Middle School Counselor (Fall 2023)

Administrator / Full-Time

Shady Hill School, Cambridge, MA

Basic Purpose: This full-time, 10.5-month position provides services to the Shady Hill Middle School community, consisting of students in Grades 5-8. This position is responsible for supporting the social, emotional and behavioral needs of students in collaboration with teachers, administrators, and families.


Primary Responsibilities:


  • Support 5th-8th grade students’ developmental and social-emotional needs through 1:1  and small group counseling, detailed record keeping, teaching on SEL-related topics, and crisis management as needed (including coordination and filing of 51A reports) 
  • Plan and execute programming (presentations, classes, group sessions, etc) that proactively enhances mental health awareness, promotes healthy behaviors, and helps destigmatize mental health struggles
  • Articulate and support a climate of positive social and emotional learning through full oversight, coaching, curriculum implementation, continual program assessment, new program development, and teaching as necessary of Shady Hill Middle School’s affective education/SEL curriculum
  • Serve as an active member of the Middle School Administrative Team through participation in weekly student support meetings and execution of relevant tasks
  • Collaborate with faculty and administration to develop and implement student support plans, provide consultation and observation, and offer insights and strategies 
  • Provide guidance and support to parents and caregivers around child development and issues related to mental health through consultation, parent education programming, outside therapeutic referrals and liaising with mental health professionals in the community who are working with Middle School students and families as needed 
  • Coordinate with various departments including Learning Resources, the Equity office, Student Life, Athletics, and Campus Safety to promote and maintain a culture of social-emotional wellness and care  
  • Collaborate and coordinate with Lower School Psychologist to ensure continuity of support and a smooth transition from Lower School to Middle School
  • Maintain licensing and/or certification requirements, relevant professional development, and knowledge regarding confidentiality laws related to adolescents and mental health services in schools
  • As needed, participate in teaching seminars for the Teacher Training Center
  • Other duties as assigned

In addition, the MS 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 lunch and playground supervision. The MS Counselor is also expected to attend opening and closing meetings (August/September and June) and other faculty meetings as called. 



  • An advanced degree in counseling, school counseling, psychology or social work (or related field) and current professional certification/licensure in mental-health related field (LICSW, LMHP, LMHC, LMFT, etc)
  • Demonstrated and recognized experience as a middle school mental health professional (at least 3 years); Experience with educational settings is preferred
  • Excellent knowledge of the social-emotional and developmental needs of pre-adolescent and adolescent students
  • Experience with developing, coordinating, facilitating and/or teaching a school-wide social emotional learning program
  • Training and experience with safety and risk assessment
  • Ability to balance independent work and self-management while also working within a multidisciplinary team
  • Ability to connect with adolescents while maintaining appropriate boundaries 
  • Strong attention to detail, written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to communicate complex student information in a respectful and clear manner
  • Demonstrated cultural competency, including knowledge of themselves and the cultural lenses they bring to interactions.  The candidates will understand different perspectives; interact competently and respectfully with cultures other than their own; and cultivate meaningful relationships with people that have different cultural frameworks.


Schedule Requirements:

  • A minimum of standard business hours Monday – Friday
  • Ability to occasionally work evenings and weekends as necessary


How to Apply

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to: apply@shs.org. Please be sure to include “Middle School Counselor” in the subject line of the e-mail. Application deadline is Friday, February 17, 2023

Shady Hill School

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