The Lower School seeks a dynamic and experienced counselor for Preschool through Grade 5 students. Our program stresses child-centered, inquiry-based, experiential learning. The Lower School Counselor is a member of the Student Resource Team, which includes the Head of Lower School and Learning Specialists. The Counselor supports parents by providing parenting information, referrals to local therapists and providers; education and guidance; addresses students’ needs through observations and pro-social guidance; and participates in the Lower School administration through regular meetings with classroom and co-curricular teachers, and division level meetings. The Counselor works with teachers to provide a learning environment that supports the social and emotional growth and development of students. The Lower School Counselor leads the development and implementation of the Life Skills curriculum, and serves as the primary resource for instruction in areas of consent, identity, conflict resolution, and the management of significant life events.
The successful candidate will be flexible, organized, creative and collaborative with a sound understanding of elementary education, conflict resolution, student and family support. SSFS seeks to nurture the whole child and the ideal candidate will have experience and embrace working with students who represent a broad range of abilities and learning styles. Commitment to a progressive, dynamic, and diverse school community is required.
Qualifications include: Masters in Counseling, Social Work or related field with focus on child development and with significant counseling experience (5-year minimum preferred). The ideal candidate will have knowledge of and experience with developmental, social, emotional and cognitive needs of young children. Further qualifications include experience in a student-centered environment; the ability to form relationships with students, faculty and families; and the consistent demonstration of professionalism with and amongst all constituencies. Strong listening, oral and written communication skills are essential. Familiarity with the Responsive Classroom approach would be advantageous and knowledge of Quaker history and education is desirable, but not required. To learn more about Sandy Spring Friends School and our programs, please visit our website at www.ssfs.org.
Commitment to Diversity
Sandy Spring Friends School embraces the Quaker testimony of Equality and seeks applicants who represent all backgrounds and demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We greatly value our diverse student population with 42% of students self-identifying as people of color and 89 international students representing 21 different countries. We actively seek faculty representative of our students’ diversity. Click to learn more about diversity at Sandy Spring Friends School. Special consideration may be given to members of The Religious Society of Friends.
Sandy Spring Friends School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or a person's status as a qualified candidate with a disability in administration of its educational program, admission policies, financial aid program, staff hiring and other school-administered programs.
Physical Requirements: The ability to navigate stairs as part of daily routines; mobility around a large campus with uneven pavement; bending and squatting as required to participate in activities; lifting/carrying boxes up to 25 pounds; and the ability to maneuver as necessary within a regular classroom and office setting.
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About Sandy Spring Friends School
Founded in 1961, Sandy Spring Friends School is a progressive, coed, academically-rigorous day and boarding school serving approximately 600 students from age three through 12th grade. The campus is located on 140 acres in the historic Sandy Spring area of Montgomery County, Maryland, and the School is approved by the Maryland State Board of Education and accredited by the Association of Independent Maryland Schools.
SSFS offers an inquiry-based college preparatory program that emphasizes deep understanding throughout the curriculum while encouraging collaboration, instilling confidence, fostering practical experience, and cultivating respect for others. The School's teachers help students internalize a process we call "QRA” —Question, Reflection, Action—which ensures that they think critically, integrate new knowledge, and apply what they learn. We help students develop their individual sense of purpose as they become caring citizens of the world.
Our school’s culture, rooted in the idea that collaboration engenders achievement, can be traced to our Quaker heritage and abiding belief in the Quaker values of simplicity, equality, honesty, stewardship of the environment, and p...eaceful resolution of conflict. Our teachers are lifelong mentors and strive to identify and cultivate each student’s intellectual, extracurricular, and social passions. In doing so, we help shape students whose actions speak volumes and whose lives become exemplars—not only among their peers and families today but also in their personal, educational, and professional communities long after high school. Sandy Spring Friends School students are taught to act upon what they learn. This call to action propels their accomplishments as graduates, in college, and beyond.