Lower School Counselor

St. Andrew's Episcopal School
Jackson, MS United States

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School seeks a Lower School Counselor for the 2023-2024 school year to advocate for students in creating a positive, healthy student experience with a focus on mental health wellness and social-emotional development.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assess the needs, strengths, and opportunities for growth of students through a variety of means including one-on-one assessments, conversations, or interviews; small group activities; whole class lessons and observations.

  • Counsel students with personal, social-emotional, disciplinary, and behavioral issues.

  • Manage cases and provide support to students and families requiring ongoing support, including advocacy and communication among students, families, teachers, and administrators to support each student’s unique needs.

  • Build relationships with students across the lower school that result in trust and comfort creating an avenue for students to report concerns.

  • Collaborate with the head of lower school and associate head of lower school to continue to develop a responsive discipline system based on restorative practices with clear consequences and expectations.

  • Organize and lead professional development for the lower school and the responsive classroom grade-level representatives.

  • Teach social-emotional learning lessons in pre-K3 through 4th grade that serve to support students acquiring essential skills while building visibility and nurturing relationships with students.

  • Collaborate with lower school student support services and attend weekly meetings to build a healthy student community with a strong emphasis on student wellness.

  • Serve on appropriate committees as assigned.

  • Collaborate with the chaplains to meet the needs of students and families during times of crisis and hardships.

  • Collaborate with colleagues across the lower school as well as the middle and upper school counselors..

  • Attend and contribute in full, divisional, departmental, and team faculty meetings.

  • Stay current on trends in independent schools and counseling by taking an active role in professional activities and attending relevant professional meetings and conferences.

Work Environment:

This job operates in a professional school environment.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work:

This is a full-time position with teaching responsibilities from August – May.  As with any independent school, faculty should be ready to chaperone class trips, perform typical day-to-day duties such as lunch and carpool duties, and engage fully in all school events that develop the student.  Limited travel and frequent weekend and evening work will be required.


  • Master’s degree in school counseling, family therapy, social work, or related field required.

  • A minimum of five years of  counseling experience preferred.

  • Strong understanding and practice of responsive discipline.

  • Ability to interface and maintain effective relationships with students, faculty, administrators, parents/guardians, and guests.

  • Ability to handle multiple, simultaneous, and complex tasks and projects efficiently and effectively without constant supervision.

  • High degree of cultural competency and demonstrated success in working with individuals from diverse backgrounds.

  • Professional written and verbal communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills.

  • Proficiency in Google Suite required.

Contact Information

Interested candidates are invited to apply at http://gosaints.org/jobs.