St. Peter’s is seeking a thoughtful, creative, forward-thinking individual with experience working with Preschool to Eighth Grade students and families. The School Counselor is responsible for creating and maintaining programs to support the social, emotional, and developmental well-being of the school community. In collaboration with the Learning Support Team and reporting to the Assistant Head of School, the School Counselor will support students, faculty and families (when appropriate) in social emotional development, mental health, and classroom behavior. The School Counselor works with the administration, faculty, and Parent Association on existing programs and supports students’ needs. One important aspect of the School Counselor role will be to coordinate the existing community life activities and work collaboratively to develop age-appropriate activities and programs to enhance what the School currently does. Additionally, coordinating the community life of the school and helping the school to address community health, of the institution and individuals, will be the responsibility of this person.
Support the social, emotional and personal counseling needs of students in grades Preschool-Eighth Grade is the primary role of our School Counselor
Responsible for implementing Mission driven programs throughout the community.
Support the School’s Diversity Mission Statement in its many forms throughout the School
Assist school administrators and teachers with planning and carrying out school-related programs and events related to community life and parent education
Understand research and practices in counseling, child development, social emotional learning, and education; contribute to local/state/national association presentations and school communication efforts as needed
Provide counseling to individuals and/or small groups
Support social emotional learning program and participates in monthly SEL team meetings
Assist the faculty in Advisory Program in Upper School (Gr. 5-8)
Can effectively and appropriately communicate with children, families, and teachers, both in person, through presentation, and in writing
Make referrals to off-campus professionals and agencies while maintaining working relationships with a diverse population of mental health agencies in the surrounding community
Provide to the Head of School, as needed, with information regarding student behavior that is serious in nature
Communicate with teachers, parents and administrators on an ongoing basis about behavioral and social emotional issues
Participate with the admissions team, evaluating compatibility of potential students with the school
Applicants should be a licensed professional or a licensed mental health professional
3+ years of experience working with children, preferably in an educational setting
Excellent organizational and communication skills
Ability to balance administrative and support services efficiently
An understanding of the continuum of mental health services, including prevention and intervention strategies to enhance student success
About St. Peter's School
St. Peter’s School is a Pre-School through 8th grade independent school in historic Philadelphia. It serves families from all parts of Philadelphia, Southern New Jersey and Delaware. The school is distinguished by its small size and its commitment to civility, kindness, and excellence. St. Peter’s (est. 1834) offers an innovative approach to curriculum including Humanities, STEAM (PS - Gr. 8), literature and the Arts, as well as French, Social Emotional Learning, and PE/sports. Extended day and full summer programs are available.