The Collegiate School is seeking an experienced, full-time School Psychologist/Counselor to begin January 2021. This ideal candidate should be passionate about advocating for and supporting students, skilled in nurturing relationships, and knowledgeable about the developmental needs of children. This individual should be a self-starter with impeccable integrity and extraordinary work ethic, possessing a commitment to K-12 education and to the education of boys. Must have an open, optimistic and collaborative work style coupled with the ability and willingness to act decisively. This person should have an enthusiastic commitment to the importance of building and sustaining a diverse, just, inclusive, and equitable academic environment.
The Psychological Services Department at Collegiate, in conjunction with other support and academic faculty and administration, strives to help provide a learning environment in which the students, and the Collegiate community as a whole, thrive emotionally and academically. The department works from a health-based model for the entire community with the belief that if the overall wellness of the community is increased, as well as addressing the needs of each student, all members of the community will more fully reach their potential. You will be joining our team at a challenging and exciting time – creative, caring, and self-motivated candidates are ideal.
Collaborates closely with teachers and other mental health professionals to develop interventions and action plans that support students experiencing emotional, behavioral and academic difficulties;
Provides consultation and guidance to parents, teachers, advisors, and administrators regarding psychosocial issues affecting students and general childhood, pre-adolescent and adolescent development;
Fulfills advisory duties, fostering individual student growth and development;
Interfaces with outside therapists regarding students under their care;
Trains faculty and consults with teachers, deans and advisors regarding ways of understanding and supporting students in emotional distress;
Works closely with the Director of Psychological Services and Head of Middle School to create a strong and healthy school environment;
Assists in the development and provision of psychoeducational workshops and social-emotional curriculum development that addresses the needs of the school community;
Develops and monitors behavioral and social-emotional goals for students receiving counseling;
Provides crisis support for students as a member of a support team;
Attends weekly meetings pertinent to the role;
Performs related duties as assigned.
Education and Experience:
Master’s degree from an accredited university or college in counseling, psychology or social work and relevant licensure required. Doctoral degree preferred.
Three to five years of experience working in a school or child/adolescent-based setting required, specific counseling experience working with middle-school aged children in an independent school setting preferred.
Must be able to complete a background check and drug screen.
Must possess a NYS license as a psychologist or LCSW.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Ability and willingness to participate fully in a dynamic day school located in New York City;
Excellent communication skills, both orally and in writing;
Ability to motivate and manage a high quality staff and hire new talent;
Ability to interface with all constituencies of the school community – the Head of the School, the administration, staff, faculty and students;
Outstanding interpersonal skills and emotional competency to build and maintain strong relationships with students, families and colleagues;
Superior analytical skills to support ongoing curriculum planning, development, and refinement;
Meticulous organizational abilities (setting priorities, then organizing what needs to happen when to meet deadlines);
Optimism, maturity, and personal resiliency;
Must possess the ability to practically apply assessment, counseling, and crisis intervention skills.
About Collegiate School
Collegiate School is a K-12 boys school of 656 students located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Founded in 1628, it has maintained a reputation of excellence in boys education and is particularly known for the strength of its academic programs, for the warmth of its community, and for the loyalty of its students and alumni. Throughout the school, we seek teachers who are knowledgeable in their disciplines, passionate about teaching, and eager to help students become independent adults and responsible leaders. We seek teachers who are inspiring and supportive in their work with boys, who are willing to teach beyond the classroom, and who share our belief in the values of collaboration, respect, and equity.