Position Description The Guidance Counselor at the Junior School offers consultative, screening and referral services to students, faculty and parents. The counselor maintains an open door policy whereby students, parents and faculty members can drop in to discuss academic and/or personal issues within the boundaries of confidentiality.
Be available to all students, (and their parents), and staff who seek information, advice or assistance as they encounter problems and attempt to cope with them.
Participate in the weekly grade level meetings providing support for student and teachers around specific student needs/concerns.
Work closely with the Head of School and the learning specialists in implementing early interventions and support for students with social-emotional/behavioral issues.
Consult and collaborate with parents, teachers, students and administrators.
Observe children of concern in classrooms and communicate with all involved regarding a plan of action to address the concern.
Provide families with referral sources for community mental health providers and act as the liaison between that provider and the school so that effective action can be taken on behalf of the student.
Provide individual, small-group, and/or classroom support services to students, faculty and families.
Observe/consult with teachers, parents, and administrators regarding a student’s social/emotional/behavioral development.
Assist students in understanding self and others, peer relationships, coping strategies, effective social skills, conflict resolution, behavior management, and/or symptoms associated with a mental health diagnosis.
Serve as a member of the admission committee, including screening prospective students for admission, pre-kindergarten through grade 5.
Coordinate the school’s character education program and implement wellness lessons in the classrooms once a cycle.
Serve as a source for the interpretation of psychological evaluations and review specific admissions applications.
Attend monthly faculty meetings and participate in school-wide in-service days
Assist with lunch, recess, carpool and other duties as assigned by the Head of School
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Good interpersonal skills, excellent oral and written communication, ability to maintain confidentiality, a love for children, and a sense of humor
A minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree is required and a Master’s Degree is preferred
Experience in elementary schools is a must.
Successful completion of state-mandated clearances
Additional Salary Information: Salary is competitive with area independent schools and commensurate with experience. Excellent health and retirement benefits are part of the employment package. Lunch is included when school is in session. Funding exists to support continuing education and professional development.
About Shady Side Academy
Shady Side Academy is a nationally respected private school in Pittsburgh for boys and girls in grades pre-kindergarten through 12, with an optional five and seven-day boarding experience in high school.
Three age-specific campuses with extraordinary resources, teachers who actively mentor, a forward-thinking curriculum, a diverse and inclusive community, and a legacy of alumni accomplishments all inspire Shady Side students to high achievement in academics, the arts and athletics, and to meaningful ambitions in life.