Girls Preparatory School (GPS) was founded in 1906 to provide girls with the necessary courses to pursue a college education. GPS has proudly graduated almost 6000 young women since then. Currently, 131 faculty and staff serve 550 girls in grades 6-12 with a college preparatory curriculum that includes a full complement of humanities, arts and STEM courses, and
co-curricular programs of leadership development, athletics, performing arts, and community engagement.
The primary responsibility of the Middle School Counselor is to provide emotional and social guidance and support for the community in an effort to create a supportive environment for learning, social responsibility, and adolescent development in line with the school’s stated mission and values. The candidate for this position will be a visible and active presence in the school community and meet regularly with teachers and student support staff to discuss and strategize on the support of individual girls. The Middle School Counselor will provide direct services to students and facilitate a variety of student, faculty, and parent groups addressing social and emotional issues to enhance social and pragmatic skills.
COUNSELING DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Reporting to the Middle School Head, the counselor is expected to do the following:
Work with Support Services Team to develop a comprehensive guidance curriculum supporting students’ social, emotional and academic development as well as programs for social skills and character education;
Provide short-term individual and group counseling as well as classroom guidance supporting students in the Middle School as well as Upper School, as needed;
Provide crisis intervention and referrals as necessary to families and faculty;
Provide consultation to, collaboration with, and programs for faculty, parents, and administrators regarding the developmental and social-emotional needs of students;
Establish and maintain a referral list of support service specialists and community resources for families;
Collaborate with the Support Services Team to support students across divisions
Maintain accurate documentation of all counseling services;
Attend weekly grade level team meetings and provide support and guidance to faculty regarding student behavioral, social, and emotional concerns;
Serve as an advisor within the school’s advisory program;
Co-sponsor or sponsor a club or school activity;
Know emergency plans and evacuation routes for the classrooms assigned;
Know and follow school procedures and regulations; and
Perform other related duties as directed by the Head of School or Upper or Middle School Division
Bachelor’s degree in psychology, social work, education, or related field required;
Master's degree or licensure in counseling, social work, or a related field is expected;
Certification as Licensed Clinical Social Worker or Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor preferred;
A minimum of three to five years of school counseling experience is required;
Familiarity with current best practices in meeting the social and emotional needs of middle school girls;
Understanding and commitment to the instructional and educational practices that support, guide, and inspire girls and young women to identify their strengths and hopes for their futures;
Demonstrated commitment to building cultural competencies and empowering students to engage across differences;
A desire to educate middle school girls both inside and outside the classroom;
Excellent planning and organizational skills and;
Outstanding and varied written and verbal communication
It is the School’s policy to provide equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, genetic information, veteran status, or disability or any other characteristic protected under federal, state, or local anti-discrimination laws. It is the intent and resolve of the School to comply with the letter and the spirit of the law in the implementation of all facets of equal opportunity. The School’s equal employment opportunity practices extend to recruitment, hiring, selection, compensation, benefits, transfer, promotion, training, discipline, and all other terms, conditions, and privileges of employment.
All employees are responsible for complying with the School's equal employment opportunity policy.