Mark Day School seeks a collaborative and enthusiastic school counselor and SEL coordinator to work in fifth through eighth grades. The successful applicant for this position will help advance the school’s mission with positive energy, creativity, dedication to a diverse community, love for children, a strong work ethic, and a willingness to collaborate in partnership with the wider school community. This is a 4-day/week position serving as part of the counseling and SEL leadership team.
Education and Experience
Master’s in Counseling, and appropriate licensure (LMFT, LCSW, or LPCC)
A strong knowledge base in the area of mental health and social-emotional development, especially anxiety, depression, crisis management, social skill development, conflict resolution, behavioral management, ADHD, and parenting skills
Relevant experience working with children in a school setting and an understanding of independent school culture
A passion for working with children and their families, and an open and collaborative approach to working with students, teachers, parents, administrators, and outside care providers
Proven track record of working effectively to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in a community committed to diversity, equity, and social justice
Experience with Social-Emotional Learning, especially with curriculum development, lesson design, and classroom teaching. Experience with Responsive Classroom, Toolbox, Open Session, Solution Teams, or similar research-based programs a plus
Responsibilities and Opportunities
Partner collaboratively with Mark Day's counseling and student support team
Serve as a primary point of contact for parents, guardians, faculty, and administrators about the social and emotional well-being and mental health of students
Provide direct counseling services for students and families, including crisis counseling and parenting skills training, and provide referral guidance about psychotherapy outside of school
Lead small group and conflict resolution check-ins with students and provide support as needed per class
Assess risk to children and families
Coordinate 5th-6th grade Social and Emotional Learning Program, including providing faculty with resources and guidance, organizing professional development, and maintaining scope & sequence of skills
Teach Health & Wellness, SEL & Sexuality Education in collaboration with classroom teachers
Support faculty with best practices in regard to children’s needs
Attend Parent-Teacher Conferences and other parent meetings to discuss progress with parents as needed and assume an active role in relevant Student Support Plan (SSP) meetings
Meet with teachers to discuss student learning profiles and ensure appropriate accommodations are in place
Assist with the writing of individual student support plans (SSPs) that will target students’ strengths and needs
Remain current on developments in the field (i.e. law & ethics, mandated reporting, and risk assessment) as well as laws governing confidentiality as they pertain to children and mental health services in independent schools
Review and maintain information from neuropsychological reports, therapy, or medication in close partnership with Division Heads, Head of School, and Director of Student Life
Maintain and update confidential records & documents
More About Mark Day School
Mark Day School is a vibrant and diverse community, and all community members continue to work towards the furthering of an inclusive and supportive school. The school is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and multiculturalism. Mark Day School’s compensation and benefits are very competitive by both NAIS and regional standards. For more information about Mark Day School, please visit our website (www.markdayschool.org).
Interested candidates should visit our website and send a letter of interest and resume via email to [email protected]
About Mark Day School
Founded in 1980, Mark Day School is an independent, all gender K-8 school located in the Bay Area in San Rafael, CA, with an enrollment of 380 students. Innovative, inclusive, and full of heart, Mark Day School unites an enriched, challenging academic program with a kind and inclusive community. The school nurtures a love of learning, engagement in the community, and development of compassion and an ethical framework. Students learn and practice the intellectual, social, and emotional skills they will apply to the unique challenges and opportunities of their time; graduates stand out not only for their intellectual curiosity and pursuit of ideas, but also for their joy of learning and deep sense of responsibility to be active, engaged citizens.
Mark Day School has established a consistent practice of thoughtful innovation in its curricular program, focusing on current century skills and concepts including four cross-disciplinary literacies: cross-cultural literacy, media and information literacy, ecoliteracy, and social, emotional, and ethical literacy. Highlights include the NAIS Leading Edge Award-winning media literacy program; well-established local and global partnerships w...ith the Canal Alliance of San Rafael, eSibonisweni School and Kliptown Youth Program in South Africa, Beijing #2 Experimental Primary School in China, and Pan American School in Costa Rica, among others; iPads in the third and fourth grades; laptops beginning in fifth grade; Mandarin and Spanish language beginning in kindergarten; a commitment to differentiation across the school; and more.
In spring 2016 the school broke ground on a transformative campus project that includes renovation of the quad and amphitheater at the heart of the campus and the construction of a new Learning Commons and Creativity Lab. The new learning spaces will be spacious and agile, designed to support student-centered inquiry, hands-on discovery and tinkering, collaboration, and design thinking.