Open Position: School Counselor, Part-Time (.4 FTE)
Reports To: Director of the Early Learning Center
When Needed: 2019-2020 Academic Year
Are you a talented, highly motivated school counselor that embraces innovation and longs to be part of a school that encourages thoughtful risk-taking, is open to new approaches to instruction, and is committed to your professional development?
Do you want to become part of a team that supports social emotional learning, character development, and an inclusive climate for all members of the school community?
If so, we have the perfect role for you!
St. Thomas School is seeking an experienced, engaging, and collaborative School Counselor to support social-emotional learning (SEL), work closely with classroom teacher, provide support for students and parents, and work collaboratively within the Center for Personalized Learning alongside another school counselor, learning specialists, and learning support associates. Grounded in the latest SEL research, STS is a thought leader in character education, Second Step, and the Nurtured Heart Approach. We are seeking a part time school counselor who would focus primarily on the earlier grades (early learning and elementary). Counselors who may have a part time position in another school, who may have their own private practice and want to complement this with the benefits of working within small, family-like atmosphere, or who bring additional experience and skills in outdoor education, service learning, life skills, and other complementary disciplines including academic subjects, are encouraged to apply. This position will likely expand in scope and opportunity, perhaps leading to full time, over the next several years.
Salary is competitive with public and independent schools. This position is eligible for mandated benefits only. STS offers excellent opportunities for professional development, and an extraordinary work environment.
Who We Are:
St. Thomas School, a non-sectarian, Preschool through Eighth Grade school, is one of the oldest independent schools on the east side of Lake Washington. St. Thomas School’s educational journey is defined by a cognitively rigorous program with an emphasis on developing character, leadership, and a passion for learning and achievement. Our mission is to develop responsible citizens of a global society. STS is a recognized leader in developing the whole student. Our core values include gratitude, responsibility, respect, courage, integrity, tolerance, compassion, perseverance, and generosity. STS serves over 360 students and boasts a 55,000 sq. ft. LEED Gold certified campus.
Under minimal supervision, the School Counselor provides a comprehensive counseling program. This person consults with parents, teachers, and staff to support the welfare and enhance the learning of the students. The counselor provides leadership in program development for social and emotional skills programs, health program, and in enhancing student life. Works closely with the Director of the Center for Personalized Learning.
Provides leadership in the development and evaluation of the school’s social-emotional learning program (SEL), which might include life skills and advisory curriculum/programs, including direct teaching of life skills classes as well as supporting staff/faculty teaching
Counsels individuals and small groups of students toward social and emotional growth
Consults with and trains teachers, parents, and staff regarding students’ needs
Participates in and facilitates child study/intervention processes in conjunction with learning services specialist and other team members; is available to observe students in classrooms and work with teachers to develop strategies that may help a student achieve greater success
Participates in and enhances school community by establishing a campus presence and promoting activities that improve the quality of student life and health
Refers students with challenges and their parents to relevant programs, specialists, and outside agencies
Facilitates faculty and parental understanding of social and emotional development by conducting in-service training and parent workshops, classes, and groups.
Maintains office hours for students and parents
Interfaces regularly with the Literacy and Learning Specialist in order to support students facing academic challenges
Interfaces regularly with the Director of Athletics, Health, and Physical Education in order to support the life skills program
Participates in planning, coordinating, and providing sessions at the annual Middle School Health Fair
Assumes supervisory responsibilities as assigned
Vigorously engages in his/her own professional development
Establishes and cultivates community relations by maintaining open and candid dialogue with all of the school’s constituencies
Is familiar with and complies with all policies and regulations as put forth in the school’s documents
Since safety and security are everyone’s responsibility, takes all necessary and reasonable precautions to protect students, faculty, staff, equipment, materials and facilities
Performs other duties as assigned
Required Education & Experience:
Master’s degree in the area of Counseling, Social Work or Psychology
3+ years’ experience teaching and/or counseling elementary to middle-school aged children
Required Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
Strong knowledge of current trends, research, and best practices in child development and life skills/advisory programs and ability to identify at-risk children
Strong knowledge of relevant current state and federal laws
Flexibility and adaptability to meet the needs of the students and program.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Ability to maintain confidential information
Proficient at working in a Microsoft Windows environment (Windows 7 or higher), using Office (version 2010 or higher); ability to master common automated systems for record keeping, and confidently learn new technology
Ability to work and communicate well with students, parents, faculty, staff, and specialists within the community
If this sounds like you, please visit our careers website and follow the instructions to complete our online employment application. Then upload your résumé and a cover letter explaining why you are interested in this position. Thank you for your interest in St. Thomas School and this position.
Position open until filled. No phone calls or drop-ins please.
This description is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this position. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities, or requirements.
About St. Thomas School
St. Thomas School, a non-sectarian, Preschool through Eighth Grade school, is one of the oldest independent schools on the east side of Lake Washington. St. Thomas School’s educational journey is defined by a cognitively rigorous program with an emphasis on developing character, leadership, and a passion for learning and achievement. Our mission is to develop responsible citizens of a global society. STS is a recognized leader in developing the whole student. Our core values include gratitude, responsibility, respect, courage, integrity, tolerance, compassion, perseverance, and generosity. STS serves over 300 students and boasts a 55,000 sq. ft. LEED Gold certified campus.