The Middle/Upper School Counselor reports to the Associate Head of School. In alignment with the Waterford mission to provide a world-class liberal arts education, the Counselor helps students develop resilience and adopt healthy coping strategies for success in school and life. The Counselor supports and guides students in areas of wellness, emotional challenge, social competencies and overall well-being.
Responsibilities and Duties
Guide and implement a balanced school counseling program that focuses on and promotes student wellbeing and success.
Collaborate with parents to support student mental health concerns
Recommend outside learning assessments as needed and interpret results for families and teachers
Develop Student Profiles (Waterford’s IEP equivalent) for students with significant learning differences providing strategies for classroom success
Collaborate School Nurse and Wellness Coordinator to develop effective wellness programming
Respond to acute mental and emotional health needs of students, and recommend outside follow-up as needed
Meet weekly with Dean of Students to discuss strategies to support student needs
Be a resource for teachers working with students of concern
Keep accurate, detailed and confidential files on all student needs including notes of all conversations with students, individual and group discussions
Qualifications and Skills
PhD in School Counseling
Proven working experience in school counseling
Working knowledge of various counseling models, practices and resources
Integrity and professionalism
Sound judgement and emotional intelligence
Ability to respond effectively to the needs of a student population ranging in age from 11-18 years.
Engaging interpersonal skills and excellent communication skills including student assembly presentations and large parent gatherings
Qualified candidates should forward a résumé and letter of interest, by email, or fax, to
Office of the Head of School
About Waterford School
The Waterford School, a Preschool through Grade 12 day school enrolling 900 students, is in suburban Salt Lake City, UT. Waterford offers a broad, college-preparatory liberal arts program that emphasizes the fine arts in conjunction with the traditional academic disciplines. The Waterford campus is set on 45 acres at the foot of the Utah’s Wasatch Mountains, one of North America’s premier outdoor and recreational areas. The school offers an outstanding working environment. The atmosphere is collegial; both families and faculty show a genuine commitment to learning.