Employment Opportunity at Stanley British Primary School
Opening: Middle School Counselor
Position to begin August 2019
Stanley British Primary seeks a middle school counselor for the 2019-2020 school year. This position reports to the Head of Middle School and is charged with providing counseling support to students in the middle school. We are looking for candidates with a strong understanding of child and adolescent development, and an appreciation of the various challenges faced by students in middle school.
About Stanley BPS: For more than 40 years, Stanley classrooms have been filled with engaged learners guided by inspired teachers. We carefully blend an academic program grounded in a whole-child approach with an attention to each child’s social/emotional development. Our British Primary philosophy promotes the simple notion that when students enjoy what they’re doing and take an active role in their education, learning truly becomes a joy and a lifelong endeavor. SBPS is committed to maintaining a diverse and inclusive school community. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Support students with social-emotional growth by facilitating groups and individual sessions with children needing extra support.
Respond to students in emotional distress as needed and in consultation with advisors, classroom teachers and Middle School Head.
Create and update support plans for students as needed, with specific social, emotional, or mental health goals, and communicate with the Middle School Head, teachers and learning specialists about these plans to ensure they are implemented appropriately.
Communicate with families and teachers when a child is in need of social-emotional support.
Communicate with outside therapists working with middle school students to ensure continuity of care for students.
Communicate more broadly to grade level and/or all-school constituencies around topics of relevance (such as: stress, bullying, substance abuse, healthy eating habits, self-care, human development). This communication might include updates on best practices or current strategies being considered in schools, and could take the form of, for example, updates in the Weekly Bulldog, a section in the weekly middle school email to parents from the Middle School Head, presenting at middle school team meetings, collaborating with K-5 social emotional teachers, etc.
When appropriate, participate in planning and collaboration related to cross-division parent education events, and in consultation with school administrators.
Attend meetings of middle school grade level faculty in order to proactively share information about strategies to support students of concern and to coordinate communication and support plans;
Coordinate with middle school grade level heads to integrate social-emotional learning and topics of relevance into grade level classes, and in collaboration with the Middle School Head and grade level heads, develop an annual approach to social-emotional curriculum planning, implementation and evaluation at grade levels.
Maintain a network of local, outside mental health professionals and make referrals to outside resources when warranted.
Coordinate health and human development curriculums, sexual harassment, and Freedom from Chemical Dependency trainings for students yearly, and coordinate related communication and parent education.
Maintain confidentiality and adhere to the school’s policies on confidentiality, mandatory reporting, and harassment and bullying.
Reports to the Head of the Middle School.
Other Duties and Responsibilities:
Commit to a flexible schedule that includes night and weekend consultation and communication with the faculty, administrators, and families.
Be available to travel on middle school overnight trips, such as homeroom camping trips, the 6th grade trip, 7th grade Moab trip, and the 8th grade England trip.
Participate in all full-staff professional development, and any social-emotional teacher specific trainings, particularly related to confidentiality, mandatory reporting, and harassment.
Take a proactive approach to stay engaged with mental health and social emotional education trends within independent schools.
Desired Qualifications and Background Experience:
An appreciation for and understanding of Stanley British Primary’s philosophy of education, including the 7 goals for learners of self-awareness, collaboration, respect, curiosity, perseverance, academic resourcefulness, and joyful, lifelong learning
A deep enjoyment of working with kids and getting to know them as individual people, honoring and valuing each individual child.
A commitment to, enjoyment of, and appreciation of the development needs of middle school students.
A commitment to improving one’s craft and growing professionally, modeling the joyful, lifelong learning we seek to impart to our students.
A bachelor’s degree is required; the ideal applicant for this position will have a master's or doctorate degree in Counseling, Psychology or Social Work, with current licensure in Colorado and experience as a teacher or counselor at the middle school level.
Experience working in a diverse environment.
Highly organized and attentive to detail, able to keep track of a wide variety of dates, deadlines and logistics.
A willingness to pitch in and help out wherever needed.
A self-starter who is attentive to the needs of individual faculty and of the overall middle school team.
Strong oral and written communication skills.
Familiarity and comfort with a range of technology, including the Google platform, and the Microsoft suite of software.
An inclusive and diverse community
Positive and constructive communication
Creativity, flexibility, and resourcefulness
An understanding of children and childhood
Commitment to making a positive difference in the world
Equal Opportunity Employer
Stanley BPS is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all persons regardless of race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status. This policy covers all programs, services, policies, and procedures of Stanley BPS, including admissions, employment and access to services and programs.
To initiate an application, send a cover letter and resume to:
Name: Greg Chalfin, Middle School Head
Stanley British Primary School
350 Quebec St.
Denver, CO 80230
About Stanley British Primary School
Stanley BPS is a K-8 school located in Denver, CO. For over 40 years, Stanley classrooms have been filled with engaged learners guided by inspired teachers. We carefully blend an academic program grounded in a whole-child approach with an attention to each child’s social/emotional development. Our British Primary philosophy promotes the simple notion that when students enjoy what they’re doing and take an active role in their education, learning truly becomes a joy and a lifelong endeavor. SBPS is committed to maintaining a diverse and inclusive school community.