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Interim Upper School Counselor
(April- June 15, 2021)
Palos Verdes Peninsula, California
- Committed to 20-30 hours per week
- Licensed counselor or credentialed school counselor.
Chadwick Schools are deeply committed to self-discovery through experience and reflection. Students develop the joy of learning, self-confidence, well-being, and curiosity through interactive and practical experiences. Our schools share the core values of respect, responsibility, honesty, fairness, and compassion. Through active participation in an intentionally diverse and inclusive environment, students make a positive impact within and beyond their own communities. By living and learning in a student-centered collaborative atmosphere of excellence, integrity, and trust, we come to expect the best of ourselves and others
Chadwick School in Palos Verdes is an independent, K-12, coeducational day school dedicated to academic excellence, the development of exemplary character, and self-discovery through experience. A highly educated faculty and staff bring out the best in the talented student body through active learning, challenging academics, one-on-one mentoring, unparalleled global opportunities, nationally distinguished outdoor education and community service programs, outstanding athletic opportunities, and award-winning visual and performing arts.
Located on a beautiful, 45-acre hilltop campus on the scenic Palos Verdes Peninsula in Los Angeles County, Chadwick enrolls over 800 students drawn from more than 45 Southern California communities. Founded in 1935 by visionary educator Margaret Lee Chadwick, Chadwick is one of two schools operated by the Roessler-Chadwick Foundation. In 2010, Chadwick International (CI) was formed in Songdo, South Korea, which expanded opportunities for students around the globe to benefit from a world-class Chadwick education.
The Interim Upper School Counselor is a part-time member of the Upper School faculty, reporting to the Director of Student Support and working closely with division directors, deans, grade-level teachers, and counseling team. The Interim Upper School Counselor provides support and instruction for students in grades nine through grade twelve, and consults with teachers, parents, and outside providers. The ideal candidate is comfortable working in an innovative, inclusive, and diverse program.
Job Title: Upper School Counselor Division/Department: Upper School
Reports To: Director of Student Support
Direct Reports: None
Location: Palos Verdes, CA
Type of position/FLSA: Hourly
Provide individual counseling and support to students (grades 9-12) and families as needed (may be a combination of on-campus and virtual).
Support students, families, and additional parties during crisis situations for Upper School students, and K-12 students as needed.
Consult and work with counselors and colleagues in the Village and Middle School programs as needed for student support or transitions.
Meet with the US faculty and administrators on a weekly basis and follow up with students and parents as needed.
Collaborate with outside therapists, medical doctors, educational therapists, and other treatment providers to provide emotional, social, and educational support to Upper School students and their families as needed.
Participate meaningfully in Community Wellness and schoolwide faculty meetings (Friday at 10:00 AM).
Attend counseling consults for group supervision once per week.
Assume other duties as assigned.
Read and follow employment policies outlined in the Employee Handbook.
Read and follow academic policies outlined in the relevant division Handbook.
Keep necessary documentation and engage in ethical and legal practices and decision making.
Communicate promptly and professionally with students, families, and colleagues.
Based on the candidate’s availability, we will collaborate to create scheduled work hours Monday-Friday. This may involve on-campus and virtual work.
Attend all relevant faculty and school events (parent-teacher conferences, parent education events, assemblies, graduation, etc.).
Supervise students as assigned, such as chaperoning, lunchtime supervision, student trips, and study hall.
REQUIRED AND PREFERRED EDUCATION, EXPERIENCES, AND SKILLS
A graduate degree in counseling or related field required.
Licensed counselor or credentialed school counselor.
Experience with assessment and stabilization of crisis situations.
Excellent communication skills and record keeping skills.
Strong counseling experience with diverse age levels and abilities is preferred.
Strong knowledge relevant technology is preferred.
Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
LGBTQIA and BIPOC candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
A student-centered, global, and innovative approach to counseling is preferred.
TRAITS OF GREAT CHADWICK FACULTY
Chadwick seeks the following personal and professional qualities in its faculty and staff
Student-centered: Dedicated to the intellectual, emotional, social, and ethical well being of Chadwick students as our first priority; able to engage them collectively and individually as whole people possessed not only of intellect but of passions, feelings, thoughts, and lives outside of school; and committed to teaching in ways that inspire a joy in learning and engagement in every student.
Collaborative: Eager to work with colleagues and students and to contribute creatively to effective working teams.
Professionally grounded: Passionate about and well-educated in the field of education; up-to-date on current research on teaching and learning, with the goal of growing continuously as a teacher in order to support the school’s mission
Innovative: Committed to pushing the boundaries of education by experimenting with and developing new techniques to provide the very best student experience.
Globally minded: Oriented toward preparing students to have a positive impact on an increasingly interconnected world, with a commitment to diverse perspectives and multicultural inclusion.
Technologically competent: Able to integrate technology meaningfully as an essential element in the teaching “toolbox.”
Note: This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties and responsibilities that are required of the position.
About Chadwick School
Chadwick is a K-12 coeducational non-denominational independent day school located on a beautiful 45-acre campus on a hill overlooking mountains, canyons and the Pacific Ocean. Founded as a boarding school in the 1930's in what was then a remote area of Los Angeles County, the school has retained its rural charm and relaxed, welcoming atmosphere. Thirty-three faculty and staff families reside on campus, adding to a strong sense of community and shared aspirations.
The school is dedicated to academic excellence and to the development of the character and individual gifts of its students. The school’s challenging academic offerings are therefore complemented by extensive programs in community service, outdoor education, athletics and the arts, in which virtually all students participate.
Chadwick is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit. School policy prohibits unlawful discrimination based on age, ancestry, color, disability, marital status, medical condition, national origin, religious beliefs, sex, sexual orientation and race, or any other applicable law prohibiting discrimination in employment. This commitment applies to all empl...oyees and agents of the school, including the headmaster, division and department directors, supervisors and co-workers.