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Career Center
January 28, 2020

School Mental Health Counselor

St. Andrew's-Sewanee School
Sewanee TN United States
Co-ed Day and Boarding School, Gr 6-12, 250 students
Position Starts: August 2, 2020
Application Deadline: Until Filled

(to begin August 1, 2020)

St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School seeks a school counselor with a commitment to boarding and day school education in a diverse and welcoming Episcopal environment. The counselor provides supportive counseling, referring specialized care as needed to local clinicians. This person will collaborate with the school’s Dean of Students, Chaplain, Residential Life Coordinator, and Health Clinic staff to provide mental wellness programming for students in grades 6-12 and provide guidance to faculty and staff.

This is a 10-month, full time position and reports to the Dean of Students. The projected start date for this position is August 2020, with an earlier start date possible. Outstanding candidates will be self-directed, possess exceptional rapport-building skills, have a generally upbeat and enthusiastic disposition, and enjoy working with adolescents and adults in fostering lives of challenge, balance, and joy.


  • Facilitate a positive and healthy school experience for all students.
  • Develop, implement, and support mental health and wellness programs in collaboration with the Dean of Students, Chaplain, Residential Life Coordinator and Health Clinic staff.
  • Provide direct services to students through programs, preventative activities, and individual and group counseling that include a variety of approaches from therapeutic to holistic wellness techniques.
  • Provide emergency and sustained counseling support to students as needed, including on-call support for students.
  • Proactively identify and address behavior problems that may be interfering with student well-being.
  • Lead and/or coach two afternoon programs.
  • Participate in the community as an engaged and involved presence, and perform weekend and night responsibilities to support the life of the residential community as assigned.
  • Work with colleagues to establish, maintain, and communicate mental health protocols.
  • Conduct faculty, staff, and student training on mental health, wellness, and abuse prevention.
  • Proactively communicate with parents regarding student well-being and counseling needs.
  • Expand and maintain a network of mental health professionals and refer students and their families to appropriate outside professionals for medical or social services, when necessary.
  • Maintain student records, confidential records, records of services provided, and behavioral data.
  • Offer consultation to Admissions Office to help ensure success and support of prospective students.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Dean of Students or Head of School.


  • Master’s degree in Counseling, Psychology, or Social Work
  • Appropriate licensure/certification as a counselor or therapist
  • 3-5 years minimum of relevant experience
  • Enthusiasm and commitment to caring for adolescents
  • Experience working with families from diverse backgrounds in a school counseling setting
  • Commitment to St. Andrew’s-Sewanee’s mission and vision and comfortable with the tenets of the Episcopal Church
  • Ability to communicate and work effectively with members of the SAS community
  • Strong work ethic, generous spirit, and excellent speaking and writing skills

Applicants with residential boarding school experience and/or interest and experience in athletic coaching and/or outdoor education will be given special consideration.


This is a full time, 10-month position. Salary is dependent on education and experience. Campus housing may be provided. Benefits include a tuition remission plan, health and dental insurance, worker’s compensation, short-term and long-term disability, group life insurance, pension plan, and eligibility for grants for professional enrichment and continuing education. Vacation time includes academic year holidays/breaks and two months in the summer.

Contact Information

Applications should be directed to the Counselor Search Committee at employment@sasweb.org. Download, complete, and return the required Employment Application, a cover letter, and a résumé. We will begin reviewing applications immediately and will close the applications process when the position is filled.