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School Counselor

St. Thomas School
Medina, Washington, US
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Jan 15, 2022

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Open Position: School Counselor, Part-Time

Reports To: Director of the Middle School

When Needed: Immediately

Are you a talented, highly motivated school counselor that embraces innovation and longs to be part of a school that encourages thoughtful risk-taking, is open to new approaches to instruction, and is committed to your professional development?

Do you want to become part of a team that supports social emotional learning, character development, and an inclusive climate for all members of the school community?

If so, we have the perfect role for you!

St. Thomas School is seeking an experienced, engaging, and collaborative School Counselor to support social-emotional learning (SEL), work closely with classroom teacher, provide support for students and parents, and work collaboratively within the Center for Personalized Learning alongside another school counselor, learning specialists, and learning support associates. Grounded in the latest SEL research, STS is a thought leader in character education, Second Step, and the Nurtured Heart Approach. We are seeking a part time school counselor who would focus primarily on the earlier grades (early learning and elementary). Counselors who may have a part time position in another school, who may have their own private practice and want to complement this with the benefits of working within small, family-like atmosphere, or who bring additional experience and skills in outdoor education, service learning, life skills, and other complementary disciplines including academic subjects, are encouraged to apply.

Salary is competitive with public and independent schools. STS offers a robust benefits package, excellent opportunities for professional development, and an extraordinary work environment.

Who We Are:

St. Thomas School, a non-sectarian, Preschool through Eighth Grade school, is one of the oldest independent schools on the east side of Lake Washington. St. Thomas Schools educational journey is defined by a cognitively rigorous program with an emphasis on developing character, leadership, and a passion for learning and achievement. Our mission is to develop responsible citizens of a global society. STS is a recognized leader in developing the whole student. Our core values include gratitude, responsibility, respect, courage, integrity, tolerance, compassion, perseverance, and generosity. STS serves over 370 students and boasts a 70,000 sq. ft. LEED Gold certified campus.

Job Summary:

Under minimal supervision, and in partnership with the Middle School Director, the School Counselor provides a comprehensive counseling program to the Middle School. This person consults with families, teachers, and staff to support the welfare and enhance the learning of the students. The counselor works with the Elementary and Early Learning counselors to provide leadership in program development for social and emotional skills programs, a health program, and in enhancing student life.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Teaches life skills classes to directly build skills and dispositions with students
  • Supports the work of all teachers in implementing advisory and other social emotional learning
  • Counsels individuals and small groups of students toward social and emotional growth
  • Participates in and facilitates child study/intervention processes in conjunction with learning services specialist and other team members; is available to observe students in classrooms and work with teachers to develop strategies that may help a student achieve greater success
  • Participates in and enhances school community by establishing a campus presence and promoting activities that improve the quality of student life and health
  • Working with the Center for Responsive Learning, refers students with challenges and their families to relevant programs, specialists, and outside agencies
  • Facilitates understanding in the schools adult community of social and emotional development by conducting in-service training and workshops, classes, and groups
  • Interfaces regularly with the Center for Responsive Learning staff in order to support students facing academic challenges
  • Interfaces regularly with the Director of Athletics, Health, and Physical Education in order to support the life skills program and promote health
  • Vigorously engages in professional development
  • Establishes and cultivates community relations by maintaining open and candid dialogue with all of the schools constituencies
  • Is familiar with and complies with all policies and regulations as put forth in the schools documents
  • Since safety and security are everyone's responsibility, takes all necessary and reasonable precautions to protect students, faculty, staff, equipment, materials and facilities
  • Performs other duties as assigned

Required Education & Experience:

  • Masters degree in Counseling, Social Work or Psychology or related areas
  • 3+ years experience teaching and/or counseling middle-school aged children

Required Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Strong knowledge of current trends, research, and best practices in child development and life skills/advisory programs
  • Ability to identify at-risk children and respond appropriately
  • Awareness of and training in supporting schoolwide work related to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion practices to build a sense of belonging throughout the school
  • Strong knowledge of relevant current state and federal laws
  • Flexibility and adaptability to meet the needs of the students and program.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to maintain confidential information
  • Proficient at working in a Microsoft Windows environment and confidently learn new technology
  • Ability to work and communicate well with students, families, faculty, and staff within the community

If this sounds like you, please click on Apply Now, follow the instructions to complete our online employment application, then upload your résumé and a cover letter explaining why you are interested in this position. Thank you for your interest in St. Thomas School and this position.

Position open until filled. No phone calls or drop-ins please.

This description is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this position. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities, or requirements.
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