Lower School/Middle School Counselor and Parent Education Coordinator
New Roads School
April 23, 2018
Santa Monica, California
Full Time - Administration
The Lower School/Middle School Counselor and Parent Education Coordinator is a full-time position and includes serving as the coordinator for the Parent Education Program, bringing in outside resources/presenters for students and parents. The Counselor works in collaboration with the Middle School Director, the Academic Dean, the MS Dean of Students and the Lower School Dean. The Counselor, who works directly with the Lower School/Middle School staff, students, parents, teachers, is the contact to outside resources for the emotional health and well-being of the students K-8. The Counselor is expected to model ethical and professional practices.
The Counselor plays a significant role in addressing the social and emotional needs and challenges of the students, parents and at times, the faculty. The Counselor is available to meet with students, faculty and parents individually or in groups for consultation, assessment, therapeutic support and resource referral.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Work with individual students and their families on social, emotional, and behavioral issues that may affect their school experience.
Assess and counsel families as needed regarding issues that impact their child eg. divorce, loss of family member, significant transitions, social problems, trauma, depression, anxiety, substance abuse issues, parenting, etc.
Support teachers, students and families with crisis interventions and referrals.
Advise faculty regarding individual student issues, classroom behavior management tips and interventions, etc.
Collaborate with outside professionals as needed to support students and families.
Serve as a resource for parents, students, teachers and administrators for referrals and community resources.
Facilitate student support groups addressing issues of body image, self worth, respect and boundaries, identity, conflict resolution, loss/change, stress management.
Attend weekly Leadership Team Meetings.
Participate in weekly Staff Meetings
Attend and Represent Lower School/Middle School at Independent School Counselor Meetings
Participate in interdisciplinary team meetings strategizing supportive interventions for students with serious academic and/or behavioral challenges
Serve as Coordinator for the Parent Education Program which includes bringing in outside resources/presenters for students and parents, scheduling and planning Parent Education events.
Coordinate grade level seminars regarding Values Identification and Formation, Consent and Harassment, Growth and Development/Healthy Sexuality, Cyber Safety, Drug Ed.
Serve as liaison with community service providers
Develop and coordinate workshops and discussion groups for parents parallel to student seminars.
Master's Degree Required in Psychology, Social Work, Counseling or Related Field
3+ years school working in a school setting
Licensed Mental Health Professional.
California State School Counseling Certification preferred, not required.
Positive attitude, excellent communication and organizational skills