The Director of Counseling Services is an integral member of the Student Life Team. The Director serves as the primary student support resource for a variety of constituencies including faculty, house parents, parents, advisors, and administrators. This person is the on-campus mental health professional, providing ongoing training for faculty and staff and troubleshooting issues of acute distress in students. The successful candidate must be comfortable presenting to a wide range of audiences, including staff, students, parents, the Board of Trustees, etc.
The Director’s responsibilities include not only response, but active promotion of prevention-based programming to help students thrive in this boarding school environment. As such, he/she is responsible for the facilitation of comprehensive prevention-based programming on a variety of topics relevant to the complex challenges of adolescent life. This includes the ongoing development and oversight of the school’s advisory program which is comprised of differentiated curricula based on the students’ age and grade-level. The Director provides short-term supportive counseling to students in need, and coordinates referrals and scheduling for ongoing care with outside therapists who have built a relationship with our school. This person regularly liaises with these therapists, parents, and NHS employees in order to ensure that all adults in the students’ lives are equipped to support them in the most appropriate ways.
The Director of Counseling Services is a full-time exempt administrative agreement, with reduced and flexible hours during the summer months. The position is eligible for full benefits in accordance with the Employee Handbook.
Responsibilities Include (but are not limited to):
Coordinate CARE Team, New Hampton School's team of adults that meets to discuss students of concern. Responsibilities include assembling names of students to be discussed, facilitation of weekly meetings, and follow-through on action items developed in meetings
Support the Admission Office by reading candidate files and meeting with prospective students and families to determine the student’s capacity for success at New Hampton
Read all new student files prior to arrival and inform advisors and house parents of students requiring additional support
Serve as a member of the student leadership training team
Teach one section of Freshman Seminar, a life skills and wellness class taken by all 9th grade students
Serve as the faculty advisor of the NHS Genders and Sexuality Alliance.
Conduct informal small-group meetings with new students during the first months of their New Hampton experience to gauge transition, identify resources within the school and introduce counseling services for students struggling with adjustment.
Assist with the creation of opening of school orientation trips and activities
Required Qualifications, Skills and Knowledge:
Master’s Degree in related educational field
Prior minimum of 3 years’ experience working in a counseling role at an independent boarding school
Experience with curriculum planning and implementation
Ability to manage confidential information with judiciousness
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
Genuine interest in working to assist people
Exceptional follow-through and organization
Ability to understand the delicate balance between an individual student’s needs and those of the institution
Take initiative, be team-oriented and organized
Comfortable presenting for a variety of constituents- parents, faculty, students, etc.
Successfully complete a criminal background check and motor vehicle check
Maintain excellent professional boundaries
Physical Work Environment:
Must have the ability to meet the physical demands of sitting or standing for prolonged periods of time at a desk or computer workstation, and using repetitive arm, hand and finger movements as required for computer input
Must have the ability to manage multiple projects at one time and to set priorities as needed
Must be able to lift up to 40 pounds and other general physical labor
How to Apply:
Applicants should send a resume and cover letter to Human Resource Manager Wendi Cantwell at email@example.com.
Master's degree in school counseling, social work, or related field
About New Hampton School
An International Baccalaureate and Apple Distinguished School, New Hampton is a vibrant, global community of scholars, artists, athletes and leaders, dedicated to the goal of becoming active global citizens. Founded in 1821 by Free Will Baptists on the principles of inclusion and exploration, we seek globally-minded, technologically savvy, active, creative, and student-centered teachers to work with our equally diverse, active and creative student body.
Nearly 200 years ago, New Hampton first opened its doors to serve eighty-seven students - local boys and girls and a few boarding students from Boston. It was a pioneering school in its time, educating both sexes equally and graduating women and men who went on to lives of service and productivity in every area from politics to scholarship to religion, business, medicine and professional athletics. Today we are a school of 325 students from 30 states and 25 countries. Located in the foothills of the White Mountains in the heart of the Lakes Region, New Hampton lies in a quaint New England village on a modern 340-acre campus. The town of New Hampton is set in central New Hampshire with easy access to universities, hiking, snow and water sports, ninety miles north of Boston.