Richmond, VA United States
Position Title: Lower School Counselor
Position Classification: Full-time, 10-month, faculty, salaried exempt
Hours: Hours are generally consistent with the school day, 7:45am – 3:45pm Monday – Thursday; 7:45am – 2:45pm Friday, with additional hours as needed for student/family needs and programming.
Reports to: Head of Lower School, with “dotted line” reporting to the Director of Health and Wellness
St. Christopher’s School, the largest all-boys school in Virginia and one of the largest and oldest boys’ schools in the Mid-Atlantic region, seeks a full-time Lower School Counselor beginning August 17, 2023. The Counselor’s role will include working directly with approximately 380 Lower School boys (Grades JK-5, ages 4-12) to provide social and emotional support, as well as promote the work of the Health and Wellness team by creating and contributing to programming for students and parents. Establishing and maintaining positive relationships with Lower School parents and faculty/staff members is essential.
Serving approximately 1,000 boys in Grades JK-12 in Richmond, Virginia, St. Christopher’s School is committed to cultivating a school community that is diverse, inclusive, and welcoming and prides itself on bringing out the best in every boy. Our Episcopal foundation is at the center of what we do, and we care most about developing young men who possess honor and integrity. Our boys benefit from an education and curriculum that is focused on excellence in all forms, including academics, the arts, athletics, and service learning.
- Support students and family with diagnosed and undiagnosed mental health concerns
- Maintain ongoing, confidential records of appointments, and track emotional well-being of students
- Act as liaison between St. Christopher’s School and student, parent/guardians, and outside professionals
- Address behavioral concerns and work with students, parents/guardians, and teachers to develop management strategies
- Provide guidance for students/families working through any psycho/social stressors such as difficult family situations, divorce, economic hardship, anxiety, etc.
- Foster communication and a respectful partnership with parents/guardians in conferences, during phone calls, and through written correspondence
- Communicate in a timely and efficient manner with parents, students, and colleagues
- Conduct developmentally appropriate classroom guidance lessons
- Provide grief counseling and support in concert with Lower School Chaplain
- Assist with conflict resolution and provide relational counseling; work to develop mindfulness-based social behavior
- Work with individual or small groups of students needing assistance in improving social and coping skills
- Work with members of the Lower School Health and Wellness Team
- Respond to mental health crisis needs; be available on call during off-school hours for emergencies as determined by the Headmaster, Director of Health and Wellness, and Division Head
- Work with the Director of Health and Wellness, MS/US Counselors, and Division Head to develop and implement mental health and mindfulness-related curricula, community programs, faculty training
- Participate in the student admission screening process, as needed
- Coordinate, as appropriate, with Lower School Counselor counterpart at our sister school, St. Catherine’s
- Engage in continuing professional growth and development, including staying abreast of counseling best practices for Preschool and PreTeen boys
- Attend Chapel regularly
- Attend department and faculty meetings and all-school professional development meetings
- Participate in the life of the School through committee work and be a regular presence at major events such as concerts, plays, athletic contests, and other events as a means of supporting the students and the mission of the School
Qualifications and Key Skills:
- Commited to best practices in education, as articulated in the School’s Teaching Excellence Document, and a dedication to best practices for boys, as espoused by the St. Christopher’s Center for the Study of Boys
- A clear commitment to diversity, community, and inclusion in school communities, as expressed in the St. Christopher’s Diversity and Inclusion Statement
- Hold at least a Masters degree in school counseling, counseling, psychology or social work
- Licensed in Virginia or have the ability to become licensed (L.C.P., L.P.C., L.C.S.W.)
- Have a minimum of 3 years of experience working with elementary aged boys and families
- Prior experience as a school counselor preferred but not required
- Demonstrate familiarity, ease, and openness with integrating social, emotional, and character education into the classroom
- Possess excellent problem-solving, communication, and analytic skills
- Exhibit a growth mindset, creativity and flexibility, and a sense of humor
- Accept constructive feedback as part of professional growth and development
- Model professionalism and integrity at all times
- Possess the personal traits for nurturing the growth of boys and working cooperatively with adults, including a passion and joy for working with young people, and an enthusiasm for bringing wellness to the Saints community
- Regularly required to stand, walk, bend, and stoop for extended periods of time.
