Full-time Counselor and WHeeLS/Health Educator (One Year Assignment)

Faculty / Full-Time

The Wheeler School, Providence, RI

Full-time Counselor and WHeeLS/Health Educator (One Year Assignment)

Start Date: August 2024

The Wheeler School, a co-ed, N-12 independent day school with city and farm campuses serving approximately 800 students in the Greater Providence and Greater Boston areas, is seeking a Full-Time Counselor and Health/Wellness Educator to join our Health Center on a one year assignment.

Ideal candidates for faculty and staff positions at Wheeler are people with a sense of humor, warmth, and humility. They are excellent communicators, with empathy for others and an ability to listen and respond with good intuition and with the help of colleagues. They are ambitious and hard-working, committed to supporting students by offering help and creating new opportunities. When developing curriculum and programming, our faculty and staff members are curious, striving each year to stretch and grow, to implement new ideas that improve the Wheeler experience. In the end, they love to spend their days with young people and enjoy all that the Wheeler community – creative, energetic, dynamic, and diverse – has to offer.

About our Health Services 

The Wheeler School Health Services Office is composed of two pediatric nurse specialists, two child and adolescent counselors, and an athletic trainer. Our talented staff seeks a skilled counselor to help us continue to provide quality care, expand health education and the promotion of a prevention and wellness model. We are proud to have received a “First Team” ranking and a “Safe Sports School” award from the National Athletics Trainers Association which symbolizes our school’s commitment to providing the best level of care, injury prevention, and treatment. Drawing on our staff’s connections to an extraordinary array of health agencies, resources, and practitioners in Providence, the school offers candidates the opportunity to provide physical and behavioral health care in a vibrant community setting. 

The mental health counselor and educator will provide culturally responsive behavioral health care and will collaborate with the team to teach SEL/Health to students in Nursery through grade twelve. They will work collaboratively with families, teachers, academic support, the Unity & Diversity office, and division heads to support the social-emotional, health, and educational needs of the community.   

Specific duties and responsibilities

  • Providing short-term focused counseling, case management, and crisis intervention.
  • Assisting in curriculum development, planning, and direct teaching of schoolwide health and wellness lessons and SEL programs.
  • Observing classrooms, managing resources for classrooms around behavioral regulation and coping strategies.
  • Co-advising Mental Health Club and small groups.
  • Providing referrals and coordinating treatment with external providers.
  • Managing the flow of students and adults through the health center, triaging as needed.
  • Providing culturally responsive care to students and adults, with an understanding of how social identities impact one’s experience, attitudes, and beliefs.
  • Participating in multi-disciplinary student-support teams.
  • Communicating and coordinating with the Health Center team, Deans, Division Heads, and other administrators to coordinate support for students with mental health needs.
  • Completing clinical documentation in the individual student or adult school health records.

This is a full-time, 10-month position. The successful candidate will have experience with school-based counseling with children and adolescents and can demonstrate skillfulness in working successfully with teams of other professionals. The selected candidate will be knowledgeable of and committed to approaches in their counseling and teaching that are culturally responsive and inclusive.


  • Master’s Degree in Counseling, Social Work or School Psychology; licensure is strongly preferred
  • A minimum of 3-5 years of counseling experience in the student support area, and experience with children from early childhood through young adults in a school setting
  • Experience working in a diverse and culturally responsive school and commitment to trauma-informed practices
  • Understanding of social-emotional development from early childhood through young adults in a school setting
  • Experience understanding Health and SEL frameworks and curricula and classroom teaching
  • Experience with a variety of classroom accommodations and multi-age learning environments
  • Ability to work collaboratively with faculty to enhance understanding, inclusivity, and community
  • Exceptional integrity and abilities to maintain confidentiality and establish clear boundaries
  • Understanding of student safety laws and best practices

Interested candidates should email a resume, cover letter, and references to judydiaz@wheelerschool.org and cc careers@wheelerschool.org by March 28 with the position title in the subject line. 

Statement on Diversity and Cultural Competency At Wheeler

At Wheeler we actively seek students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds in the belief that a broad range of experiences and viewpoints enhance learning, enriches life on campus, and better prepares us all for full participation in a pluralistic, democratic society. We seek to further the overall diversity and cultural competency within our community through hiring.

The Wheeler School is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin or disability, and any other category protected by federal, state or local law. 

About The Wheeler School:

Founded in 1889 by visionary artist and educator Mary C. Wheeler, The Wheeler School is an N-12 independent day school of approximately 800 students from throughout Greater Providence and Greater Boston. Wheeler’s mission, “to learn our powers and be answerable for their use,” is incorporated into our classrooms, athletic fields, art studios, and STEAM labs, as students are encouraged to think deeply and explore the world on and beyond our two campuses in the College Hill neighborhood of Providence, Rhode Island and our 120-acre farm in Seekonk, Massachusetts. Across Wheeler’s campuses and grades, dedicated faculty and staff identify students’ learning path and passions, challenging and supporting them in pursuit of academic excellence, artistic expression, and personal growth. Our graduates are prepared for college and life as creative, ethical, and engaged global citizens. Wheeler is also home to The Hamilton School, where skilled faculty meet students’ learning differences with the individualized instruction that leads to success.

The Wheeler School

Providence, RI
Infant / Toddler, Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle School, High School
All Gender