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Lower School/Middle School Counselor

Job Description
Organization: 
St. Mary's Academy
Organization Type: 
501(c)(3)
Job Location: 
Denver Metro
Type of Job: 
Full-time
Job Category: 
Health & Mental Health
Job Description: 

The Lower and Middle School counselor builds relationships with students, faculty, parents and the greater community to support the social and emotional needs of students. As a member of the St. Mary’s Academy community, the counselor embraces the school’s mission and the four Loretto School Values of faith, community, justice, and respect. Skillful communication skills are essential in this position and involve timely contact of parents, teachers, and students as situations dictate, a keen capacity to handle difficult conversations, attendance at select parent-teacher conferences, and support of admission and retention of students. A trusted capacity to maintain confidentiality while ensuring essential information is shared to support students in need. Active participation in the Association of Independent Schools counseling group is expected.

 

 

    Areas of Responsibility

    Specific to Lower School (JK-5)

    With a willingness to laugh and learn, in the Lower School (LS), the Counselor:

    • Develops, schedules for and leads special programs, activities, assemblies, and classes that address the following areas among others: collaboration, leadership, coping skills, social media skills, anti-bullying, and avoidance of substance abuse.  
    • Attends LS grade level meetings, Lower School faculty meetings and coordinates meetings with students and parents to exchange information and make recommendations for serving the needs of students.
    • Attends professional development sessions with faculty in order to enhance understanding of the LS program.
    • Schedules regular time in each classroom to read, discuss and teach a wide variety of topics.
    • Leads the coordination of the Human Growth and Development Lessons for our 4th and 5th grade students.
    • Monitors individual students' progress for the purpose of identifying issues and taking appropriate action for increasing success and well-being.
    • Works with the instructional specialist to administer screening tests such as DIBELS and the DRA, in addition to other assessments as needed.
    • Interprets testing data from outside sources including a wide variety of special education testing, medical reports, etc.  
    • Performs other related duties as assigned for the purpose of ensuring the efficient and effective functioning of the work unit, including recess and lunch times.  Also may attend occasional field trips.

    In the Middle School (MS 6-8), the Counselor:

    • Researches develops and renews in collaboration with the Middle School director and the diversity liaison social-emotional learning (SEL) program that includes speakers, resources applicable in Community Action Teams and other classes, and pertinent measurement tools.
    • Coaches and counsels individual students encountering social and emotional challenges in school, and in collaboration with the Middle School director and learning liaison, offers outside counseling referrals.
    • Attends specific grade-level team meetings or MS faculty meetings when the topics under discussion are pertinent to the Counselor’s work with students.
    • Attends one or two overnight trips with MS teachers and students, spirit week activities and other social events to establish relationships and gain knowledge and understanding of MS community life.  
    Requirements/Qualifications
    • Masters Degree
    • ● Registered as a Psychotherapist with DORA
    • ● Licensed Professional Counselor or Licensed Clinical Social Worker (Preferred)
    • ● A sense of resonance with the St. Mary’s Academy mission.
    Compensation/Benefits

    Salary is commensurate with experience. This is a full time, exempt, salaried position with benefits

    How To Apply

    Interested candidates should send, via email (no phone calls please), a cover letter with references, resume, and salary requirements to:   

     

    Bill Barrett-Academy President

    bbarrett@smanet.org

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