Join a growth-oriented, collaborative learning community committed to Westminster’s mission and vision, including core values of inclusivity and service. In developing “the whole person for college and for life,” Westminster hires and retains passionate, talented, diverse educators like you to prepare our students to be lifelong learners, well equipped to address local and global challenges.
Westminster excels regionally and nationally in every area of school life, from academics to the arts and athletics, achieving excellence through a wide range of programming--and we need you to help us!
Westminster stands ready to support you with exceptional resources, including a Center for Teaching that provides workshops, cohorts, coaching and resources to help you be your best. At Westminster, you are more than just an academic expert; you make a difference in the lives of students and colleagues--and they, in turn, make a difference in yours.
Anticipated start date for this position: Anytime January to August 2021
Reports to: Head of Upper School
Position Status: Salaried, exempt, full-time, regular, 10-month position.
Master's degree education in one of the counseling professions, post-degree supervised clinical experience, and passing of the National Counselor Examination or an equivalent exam required
Current counseling certification issued by the state of Georgia or licensure in the state of Georgia, or agreement to transfer an out-of-state certification/ licensure upon hiring
Strong facilitation skills to engage and educate parents, staff, and students
Direct experience with adolescents (Upper School preferred) and expertise in their social-emotional, developmental, and cognitive needs
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
The Upper School Counselor assists the Director of Student Support and the Upper School Counseling Team in the following areas:
Design and implement programming to enhance a culture of wellness that fosters student support and self-advocacy
Coach classroom teachers and staff on action steps to support well being
Provide thought leadership on national trends and developments in counseling with an eye toward empirically supported interventions
Empower and support students through individual and small group counseling
Normalize conversations around mental health
Manage crisis intervention
Lead consultations with parents, teachers, nurses, and administrators
Support advisement, affinity groups, mentoring and leadership programs
Consult with external mental health professionals to assess and refer students as needed
Collaborate with teachers, deans, division heads, chaplains, and counselors in the Lower and Middle Schools to ensure cross-divisional continuity of care
Candidates should be able to contribute to the larger school community through coaching or sponsoring other extracurricular programs. Because Westminster’s vision of Counseling and Student Support is proactive, visible, and deeply connected across many facets of the student community, the strongest applicants are willing to engage with students through attendance at a variety of school events.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT
While performing the duties of this position, the employee is required to sit; stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle and feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch and crawl; talk and hear; engage in moderately strenuous physical activity both indoors and out; and smell. The employee may occasionally lift or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. Ability to become CPR and First Aid Certified.
While performing the duties of this position, the employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions.
Travel is primarily local during the regular business day. Overnight and out-of-area travel may also be required.
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY STATEMENT
Westminster is committed to the principle of equal opportunity in employment. It is Westminster’s policy to provide equal employment opportunities and administer terms and conditions of employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws. EOE/M/F/D/V.
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About The Westminster Schools
Westminster is an inclusive, Christian independent day school for boys and girls, where bright, motivated, curious students who are nurtured by challenge become leaders of conscience. Founded in 1951, Westminster is guided by a mission to prepare students for college and for life. With a current enrollment of approximately 1,870 students in grades pre-first through twelfth, 285 faculty, and 250 staff, Westminster fulfills its mission through a dynamic curriculum that engages children across the key dimensions of their growth – academic, physical, and spiritual.
Westminster is a growth-oriented, collaborative learning community committed to the School’s mission and vision, including core values of inclusivity and service. Westminster excels regionally and nationally in every area of school life, from academics to the arts to athletics, achieving excellence through a wide range of programming supported by a wealth of resources. Please investigate our website at www.westminster.net for employment opportunities and information about our excellent educational programs.