Schedule: Monday through Friday (plus events as required)
Hours: 7:50 am to 3:20 pm
Mission: Rooted in the Dominican tradition, St. Agnes Academy provides a Catholic college preparatory education that encourages young women to develop intellectual curiosity, to work for social justice and to act with integrity and compassion.
Faith, Community, and Dominican Charism
Ensure that the four pillars of a Dominican education (prayer, study, community, preaching) are developed and promoted among the school community
Develop an active faith community and models Christian values
Incorporate prayer and spiritual formation within the student, faculty/staff and parent communities
Uphold and implement the Dominican charism and the Houston Dominican Sisters congregational goals
The purpose of the wellness counselor is to serve as a student, parent and community support and advocacy representative in the areas of social, emotional, mental health and well-being as it relates to student success in a school setting. Counselor provides short-term, solution-focused, strength-based and trauma-informed counseling in the school as a non-clinical setting.
The main responsibilities will include:
Provide social, emotional support for alpha assigned students in 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade levels.
Build rapport with 9th grade student alpha split and serve as their academic advisor.
Develop and implement preventative, psycho-educational group/classroom guidance on wellness topics for all grade levels.
Provide presentations, feedback, and offer support to parent community, faculty and staff.
Offer trauma-informed, support/process groups throughout the year.
Provide crisis intervention for students and families, advise administration and teaching staff on student academic needs in time of crisis.
Provide feedback and collaborate with classroom instructors as needs arise for students.
Advocate for overall community mental, emotional health and creatively offer ideas for stress management, balance and well-being.
Partner with Dean of Students office in discipline cases that necessitate social, emotional follow- up and case management.
Advise, inform admin, faculty/staff about developmental needs and characteristics of adolescence.
Support office of Academic Dean with 9’s registration and course planning.
Collaborate with the college counseling department with shared alphas.
Cultivate relationships in the mental health community of Houston and surrounding areas.
Maintain a membership to the American School Counseling Association.
Willingness to be trained as a Certified Daring Way Facilitator (CDWF) and facilitate BOLD small groups with students.
Master’s Degree in either Counseling or Social Work required
School counseling certificate preferred.
Commitment to embracing the mission of St. Agnes Academy
Complete Safe Haven training
Strong public speaking skills
Work experience in a school setting
Teaching experience preferred
Excellent judgment, confidentiality, discretion, and diplomacy
Ability to work independently as well as a team member; ability to set priorities and schedules to meet deadlines with a minimum of supervision
Proficiency in Microsoft Office
Strong self-care skills.
Work Environment: This job operates in a professional/education/office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.
Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit at desk area, communicate via phone/face to face, manually input data into a computer, walk to different office areas, reach with hands and arms, and minimal lifting.
Internal Number: Saawc2122
About St. Agnes Academy
Rooted in the Dominican tradition, St. Agnes Academy provides a Catholic college preparatory education that encourages young women to develop intellectual curiosity, to work for social justice and to act with integrity and compassion.
St. Agnes Academy was founded in 1905 by Mother Pauline Gannon, O.P., Prioress of the Dominican Sisters of Houston, Texas. The Academy opened on February 11, 1906, at its former location at 3901 Fannin. It was in operation at that site until September 1963 when the present-day campus opened at 9000 Bellaire Boulevard in Sharpstown. St. Agnes numbers more than 10,000 graduates, many of whom now have daughters, granddaughters, and even great-granddaughters who are Academy students or alumnae.
In 1917 St. Agnes was accredited by the University of Texas and the State Board of Education. It is now affiliated with the following educational associations: Catholic Schools of the Galveston-Houston Diocese, The National Catholic Educational Association, The Texas Catholic Conference Education Department in conjunction with the Texas Education Agency, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and The College Board.