Windermere Preparatory School is currently seeking a Director of Student Services & Wellness to transform the lives of students. The successful candidate will exhibit strong leadership skills while simultaneously caring deeply about the welfare of our students. They must be committed to developing an inclusive community while actively contributing to our global learning programme and community so that each student is enabled to flourish. The job responsibilities are as follows:
Provides the leadership, vision, and strategic direction for the mental health and emotional wellness services provided by the counseling department.
Oversees WPS counseling services, crisis intervention, and mental health outreach to enhance the psychological and emotional welfare of students and the school community.
Collaborates with counselors and School Nurses with the health education program to provide preventive services and sustain the current comprehensive school counseling program that addresses personal and social development for all students.
Actively employs data in efforts of improving counseling services and implementing general programming that supports student health and wellness.
Other responsibilities include mental health programming and outreach, consulting with faculty, regular on-call shifts, crisis assessment and intervention, and support of peer counselors and proctors.
Provides leadership and coordinates professional development opportunities for student services staff; educational assistants, resource teachers, guidance counselors, social workers, speech and language pathologists, and psychologists
Promotes and ensures equitable access to the college process, including access to information and educational opportunities for students of all backgrounds
Actively leads and manages the Registrar, School Nurses, Mental Health and College Counselors and monitors and supports overall student well-being.
Advises a caseload of students through all aspects of the college search process, including researching schools, crafting a college list, guiding the application and essay writing process, writing letters of recommendation, and determining a “best fit” college for each student.
Oversees the overall comprehensive college preparation process for grades 9-12, to include planning & execution of a variety of on-campus college counseling programs, oversees the writing of letters of recommendation by faculty, visits colleges to strengthen base knowledge and develop mutually beneficial relationships with college admissions representatives, and attends regional, national, and other professional conferences.
Oversees the document collection and submission process for all college applications and deadlines.
Coordinates the academic advising process for all students, and collaborates with both the marketing team and admissions team to improve visibility and retention.
Maintains the annual department budget, prepares annual reports and makes presentations to the parent community, agents, and Nord Anglia.
Encourages students to be discerning researchers of the diverse admission requirements, policies, and procedures of individual colleges and universities
Provides appropriate support for students as they write their applications while empowering them to develop their own voice and make their own choices
Communicates with and is accessible to parents/guardians throughout the college search process
Assists in the management of the standardized testing process, including IB, SAT and ACT testing
Other duties as assigned.
Professional Conduct and Relationships
Copes well in a fast-paced environment with a relentless focus on improvement
Works independently and strives for improvement
Organized and meets deadlines
Demonstrates enthusiasm and optimism about the school and the goals of the wider organization
Manages emotions and is aware of the impact of personal actions upon others
Persists in the face of challenges and setbacks, and is open to learning from mistakes
Seeks advice and feedback from others when faced with challenging situations and circumstances
Responds well to criticism and learns from it
Builds strong relationships and works collaboratively with colleagues and parents
Provides opportunities for team to collaborate to achieve organizational outcomes
Is principled, engaging with staff and stakeholders in an open, respectful and inclusive manner
Positively influences senior leaders, peers and other team members
Acts with integrity and inspires trust
Bachelor’s degree required
Master’s Degree in Counseling, Education or a related field preferred
Minimum 5+ years Student service administration experience in a leadership capacity, preferably within a private school
Good cross-cultural, interpersonal & communication skills and an affinity for interacting with diverse nationalities and cultures
Good written and verbal communication skills
Good time management skills and flexibility in dealing with multi-functional tasks
A warm, personable and curious character
Takes personal responsibility
Actively seeks feedback for improvement
Collaborates willingly with others
Self-motivated, flexible and adaptable to different tasks at hand
Proactive and able to prompt others to ensure deadlines and targets are achieved, calm working under pressure
High level of integrity
Excellent time management and organizational skills
Windermere Preparatory School is located on a beautiful 48-acre campus in Southwest Orange County. Windermere Preparatory School's academic approach is built on complex problem solving and critical thinking, emphasizes intellectual, personal, emotional and social growth, and culminates with the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme.
Educating The Whole Child
While academic achievement is Windermere Preparatory School's highest priority, it is complemented and enriched by a multitude of resources and extracurricular activities, such as fine and performing arts, athletics, clubs and community service. Through personalized learning and innovative curriculum, committed teachers provide instruction that develops and educates the whole child, both inside and outside the classroom.
To learn more about Windermere Preparatory School, please choose the grade level that applies to you:
Early Childhood – Ages 3-4 (Pre-Kindergarten), Kindergarten
Lower School – Grades One through Five
Middle School – Grades Six through Eight
Upper School – Grades Nine through Twelve
Boarding Program - Grades Seven through Twelve