Gann Academy, Waltham, MA
The School Counselor will report to the Interim Assistant Head of School and be a key member of the Student Success Team (SST). The School Counselor will provide direct support to students through individual and group counseling sessions and communicate with parents as needed. The School Counselor will assist with and/or support school-wide wellness initiatives. The School Counselor will also collaborate with the Learning Center faculty, the Dean of Students, the School Nurse, and Advisors to support students when appropriate.
Gann Academy is committed to building an inclusive workplace culture where talented people of widely diverse backgrounds can thrive. We believe including diverse perspectives will improve our work and societal and learning outcomes. All employees participate in this commitment internally, in building a welcoming workplace culture, and /or externally, in ensuring inclusive engagement with families, donors, media, vendors, allies, and others.
- Provides direct counseling support to students through scheduled sessions and drop-in meetings
- Communicates effectively with parents, faculty, and outside clinicians
- Conducts groups for normative adolescent issues related to social-emotional and mental health (i.e., loss, friendship, worry, divorce, etc.)
- In cases of acute mental health crises, conducts risk assessments and serves as a liaison with parents, and outside clinicians
- Provides consultation to teachers and other school personnel regarding student needs and supports
- Manages and communicates programming effectively to all stakeholders
- Collaborates with the Dean of Students and Assistant Head of School to provide logistical support for existing contracts with outside organizations for faculty professional development and student programming.
- Communicates in writing and an oral presentation to all stakeholders
- Supports Learning Center students and faculty when social/emotional matters are present in neuro-psychology evaluations
- Keeps careful clinical notes and records of all student cases
- Assists with the collection and presentation of student health and wellness data when applicable
The above responsibilities describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to do this job. The above is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required.
COMPETENCIES and SKILLS
- Master’s degree in mental health counseling/social work/or related fields
- Active license as a clinician (LMHC, LCSW, LICSW, or School Adjustment Counselor/School Social Worker, School Guidance Counselor or School Psychologist, or a doctoral level degree in the field of psychology).
- Experience working with high school students; school-based mental health counseling experience is preferred.
- Ability to organize tasks, set priorities, meet deadlines, and manage multiple tasks
- Good judgment and problem-solving skills
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- Excellent interpersonal skills and high EQ
- Ability to maintain a sense of humor and positive outlook and foster a positive work environment
- Interest in working hard and joining an extremely hard-working team
- Must be proficient in English to carry out work as assigned.
Contract Dates: April 17, 2023 – June 16, 2023
WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL DEMANDS
Physical demands include dexterity for office machine/supply operation, including but not limited to computers, telephones, copy machines, and printers. Stooping, bending, reaching for files or supplies, and sitting or standing for extended periods is common.
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
Gann Academy is an equal-opportunity employer. It is the policy of the school to prohibit discrimination and harassment of any type and to afford equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants, without regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex (including sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression), and pregnancy, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, or veteran status.
External and internal applicants, as well as position incumbents who become disabled as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, must be able to perform the essential job functions (as listed) either unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation to be determined by management on a case-by-case basis.
This employer participates in E-Verify and will provide the federal government with your Form I-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S. If E-Verify cannot confirm that you are authorized to work, this employer is required to give you written instructions and an opportunity to contact Department of Homeland Security (DHS) or Social Security Administration (SSA), so you can begin to resolve the issue before the employer can take any action against you, including terminating your employment. Employers can only use E-Verify once you have accepted a job offer and completed Form I-9.