The Middle School Counselor will be responsible for providing comprehensive counseling services to support the social, emotional, and intellectual development of FCDS middle school students. The Middle School Counselor will work closely with counselors and administration in the lower, middle, and upper schools to create and maintain programs to support the mental health, wellness, and transition of the students across divisions, and especially within the middle school.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Serve as member of MS leadership team to monitor and guide students' social and emotional well-being.
Work with the MS leadership team to develop and manage academic and social policies (i.e., Middle School Handbook), protocols, and practices that serve to support student development, learning, and health.
Create and implement a comprehensive guidance curriculum supporting students’ social, emotional and academic development. This curriculum will be implemented on a rotating basis during the students’ (grades 5-8) wellness course.
Collaborate with the MS Wellness teacher on complimentary programming in the wellness course including programming on social skills, digital citizenship, health, growth and development, drug and alcohol awareness, and character education.
Provide individual and group counseling, as well as classroom guidance supporting students in the middle school.
Identify opportunities to support students, take action and mobilize resources on their behalf and act as a liaison between students and teachers, as needed.
Provide crisis intervention and referrals as necessary to families and faculty.
Establish and maintain a referral list of support service specialists for families.
Provide consultation to, and collaboration on programs for faculty, parents, and administrators regarding developmental and social-emotional needs of students (e.g. For What’s Ahead Learning Series, Community Nights, Culture Committee).
Collaborate with school counselors in lower and upper schools to support students across divisions (including programming in support of Buddy Days).
Collaborate with Middle School Division Director and MS leadership team to develop programming for the morning advisory/homeroom period and MS Assembly period that will emphasize the core values of FCDS (respect, compassion, responsibility, integrity, curiosity).
Engage in an ongoing process of needs assessment, evaluation, and revision of the role as necessary to meet the needs of the school community.
Master’s degree in Counseling or School Counseling
Minimum of 2 years of school counseling experience
Additional Salary Information: commensurate with degree and experience