The Director of Wellness and Belonging is a full-time administrative position who reports to the Associate Head of School and the Head’s Office. This individual works closely with the senior administrative team to build a community and programs that support wellness and belonging across all constituents. The director must have a capacity for teamwork and for developing sensitive working relationships with students, faculty, staff, parents, alumni, and board members; have the ability to manage thoughtfully the personal, political, and institutional dynamics related to wellness and belonging; be a self-starter with strong communication skills; and have a deep concern and compassion for people. This role will coordinate closely with the Counseling Department, Director of Student Diversity Recruitment and Retention, and Deans of Student Life.
Based upon the school’s mission and long-range plan, provide strategic leadership in the areas of wellness and belonging in the school community and as part of the overall strategic initiatives of the school
Ensure that health and wellness activities, communications, and programs reflect Potomac’s character in collaboration with counselors and student life leaders
Ensure that Potomac is creating systems that promote a sense of belonging
Be fully immersed in the school community and engaged in school events
Develop sensitive working relationships with students, faculty and staff, and parents to manage the personal, political, and institutional dynamics related to wellness and belonging in the school
Participate as an active member of the school’s health, safety, and security committee
Manage student cases and collaborate with the counseling team
Partner with program coordinators to provide ongoing support and programming for students and families from traditionally marginalized communities
Support and develop student leadership, including the identification, design, and integration of opportunities within current student leadership training programs
Design and oversee special programs to meet the needs of students and their families in the areas of wellness and belonging
In collaboration with the Director of Student Diversity Recruitment and Retention, and STEPS leadership, support student retention efforts
Assume teaching, advising, and/or coaching duties as appropriate
Act as a member of the DEI and Mental Health and Wellness board committees
Support faculty and staff recruitment efforts, including participating in Potomac’s Diversity Hiring Fair
Act as a resource on wellness for faculty and staff in their work with students and in the development of curriculum and programs
Design and oversee professional development opportunities in the areas of wellness and belonging
Participate in faculty and professional meetings, educational conferences, and teacher training workshops
Perform other duties as assigned
Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of five years’ experience in an administrative leadership role
Clinical Psychologist preferred
Ability to think strategically and proven experience designing and implementing innovative, effective, and sustainable programs in school settings
Ability to maintain sensitive information in the strictest of confidence, exercising absolute discretion and professionalism
Significant training and experience promoting wellness with students, parents, and educators
Organized, detail-oriented, able to manage multiple projects simultaneously under varying deadlines
Ability to promote belonging within The Potomac School Community
Ability to work cooperatively and communicate effectively with faculty, support staff, parents and members of the community
Ability to identify and solve problems effectively and efficiently after considering a broad range of internal, external, and regulatory factors
Excellent communication skills required (both orally and in writing), maintaining open channels and exemplifying strong customer service skills
In striving to fulfill its mission, The Potomac School seeks many different voices, viewpoints, and backgrounds of candidates who embody our core values of courage, integrity, humility, perseverance, and respect. We recognize that differences are a source of strength, and we know that everyone is enriched when each person's contributions and perspectives are valued.
About The Potomac School
The Potomac School is an independent K-12 day school located in McLean, Va. While we are a K-12 school, we are more accurately described as a K through lifetime experience. We nurture the development of our students as unique individuals and as contributing members of a vibrant learning community.
Our school comprises four distinct yet interconnected divisions, joined through a shared mission, integrated curriculum, and deeply rooted communal ties. We enjoy the beauty and natural resources of our 90-acre campus, our athletic fields, woods, streams, and ponds providing a rare and wonderful setting for each student's educational journey.
Mission: At The Potomac School, we believe that intellectual development, love of learning, and strength of character are complementary, and equally essential, educational goals. With a firm commitment to our core values and a rigorous academic program, we prepare students to lead lives of purpose, achievement, and generosity of spirit.