The primary responsibility of the School Counselor is to monitor and support the health and wellbeing of Kirby’s student population. They work closely with the Dean of Students to address student conduct, behavioral concerns, and discipline. As School Counselor, they create a safe space for students, providing therapy sessions and respond to students in crisis. The School Counselor follows guidelines to ensure student confidentiality and maintains clinical records in accordance with the law. Reports to the Academic Dean.
Provide therapy sessions for students in crisis, as referred by teachers, students, parents, administrators, or self-referred
Provide short-term ongoing therapy when needed (less than twelve weeks)
Provide referrals to parents when external therapy is recommended
Periodically check in with outside therapists that are seeing Kirby students to monitor wellbeing
Meet with parents and teachers to provide support around student and school issues
Meet occasionally with outside licensed supervisors for consultation and continuing education
Follow standard practices of confidentiality guidelines for Licensed Clinical Social Workers working with minors
Maintain confidential student files and records for seven years
LCSW Licensing as regulated by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences
At least 5 years of relevant experience
Desired: Bilingual competency (Spanish preferred)
Enthusiasm for working collaboratively in an academic atmosphere
A passion for working with youth and guiding them to lead
Excellent organizational skills; ability to prioritize tasks by volume, urgency, etc
Detail oriented, resourceful, strong work ethic, high level of integrity, tactful
About Georgiana Bruce Kirby Prep School
Kirby School provides an education of the highest quality in both academics and the arts. Kirby prepares middle and high school students to succeed in college, to become informed and engaged citizens, and to lead active, healthy lives of on-going inquiry. Our distinguished Faculty challenges students through rigorous coursework while cultivating an enthusiasm for learning within a friendly, caring, and safe environment. The School recognizes students as unique human beings and fosters an inclusive and diverse educational community based upon mutual respect.
Georgiana Bruce Kirby is an independent, co-educational day school for grades 6 through 12 and is a member of, and is accredited by, the California Association of Independent Schools, the National Association of Independent Schools, and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Kirby’s CEEB Code is 053290. Established in 1994, Kirby was named for a Santa Cruz pioneer who devoted her life to education, freedom, and enfranchisement. The School was founded on the belief that students who are respected and encouraged will exhibit great enthusiasm for learning and achieve at the highest ...levels.
Sixty-two percent of Kirby’s 45 faculty members hold advanced degrees, including 8 Doctorates and 20 Masters Degrees. Fine and performing arts teachers have augmented their formal degrees with extensive professional experience.
Kirby enrolls 273 students: 100 in the middle school (6-8) and 173 in the high school (9-12). The graduating Class of 2017 had 44 students. Kirby’s average class size is 12. The school admits students on their ability to be successful in a rigorous academic environment without regard to race, color, creed, gender, sexual orientation, religion, physical disability, national origin or other legally protected status.