Serve as the social and emotional resource for administrators, faculty/staff, and parents in working with students to create a positive learning environment and helping students develop a positive self-concept.
Work closely with MS Division Director to address student social and emotional concerns.
Serve as co-coordinator for the iBelong initiative, meeting regularly with the peer counselors to coordinate activities around issues of inclusivity and social-emotional growth.”
Consult with teachers and offer professional development about dealing with student social/emotional issues that may impact student learning.
Assist with crisis intervention, de-escalation and help process serious events.
Participate as a member of the Student Services Team.
Support student health and wellness by working closely with the Nurse.
Participate in and support the school’s mindfulness initiative.
Collaborate with outside therapists/counselors/psychologists to coordinate student learning with their clinical therapy work.
Consult with parents to discuss social/emotional issues as needed.
Provide short-term supportive counseling to students and refer to appropriate mental health community providers, as needed.
Meet with community professionals in order to maintain current referral lists.
Provide prevention programming and character education through assemblies and/or extended advisories.
Assist with New Student Orientation.
Assist with the 5th to 6th and 8th to 9th grade transition parent and student programs.
Organize parent education programs in coordination with the Guidance Department.
Meet with students and families who are in academic difficulty when there are social/emotional concerns.
Collaborate in cross-divisional continuity of programming with Guidance Department goals.
Attend weekly Guidance Department meetings and monthly clinical supervision meetings.
Direct faculty experiencing personal difficulties to Dean of Faculty for EAP counseling referrals if needed.
Act as a member of the school crisis team to provide intervention and assistance to the community as necessary.
Communicate with guidance coordinator and division director regarding students’ social, emotional, academic and behavioral challenges.
Keep all parties abreast of students’ needs and challenges.
Knowledge, Skills, and Physical Requirements:
Minimum of Master’s Degree in social work, counseling or psychology
Florida licensed professional in social work, counseling or psychology
Minimum of 5 years of experience working with children, adolescents, and families
Experience with social/emotional learning and knowledge about early intervention research.
3-5 years experience working in independent school environment.
Ability to maintain confidentiality in a professional manner essential.
Ability to relate well to people; relate to the problems and concerns of the students, parents, school administration and the community. Must maintain a high level of integrity with regard to matters that may be considered confidential in nature.
Must be able to work collaboratively.
Must be able to sit, stand for long periods of time.
Must be able to bend, stretch and reach as necessary.
May require lifting an item up to 20 pounds.
Able to work in an environment that requires calm under pressure and ability to adjust work priorities at a moment’s notice.
Able to work in a temperature controlled environment and extreme heat periodically.
The above describes the general nature and level of work. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required as they are ever changing in a dynamic work environment.
About Miami Country Day School
Miami Country Day School is an independent, college-preparatory, day school founded in 1938, dedicated to the development of The Whole Child. The school is committed to providing a uniquely diverse and enriching educational experience that is designed to prepare each student for success in college and to make a difference in life. In rigorous pursuit of excellence, Miami Country Day School provides a caring learning community focused on unleashing the potential of every student, every day.
Location: 601 Northeast 107 Street, Miami, FL 33161
Our Students & Faculty: 900 students representing diverse backgrounds and cultures; Lower School, PreK3 through 5th grade; Middle School, 6th through 8th grade; Upper School, 9th through 12th grade; 123 full-time faculty, 56% hold advanced degrees; 21% represents over thirty-two countries