Castilleja is seeking a dynamic, licensed therapist with a strong understanding of pre-adolescent and adolescent girls to direct our Social Emotional Learning program and our Wellness Curriculum, as well as our integrated counseling services program across all grade levels (grades 6 through 12). Working closely with the Division Heads, as well as the counseling and wellness team, this person will strengthen and refine our current practices as well as incorporate the latest research from neuroscience, psychology and education into our programs. The Director reports to the Head of the Middle School and serves on the school-wide Curriculum Council.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Oversee all aspects of Social Emotional Learning (SEL) including:
Articulate and ensure a climate of positive social and emotional learning through curriculum implementation, continual program assessment, and new program development.
Create opportunities for teachers and support staff to strengthen their SEL foundations, build and maintain our robust SEL program, and ensure that faculty receive ongoing training and support to integrate best practices in the classroom and the community.
Work with the Parent Education Committee of the CSA to develop a broad spectrum of parent education.
Secure outside speakers who address SEL issues relevant to student, faculty and parents.
Supervise and provide consultation for counseling staff.
Continue to enrich and evolve the counseling program to meet ever changing student needs.
Work together with the Counselor to support students and families who are dealing with social or emotional challenges.
Support the well-being of all students by having counselors who are responsive and available.
Collaborate effectively and communicate clearly with administrators, teachers, parents and students.
Identify students in the school community in need of counseling services.
Offer short term and intermittent individual and group counseling or support.
Work with parents and students to refer students out for clinical consultation.
Use basic interventions, if needed, or provide crisis intervention when necessary for students, their families, and school personnel connected to the student.
Promote student health and wellness by promoting an engaging 6-12 curriculum that provides students with model behaviors and skills needed to engage in a healthy lifestyle.
Work collaboratively with staff to refine and develop wellness curriculum into age appropriate learning opportunities outside of the regular wellness classes.
Create and supervise age appropriate curriculum.
Serve as Department Head.
Program Integration and Administration:
Work with the members of the Leadership Team, Faculty Dean and the Director of Institutional Research to ensure that programming and curriculum reflect Castilleja’s counseling, SEL and wellness goals.
Attend and participate in all relevant meetings: Leadership Team, Middle School meeting, Upper School meeting, Dean Meetings and Faculty Meetings.
Work closely with Division heads, faculty, parents, and students in an advisory capacity to assure student health and well-being.
Participate in Independent School meetings and partner with other mental health providers to ensure that Castilleja practices reflect the best practices of a larger community.
Oversee student programs related to counseling support (Peer First Responders, Body Positive, etc.)
Requires a Masters or Ph.D. in Psychology or related field, must hold a current license in the State of California for Licensed Psychologist, Marriage Family Therapist (MFT), or Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW).
Significant prior experience as an adolescent counselor preferably in a school environment.
Deep understanding of school communities and school-based programs.
Excellent clinical, interpersonal, and management skills.
Collaborative, team-based approach to working with students, teachers, parents, administrators, and outside care providers.
Strong knowledge of the ethical and legal considerations related to counseling practices.
Prior SEL programming experience preferred.
Please send cover letter and resume along with a completed and signed employment application via our website. You must use “Director of Counseling and SEL” in the subject line of your email.
Castilleja School is a non-sectarian independent college preparatory school for young women located in the San Francisco Bay Area near Stanford University and in the heart of Silicon Valley. Founded in 1907 by Stanford University graduate Mary Ishbel Lockey, the school has an enrollment of girls in grades six through twelve, and has a long-standing reputation for the excellence of its academic program. Castilleja educates young women by fostering their intellectual, physical, creative, and emotional growth through an exemplary college preparatory experience within a diverse and supportive community.