The Lower and Middle School counselor builds relationships with students, faculty, parents and the greater community to support the social and emotional needs of students. As a member of the St. Mary’s Academy community, the counselor embraces the school’s mission and the four Loretto School Values of faith, community, justice and respect. Skillful communication skills are essential in this position and involve timely contact of parents, teachers and students as situations dictate, a keen capacity to handle difficult conversations, attendance at select parent-teacher conferences, and support of admission and retention of students. A trusted capacity to maintain confidentiality while ensuring essential information is shared to support students in need. Active participation in the Association of Independent Schools counseling group is expected.
Specific to Lower School (JK-5)
With a willingness to laugh and learn, in the Lower School (LS), the Counselor:
Develops, schedules for and leads special programs, activities, assemblies, and classes that address the following areas among others: collaboration, leadership, coping skills, social media skills, anti-bullying, and avoidance of substance abuse.
Attends grade level meetings, faculty meetings, and student support accommodation meetings.
Coordinates individual meetings with students and parents to exchange information and make recommendations for serving the needs of students. Provides counseling referrals as necessary.
Organizes and facilitates psychoeducational groups for students as needed.
Attends professional development sessions with faculty in order to enhance understanding of the LS program.
Schedules regular time in each classroom to teach the social emotional curriculum, Second Step.
Leads the coordination of the Human Growth and Development Lessons for 4th and 5th grade students.
Monitors individual students' progress for the purpose of identifying issues and taking appropriate action for increasing success and well-being.
Works with the instructional specialist to administer screening tests such as DIBELS and the DRA, in addition to other assessments as needed.
Develops and monitors student behavior plans, learning support plans, and accommodation plans.
Interprets testing data from outside sources including a wide variety of special education testing, medical reports, etc.
Performs other related duties as assigned for the purpose of ensuring the efficient and effective functioning of the work unit, including recess and lunch times. Also may attend occasional field trips.
In the Middle School (MS 6-8), the Counselor:
Researches, develops and renews in collaboration with the MS principal and the diversity liaison a social-emotional learning (SEL) program that includes speakers, resources applicable in Community Action Teams and other classes, and pertinent measurement tools.
Coaches and counsels individual students encountering social and emotional challenges in school, and in collaboration with the MS principal and learning liaison, offers outside counseling referrals.
Organizes and facilitates psychoeducational groups for students 6-8 as needed.
Attends grade level and faculty meetings
Attends one or two overnight trips with MS teachers and students, spirit week activities and other social events to establish relationships and gain knowledge and understanding of MS community life.
Additional Salary Information: Salary/Benefits:
Salary is commensurate with experience. This is a full time, exempt, salaried position with benefits.