New England Innovation Academy seeks an inspiring middle and high school Social-Emotional Coordinator, who will create and sustain the vision, direction and implementation of mental health and counseling services at NEIA. Successful candidates will have a strong clinical background including proven experience providing comprehensive mental health services and psychoeducational outreach to students with a diverse range of identities in a school setting.
Reporting to the Dean of Community Life, the Social-Emotional Coordinator will serve as a thought partner and collaborator to the Learning Support Coordinator in the creation of the NEIA Wellness Center, the execution of the formal wellbeing curriculum, and other initiatives, and to the Dean of Faculty and faculty advisors concerning student mental health, and other social-emotional support matters.
The Social-Emotional Coordinator serves as a member of the faculty. Faculty at NEIA encourage collaborative teamwork in the classroom, teaching students to communicate effectively and thoughtfully, justify their reasoning, and consider multiple perspectives when solving problems. Faculty invest in the life of the school by participating in the advisory program, social and emotional learning, weekly department meetings and multidisciplinary team meetings, anti-bias training, residential life when we include boarding students, and any and all aspects that support the student experience. Faculty are responsible for creating and maintaining a learning environment that guides and encourages students to develop and fulfill their academic potential and accomplish the learning goals of NEIA.
Embodying NEIA’s principles of empathy, equity, personalization, authentic work, and collaboration in all work activities and actions;
Working closely with the Student Life team to:
Provide individual mental health counseling; educate community on proactive wellness strategies;
Provide education (prevention and awareness via classes/presentation on topics such as anger/stress management, cyber safety, etc.);
Develop youth leadership and empowerment skills;
Facilitate restorative justice and conflict resolution;
Provide crisis assistance (i.e. family death);
Provide truancy intervention;
Provide mental health resources;
Liaise with community resources; next steps involving short term and/or long term counseling or intervention; advocacy;
Provide small group mental health counseling (i.e. anger/stress management, gender/sexual diversity issues, self-esteem, grief, relationships, etc.);
Address risky behaviors (i.e. alcohol, drug use, smoking, among others);
Address depression and anxiety;
Address abuse (i.e. physical, emotional, sexual);
Maintain and track documentation of mental health support for students;
Provide some academic counseling duties and other duties specific to student needs, if needed;
Attend Student Life Team meetings as scheduled;
Contribute to the life of the school and in building a strong community.
The ideal candidate possesses the following competencies:
Ability to work with professionalism, discretion, sound judgment, equity, honesty, and personal accountability at all times;
Proficient knowledge of counseling strategies and methods;
Critical thinking skills;
Ability to create a welcoming and supportive community for a diverse study body;
Strong written and verbal communication skills;
Exceptional administrative and organization skills;
Uses technology effectively in counseling, teaching, learning, and administrative functions;
Ability to efficiently and effectively manage the time of self and others.
Required education and experience:
A Counseling Certification license and, school-based license valid in MA in one of the following areas: school counseling and/or school social work;
Bachelor’s degree; advanced degree in a related field strongly preferred;
Middle and high school experience in a residential or day school preferred;
Demonstrated experience in a supervisory role;
Knowledge of legal standards in compliance with state and federal laws, as well as an ability to maintain appropriate confidentiality is essential;
At least three years of experience.
This 10-month, full-time faculty position begins in August 2021. The founding faculty will also be compensated additionally for fleshing out the curriculum and program for up to two weeks in July.
Interested candidates should email a cover letter and resume/CV to Ayla Gavins, Director of Faculty Recruitment and Development, at [email protected]. Candidates who advance in the process will be asked to submit additional materials, including two or three on-demand short written responses to prompts; a recording of a lesson taught this past year or, if this is not available, teaching a sample lesson on Zoom to members of the NEIA team; and in the final stage of the process the contact information for three professional references.
About New England Innovation Academy
The New England Innovation Academy (NEIA) is preparing the next generation of innovators to pursue their dreams and shape a better world. A brand new global school for day and boarding students in grades 6-12, NEIA prepares young innovators with a future-focused curriculum, human-centered design, and real-world inclusion. Students connect Passion to Purpose, bring Ideas to Impact, and graduate prepared for what’s Next. Students create a unique PIN to the change they want to see in a rapidly evolving world. We invite you to learn more about NEIA by visiting the school’s website at https://neiacademy.org.
Diversity is essential to NEIA’s existence as a place of innovation. To innovate, you must feel you belong. As a human-centered design community, we work toward every NEIA innovator feeling a sense of belonging at school. The diverse community and inclusive culture supported by a social justice curriculum empower NEIA innovators to act for equity and not be passive or passersby in the face of inequity. NEIA innovators are empowered by inclusion in a diverse community, which strives for equity by putting into action relevant social justice programs. We value creating the same experience for our staff and invite you to join our community.