Friends Seminary, an independent Quaker school educating students in grades K-12 in New York City since 1786, seeks a Counselor in the Upper School for a 10-month position, five days per week, beginning August 22, 2022. The Upper School Counselor reports to the Upper School Division Head.
Develops presence with students, faculty and parents, and becomes part of the School community
Connects well with children and their families
Serves as member of the Upper School Guidance team and works closely with the Head of Upper School to develop programming for students and respond to individual student needs
Collaborates closely with the Support Services team: Director of Support Services/psychologist, learning specialists and school nurse to promote the physical, social, emotional, educational and health needs of students in Upper School
Meets with students individually and in small groups
Facilitates various support and affinity groups for students, including Banana Splits (children living with one parent for a variety of reasons)
Collaborates with the Director of Diversity, Equity and Belonging as well as the Health Education staff on individual students, programming and teaching of Health and Wellness curriculum
Partner with the Director of Support Services to develop learning plans for students with psychoeducational and neuropsychological evaluations on file and be able to analyze and communicate test results and recommendations verbally and in writing
Work with teachers, students, administrators, learning specialists and parents to make learning plans useful for students
Initiates and participates in meetings with parents and/or teachers as needed
Attends after school faculty meetings, grade level team meetings and school gatherings
Sometimes gives presentations or presents case studies
Hosts talks for families about parenting, various mental health issues and child development topics
Collaborates with outside practitioners, including tutors, therapists and evaluators to make referrals and follow up on student care
Licensed Clinical Social worker (LCSW) or Psychologist (Psy.D. or Ph.D.) with at least 1-3 years post-licensure in either counseling, clinical, school, health, community or a combination of these disciplines
Seasoned practitioner with experience working in a school or clinical setting with students aged 14-18
Strong public speaking, organization and written communication skills
Friends Seminary reserves the right to require all employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 as current and future health and safety guidelines are adopted by the School. All employees will be required to be tested for COVID-19 as the School deems necessary to protect our community and those around us.
To apply: Interested candidates must submit a completed Friends Seminary Employment Application, Resume, contact information for three references and a Cover Letter articulating your approach to emotional/mental health work in a school setting to firstname.lastname@example.org. When submitting your required documents, kindly reference in the subject line: your first and last name, the position you are applying for and where you heard about the position, i.e: Smith, Jane – MS Science Teacher - Friends Website. You will receive a confirmation email when you submit your application online. No phone calls, please.
Friends Seminary actively promotes diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism in all its programs and operations, including admissions, financial aid, hiring, and all facets of the educational experience. To form a community which strives to reflect the world’s diversity, we do not discriminate on the basis of race or color, religion, nationality, ethnicity, economic background, physical ability, sex, gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation. Friends Seminary is an equal opportunity employer. Candidates of color and members of other underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. We urge all applicants to identify and express their individuality and the ways in which they might enrich and diversify the school community.
Moreover, all successful applicants, whether for a faculty or administrative staff post, must demonstrate an ongoing commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism in their professional lives. Applicants for a faculty position should highlight ways their curriculum, pedagogy, and classroom culture may advance these goals. Applicants for an administrative staff position should highlight ways they seek to promote these goals in their office work, programming, or operational endeavors.
Friends Seminary educates students from Kindergarten through Twelfth Grade, adhering to the values of the Religious Society of Friends. We strive to build a diverse school where students exercise their curiosity and imagination as they develop as scholars, artists and athletes. In a community that cultivates the practices of keen observation, unhurried reflection, critical thinking, and coherent expression, we listen for the single voice as we seek unity. The disciplines of silence, study, and service provide the matrix for growth: silence opens us to change; study helps us to know the world; service challenges us to put our values into practice. At Friends Seminary, education is rooted in the Quaker belief in the Inner Light – that of God in every person. Guided by the testimonies of integrity, peace, equality, and simplicity, we prepare students to engage in the world that is and to help bring about a world that ought to be.