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.

Qualifications:

  • 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.

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