Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School invites applications for a Personal Counselor for the 2021 - 2022 academic year. Located in Washington, DC, and founded in 1799, Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School educates young women in grades 9 – 12 in a faith-centered community focused on educational excellence and rooted in the Roman Catholic faith and Salesian tradition.
Student Support: The Personal Counseling program at Visitation provides counseling and personal support to students. The Personal Counselor works with a co-Counselor in service to 500 students, taking primary counseling responsibilities for two grade levels (e.g., freshman and juniors / sophomores and seniors).
The Personal Counselor designs and implements a counseling curriculum for freshman and sophomore students addressing the academic and emotional needs of adolescents.
The Personal Counselor facilitates freshman or sophomore counseling groups once an academic cycle.
The Personal Counselor organizes and facilitates small group and individual counseling sessions with students as needed.
Faculty & Staff Partnership: Counselors work collaboratively with members of the school community (teachers, the Academic Dean, Dean of Student Life, School Nurse, etc.) to address students of concern and to share information about individual and collective student well-being. Counselors attend regularly scheduled faculty meetings, grade level meetings, and student services team meetings. Personal counselors collaborate with the College Counseling Office in writing college recommendations for seniors.
Parent & External Partnership/s:
Counselors are a resource for parents.
Personal Counselors discuss parents’ academic, social, emotional questions and concerns about their daughters.
Personal Counselors design and implement a variety of parent and family programs throughout the academic year, including a variety of assemblies and community conversations.
Counselors partner with external care providers to support families.
Personal Counselors make referrals to outside agencies and specialists as needed and ensure appropriate documentation of therapeutic relationships, release forms, etc. to effectively care for students on campus.
Personal counselors maintain contact with outside specialists caring for students.
Personal Counselors attend professional development workshops to remain current on topics related to adolescent development, as well as monthly meetings of the Washington Area Independent School Counselors.
Academic and professional experiences:
Successful candidates must have a Master’s degree in school counseling, or a related field.
A minimum of five years of relevant counseling experience in a Catholic or independent school is preferred; previous experience supporting and teaching young women in an all-girls learning environment is ideal.
Successful candidates must be willing to work closely with colleagues and students in a dynamic, collaborative setting.
Candidates should display empathy and cultivate positive relationships, particularly with young people.
Candidates should possess discretion and maintain high standards of professionalism, to include responsibility for ongoing professional development and training (supported by the school and of individual professional interest) in standards of confidentiality, collaboration, mandatory reporting expectations, etc.
Time management, flexibility to respond to emergent situations, and the ability to make good judgements and quick decisions are essential.
Outstanding oral and written communication is essential; collaboration with students, parents, faculty, and school leaders is ongoing.
Technological competencies: Candidates should be comfortable with school data management systems, Google apps, MS applications, etc.