Albuquerque Academy, a co-ed, independent, college preparatory day school, seeks a counselor who will join a dynamic team of four licensed mental health professionals in July 2021. This team works in a variety of ways to promote the mental health and well-being of students at the school. The counselor will work closely with students, parents, faculty, and staff in key areas: crisis intervention, short-term individual counseling, facilitating support groups, psychoeducation, referrals to therapists in the community, and consultation with the department and community partners. Perspective candidates need to possess a relationship based and trauma informed approach.The counselor will work collaboratively with faculty, administration, parents, and community partners in the development of a school-wide Social Emotional Learning (SEL) program that will begin implementation in the summer of 2021. Prospective candidates need to be skilled and willing to train faculty on topics related to the social emotional development of adolescents and work with parents on the development of parenting skills and during time when their children are in distress.
Currently, health classes are offered in grades eight and ten, where counselors are responsible for delivering and improving the health curriculum. The curriculum covers topics such as clarification of values, sexuality, substance abuse, developing healthy relationships, managing stress, and coping with anxiety and depression. Additionally, counselors present, sometimes in the evening, to faculty and parents on issues relevant to adolescent development and wellbeing.
In addition, we place a high value on cultural awareness and candidates that pursue personal growth and reflection, including participating in brave conversations about race, inequities, and privilege. Diversity is a core value at Albuquerque Academy, and we seek candidates who demonstrate an abiding commitment to equity and inclusion.
Provides short term counseling and crisis interventions to students as needed
Assists staff with the creation and alignment of classroom student behavioral expectations and classroom management plans
Works with teachers in tracking, counseling, and assisting struggling students
Consults and collaborates effectively with parents/guardians, teachers, and administrators regarding students with identified concerns and needs
Refers students who have ongoing emotional issues to qualified psychologists or licensed social workers
Acts as the school liaison with students’ outside mental health professionals
Provides appropriate information to faculty and staff regarding students’ specific emotional needs and mental health, as appropriate
Engages in ongoing professional development relevant to the position
Supports the School and its mission, maintaining a high degree of professionalism at all times
Remains abreast of current laws and ethical standards as they relate to student safety and emotional health; assists in ensuring school compliance with said laws and standards
To be successful in this role, you must:
Work well under pressure and as part of a team
Enjoy working with adolescent students and adults
Demonstrate strong listening, communication, and relationship skills
Possess expertise in working with diverse populations
Demonstrate strong organizational and time-management skills
Pay attention to detail and maintain record keeping in a timely and comprehensive manner
Commit to being part of the larger life of the school and shows interest in the school community
Seek to develop professionally, value reflection and model lifelong learning
Consistently show compassion for others and contribute to a positive and authentic department culture
Work with a team to create an integrated 6-12 SEL program designed to nurture the whole child
Have the ability to use various tech applications including entering electronic case notes, using outlook calendar, using Zoom, and using google documents to create presentations
Work is primarily indoors in a classroom or office setting.
Hours are generally from 7:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. from August to early June.
Extracurricular, administrative, or other chaperoning/sponsoring duties may take place outdoors and may extend into the late afternoon/evening or weekends.
The school pays for malpractice insurance and professional memberships and provides opportunities for professional development
Master's degree or higher
Licensure to practice as a master’s level clinician
5 years post-masters or 3 years post-doctorate experience
Experience working clinically with adolescents, ages 12-18
Experience working with parents on topics related to the wellbeing of their children
Previous work in a school setting and teaching experience (preferred)
About Albuquerque Academy
Albuquerque Academy is a leading independent, coeducational, day school serving approximately 1,200 students in grades six through twelve. The Academy’s resources are committed to a mission comprising accessibility, affordability, excellence, caring, and outreach as we serve the greater Albuquerque area. As part of this mission, the school has attracted some of the finest students and educators in the country to its extensive facilities on a natural 312-acre site within the city limits of Albuquerque. For further information about the Academy we encourage interested candidates to go to the school’s web site at www.aa.edu .