Bullis School seeks an Upper School Counselor for the 2021-2022 academic year to support our caring and inclusive community. This position involves overseeing the emotional, social, and behavioral health and well-being of students in grades 9 through 12. This position has been newly created to join the existing US Counselor to ensure that we continue to meet the individual needs of our student body and address the collective wellness objectives of the Bullis Community.
In collaboration with Upper School Administrators, the counseling team supports wellness education and school policies around mental health, bullying, and mandated reporting. Counselors at Bullis provide short-term counseling and crisis intervention to students and make recommendations for outside mental health and therapeutic support. Counselors coordinate the Peer Mentor program and use their insights into the needs of students and families to develop and facilitate relevant health education programs such as substance abuse awareness and education, healthy relationship dynamics, the senior transition to college, and other relevant topics. Counselors work with teachers to determine student needs, offer guidance, facilitate communication, and advocate on how to best support students in the classroom.
Bullis is a community that welcomes new people and ideas, embraces diversity, and shares a common vision of kindness, challenge, and reflective learning. Bullis is proud of its culture of innovation and growth and supports faculty with ample professional development opportunities that include a commitment to Equity, Inclusion and Justice training and education. Bullis School is an independent coeducational college preparatory day school for students in grades K-12 situated on a beautiful 102-acre campus in Potomac, MD, and is home to a full range of state-of-the-art facilities for learning, arts, discovery, and athletics. To learn more about teaching and learning at Bullis School please click here.
Essential functions of this position include:
Serves as an advisor
Assists and works collaboratively with the Upper School College Counseling Team as well as the Upper School Academic Support Team
Assists with orientation programs for incoming ninth grade and transfer students and coordinates school activities pertaining to the school counseling program.
Serves on the admissions committee
Attends and participates in weekly Student Review Committee meetings to discuss student progress, to identify behavioral, academic, and other problems, for the purpose of providing solutions/strategies, and appropriate resources for students
Devises and implements virtual methods of creating and maintaining a “school community”
Strives to improve leadership skills and knowledge through self-initiated professional organizations
Attends and participates in faculty meetings and serves on committees as required.
Bullis School is committed to staff diversity, equality, and continued professional growth. Bullis School provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Bullis School complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment.
Qualified candidates should possess the following education & experience:
Empathetic and able to cultivate positive relationships with young people
Ability to make good judgments and quick decisions
High degree of discretion and confidentiality, as necessary and appropriate
Exceptional verbal, written communication, and listening skills
A proven collaborator who can work with all internal and external members of the community
Use of reflection and feedback aimed at continued growth
Able to exchange accurate information in situations with parents, students and other health professionals
Minimum of five years of experience working as a counselor in a student-centered, community based independent school, focused on students in grades 9-12
Master’s Degree in Counseling, Social Work, or related mental health field required
About Bullis School
Bullis School is a 102-acre private school for grades K - 12 located in Potomac, MD.