Bosque School, a co-ed independent day school in Albuquerque, New Mexico, seeks a Co-Director of Student Development to coordinate services with other members of the student support team. This team includes the current Co-Director of Student Development and two learning specialists. The responsibilities of this role in a school are numerous and varied. Interested professionals should enjoy a fast-paced day and the opportunity to touch the lives of many students. In turn, there is high quality professional development training, satisfying and supportive relationships with colleagues and the chance to learn through important work. This is a full time, salaried, exempt position, which follows the academic calendar. Summer prep work is included at the discretion of administrative leadership. Candidates interested in a 80% or 60% FTE may be considered, depending on qualifications.
Evaluate and manage crisis situations for individual students. A mental health professional in the school setting holds responsibility for quickly evaluating risk for a student, or for the community and must be prepared to respond appropriately to safety concerns
Provide short-term therapeutic support to individual students so that the school day is productive and manageable. This might include immediate assistance in resolving an anxiety attack, supporting a student having social struggles or helping a student regulate emotions effectively. These are typically time-limited interactions with the clear goal of returning a fortified student to the academic day
Make referrals to community therapists when a student’s need is beyond the scope of service provided through school personnel. This requires sensitive communication with parents and assistance with finding available therapists. Once a student begins treatment with a community provider, the Director of Student Development bridges communication between school and that outside professional when this is desired by the family
Provide consultation with faculty, administration and advisors to develop appropriate plans to help students achieve success at school
Demonstrate good understanding of the issue of confidentiality, as well as other ethics of professional practice within a school setting. Demonstrate mature personal boundaries
Assist in planning and implementing Social Emotional Learning programs in a thoughtful and proactive manner. This includes developing programs for parents.
Relate with students (ages 11-18) with good spirit, high energy and resilience. These personal qualities are essential. A good sense of humor helps tremendously!
WHO WE ARE
Founded in 1994 and located on a 45-acre site in the bosque along the Rio Grande in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the Bosque School’s mission is to prepare young men and women to become lifelong learners with the highest character values and academic goals in a natural New Mexico setting with strong family and community involvement. The school embodies the best of traditional independent education while embracing a progressive and inventive approach to learning. Currently, there are 500 students in grades 6 -12. There are over 60 faculty members with over 70% holding advanced degrees. The average class size is 18.
HOW TO APPLY
Interested applicants should send a letter of interest and resume to Human Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org. This position is open until filled and consideration of all candidates will take place until an offer is made and accepted. Position begins August 2019.
Bosque School is an equal opportunity employer and makes all employment decisions, including those related to recruitment, hiring, training, promotion, and recognition of individuals on the basis of their ability and job related qualifications and without regard to race, gender, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or any other classification proscribed under applicable federal, state, or local law. We actively seek diversity among faculty and administration as well as among students. The school complies with the law regarding reasonable accommodations for employees with disabilities. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation in order to participate in the application/interview process are requested to contact the School in order to arrange such accommodation.
Must possess a professional license at the master’s level: LISW (Licensed Independent Social Worker), LPCC (Licensed Professional Counselor) or equivalent.
Engaging interpersonal skills and strong speaking and writing skills.
Effective skills in working with groups.
Collaborative working style and strong work ethic.
Ability to engage with people in a manner which shows sensitivity, tact and professionalism.
Experienced with the needs of secondary school age students and their families.
Advanced degree or equivalent in Psychology preferred.
Five years of directly related experience in a school or clinical setting preferred
About Bosque School
Founded in 1994 and located on a 45-acre site in the bosque in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Bosque School values integrity, community and scholarship. Our progressive curriculum is designed to support a lifelong learning mindset through challenge and inquiry. Through the Bosque Environmental Monitoring Program, our students host thousands of peers from around the state as they are trained on-site to collect scientific data for use by researchers at the University of New Mexico. A dynamic Service Learning program develops student leadership skills. Ongoing teacher growth is facilitated by the Sofia Center for Professional Development, like BEMP and our student service program, an expression of the school's commitment to public-private partnership in our community. Currently, we serve about 485 students in grades six through twelve. There are over 50 full-time faculty members with more than half of them holding advanced degrees. The average class size is 18 and the average student:faculty ratio is 9:1.