- Occasionally required to work in poor weather conditions such as temperature, precipitation, and wind during recess and carpool duty.
- Effective October 22, 2021, School policy requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The School offers an interactive process to assess whether a reasonable accommodation can be made to individuals seeking a medical and/or religious exemption. Requests for reasonable accommodation can be submitted via e-mail to Laura Dick, Human Resources Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to Apply:
We only accept applicant resumes through our online portal, which you can access here. Once you select the “Apply Now” button, it will take you through the prompts to complete your application and upload your resume, cover letter and other required documents.
Application deadline is open until filled.
School Website: www.stchristophers.com
Established in 1911, St. Christopher’s School is a JK-12 all-boys day school in Richmond, VA. The School’s single-campus location consists of 43 contiguous acres and 23 buildings with over 300,000 square feet. With over a century of rich history in the education of boys, St. Christopher’s has a reputation as a national and international leader in the education of boys. Our work with the International Boys’ Schools Coalition and our very own Center for the Study of Boys, supports our new strategic plan, Momentum 2025, setting a bold path forward for the entire St. Christopher’s community.
St. Christopher’s School is committed to fostering, in broad and meaningful ways, an inclusive school community in which all members feel respected, welcomed, and valued. As such, St. Christopher’s School is an equal opportunity employer. St. Christopher’s School provides equal employment opportunity to all employees and job applicants without regard to an individual’s race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions including lactation, age, disability, genetic information or any other factor prohibited by applicable law.
St. Christopher’s School knows, loves, and celebrates boys, promotes their pursuit of excellence, and prepares them for lives of honor and integrity, service, and leadership.
Among peer independent schools nationally, St. Christopher’s offers one of the most generous, comprehensive and competitive employee benefits packages available.
Summary of Employee Benefits for Full-Time Employees
Full-time employees work a minimum of 1,000 hours per year.
The School contributes 7.5% of the employee’s contract salary each year to a 403(b) Defined Contribution Retirement Plan for employees at least 21 years of age who have completed one year of full-time employment with St. Christopher’s School or similar experience at another institution. In addition, the School will provide a matching contribution equal to 1.5% of contract salary if the employee makes an elective deferral equal to or greater than 1.5% of contract salary to their 403(b) Defined Contribution Retirement Plan, for a potential School contribution of 9.0%.
The School will pay 100% of the Consumer Directed Health Plan (also known as the High Deductible Health Plan), including vision coverage, for the employee. Employees may choose to add dependents or upgrade to a more traditional PPO Plan by applying the School’s contribution to the monthly premium cost.
Employees may choose from the plans currently offered and are responsible for 100% of the premium.
Long-Term Disability & Professional Liability Insurance
Long term disability and professional liability insurance are provided at no cost to the employee.
Life and Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance
Life and Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance are provided at no cost to the employee equal to 1x’s the employee’s contract salary. Additional supplemental coverage for the employee and their dependents is available to employees at their own expense.
Pre-tax Savings Accounts
Employees have the opportunity to participate in pre-tax savings accounts through either a dependent care flexible spending account, a medical flexible spending account or a health savings account, subject to respective IRS contribution limits.
Employees who work a minimum of 1,500 hours per contract year (July 1 to June 30) and have completed three years of prior full-time employment, either with St. Christopher’s School or another institution in a similar role, will be eligible to receive JK-12 tuition grants for eligible children enrolled in St. Christopher’s School or St. Catherine’s Schools. The three years of prior full-time employment must immediately precede the awarding of this tuition grant. For purposes of this benefit, full-time employment is defined as: a minimum of 1,500 hours per year for faculty employees and a minimum of 1,800 hours per year for all other employees. Employees with a full-time start date before July 1, 2020, who have met the eligibility criteria as stated above and have worked a minimum of 1,500 hours per year for the school prior to this date, will receive a tuition grant of 90%. Employees with a full-time start date on or after July 1, 2020, will receive a tuition grant of 75% upon completion of the eligibility criteria as stated above. Grants do not include non-tuition expenses such as fees, books, supplies, etc.
The School will provide tuition grants for up to four eligible children and will support one year in JK. Eligible children are defined as the biological, adoptive or legal ward of the eligible employee.
