At Purnell, Learning & Wellness are foundational to our holistic approach to supporting each girl socially, emotionally, and pedagogically. The School Counselor responds to individual students’ emotional needs and helps maintain a healthy and safe school community in which day and boarding students can thrive. The Counselor uses his or her expertise and utilizes resources both within and outside the School to assess and support students who are dealing with emotional concerns. The Counselor coordinates off-campus support and treatment and stays in regular contact with outside therapists. The Counselor also proactively educates members of the school community about issues related to adolescent development, mental health and wellness. The Counselor also supervises the Advisory Program, in which faculty members support their advisees in all aspects of student life. The Counselor reports to the Director of Student Life and Educational Psychologist. This is a full-time, 10-month position (with salary paid twice a month for 12 months) and is eligible for full benefits. On campus residence is required and provided free of charge. Opportunities for Professional Development are encouraged and provided.
Evaluating students, with support of the Counseling Psychologist, who are at-risk or in crisis, making recommendations for acute and long-term care, and referring to outside mental health professionals;
Managing student cases, coordinating comprehensive treatment plans, and maintaining communication with parents and key individuals at school, including the Head of Nursing;
Providing short-term counseling for students who need guidance and support;
Consulting and collaborating with colleagues and supervisors, including the Educational Psychologist, Director of Student Life, Director of Admissions, and Head of School.
Managing relationships with outside health providers and acting as the School’s liaison;
Supervising the Student Advisory program;
Educating students, faculty, and parents about issues related to mental health and wellness through classes, meetings, and special programs.
The Counselor must be professionally qualified and experienced in identifying and responding to students who exhibit emotional, psychological, and behavioral distress. A minimum of 3 years experience as a counselor or therapist in a school setting is essential, and work in a boarding school is preferred. The ideal candidate will have a master’s degree in school counseling, psychology, or social work. A valid New Jersey professional license in counseling is required.
Candidates should submit a letter of interest, c.v., and at least 3 references to Anne Glass, Head of School, at email@example.com.
About Purnell School
The Purnell School is a creative and progressive boarding and day school for girls who learn differently. Our community of research-dedicated faculty and staff serve grades 9-12 and post-grad students who strive to think outside the box and dance to their own beat. The Purnell School transforms the lives of young women with learning differences. For girls with dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, ADHD, executive functioning, auditory processing disorder, and other language and attention-based learning differences, we are a haven. For girls with school and home-based learning challenges who thrive in a small learning environment, we are their match.
The Purnell School is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to diversity in community and does not discriminate on the basis of color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, or sexual orientation. The Purnell School is a nonsectarian independent school located in Pottersville, NJ, an hour from New York City.