The Rivers School seeks candidates for the position of full-time clinical school counselor (School Adjustment Counselor/ School Social Worker) to work in both the Middle and Upper School divisions for the 2021-22 academic year. This is a 10-month position beginning with orientation and faculty meetings on August 24th, 2021.This individual will report to the Director of Counseling and Wellness.
About The Rivers School
The Rivers School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for students in grades 6 through 12. Rivers challenges students to attain their highest levels of excellence in academics, arts, athletics, personal development, and citizenship. We set high standards and expect students to participate actively in their learning, while we also foster a learning environment where every student is known, supported, and valued. The school believes that excellence in education and social development requires an intentionally diverse, inclusive, and socially responsible community. We cultivate a caring, respectful, and collaborative environment that encourages student performance, characterized by demonstration of logical thought, informed and articulate voice, creative vision, and integrity. Rivers is dedicated to preparing students for leadership in a world that needs their talents, imagination, intellect, and compassion.
Counseling & Wellness Department Philosophy
The counseling philosophy at Rivers centers around the understanding that our primary goal is to support students through normative adolescent development challenges and the pressures that exist in rigorous academic settings, as well as in the larger world. School-based counseling at Rivers works to enhance systems of student support that are ingrained into the school’s culture to foster belongingness and individual development, such as the advisory program and grade-level wellness programming. Counseling services, implemented in individual and group settings, seek to equip students with the skills and sense of wellbeing needed to meet high expectations and navigate a complex globalized world while developing holistically as well-adjusted young adults. Rivers believes in strength-based approaches to both proactive and reactive interventions and prides itself on having a faculty that knows and understands students beyond the confines of their daily classroom contact with those students.
At Rivers, we know that research-based prevention programs effectively promote healthy development when they focus on children and their main socializing environment: School. The department is committed to implementing innovative, developmentally-appropriate Wellness programming that asks students in each grade level to hone and apply their critical thinking skills to topics of physical, emotional, relational, and community health.
The Counseling and Wellness Department shares the core elements of the school’s Diversity Mission statement in our intentional efforts to understand, embrace, and amplify diverse perspectives, experiences, and identities. As clinicians and wellness educators, Rivers School Counselors encourage every individual to find and be their authentic self, and we seek to equip students with the ambition, skills, support, and space for reflection to do so. The ideal candidate supports the inclusive and diverse community we aspire to be, and we strongly encourage applications from counselor-educators with identities, backgrounds, perspectives, and/or experiences that are historically underrepresented in independent schools
Working collaboratively with the Director of Counseling and Wellness, Middle and Upper School Deans of Students, and respective Division Heads, the School Counselor will help coordinate social and emotional learning to maximize student success, promoting equity and access for all students. This work will entail mental health crisis response and safety assessment, managing an ongoing adjustment counseling caseload of Middle and Upper School students, and active participation in the full lifecycle of Wellness Programming planning and development, from needs assessment through implementation.
Specific Job Responsibilities
The general job responsibilities of a School Counselor at Rivers align with the roles of the School Counselor defined by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) and include both direct and indirect services with students. Direct services include Instruction, Appraisal & Advisement, and Counseling, while Consultation, Collaboration and Referrals are examples of Indirect services that this position requires.
Providing direct individual and group counseling services to both Middle School and Upper School students, recognizing and responding to student mental health needs and assisting students and families in connecting to resources for therapeutic support and long-term counseling outside of school as needed
Conducting crisis assessments and interventions around safety concerns and other urgent mental health matters
Supporting the Wellness Program by coordinating with outside presenters/providers as well as creating and delivering developmentally appropriate activities, services, and programs internally, and assisting faculty members and staff who are implementing Social-Emotional Learning initiatives
Serving as a member of the Wellness Team, collaborating with faculty members, administrators, families, and community for student success (particularly in cases of Medical Leaves/ prolonged absences, specific student concerns, and universal prevention programming)
Providing guidance to parents/guardians and teachers/advisors in individual meetings as needed; developing and leading caretaker and faculty workshops around social-emotional learning and child development
Attending and contributing to appropriate division/faculty meetings, consulting as a resource to faculty and administration and providing psychoeducation as appropriate
Unique Job Opportunities
Work collaboratively with Wellness Team members to create an innovative grade 6-12 Wellness “Life Skills” Program
Opportunity to partner with McLean Hospital clinicians through their School Consultation Service and collaborate on pilot programming for students, families, faculty, and administration
Access to meetings with an external clinical supervisor in addition to regular supervision with Interim Director of Counseling and Wellness
Autonomy to develop an individual student caseload and implement group counseling around topics congruent with the counselor’s specific skill sets and areas of interest/expertise
Work with the Director of Counseling and Wellness and School Administration to develop procedures and policies that reflect current best practices in the field
Opportunity to apply for additional student-facing roles including but not limited to athletic coaching, performing arts positions, and club advising aligned with experience/interest
Career growth potential and opportunities to step into increased leadership roles
Master’s Level clinical social worker, or an advanced degree in Clinical or Counseling Psychology
A Massachusetts DESE School Adjustment Counselor/School Social Worker License (Initial Level or higher), a LICSW/ LCSW, LMHC, or equivalent state or nationally approved license
Experience providing evidence-based counseling support in a school setting and specific familiarity with crisis/ safety assessment and emergency referrals
Strong interpersonal, organizational, leadership, and communication skills
Commitment to working in, and working to create, a welcoming, inclusive, anti-racist community with a willingness to continue personal growth in anti-bias education
An established record of Wellness/ Social-Emotional Learning program development
Experience working with Middle and Upper School age students
At least three years of experience working in an Independent School setting
Experience presenting to parents about adolescent development and parenting
Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume via email to William Mills, Upper School Dean of Students (email@example.com). In the subject line, please write: “SCHOOL COUNSELOR CANDIDATE”. Applicants will be considered as their materials are received. Interviews will be carried out in the second half of July and early August, as needed.
About The Rivers School
The Rivers School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for students in grades 6 through 12. Located in Weston, Massachusetts, Rivers challenges students to attain their highest levels of excellence in academics, arts, and athletics. Visit our website at www.rivers.org for more information.