We are seeking a Full-Time Lower School Counselor to join our Lower School team beginning with the 2021 -2022 school year.
The Lower School Counselor will be responsible for performing a variety of duties involving the academic tracking and emotional and social counseling of students.
About The Harker School: Harker is a coeducational, non-sectarian, college preparatory school serving K through grade 12. Harker has four campuses (lower, middle and upper schools) located within minutes of each other in San Jose. For more than 100 years, Harker's mission has remained constant: to create an environment that promotes academic excellence, inspires intellectual curiosity, expects personal accountability and forever instills a genuine passion for learning. We’re tremendously proud of our century-old tradition of excellence in education, and the international recognition our students, faculty and programs have earned.
Kindness, respect, honesty, integrity and personal accountability have been at the heart of a Harker education since the school’s founding in 1893. Students encourage and support one another and celebrate each other’s efforts and successes with hugs and high-fives. It’s a supportive, safe, fun and nurturing place where kids make friends for life with their peers, their teachers and the staff.
Doctorate or Masters in Counseling or Clinical Psychology or a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)
Experience assessing and treating children and adolescents.
Duties and Responsibilities
Meets with students to determine reasons for low grades and provides appropriate intervention based on assessment.
Communicates with parents regarding student challenges when student requires additional intervention.
Completes miscellaneous research, reports and letters as requested and needed.
Provides recommendations regarding a student’s need for intervention, switching classes, academic and/or mental health needs.
Works with teachers to support student academic needs.
Works with the learning specialist to best support student needs.
Manages missed work or adjusted schedules for students with extended absences or students with extenuating circumstances, such as students with concussions.
Monitors, manages and responds to phone calls, emails and comments from teachers, parents and students, regarding academic and emotional concerns of students.
Monitors, manages and responds to academic concerns.
Counsels students experiencing academic, transitional, emotional and/or social difficulties.
Communicates with student advisors, division head, dean of students, head of school and parents regarding student progress when necessary.
Provides referrals to community resources for testing and long-term counseling.
Facilitates mandated reporter training for faculty and staff as needed.
Prepares letters notifying parents of student’s academic probation status.
Meets with parents of assigned new students and provides new student support.
Coordinates parent/teacher conferences for academic, transitional, emotional and/or social difficulties.
Reviews, prints, assesses, and responds to parent and/or teacher emails referencing concerns. If needed, forwards to the appropriate Division Head.
Informs and educates teachers about interventions required for accommodating students with learning differences.
Arranges logistics for presentations to faculty, parents, and students each year, including a yearly presentation on depression and stress
Assists with wellness program as needed.
Provides college counselors, registrar, assistant head of school; academic affairs and division head with information about and proposed courses of action for students they are concerned about, whether concerns are academic, social, behavioral, or emotional in nature.
Provides short term triage counseling to students in crisis.
Knowledge, Skill & Ability Requirements
Understands child and family development.
Understands child abuse reporting, basic counseling and record-keeping requirements for a licensed MFT or licensed Psychologist.
Computer programs that support internal and external communications
About The Harker School
Since its founding in 1893, The Harker School, a coeducational, independent, college preparatory day school serving students in kindergarten through grade 12, as well as early learners in our preschool, has followed its mission to develop lifelong learners and well-rounded global citizens.
We are tremendously proud of our century-old tradition of excellence in education, and the international recognition our students, faculty and programs have earned. We believe the best way to prepare our students is to provide the best academic and extracurricular programs possible. Harker provides a challenging and balanced education. The Harker experience comprises the following cornerstones: students and families, teachers, curriculum and the learning environment, which includes inspiring facilities.
The Harker School is located in the Santa Clara Valley of California. We enjoy 300-plus days of sunshine per year, a perfect climate to take advantage of our beautiful mountain ranges, great for hiking, camping and biking. We’re just a short drive to Santa Cruz where one can enjoy being by the ocean and among the beautiful redwood trees. Santa Clara is home to a variety of startup companies... as well as tech giants. We are fortunate to live in a diverse community with a wide range of socioeconomic backgrounds, religious beliefs and cultural identities.