Chadwick Schools are deeply committed to self-discovery through experience and reflection. Students develop the joy of learning, self-confidence, well-being, and curiosity through interactive and practical experiences. Our schools share the core values of respect, responsibility, honesty, fairness, and compassion. Through active participation in an intentionally diverse and inclusive environment, students make a positive impact within and beyond their own communities. By living and learning in a student-centered collaborative atmosphere of excellence, integrity, and trust, we come to expect the best of ourselves and others
Chadwick School in Palos Verdes is an independent, K-12, coeducational day school dedicated to academic excellence, the development of exemplary character, and self-discovery through experience. A highly educated faculty and staff bring out the best in the talented student body through active learning, challenging academics, one-on-one mentoring, unparalleled global opportunities, nationally distinguished outdoor education and community service programs, outstanding athletic opportunities, and award-winning visual and performing arts.
Located on a beautiful, 45-acre hilltop campus on the scenic Palos Verdes Peninsula in Los Angeles County, Chadwick enrolls over 800 students drawn from more than 45 Southern California communities. Founded in 1935 by visionary educator Margaret Lee Chadwick, Chadwick is one of two schools operated by the Roessler-Chadwick Foundation. In 2010, Chadwick International School (CISS) was formed in Songdo, South Korea, which expanded opportunities for students around the globe to benefit from a world-class Chadwick education. CISS has been a spectacular success, growing in the subsequent years from an opening enrollment of 270 to its current population of over 1,000 students in grades Pre-K through 12.
The Village School Counselor is a full-time member of the Village School faculty, reporting to the Director for the Center of Community Wellness and working closely with the Village Director and Assistant Director, grade-level teachers, Village Learning Specialist, and counseling team. The Village School Counselor provides support and instruction for students in kindergarten through sixth grades. The counselor consults with teachers, parents, and outside providers. The ideal candidate is comfortable working in an innovative, inclusive, and diverse program.
Job Title: VIllage School Counselor
Division/Department: Village School
Director for Center of Community Wellness
Palos Verdes, CA
Type of position/FLSA: Full-time Exempt
Provide individual or group counseling and support to students (grades K-6).
Advise and consult with parents and faculty as needed.
Participate in programs for parents and school community.
Develop relationships with students outside of counseling office and engage substantively in the life of the school outside the classroom.
Integrate and lead social emotional learning and health curriculum in classrooms, including additional teaching duties as assigned.
Meet with the Village School faculty and administrators on a weekly basis and follow up with students and parents as needed.
Participate in weekly Village Leadership meetings.
Work with outside therapists, medical doctors, educational therapists, and other treatment providers to provide emotional, social, and educational support to Village School students and their families as needed.
Participate meaningfully in Center for Community Wellness and attend Village School faculty meetings.
Lead and participate in professional development, collaborate with colleagues, and assume other duties as assigned.
Create and conduct workshops and discussion groups with Village faculty and parents
Collaborate with Village School Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Liaison
Write content for Village School newsletter as needed.
Consult and work with colleagues in all divisions as needed for student support or transitions.
Support students, families, and additional parties during crisis situations as needed.
Provide support with admissions process, as needed.
Read and follow employment policies outlined in the Employee Handbook.
Read and follow academic policies outlined in the relevant division Handbook.
Keep necessary documentation and engage in ethical and legal practices and decision making.
Familiarity with state, county and local services, including state laws regarding child abuse.
Communicate promptly and professionally with students, families, and colleagues.
Keep information systems up to date, including class calendars, grading software, and class websites.
Be on campus from 7:45 am until 3:45 pm on days when school is in session.
Attend all relevant faculty and school events (August Week, back-to-school night, parent-teacher conferences, parent education events, assemblies, graduation, etc.).
Coverage for absent colleagues as requested.
Supervise students as assigned, such as chaperoning, lunchtime supervision, student trips, and study hall.
Other duties as assigned.
REQUIRED AND PREFERRED EDUCATION, EXPERIENCES, AND SKILLS
A graduate degree in counseling or related field from accredited college or university required.
Licensed counselor or credentialed school counselor.
2-5 years of experience as elementary school counselor preferred.
Experience with assessment and support of students in grades K-6.
Excellent communication skills and record keeping skills.
Strong counseling experience with diverse age levels and abilities is preferred.
Knowledge of child development, social-emotional issues of young children, parenting models, counseling models, and effective intervention strategies,
Strong knowledge of pedagogy and educational tools, including relevant technology, is preferred.
Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
A student-centered, global, and innovative approach to counseling and teaching is preferred.
TRAITS OF GREAT CHADWICK TEACHERS
Chadwick seeks the following personal and professional qualities in its faculty and staff
1. Student-centered: Dedicated to the intellectual, emotional, social, and ethical well being of Chadwick students as our first priority; able to engage them collectively and individually as whole people possessed not only of intellect but of passions, feelings, thoughts, and lives outside of school; and committed to teaching in ways that inspire a joy in learning and engagement in every student.
2. Collaborative: Eager to work with colleagues and students and to contribute creatively to effective working teams.
3. Professionally grounded: Passionate about and well-educated in the field of education; up-to-date on current research on teaching and learning, with the goal of growing continuously as a teacher in order to support the school’s mission
4. Innovative: Committed to pushing the boundaries of education by experimenting with and developing new techniques to provide the very best student experience.
5. Globally minded: Oriented toward preparing students to have a positive impact on an increasingly interconnected world, with a commitment to diverse perspectives and multicultural inclusion.
6. Technologically competent: Able to integrate technology meaningfully as an essential element in the teaching “toolbox.”
Note: This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties and responsibilities that are required of the position
About Chadwick School
Chadwick is a K-12 coeducational non-denominational independent day school located on a beautiful 45-acre campus on a hill overlooking mountains, canyons and the Pacific Ocean. Founded as a boarding school in the 1930's in what was then a remote area of Los Angeles County, the school has retained its rural charm and relaxed, welcoming atmosphere. Thirty-three faculty and staff families reside on campus, adding to a strong sense of community and shared aspirations.
The school is dedicated to academic excellence and to the development of the character and individual gifts of its students. The school’s challenging academic offerings are therefore complemented by extensive programs in community service, outdoor education, athletics and the arts, in which virtually all students participate.
Chadwick is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit. School policy prohibits unlawful discrimination based on age, ancestry, color, disability, marital status, medical condition, national origin, religious beliefs, sex, sexual orientation and race, or any other applicable law prohibiting discrimination in employment. This commitment applies to all empl...oyees and agents of the school, including the headmaster, division and department directors, supervisors and co-workers.
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