Derby Academy, a Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 8 co-educational day school located in Hingham, Massachusetts, seeks a full-time school counselor to work with our students and faculty. Rooted in the school’s motto, “Improve Both Mind and Heart,” Derby Academy provides students with a joyful and rigorous academic environment. The ideal candidate will have a strong background working with children and young adolescents, as well as demonstrated ability to work collaboratively.
The primary role of the School Counselor is to establish and support Derby Academy’s social-emotional curriculum in all grade levels (Pre-K through Grade 8), and to assist teachers with planning and implementing Advisory activities that support best practices of such a curriculum. The School Counselor will also coordinate with the School Psychologist and Director of Support Services to best manage short and long term solutions to students’ academic support needs, including learning differences, emotional support, assessment/diagnostic referral as needed, and day-to-day implementation of the social-emotional curriculum.
The successful candidate will have demonstrated experience in a school setting, working with adolescents and their parents, including counseling and development of student and parent education programs. A Master’s Degree in Social or School Counseling, Psychology, Clinical Social Work or School Psychology is required.
Establish the school’s Advisory Program curriculum and provide faculty training, support and development of the same;
Counsel students individually and in group settings, using a short-term, strengths based, solution-focused model; assist with problem-solving regarding academic and social-emotional issues;
Function as a resource for faculty and staff on topics such as adolescent development, standardized testing interpretation, peer/adult relationships and group dynamics;
Assist with the development and implementation of parent/family education and orientation programs, particularly those focused on teaching a healthy lifestyle to students;
Create social support groups on campus for students in need of connection and social skill building;
Consult with faculty and administration and serve on the school’s crisis intervention team, responding to and managing individual/situational student needs and at-risk behaviors;
Set expectations for student social-emotional growth and education;
As needed, and in concert with the School Psychologist, make recommendation for, and provide interpretation of neuropsychological testing, and work with parents and faculty to implement a plan to meet students’ academic learning differences;
Assess, coordinate and make appropriate referrals for community counseling, as needed;
Design, develop and provide targeted, evidence-based interventions and school- wide Social-Emotional curriculum/programs to facilitate enhanced student and faculty awareness of the importance of inclusivity, social-emotional competence and social problem solving skills, empathic concern, and bullying prevention;
Implement stress-reduction and anxiety management practices for students, including mindfulness training;
Collaborate with all faculty to establish links between disciplines;
Suggest and demonstrate strategies and techniques that are relevant to students and applicable to the real world;
Provide resources for middle school health /sexual education curriculum;
Create and promote a safe environment that provides for student engagement in a safe and respectful manner;
Collaborate with faculty and community agencies (as appropriate) to provide the best understanding and accommodation of student needs;
Motivate, engage and empower all students.
Derby Academy is committed to building a diverse, equitable and inclusive educational community and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, gender, color, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin.
Interested candidates may email a letter of interest and C.V. to:
Director of Teaching and Learning
No phone calls, please.
About Derby Academy
Derby Academy is a Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 8 co-educational day school located in Hingham, Massachusetts. Rooted in the school’s motto, “Improve Both Mind and Heart,” the school provides students with a joyful and rigorous academic environment.