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Middle Years’ Counselor (Part-time; 28-hours)

School: High Meadows School
Available Position: Non-teaching Staff
Description:

The Middle Years’ School Counselor position begins August 3, 2020 and will help middle school students overcome problems that impede learning and social growth, and to personally and directly assist in preparing them to make positive life choices. The Middle Years’ School Counselor will also assist families and eighth grade students with transitioning into High School, including assisting families with high school applications, high school advanced placement and being the Site Administrator for SSAT. Emphasis will be placed on working with students on an individual or small group basis in the solution of personal problems as related to peers, home and family, health, and emotional adjustment. He or she should be available to students to provide counseling that will lead to increased personal growth, self-understanding, and maturity.

REQUIREMENTS

The candidate must have a master’s degree in school counseling or be a licensed professional counselor specializing in adolescents. A minimum of five years of recent experience specifically as a Middle Years’ Counselor is required. Experience in an independent school is preferred. The ability to speak Spanish is highly desired.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The Middle Years School Counselor will…

• lead the middle years’ school counseling program by collaborating with the Middle Years Principal to provide activities and resources to implement and evaluate the program.
• create a partnership with MY parents, especially 8th grade families, to connect middle years students’ class placements (math, Spanish) with advanced placements in high school.
• monitor high school advanced placement requirements, due dates for high school applications, private school testing dates, high school financial aid opportunities and share with 8th grade families.
• provide individual and group counseling services to meet the developmental, preventive, and remedial needs of students.
• consult with parents, teachers, school administrators, or social workers regarding student adjustment issues.
• conduct professional development workshops on identifying at-risk students and consult with students, parents, teachers, and other school and community personnel to assist in meeting the needs of students.
• facilitate the intervention team process.
• coordinate all counseling services for middle years students and assist with the coordination and implementation of student services in the school.
• plan and lead workshops/classes for students and families on psychological-educational topics, e.g., drug and alcohol prevention, anger management, study skills, social media guidelines and human reproduction.
• respond to school crises and emergency situations by collaborating with the Middle Years’ Principal.
• interpret test results and other student data and assist teachers with the educational placement of students by using appropriate educational assessment strategies.
• adhere to ethical standards of the counseling profession, and abides by the laws, policies, and procedures that govern the schools.
• participate in professional associations and upgrade professional knowledge and skills when needed.

The Middle Years’ School Counselor should have the ability to work both collaboratively and independently, have a commitment to developing the potential of students; and a willingness to be an active, involved member of the school, understanding and connecting with the school’s mission and vision.

Application Process:

Please complete the school’s application (https://highmeadows.org/about-us/working-at-high-meadows/), and send along with a cover letter, resume and educational philosophy to Jane Murphy, HR Manager, jmurphy@highmeadows.org. No phone calls please. Only candidates who have the stated requirements may be contacted by the Hiring Committee via the Middle Years’ Principal; all others’ information will be kept on file.


Contact name: Jane Murphy
Contact email address: jmurphy@highmeadows.org


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