Employees receive full tuition remission for Extended Day services for the period of time up until the end of their regular workday.
Employees are eligible to receive discounts on Summer Programs offered by St. Christopher’s School. Discounts are also available for summer Extended Day offerings.
Employees receive lunch at no expense while School is in session. In order to perform normal mealtime duties, all full-time employees, as well as their immediate families, may receive breakfast five days a week and dinner two days a week at no expense when breakfast or dinner is served.
Additionally, lunch fees are waived for full-time employees’ sons enrolled at St. Christopher’s School.
Full-time employees receive ten (10) paid wellness leave days per fiscal year and may accumulate and carry forward any unused wellness leave days to a maximum of sixty (60) days. Included in the 10 wellness days are two (2) personal days that may be converted and used. Part-time employees will receive and may accumulate and carry forward a pro-rated amount of wellness leave days based upon the amount of time worked. Employees should provide as much notice as possible when requesting wellness leave and must have a supervisor’s approval.
Vacation days are available to 12-month employees based on their job classification and continuous length of service. Please contact the Business Office for additional information.
Employees may take up to five (5) days of paid bereavement leave for an immediate family member. Employees may also take one day off per year with pay to attend the funeral of a relative outside the immediate family.
Additional Leave of no more than five business days beyond those listed above may be granted subject to the discretion of the employee’s Division Head or the Headmaster.
The School is committed to supporting the professional growth of employees and will cover costs associated with job-related courses, workshops, conferences, professional associations and graduate degrees. Coverage of costs is budget dependent year to year and subject to the approval of both the employee’s Division Head and the Headmaster.
Little Saints, an on-site daycare facility, is available to employees on a voluntary basis and at the employee’s expense.
Athletic and Fitness Center
Kemper Athletic and Fitness Center is open to employees subject to Athletic Department Rules and Guidelines.
St. Christopher’s may provide an employee with on-campus or School-owned housing as a condition of employment to better accommodate student access to faculty and administrators outside of the normal School day.
Relocation / Moving Expense Policy
St. Christopher’s School will provide reimbursement to new full-time employees who are relocating to the Richmond area as a result of their new position with the School. Consistent with IRS guidelines, the School’s reimbursement support applies only to required moves for new employees whose primary residence is located in excess of 50 miles from the St. Christopher’s School campus. The maximum gross amount paid to an employee or on behalf of the employee to a moving company shall not exceed $7,500.00.
Our City-Richmond, VA:
Recently featured in The Washington Post, Forbes, Southern Living Magazine and USA Today’s 10 Best Travel Awards, Richmond is known for its vibrant lifestyle and historic charm, mixed with diverse food, music, arts and cultural scenes and leading it to become one of the top mid-sized, affordable cities in the country.
Richmond’s residents enjoy big-city amenities combined with family-friendly quality of life. History buffs can enjoy a visit to St. John’s Church, where Patrick Henry gave his famous “Give me Liberty or Give me Death” speech. Museums include the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Institute for Contemporary Art, The American Civil War Museum, the Virginia Museum of History & Culture, the Children’s Museum of Richmond, the Black History Museum & Cultural Center of Virginia and the Virginia Holocaust Museum. Music and dance enthusiasts can enjoy the classics at the Richmond Symphony, Richmond Ballet and Virginia Opera, or more contemporary shows at The National, Altria Theater and outdoor music concerts and festivals on Brown’s Island. Outdoor adventurers can explore over 600 acres of parks, over 40 miles of trails and Class IV rapids in the heart of an urban center through the James River Park System.
Richmond’s array of colleges and universities, Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia Union University, Virginia State University and the University of Richmond, are cultural hubs and host theater events, music performances and impressive sports teams. The city is also home to the Richmond Flying Squirrels Minor League Baseball team and the Richmond Kickers soccer club.
Not only does Richmond’s appealing climate and location make it an enjoyable and exciting city in which to work and live, but it is ideally situated for a short road trip to the mountains of Charlottesville, to beaches in the Hampton Roads area, or to our nation’s capital, Washington, DC.
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For more information, or to apply now, you must go to the website below. Please DO NOT email your resume to us as we only accept applications through our website.