Position: School Counselor
Reports to: Head of School
Position Status: 60-75% of full time
San Francisco Day School is a K-8, nonprofit private school in the heart of the City with an enrollment of approximately 400 students. SFDS educates, nurtures and inspires girls and boys of diverse backgrounds to achieve their highest academic and creative potential, to embrace ethical values and to become active contributors to their communities.
San Francisco Day School welcomes and celebrates children, families, faculty, and staff that reflect the broad range of diversity in the Bay Area. The School values the strengths and accomplishments of the individuals who are part of the community and takes pride in the diversity and special character of the community as a whole. We fully and actively support equal opportunity for all people and encourage people of color and LGBT applicants to apply. SFDS offers excellent benefits and a competitive salary.
Under the general supervision of the Head of School and reporting directly to the division heads, the School Counselor works collaboratively to provide educational, social, behavioral and personal counseling to students enrolled in grades K-8. The counselor will assist students, parents and faculty in solving problems and facilitating student learning. The Counselor will work to develop and implement school-wide, grade level, group and individual behavioral support programs and co-teach health education/life skills curriculum courses in grades k-8.
Meet on a regular basis with the division heads and with the Head of School as needed. Regularly attend grade level team meetings of their assigned, collaborate on the status of the classroom/grade and of individual students.
Develop and co-teach the health education/life skills curriculum with other faculty members.
Visit classrooms for onsite observation and be available as consultant to faculty for parent/teacher meetings and conferences. As mandated by law, counselors report to child protective services as appropriate and inform at least one administrator of the situation.
Act as liaison to community resources in addressing the needs of students and their families. When indicated, schedule collaborative meetings with parents, teachers, educational resource staff and appropriate administrators and external clinicians to develop a social/emotional/educational plan for student.
Confer with teachers about individual student’s social and emotional needs. Provide professional expertise on child development and counseling issues such as social skill development, parenting, separation/divorce transitions, crisis intervention, grief counseling, substance use/abuse and eating disorders.
Meet with individual students on a one-on-one basis as needed and upon recommendation of the faculty/ division heads. Organize small groups for students based on documented need such as friendship groups, students in transition, and groups organized for a specific issue. These groups may arise from teacher and/or parent request in conjunction with the counselor’s observations and input.
Provide parent education on topics of interest and serve as a resource for grade-level parent coffees and other parent communication issues.
Meet and confer with other school counselors and psychologists on a regular basis. Represent SFDS at appropriate conferences and workshops and share the information obtained from these sources with parents, faculty and administration as needed. Along with other faculty members, participate in activities that contribute to the effective operation of the School.
Masters in School Counseling, Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, or related field with emphasis in counseling and/or education.
Minimum 2 years supervised counseling experience and three years of direct work in the field. Experience working as a counselor in a K-8 school highly preferred.
Requires knowledge of current principles, practices, techniques and objectives of school counseling and guidance, educational philosophy and psychology; educational tests, measurements and statistics; research methods.
The counselor must be able to identify problems and review information, analyze options and apply solutions; analyze ideas and use logic to determine their strengths and weaknesses; identify what must be changed to reach goals.
Ability to relate well to people; relate to the problems and concerns of the students, parents, school administration and the community. Must maintain a high level of integrity with regard to matters which may be considered confidential in nature. Must be able to work collaboratively.
Please apply online with a letter of intent, salary expectations and current resume to https://workforcenow.adp.com/jobs/apply/posting.html?client=sfds&jobId=97588&lang=en_US&source=CC3
No phone calls please.
While performing the duties of this job, the counselor regularly stands, walks, uses hands to handle or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; talk, hear, taste or smell. The counselor is also required to sit and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.
The employee must occasionally lift and/or move equipment up to twenty pounds. People in this career should be able to use stomach and lower back muscles to support the body for long periods without getting tired. The counselor must be constantly alert for student safety.
Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus. It is important for people in this career to speak clearly so listeners can understand, as well as to recognize and understand the speech of another person. It is also necessary for the individual to be able to focus on one source of sound and ignore others
The counselor will occasionally work in outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to loud.