws, policies, procedures, and ethical standards of the school counseling profession.
Attends grade-level, divisional, and full-faculty meetings.
Conveys a positive image of The Pegasus School at all times when working with students, parents, employees and the public.
The preceding functions have been provided as examples of the types of work performed by employees assigned this job classification. Management reserves the right to add, modify, change or rescind the work assignments of different positions and to make reasonable accommodations so that the qualified employees can perform the essential functions of the job.
Required – Employee should possess a master's degree or higher in Psychology, Counseling, Social Work, Education and/or hold a Pupil Personal Service (PPS) credential. Employee should have at least three years' experience working as a school counselor in a school setting, have knowledge of adolescent development, classroom experience teaching and developing SEL lessons.
Desirable – At least five years’ experience with intellectually curious and bright children as a school counselor or equivalent with associated degrees and certifications (i.e. Ph.D or Psy. D in clinical/ school psychology and/or counseling). Experience counseling and teaching PK- 8 students in an independent school setting.
Extensive knowledge required in the area of child and adolescent development, behavioral problems and resolution, social perceptiveness (being aware of other’s reactions and understanding why they react the way they do), psychopathology, group dynamics and leadership. A thorough understanding of child development and empathy for struggling children, experience working with social-emotional aspects of child development, a strong desire to help children reach their full potential, and strict maintenance of professional ethics are essential. A working knowledge of both federal and state laws. Skills required include use of Microsoft Office, Google Suite and use of standard office equipment including telephones and computers. Abilities include active listening, formulating ideas, communicating clearly and effectively, problem sensitivity and oral, reading and written comprehension. A team player who is resilient, adaptable and reflective and able to hold highly confidential information is critical.
Additional Salary Information: Competitive with local independent schools