The School Counselor provides individual students with personal counseling for mild to
moderate socio-emotional distress; facilitates communication between students and their families regarding the student’s wellbeing; assists administrators, faculty, and staff colleagues in the support of students; and may contribute to the teaching of Thaden School’s health and wellness programs.
About the School and the Region
A non-sectarian independent school under the direction of its own board, Thaden School offers a challenging and innovative educational program that ignites in its students a passion for discovery and learning, prepares them to succeed in college, and inspires them to lead lives of integrity, purpose and responsible global citizenship. At the core of the school’s mission is a commitment to balance that takes many forms: a curriculum that integrates the sciences and the humanities; indoor and outdoor teaching spaces where sustainability is a tangible part of the lesson; hands-on programs for civic engagement; athletics and physical education programs that build confidence and character through competition and meaningful participation; and a diverse faculty and staff that empower students to think deeply and expansively about their potential and place in the world. The school’s indexed tuition program further supports the creation of a balanced learning community where many perspectives, talents, and interests come together.
Located on a 30-acre campus in downtown Bentonville’s emerging Arts and Market District, the school is walking distance from the town square, Brightwater Culinary Institute, the future site of Crystal Bridges’ center for contemporary arts, and a variety of other educational resources. With the support of the Walton Family Foundation’s Design Excellence Program, the school has engaged a nationally renowned team of architects to design an enduring and innovative campus that will spark curiosity, inspire creativity, and invite reflection. The design and construction of the campus will be complete before the school commences its third academic year in 2020. During its first two academic years (beginning in the fall of 2017), Thaden School will operate in a combination of temporary and permanent structures located on a 5-acre portion of its campus.
The school serves students from all parts of the growing and diverse region of Northwest Arkansas, which also includes Rogers, Springdale, Fayetteville, and a number of other townships. With more than 500,000 residents, the region combines a thriving economy with the natural beauty of the Ozarks and a rich variety of cultural and recreational amenities such as the Crystal Bridges Museumof American Art, the Razorback Regional Greenway Trail System, the Scott Family Amazeum, and the Bentonville Film Festival. Northwest Arkansas is also home to the world headquarters of three Fortune 500 companies (Walmart, Tyson Foods, and J.B. Hunt) as well as the University ofArkansas, the flagship campus of the state’s higher education system. For more information about the region and its resources, see the website for Finding NWA.
Please visit the Thaden website for detailed information regarding its mission, leadership and faculty, educational programs, indexed tuition program, and campus plan as well as recent news releases.
Independently, and with the advice of colleagues, identify students within the school population in need of socio-emotional support; provide advice and personal counseling to these students on an ad hoc or routine basis.
Provide advice and personal counseling to students as needed, or as requested by families and colleagues, or as required by the School’s administration.
When necessary, refer students to outside counselors and professional services for serious and/or severe socio-emotional distress.
Coordinate and facilitate appropriate peer counseling programs for the entire student body.
Complete all paperwork to ensure appropriate referrals and documentation of student progress.
Assist administration with the disciplinary process as needed.
Attend and participate in routinely scheduled student support meetings; provide updates on students and assist in creating plans for response to socio-emotional distress.
Participate in faculty meetings and assemblies, division meetings, and ad hoc meetings regarding students’ academic progress and/socio-emotional wellbeing.
Maintain professional associations in the local and wider Northwest Arkansas community to facilitate appropriate school programs and a network of referrals for the Thaden School community.
Provide to the Director of Campus Life and Head of School, as needed, information regarding student behavior that is of serious concern.
Routinely monitor and, as needed, respond to email and phone communication through summer months to support students and colleagues.
Perform other duties as directed by the Director of Campus Life, Head of School, or their designee.
Applications should include a cover letter, a recent letter of recommendation, and a résumé. Applications must be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by January 11, 2019 for full consideration.
The start date is negotiable but must be no later than July 29, 2019. (Classes will begin on Monday, August 12, 2019).
The school will cover travel and related expenses for those who are invited to travel to the region for interviews. Salary and benefits will be competitive within the independent school sector. Pre-employment background screening is required for all positions.
Thaden is an equal-opportunity employer and complies with all federal, state, and local laws that prohibit discrimination in employment because of race, color, national origin, citizenship, age, religion, disability, marital status, veteran status, and sexual orientation.
Experience and Qualifications
Excellent organizational skills;
Effective oral and written communication skills, as well as active listening skills;
Ability to actively collaborate with all school constituencies;
Commitment to school’s mission and values, including social justice, equity, and inclusion;
Ability to handle sensitive information discreetly and adhere to professional standards of confidentiality;
Ability to remain professional and composed under deadline pressure while handling a multitude of duties and situations simultaneously;
At least, three to five years’ experience in the field of family counseling, personal or family therapy, school guidance counseling or the equivalent;
Proficiency with widely used software (i.e. Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint);
A bachelor’s degree is required; a master’s degree (or higher) in psychology, counseling, or social work is preferred.
About Thaden School
A new independent school in the downtown Bentonville, Thaden opened in August 2017 with grades 7 and 9 and will grow incrementally over the next four years to serve students in grades 6 through 12. The school offers a challenging and balanced educational program that ignites in its students a passion for discovery and learning, prepares them to succeed in college, and inspires them to lead lives of integrity, purpose, and responsible global citizenship. Please visit the Thaden website for detailed information regarding its mission, leadership and faculty, educational programs, indexed tuition program, and campus plan as well as recent news releases.