Title: School Counselor & Student Services Director
Department: Student Services
Reports to: College of Teachers Chairperson
Date Prepared/Revised: June 2018
Purpose and Scope of Job:
Job Summary: The School Counselor provides services to all students with a focus on High School. Position overview:
Lead and supervise the whole-school Student Services Programming.
Identify and support students, families and school systems to overcome barriers that interfere with learning through the use of assessment, counseling, consultation, coordination of school and community resources, and program development.
Utilize knowledge of human development, behavior, social, cultural and community influences to help create a positive learning climate following Waldorf Core Principals.
Collaborate with classroom teachers, parents and administration to develop and implement targeted goals and interventions in order to ensure that students’ educational needs are met in all school settings.
Serve as a member of multi-disciplinary Student Support team and provide case management services.
Provide leadership and supervision for creation and implementation of whole-school Student Services programming to ensure efficacy, efficiency and quality.
Develop and monitor Individual Learning Plans (ILPs) which include: accommodations, goals, progress evaluation, and recommendations for service, communication and follow-up with students, families and faculty.
Interpret and implement recommendations of Neuropsychological Evaluations and Reports, as indicated.
Interpret and implement recommendations of Speech-Language, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and other Specialized Services Evaluations and Reports, as indicated.
Describe Neuropsychological, Therapeutic, and Special Services terminology in practical terms to support daily lesson planning and hands-on teaching for each student.
Collaborate with faculty to manage and implement a social emotional health curriculum and programming as approved by the College of Teachers.
Provide individual and small group work to students with specific accommodations that are outside of faculty scope within the classroom.
Provide individual and group counseling for students.
Refer to and collaborate with external service organizations and resources.
Ensure student records are maintained as per state and federal guidelines.
Facilitate and lead professional development for faculty; social emotional education for parents and or other programming.
Identify learning accommodations that are outside the scope of faculty within the classroom.
Teach (limited) classes on wellness topics.
Provide support to community and/or crisis management in the event a need arises.
Report twice annually to College of Teachers on current state of Student Services, and on its development in relation to its strategic goals.
Master’s degree in School Counseling, Social Work, or related field required.
Professional License required (either Professional Educator License or LCSW or LMFT)
Minimum 3 years of counseling experience required including experience working in a school
High School counseling experience preferred
Experience working with diverse student body: race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender preference, learning abilities, class, language and nationality
Competency in diversity, equity and inclusion issues and dynamics in the classroom and in developing healthy, supportive relationships with all students
Ability to develop, curricula, lesson plans and assessment tools
Knowledge of Waldorf Education is preferred - willingness to attend Waldorf training in lieu of experience is acceptable
About Chicago Waldorf School
The Chicago Waldorf School opened in 1974 and is an established Waldorf school in the Midwest. The school serves infants and toddlers in our Parent-Child Program, and preschoolers in our Early Childhood Program. It provides a comprehensive 12 year Waldorf curriculum for students in Grades 1 – 12, with a total enrollment of over 365 students. Our full grades curriculum includes German, Spanish, gardening, handwork, woodwork, music, eurythmy, movement and an international exchange program. Our educational support program provides developmental support, extra lessons and therapeutic eurythmy. The school is committed to supporting our faculty through a strong mentoring program and funded professional development opportunities.
School Counselor hours are 9am-5pm during Monday through Friday.
Salary and Benefits
Chicago Waldorf School offers an excellent and competitive benefits package, including health, dental and life insurance, 403B pension program, full tuition remission, paid time off and funds for on-going professional development. The salary offered is commensurate with experience.
School counselor is expected to work on campus when school is in session.