The School Counselor is a new position that will be charged with the responsibility of promoting both individual student wellness and a positive school wide culture for learning. S/he serves a counseling resource to students, families and faculty. The School Counselor will work with teaching teams to support their understanding of social-emotional learning strategies, and to consider ways to cultivate student responsibility and promote stewardship for positive behaviors and the classroom environment. Most importantly, The School Counselor will help foster a high level of communication between teachers and families, and facilitate systems that elevate Westside’s school-wide sense of culture and school pride.
Reports to: Assistant Head of School
Key Responsibilities:Perpetuate a school-wide culture characterized by highly engaged students and faculty, high expectations, joyful learning, personal wellness and a strong sense of community.
Serve as a consultant to teachers, parent, outside professionals and school administrators to help address the social emotional needs of students.
Work directly with students and parents on counseling issues, provide professional counseling referrals when necessary.
Teach Health and Wellness classes
Facilitate a strong advisory program in the middle school
Coach faculty around developing effective classroom meetings in the lower school
Act as a member of the Student Support Team:
Develop, implement and evaluate personalized learning plans for students with counseling needs.
Work with the Student Support Specialist to coordinate the school’s Wolfpack program
Facilitate faculty learning about SEL strategies to support students across the school.
Work with the Assistant Head of School and Parent Association to broaden parent education opportunities
Develop and implement a robust orientation for new faculty
Participate as a member of school’s crisis committee
A degree in educational counseling, child development, social-emotional learning or related discipline
Ten years teaching and or counseling experience
Proven success in a position of faculty leadership
A participant in the national conversation about teaching/school excellence, evidenced through authorship, collaborations, workshop facilitation or conference presentation
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
A deep understanding of the correlations between social-emotional learning and academic success
Full understanding of differentiated strategies both academic and behavior to promote student success
Familiarity with current research and best practices on PreK-8th grade brain and social development
Proven success in program development
Experience as a professional or instructional coach
Knowledge of and experience with being a mentor
Outstanding interpersonal and organizational and facilitation skills
Exceptional written and oral communication skills
Strong networking skills to ensure access to resources in the broader community
Detail-oriented and resourceful
Tactful and discreet
Patience, resilience and a sense of humor
High-energy and enthusiastic about working in an academic atmosphere
Adept with technological tools for educational assessment, organization, communication and personalization of learning.
About Westside School
Westside School serves 350 students in preschool-eighth grade. In the fall 2015, Westside School moved to a permanent campus in the Arbor Heights neighborhood of West Seattle, which supports our mission and values as a progressive, academically rigorous, relationship rich, pre-kindergarten through eighth grade school with the core values of Academic Excellence, Joyful Learning, and Creating Confident Learners in a Caring Community.