Lakeside School, an independent coeducational day school located in North Seattle, is currently recruiting for a Upper School Counselor to cover a leave of absence. They will provide 1:1 support to address student social-emotional needs as well as respond to any emerging crises. They will also conduct safety assessments as needed to ensure that students are receiving essential treatment and support. The long term substitute will be a critical element of support we provide to students in the Upper School and will have expertise concerning the social, emotional, and developmental needs of adolescent students and will embrace strengths-based and culturally responsive perspectives. They will work as a collaborative member of the Student Support Team (SST) which includes another full-time counselor, two learning resources coordinators, a family support liaison, the athletic trainer, an assistant director and the director of student and family support.
The position is scheduled to begin August 30, 2021 – October 18, 2021*. *The substitute appointment will include orientation, training and post-assignment debrief sessions.
Responsibilities The Upper School counselor substitute is a temporary leave coverage position with the following responsibilities:
Provide 1:1 culturally responsive counseling support to 9 th , 10th , 11th , and 12th grade students. This includes meeting remotely with students as scheduled, keeping records of student meetings and offering outside referrals when applicable
Provide crisis intervention and safety assessments according to the school’s safety protocol
Implement and manage student support plans for students with a documented qualifying mental health condition
Provide consultation with faculty, staff, advisors, families and outside providers about student needs and concerns
Be an active and engaged member of the Student Support Team. This includes attending and participating in twice weekly Students Support Team meetings to discuss students in need of support, following through on relevant action items, and collaborating and consulting with the 5-12 counselors and Student Support Team as needed.
Maintain a warm and inviting presence on behalf of the Counseling Center including intentionality in appealing to different and diverse groups of students
Conduct occasional class meetings on current wellness and mental health topics
Requirements and Qualifications
A degree in counseling, school counseling, psychology or social work
Excellent knowledge of the social-emotional and developmental needs of adolescent students
Training and experience with safety and risk assessment
Experience with educational settings is preferred
Ability to work collaboratively within a multidisciplinary team
Ability to connect with adolescents while maintaining appropriate boundaries
Demonstrated cultural awareness, including knowledge of self and the cultural lenses one brings to interactions. The candidates will understand different perspectives; interact respectfully with cultures other than one’s own, and cultivate meaningful relationships with people that have different cultural frameworks.
Candidates must satisfactorily complete two criminal background checks
Working At Lakeside At Lakeside we are committed to sustaining a school in which individuals representing diverse cultures and experiences instruct one another in the meaning and value of community. To learn more about working at Lakeside, including our professional development and mentoring programs, benefits, diversity and inclusion, and opportunities for involvement in non-academic programs, please visit our Careers page on the Lakeside School website.
Lakeside School is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Diverse candidates are encouraged to apply.
About Lakeside School
The School’s Mission and shared commitment of all Lakeside employees is to develop in intellectually capable young people the creative minds, healthy bodies, and ethical spirits to contribute wisdom, compassion, and leadership to a global society. We provide a rigorous, dynamic academic program through which effective educators lead students to take responsibility for learning. We are committed to sustaining a school in which individuals representing diverse cultures and experiences instruct one another in the meaning and value of community and in the joy and importance of lifelong learning.