As a member of the Student Services Team, the Student Services Specialist advocates for students’ well-being, promotes student success, works to engage and support families, responds to student needs, and serves as a valuable resource for their educational advancement to ensure a successful educational environment for all students. The Student Services Specialist is a part-time position, with an FTE that may range between 0.5 and 0.8, depending on responsibilities.
Primary responsibilities included the following:
Consult as needed with students, parents/guardians, and faculty/staff on social, emotional, and educational lives of middle school girls
Provide responsive and proactive group instruction and facilitation on a variety of topics related to adolescent development and social dynamics
Work with Student Services Team to staff students and implement comprehensive educational plans for students
Meet regularly with the Student Services Team and the Academic Leadership Team to exchange information and ensure alignment of academic support, social-emotional support, and restorative justice practices.
Provide instruction, guidance, and support of school staff/faculty on topics impacting the well-being and success of students
Research and coordinate referrals for mental health providers, programs, and services in the community
Act as liaison between a student’s current mental health provider, physician, and/or tutor and the school; coordinate and/or implement in-school therapeutic plan (developed with mental health provider and family)
Assist in the implementation of Student Support Plans and associated accommodations and modifications at school
Engage in short-term counseling support for a range of issues
Facilitate and support crisis intervention
Meet with students one on one to engage in conversation around wellness and needs
Communicate proactively and provide regular outreach to families and students
Research and maintain a resource library for students, families and staff about the social and emotional and educational issues affecting adolescent girls
Provide active and responsive engagement in support and supervision as needed throughout the day
Perform other duties as assigned by the Head of School
Competitive rate DOE
Part-time 0.5 - 0.8 FTE
Excellent benefits package
Applicants should email a resume and cover letter that outlines their experience working in a culturally responsive environment to Lake Washington Girls Middle School at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The successful Student Services Specialist candidate will possess the following experience, skills, and qualities:
Commitment to social justice and activism as integral to a school community and an important foundation for serving youth
Experience serving adolescent and preadolescent students, especially those who identify as girls, in a school or therapeutic setting
Experience in or commitment to single-gender education
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Ability to interface with a diverse cross-section of people within the school community; desire to be part of the life of the school
Ability to collaborate and communicate effectively with colleagues
Commitment to continuous improvement and professional development
Flexibility in contributing to daily problem-solving and peripheral roles inherent in a small independent school
A growth mindset, active sense of humor, and excellent organizational skills
Strong passion for the school’s mission and vision
Degree in Social Work, Counseling, Psychology and/or Education
Lake Washington Girls Middle School empowers girls to be strong in mind, body, and voice.
Committed to providing a learning community that fosters creative confidence, Lake Washington Girls Middle School (LWGMS) opened its doors in 1998 as the first secular girls* middle school (grades 6, 7, 8) in Seattle. Since then, we have proven that a learning environment encouraging girls to take risks, explore leadership, solve problems, collaborate, and stand up for themselves and others is a model that works. Our challenging curriculum is designed to educate the whole girl: intellectually, socially, and emotionally—with a focus on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) curriculum and social justice.
*LWGMS uses the word “girls” to include anyone who identifies as or has been socialized as a girl.