Director of Counseling & Wellness
Walnut Hill School for the Arts, Natick, MA
Director of Counseling & Wellness
Walnut Hill School for the Arts is seeking a Director of Counseling and Wellness to join the Student Life and Health Services teams for the 2022-2023 academic year starting in mid-August to provide leadership and vision for the school’s wellness programming and mental health and counseling support for students. The Director also provides a skilled resource on campus for adults including faculty, staff, administrators, and dorm parents for training and consultation. This is a full-time, 10-month, position during the school year reporting to the Dean of Students.
All Walnut Hill faculty/staff are active, engaged members of the school community who are committed to collaborating and growing in their field.
- Provide leadership, vision, and strategic direction for the mental health and emotional wellness services provided by the school;
- Hire, supervise, and train other school counselors; provide direction, supervision, and feedback as needed and conduct the review and evaluation process in consultation with the Dean of Students;
- Crisis counseling and assessment: assess for suicidality, self-injurious behavior, depression, anxiety, and/or any other potentially dangerous/high risk states;
- Psycho-social assessments and treatment planning: assess current mental health status of students, their needs, and appropriate treatment plan;
- Collaborate with appropriate individuals to discuss and plan for students in psycho-social crisis or challenging states including serving as a member of the school’s Health Team and Student Resource Committee;
- Cultivate an external referral network with community based organizations and clinical providers;
- Refer students to outside professionals, psychotherapists, psychopharmocologists, and nutritionists; with assistance from the Health Services Administrative Assistant, schedule appointments with therapists, arrange transportation, and communicate with parents on how to proceed;
- Meet with students for short-term counseling around specific issues such as school adjustment, stress, self-esteem, or issues resulting from disciplinary measures;
- Facilitate life skills groups addressing mood management skills/emotion regulation, body image, self care, etc;
- Provide case management of individual caseload of students receiving mental health support;
- Collaborate with other departments to provide preventative programming and services related to mental health and wellness, social emotional learning, and overall well-being;
- Explore and facilitate group support or counseling for students as appropriate;
- Work closely with parents to communicate student concerns and to provide resources as appropriate;
- Act as a consultant to adults on campus;
- Review admission applications as needed; and
- Other duties as assigned.
Collaboration, Professional Development, and Training:
- Complete required paperwork, forms, surveys, employment documents, background checks, fingerprinting, online training programs, request and report absences, accidents, and injuries, and follow other school policy and legal requirements by established deadlines;
- Work collaboratively with colleagues across all departments to foster a positive working and educational environment for students and employees to support the school’s mission, vision, and core values;
- Serve as a club advisor or the equivalent, or chaperone events and provide weekend team duty as assigned by the Student Life office;
- Participate in communal programming, all-school events, art events, and support student performances, art openings, exhibitions, and other campus-wide activities if appropriate and instructed by supervisor; model and encourage appropriate behavior and monitor students during events and programming;
- Attend and participate in required faculty and staff meetings and department meetings; participate and engage fully in individual reviews and evaluations; be open to feedback and work with supervisor to set goals and expectations for the future;
- Attend and participate in appropriate Professional Development (PD) days, training programs, orientation programs, benefit meetings, mandatory seminars, team-building exercises, and safety training/drills as directed by your supervisor; and
- Display willingness and ability to grow, learn, explore new approaches, and practice self-reflection.
Skills & Requirements:
- Master’s Degree in a related clinical field required;
- 3+ years’ experience working with adolescents;
- Ability to handle highly sensitive information with discretion and keep high standards of confidentiality;
- Strong critical thinking skills and the ability to problem solve;
- Exhibit capacity to routinely assess, assist, and escalate student issues as needed; ability to react calmly and effectively in emergency situations;
- Demonstrated commitment to fostering an inclusive community;
- Possess cultural competence in working with diverse populations and commitment to learning about and practicing anti-racist work;
- Ability to work with, and respond effectively to, the needs of a wide range of community members;
- Excellent interpersonal, collaborative, and organizational skills;
- Strong verbal, written, and computer skills; proficiency with Google applications and Microsoft Office; and
- Share an educational and artistic vision that aligns with the core principles of Walnut Hill.
Walnut Hill School for the Arts, located in Natick, Massachusetts and 20 minutes from Boston, is an independent boarding and day high school offering a transformational educational experience designed for student artists in grades 9–post graduate. Walnut Hill combines a comprehensive college-preparatory academic curriculum with intensive, pre-professional artistic training in theater, dance, music, visual art, and writing, film & media arts. Walnut Hill is committed to creating and enhancing an inclusive environment, and welcoming and celebrating a wide range of cultural, artistic, and educational backgrounds that compliments and supports our diverse community.
Commitment to the school’s Core Values, of Community, Growth, Excellence, Creativity, and Respect are imperative to the success of all Walnut Hill faculty, staff, and administration members. All Walnut Hill faculty/staff are active and engaged members of the school community who are committed to collaborating and growing in their field, participating in school events, supporting students in their arts, supporting other faculty/staff members, and who have the ability to self-reflect on their own practice.
Walnut Hill School for the Arts has implemented health and safety protocols to mitigate the risk of the transmission of COVID-19. All employees and community members are required to follow the School’s policies and procedures including wearing masks, maintaining appropriate physical distance, participating in weekly COVID-19 testing, providing proof of vaccination, and other protocols as directed by School Administration. All health and safety protocols and policies are subject to change based on state, local, and CDC guidelines and at the discretion of School Administration.
Physical demands include dexterity for tools, equipment, and office machine and supply operation including but not limited to writing, typing, using electronic devices, computer, phone, calculator, copy/fax machine, and printers. Stooping, bending, traveling to/from locations on campus, ascending/descending stairs, reaching, and sitting or standing for extended periods of time are common.
To Apply: Submit resume and cover letter through the Walnut Hill School for the Arts online Career Center.
Note: All offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of state and federal background checks. Walnut Hill does not provide visa sponsorship.