The focus on student wellness and balance has become a major strategic priority at Westridge, and the school is seeking an experienced and empathetic trained mental health professional to serve as the Director of Counseling and Student Support for grades 4-12. The Director will play a major role in leading and coordinating student support teams to promote and ensure the social, emotional, academic and physical wellness of Westridge students. She/he will work directly with the Division Directors and Deans, the Director of Health and Wellness, the Coordinator for Human Development and the Learning Support Specialist. She/he will also liaise with the Coordinator of the Westridge Research Initiative and other school administrators to provide individual student guidance and counseling, and to develop programming, faculty and staff professional development and parent education. The Director will have limited teaching responsibilities, oversee specific student initiatives such as the Upper School Peer-to-Peer course, serve as a trusted resource for the community, liaise with outside professionals and agencies when necessary, and serve on the school’s crisis management team, providing guidance and information related to trauma and grief management. She/he will report to the Head of School. This is an exempt 10½ month position.
Specific Responsibilities Include:
Provides counseling and 1:1 support for students as needed, both on a drop-in basis and by the recommendation of teachers, advisors and/or administrators
Makes referrals to outside professionals for students needing therapy and refers out for psychological testing, neuropsychological reports, executive functioning support, etc.
Manages student crisis situations with Division Directors and facilitates crisis response work with students, faculty and families
Manages conversations with Division Directors, Deans, Learning Support Specialist, relevant administrators, faculty, staff and parents regarding students of concern and ensures that appropriate accommodations and support are provided
Provides informal parent coaching to inform student success when necessary
Consults with Dean of Student Voices to counsel students of diverse backgrounds
Educational support and programming:
Promotes student well-being by supporting division deans, the Coordinator of Human Development and the Director of Health and Wellness in the development of comprehensive advising programs and the development and implementation of a 4-12 health and wellness curriculum (using outside resources as appropriate)
Serves as a resource and provides professional development for faculty and staff regarding student support and how to integrate the social, emotional, and academic needs of students into instructional design
Liaises with the Coordinator of the Westridge Research Initiative to ensure that the school is identifying, highlighting and sharing research and best practices related to social and emotional learning and wellbeing across divisions and constituencies
Develops (and coordinates with Division Directors) parent education opportunities in relation to student and family social and emotional wellbeing (using outside resources as appropriate)
Oversees (and teaches or co-teaches when appropriate) relevant student programs, such as Upper School Peer-to-Peer courses, Lower School Student Council, and workshops/focus groups related to student issues
Serves on school’s crisis team, advising school during emergency and crisis situations regarding social and emotional wellbeing of students and adults
Serves on school safety committee, advising colleagues about issues related to student safety
Mentors and supports student support professionals – setting vision and coordinating meetings
California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, or PhD/PsyD in Clinical Psychology, or Masters’ Degree in Education or related field
3-5 years’ experience (minimum) working and teaching in an education system with a focus on counseling, social and emotional learning, and student support
Demonstrated ability for project management and leading and collaborating with teams to build trust and bring about organizational change
Experience as a school-based instructional mentor/facilitator and in coordinating and delivering professional development and education programs
Strong people skills (communicator, team-builder, a liked and trusted resource for children and adults)
Skilled multi-tasker and excellent time-manager
Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as work effectively to lead a team in a collaborative, organized manner
Demonstrated facility for utilizing data (including research as to how “girls learn best”)
Experience in an all-girls’ setting preferred
About Westridge School for Girls
Westridge School is an independent day school for girls located in Pasadena, California. Founded in 1913, the school has an enrollment of approximately 500 girls in grades 4 through 12 and has a long-standing reputation for the excellence of its academic program. Westridge is committed to educating intellectually adventurous thinkers, and courageous, compassionate leaders. Westridge is a vibrant and diverse community that is grounded in the commitment to goodness in all aspects of life and learning. Students are encouraged to learn and thrive in new ways, to try new things, and to be resilient. The school balances challenging academics and a focus on leadership development with a deeply engrained culture that prioritizes physical and emotional wellness and treating oneself, others, and the world with integrity, respect, responsibility, and inclusion. At Westridge, girls gain the confidence and courage to stand up and speak for the ideals of responsibility and integrity as they take their places in an ever-changing world.
Westridge is located 15 minutes from downtown Los Angeles. The Southern California region is home to several world-class museums and restaurants, and includes ...excellent outdoor opportunities for the biking, swimming, surfing, and hiking enthusiast.
Salaries are competitive. Full-time employees are eligible for health benefits which include full medical, dental, and vision coverage and participation in an ample retirement plan with TIAA-CREF. Employees who contribute a minimum of 2 percent of their salary to retirement, receive an additional 7 percent of salary contributed by Westridge to their retirement account.
Other benefits include a generous holiday schedule, disability insurance, group life insurance, workers’ compensation insurance, a flexible spending plan, and a rideshare/public transit/bike-walk incentive program. In addition, technology is an integral part of daily life at Westridge. Employees have access to the latest, state-of-the-art computing systems including SMART Boards, Podcasting software, and desk-top publishing programs.
Westridge School is an equal opportunity employer and opportunities are open to all individuals without regard to race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age or handicap.