Direct Reports: Assistant Counselors (2) and contracted counseling staff.
Status: 12-month residential faculty. 4 weeks of vacation in the summer plus school holidays.
The Director of Counseling leads the department to provide leadership, advocacy, and collaboration with school counselors, faculty, and staff to promote student success, provide preventive services, and respond to identified student needs by implementing a comprehensive school counseling program that addresses personal and social development as well as mental health issues for all students. The Director ensures compassionate, insightful and effective care to students in need of support.
Establish and administer policies and procedures to ensure high quality care in the Counseling Center; establish administrative processes to document student care provided.
Supervise the School’s in-house and contracted counselors to provide individual counseling and group guidance to help students cope effectively with personal, social, academic, career, mental health and family concerns.
Lead highly effective communication with students, parents, faculty, and staff regarding mental health and social wellness; consult with parents of children with identified concerns, and make recommendations for follow-up evaluation and/or treatment.
Serve on the relevant committees including Medical Leave Committee, Executive Committee, Student Support, Safe2Say, Student Safety Committee.
In collaboration with the Human Resource and Medical Directors, ensure compliance with local, state, and federal requirements for training of adults and students on The Hill School campus (Act 41, Act 126, etc.).
With parental consent, facilitate communication and exchange of pertinent information with administration, residential staff, teachers, advisers, and local primary care and specialist caregivers.
In collaboration with the Medical Director, develop and track appropriate metrics focused on evaluating student social well-being and mental health.
Establish and maintain positive relationships with local and regional mental health providers to ensure ongoing policy compliance with Montgomery County, PA Commonwealth Department of Health, and any federal agencies;
Develop and maintain a network of local providers for referred care when students may need additional off-campus, but local, care.
Create facility and staffing schedules and ensure managerial oversight of the Counseling Center to meet the needs of the student community.
Provide counseling support and care, as needed, and especially during crisis situations where students or the community are in need of counseling services.
Collaborate with the School Chaplain and Associate Chaplain, when appropriate and when pastoral and counseling care may coincide.
Ensure that all required health records are maintained in the prescribed format and in a manner which retains medical confidentiality and complies with HIPAA.
Collaborate with legal counsel, insurance company representatives, and other advisers to mitigate risk and respond to high risk matters promptly and with good judgment; coordinate and communicate with Deans’ Office on situations where disciplinary system and health/counseling issues intersect, e.g., substance use, drug testing, assault, etc.
Collaborate and meet regularly with Director of Residential Life to support procedures, care, and curriculum of residential life program, including teaching section(s) of Eudamonia wellness curriculum and supporting Flourishing at Hill program.
Collaborate and meet as needed with Learning Coordinator to support students who are utilizing services of both the Counseling Center and Learning Center.
Manage the facilities needs for the Counseling Center, ensuring proper sanitation, storage, and housekeeping procedures.
Collaborate with the Medical Director and business office on the Counseling Center budget.
Master of Counseling or Clinical Psychology; PhD in Psychology is preferred.
Certification required for counseling.
7+ years of experience as manager or supervisor with responsibility for policy and procedure formation.
7+ years of experience providing clinical care with adolescent population.
Excellent verbal and written communication, including interpersonal skills.
High level of competency with relevant medical technology and software.
Experience in residential school or university counseling and/or completion of an approved program in school counseling strongly preferred.
Additional Salary Information: Residential Faculty with dining privileges.