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School Counselor

Position Description:

Position: School Counselor
Term: Ten-Month Employee, Part-Time with the potential for full-time in the future
Department: Student Support
Reports to: Dean of Students
Purpose: This position is responsible for providing support and guidance to students, families, teachers, and staff and addressing systemic social and emotional issues that arise in the community. All faculty/staff are expected to work towards Wye River Upper School's mission.
Possible Range for this position: Full-Time $60-70,000/year + Benefits


Areas of responsibility include, but are not limited to:

Professional Responsibilities:

  • Compliance with WRUS policies/procedures as stated in the personnel handbook

  • Regular and punctual attendance

  • Participation in staff meetings

  • Completion of non-teaching duties, including lunch and trips

  • Participation in school-wide events, including assemblies, open houses, Back to School Night, etc.

  • Participation in regular goal-setting, reflection, and professional growth opportunities

  • Communication with therapists and other outside professionals that work with WRUS students

  • An enthusiastic and strong work ethic and be a team player, and self-starter Instruction & Curriculum.

  • Alignment with WRUS mission, philosophy, and program goals

  • Collaboration with teachers and Dean of Students in the creation and implementation of social-emotional curriculum for students (both formal and informal)

  • Observation of individual students in the classrooms to assist the teachers in supporting students with social and/or emotional needs

  • Collaboration with teachers and the Dean of Students to modify/adapt the social-emotional curriculum to meet the needs of students

  • Individual and small group meetings with students to address various needs (friendship, anxiety, anger, etc.)

  • Co-teaching in the classroom when appropriate on social-emotional learning topics

  • Purchasing supplies/materials to support student learning using the allotted budget


Assessment & Feedback:

  • Review of report cards for students with social-emotional needs

  • Attendance of student conferences when appropriate


Collaboration & Communication

  • Consultation with teachers on the interpretation of diagnostic testing, use of medications, etc.

  • Ongoing communication with families of students with social-emotional issues

  • Assistance for families in finding appropriate outside support

  • Collaboration with Enrollment Team in reviewing student files (as appropriate)

  • Collaboration with teachers and Dean of Students on homework load, grade-level expectations, etc.

  • Collaboration with colleagues on school-wide initiatives

  • Parent education around parenting, common developmental issues, and supporting students with social-emotional needs

  • Facilitation of conflict resolution meetings

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree with a background in counseling

  • Mastery of skills/content/understandings of counseling and developmental stages of students, 9-12

  • Experience using standard office equipment and school technology

  • Ability to work collaboratively as a member of a team

  • Effective communication skills (written and verbal)

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