Lower School Psychologist/Counselor

Administrator / Full-Time

Shady Hill School, Cambridge, MA

Basic Purpose: This full-time, 10-month position provides services to the Shady Hill Lower School community, consisting of students in Beginners – Grade IV.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Plan and execute programming for students, faculty, and parents that proactively enhance awareness of mental health and promote positive, healthy behaviors (presentations, workshops, classroom discussions)
  • Offer consultation to administration and faculty regarding appropriate clinical resources, both internal and external
  • Coordinate with the Lower School Head and the Lower School Director of Learning Resources around the need and appropriateness for different kinds of formal assessments and evaluations
  • Offer consultation, insights and strategies to faculty with students’ social-emotional-behavioral needs
  • Offer curriculum resources to faculty and staff around social – emotional – behavioral health
  • Provide guidance and support to parents and caregivers around child development and issues related to mental health
  • Support students via participation in classroom teaching, small group meetings, and 1-1 meetings as needed
  • Serve as an active member of the Student Support Team, attending and participating in weekly meetings to discuss students in need of support, following through on relevant action items, collaborating and consulting with relevant faculty, administration and families as needed
  • Serve as a coordinator in cases where a 51A filing is considered
  • Collaborate with the Middle School Counselor to ensure continuity of support and a smooth transition from Lower School to Middle School
  • Maintain licensing and/or certification requirements, as well as relevant professional development
  • Provide support in the admission process and participate in screening applicants, including Saturday sessions
  • Facilitate seminars for the Teacher Training Center, as needed

In addition, the LS psychologist/counselor will share in responsibilities associated with the position or with membership on the faculty, supervision of student activities, participating in festivals and outreach programs, as well as lunchroom and playground supervision. The LS psychologist/counselor is also expected to attend opening and closing meetings (August/September and June) and other faculty meetings as called and to serve on committees of the faculty. Some presence on campus during the summer may be required.Qualifications: 

  • Advanced degree in psychology preferred; degrees in school counseling, social work or related mental health field considered
  • Certification or eligibility for same as mental health clinician
  • Demonstrated experience in early childhood and elementary education
  • Demonstrated school based work experience
  • Excellent knowledge of child development, latest education theories and practices, and current trends in education and professional development
  • Demonstrated experience and competence in a culturally diverse community including diversity of race, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, language, family structure, sexual orientation, and gender identity
  • Familiarity or experience with integrating classroom management and social emotional learning practices in classrooms
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Effective collaboration and facilitation skills with adults
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in facilitation of social skills groups with children

How to Apply: Please send a pdf including a cover letter and resume to: apply@shs.org. Please be sure to include “Lower School Psychologist/Counselor” in the subject line of the email.

Shady Hill School

Cambridge, MA
Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle School
All Gender