The Northwest School is a college-preparatory, co-educational independent school near the heart of downtown Seattle. We offer a rich and challenging program to roughly 500 students in grades 6 through 12, including 80 international students, many of whom live in our campus dormitory. The Northwest School is committed to a diverse workplace and expects applicants to have a commitment to inclusion, equity, and social justice. We firmly believe that we are a richer, more creative and dynamic institution when our collective is built with a diverse set of community members. The Northwest School strives for its faculty and student body to reflect the diversity of the society in which they exist. Candidates from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.
This is a short-term position, beginning approximately March 25, 2019 and ending approximately June 30, 2019.
Real life is layered and complex, with intersecting experiences marking every day. The health of the community as a whole depends on individuals leading well-balanced lives. Physical, emotional and intellectual well-being, enhanced by self-reflection and evidenced in a sense of comfort in oneself and one's place in the world, are essential to developing each person's potential. The school counseling team at NWS works in close collaboration with the administration and faculty to maintain and improve the overall social emotional health of the school community. The Counseling team supports individual students and their families in times of emotional need, including short-term therapeutic interventions.
In their work with students, the School Counselor: • Consults with the teaching faculty and administration about the emotional and mental health and academic progress of our students. • Assesses the mental health needs of individual students for referral to professional resources in the community. • Works in close collaboration with Learning Support Team and Student Support Teams. • Provides a skillful and knowledgeable resource and listener for students in need. • The incoming counselor may teach or support the year-long Peer Mentoring class to selected 11th and 12th grade students. • Assess and respond to student safety needs.
In their work with the faculty, the School Counselor: • Consults with the teaching faculty and administration about the emotional and mental health and academic progress of our students. • Collaborates with the MS Director and MS Dean of Students, the US Administrative Team, and our Learning Support Team. • Ensures clear procedures that are consistently implemented around student challenges, with effective communication and record-keeping. • Provides in-service training to the faculty about issues critical to adolescents and their mental health.
In their work with parents, the School Counselor: • Works to enhance their understanding of adolescents, including participating in Parent Association parent representative meetings and educational forums. • Consults with parents about the mental health and social issues of their children and recommending mental health services when appropriate. • Coordinates and communicates health plans for students with specific mental health or other health needs.
In their work with the administration, the School Counselor: • Upholds legal and ethical obligations as determined by best practices of professional and legal responsibilities of a school counselor. • Supports a school climate that allows for diverse voices, and a commitment to inclusivity. • Helps manage school crises that relate to the emotional health of our students.
All candidates must demonstrate a commitment to the school’s mission, values, and philosophy, especially related to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and environmental sustainability.
Advanced counseling degree and related certification is preferred (e.g., MSW, LMHC, Masters in Counseling, MEd in School Counseling)
3+ years successful experience working with adolescents ages 12-18 and their families
3+ years experience in an educational setting preferred
Experience with the development and delivery of a comprehensive school-counseling program.
Ability and commitment to work both independently and collaboratively as a member of a two person counseling team, and with colleagues throughout the school
Ability to work effectively in a 6-12th grade community
Ability to maintain a professional relationship with all community members, including a high expectation around confidential information
Strong organization skills
Extensive knowledge of adolescent development
Extensive knowledge of best practices for the professional and legal responsibilities of a school counselor
Experienced and passionate about guidance curriculum/development and/or advisory programming
Preference for experience working with ESL students and international boarding students
Ability to work outside of the normal school day for evening school events, as scheduled with supervisor.
Creative and innovative thinker.
About The Northwest School
The Northwest School is a college-preparatory, co-educational independent school near the heart of downtown Seattle. We offer a rich and challenging program to roughly 500 students in grades 6 through 12, including 75 international students, many of whom live in our campus dormitory. The Northwest School is committed to a diverse workplace and actively encourages applicants with a commitment to issues of diversity and social justice.