Sacred Heart Schools is seeking a Middle School Counselor, whose chief responsibility will be to work within the scope of the Goals and Criteria of Sacred Heart Education.
Founded in Chicago in 1876, Sacred Heart Schools at Sheridan Road (Hardey Preparatory for Boys and Academy of the Sacred Heart for Girls) are independent, Catholic, single-sex elementary schools committed to academic excellence within the context of a Christian, faith-based community. The educational mission is deeply rooted in the 200-year tradition of the Society of the Sacred Heart and shared with the Network of Sacred Heart Schools located in 30 countries, including 22 schools in the United States. The essence of this tradition is the total development of each child: spiritual, intellectual, social, emotional and physical. Our girls and boys are taught in single-sex classrooms, but follow a similar curriculum and share in many activities. With a total enrollment of approximately 700 students, the schools are organized into three academic divisions each led by a division head.
Essential Job Functions:
Serve as the primary resource for administrators, faculty/staff, and parents in working with middle school students to create a positive learning environment and helping students develop a positive self-concept.
Work closely with MS Division Head to address behavioral/emotional/social concerns/needs.
Attend weekly meetings with MS Division Head
Facilitate teacher consultations/education about social/emotional issues impacting learning
Assist with crisis intervention, de-escalation and help process serious events
Observe students of concern in the classroom, lunchroom and recess. Document and report back to teachers, administration, SST and/or parents w/ findings
Collaborate with outside therapists/counselors/psychologists to coordinate student learning with clinical therapy work
Provide 1-1 short-term solution focused counseling to students who drop in, request a check-in or have been referred by a teacher or administrator.
Assist with the development of positive student behavior support systems and development of intervention strategies alongside Division Heads.
Assist in consulting with the Division Heads about the development and alignment of the disciplinary policies and procedures throughout grades K-8. Counselor does not have a disciplinarian role – rather works to find the root cause and support interventions through a team approach.
Participate as a member of the Student Services Team. Provide/conduct interventions to help improve student’s functioning. Observe students of concern in the classroom, lunchroom and playground. Document and report back to SST and/or parents w/ findings. Attend parent SST meetings.
Support student health and wellness by working closely with the Nurse
Support the implementation and use of the Development Designs Program in all Middle School advisories alongside Middle School Division Head
Work as liaison to coordinate academic work when students are off site for specialized programs
Collaborate with Curriculum Coordinator on Safe Environments Program content development and observation of classroom lessons.
Consult with parents to discuss home and school behavior/emotional issues as needed
Co-Lead SHS CARES Committee
Planning and implementation of program
Help coordinate bulletin boards and presentations to students
Plan and facilitate the Mindfulness Program – Support teachers, administration and students with training and continual implementation of the program.
Consult with the Director of Institutional Advancement to develop, plan and implement the Parent Education Program
Help to plan and implement Bullying Awareness Week
Provide resources and support for teaching bully awareness curriculum
Facilitate the administration of a bullying survey, compile and share the results
Bachelor’s degree – required
Master’s degree in counseling/psychology – preferred
LCPC status preferred
Experience in an educational setting
Experience working with students with behavioral and emotional challenges
Clear communication skills
Strong organizational skills
Comfortable with technology in a variety of settings
Interested candidates should send a cover letter, current résumé, and three references through our website www.shschicago.org. Go to About Us, Career Opportunities and click on Middle School Counselor.
Sacred Heart Schools is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability or handicap, veteran status, marital status or any other classification protected by law.