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.