Doane Academy seeks a School Counselor, to begin work in August, 2018. This full-time, 10-month faculty position spans the academic school year from mid-August until mid-June. The school counselor works in close collaboration with the division heads and dean of student life and provides supportive counseling for individual students on drop-in and scheduled bases. The counselor works with students in the lower, middle, and upper schools. In addition, the school counselor serves as a resource for faculty members and parents.
In addition to seeing students for regular short- or longer-term counseling, the school counselor is responsible for the following:
Referral of students to outside mental health professionals when indicated or desired by the student and/or family.
Parent consultation and support when needed and appropriate.
Evaluation and management of students in crisis, including collaboration with outside psychiatrists and other mental health professionals, and coordination of a support plan in which the School Counselor provides supplemental support to an outside provider.
Collaboration with our school nurse.
Support of programs by helping to plan curriculum and teaching a trimester of middle school Health and Wellness with programming geared towards teaching students positive health behaviors.
Professional development and consultation to faculty and parents regarding child development, the support of student health and wellness, and positive growth and learning at various age levels.
Outreach to the community at large for education and mental health support initiatives, including the identification of guest speakers to present to the community various topics related to mental health.
Assessment and/or referral regarding student academic concerns including interpretation of outside evaluations and implementation of accommodations as needed.
Consultation with faculty regarding the learning needs of specific students as well as current research on topics such as academic skill development and current research on learning and the brain.
Implementation of school wide programming to support student health and wellness (e.g. healthy relationships, digital citizenship, etc.).
A Master's Degree in School Counseling, Counseling, Social Work, School Psychology, Clinical Psychology, or Applied Psychology.
Experience working in a public, private, independent, boarding, college preparatory, or like-kind school setting as a counselor or school psychologist.
Experience working with lower, middle, and upper school aged children.
Accessibility, discretion, the ability to communicate clearly and firmly, and composure in emotionally difficult situations.
An entrepreneurial spirit and willingness to become a visible, collegial member of an independent school community.
About Doane Academy
Since its founding in 1837, Doane Academy has helped students to realize their interests, develop their talents, and have a significant impact on the world around them.
For children ages 3 through twelfth grade, Doane Academy is committed to developing intelligent, capable young people within a school culture where students are known, loved, and strongly encouraged to realize their full potential.
The students, faculty and staff at Doane Academy are all part of a supportive and encouraging school family. Our teachers are attentive to the needs of each student as an individual, and work closely with both students and parents to insure success in academics and extracurricular activities. The school's rigorous college preparatory curriculum, strong athletic program, and numerous opportunities in extracurricular activities cultivate the development of character, leadership, emotional maturity, and standards of ethical conduct that are essential in preparation for college and education for life.