Fountain Valley School is a co-ed, college-preparatory boarding/day school enrolling 230 students in grades 9-12. Founded in 1930, the School provides a rigorous, global curriculum in academics, arts, athletics and the outdoors in a diverse community to develop young adults who are courageous, open-minded, self-reliant, curious, and compassionate. This position reports directly to the dean of students. The goal of the director of school counseling is to provide informal and formal counseling support to students and to educate the student community about healthy coping and decision-making skills that will safeguard their well-being as they confront the intellectual, emotional, social, and physical challenges of adolescent growth. This opening is available immediately through the remainder of this school year as well as the 2021-2022 school year.
Provide informal supportive counseling to students
Provide formal scheduled counseling as a component of a comprehensive support plan for students seeing outside mental health professionals
Evaluate and assess students in crisis or at-risk and follow with an appropriate response in collaboration with the administration
Recommend and coordinate long-term support plan for students
Procure the necessary releases from parents so that the School may work in a supportive partnership with the outside health provider
Coordinate and manage a comprehensive support plan for individual students in close collaboration with the director of health center, parents, deans’ office, outside mental health care providers, and the school community
Respond to student referrals by and follow-up with the reporting faculty member, parents, advisor and resident hall director
Collaborate with the Learning Center, advisors, and parents to provides supportive counseling for students with learning-related difficulties
Design and deliver wellness-oriented developmental curriculum and programming to students via our Student Life Curriculum, Advisory, and Residential Life program
Educate faculty and parents about adolescent development and pathology
Manage relationship with outside health providers and acts as the liaison between the outside health care provider and the School
Undertake appropriate clinical and program consultation consistent with the guidelines of licensure, the School’s mission, and ASCA/CASCA standard
Teach one semester of our 9th-grade Chapter 1 program
Manage the on-call counseling duty phone
Collaborate with Admission Office during summer months to review new student applications
Attend to all faculty meetings and health team meetings
Participate in a class level retreat along with other faculty members
Participate in committees as assigned
Participate in co-leading an Interim trip (Spring experiential learning trip)
Knowledge and Skills:
Ability to work with individuals in a courteous and professional manner
Demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate in a team environment
Detail-oriented, organized, self-motivated, self-directed and punctual
Ability to work independently, prioritize tasks, and manage multiple tasks at one time
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Proficient in LMS Blackbaud OnCampus and Google Educational Suite Apps preferred
Environment: office and indoor classroom working with some outdoor events
Physical demands: able to sit and stand for at least 8 hours per day; must be able to lift 40 lb.
Attendance at certain community events will be required
Working relationships: students, parents, outside vendors, and all other employees
FVS’ Core Values are courage, open-mindedness, self-reliance, curiosity, and compassion. FVS supports a culture of communication and collaboration with the intent of creating an environment of predictability and support for our students, parents, and colleagues. FVS employees celebrate diversity, participate fully in the school community, embrace the power of the prairie, the peaks, and the history of the School. FVS teaching faculty challenge students, create opportunities for learning and growth beyond the academic day, employ innovative teaching methods, and pursue professional and personal development through lifelong learning.
Fountain Valley School of Colorado provides a rigorous, global curriculum in academics, arts, athletics and the outdoors in a diverse community to develop young adults who are courageous, open-minded, self-reliant, curious and compassionate.
Send letter of application, resume and list of three professional references to:
Master’s degree in counseling or psychology and possess or have the ability to obtain a Colorado State Certification; experience working with students and adults in an independent boarding/day school environment preferred. The ideal candidate adapts to change and innovation; supports the school culture of predictability and support; and maintains confidential information.