School Counselor – Grades 9-12
Bancroft School, Worcester, MA
About Bancroft School
Through active, inquiry-based learning and challenging experiences, Bancroft School empowers students in grades PreK to 12 with the skills, knowledge and confidence to make a difference in their community and the world. Guided by outstanding teachers, curious learners engage with one another and celebrate the strengths and lived experiences of each individual. Bancroft School seeks to be the first choice for students and families seeking to own their journey to mastery and independence in an inclusive campus where each individual is safe, known, and valued.
Bancroft is located in Worcester, Massachusetts — a thriving city with a rich history and a bright future in which the school is deeply invested. Founded in 1900, Bancroft’s 30-acre campus is in a residential neighborhood just north of downtown. Our 400 students from 63 cities and towns around central Massachusetts represent a variety of different backgrounds that contribute to a unique and diverse learning environment.
In January of 2020, the school unveiled a 5-year strategic plan, BluePrint125 — a product of extensive internal investigation and collaborative discussion among the School’s many constituents. In recent years, the School has made significant investments in campus upgrades to improve energy efficiency, air quality, and public safety. Other major campus enhancements have included the creation of flexible, multi-functional learning spaces in the areas of performing arts, athletics, and technology.
The Upper School Counselor serves students in grades 9-12 and collaborates with faculty, families, and outside providers to support an emotionally safe and healthy experience for each student. The School Counselor works directly with school personnel to ensure the social emotional goals of the school are implemented across all areas of student life and serves a key role in creating an atmosphere of emotional wellness. This position will provide significant support to the development and implementation of PreK-12 curriculum for social and emotional learning as described in the ‘Innovative Teaching for Active Learning’ pillar of the School’s strategic plan, BluePrint125. Strong collaboration skills, a high degree of discretion and confidentiality, an expert understanding of progressive child development, and extensive knowledge of resources and services for students and families are imperative to be successful in this role.
- In conjunction with Division Heads, develop and facilitate lessons on SEL and mental health & wellness programming for students.
- Meet regularly as part of the Student Review Committee (SRC) to discuss students of concern with the Division Head, Deans, Director of Academic Support, and Director of Health Services.
- Provide intervention and counseling support for students, as needed. Provide direct support to students and advocate for their social-emotional needs.
- Provide a safe environment for students to voice concerns and seek counseling while maintaining appropriate confidentiality.
- Assist school administrators and educators with planning and carrying out the ‘Invested Community’ pillar within BluePrint125.
- Serve as a resource for faculty in their roles as advisors and teachers.
- Meet with families and participate in conferences, as needed.
- Provide crisis management support.
- Support the implementation of restorative justice in a school setting.
- Knowledge of and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion practices.
- Champion moral and ethical citizenship in our racially and ethnically diverse community.
- Provide parental support and guidance related to child development as needed.
- Communicate effectively and proactively with parents, administrators, and teachers with regards to social, emotional, and mental health awareness and needs as necessary.
- Collaborate with the adult community regarding academic and social emotional health of students.
- Collaborate regularly with Lower School / Middle School Counselor to review program and develop comprehensive PK-12 approach to SEL.
- Collaborate with mental health providers on the needs of individual students.
- Lead Upper School student club ‘Frame of Mind’ to promote best practices for mental health on campus and provide opportunities for engagement with mental health organizations in the community.
- Ed., M.A., , Ph.D., or Psy.D. in social work,clinical mental health counseling, or school counseling
- Commitment to creatiing and sustaining an inclusive, equitable learning environment for all students and faculty, regardless of race, color, religion, creed, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, or gender identity and expression
- Ability to work collaboratively with faculty and parents
- Strong clinical skills with preK-12th-grade students
- Diversity and Inclusion experience and training preferred
- Experience with communication platforms and technologies
Essential Attitudes & Aptitudes
- A collaborative spirit
- A willingness to participate and partner with colleagues on various initiatives
- An understanding of and love for upper school students
Bancroft seeks dynamic candidates who will be active participants in the community beyond the classroom, with interest in supporting extracurricular activities in athletics, clubs, and other programs.
Bancroft is committed to cultivating and sustaining a community that embraces difference and welcomes candidates who will add to the racial and cultural diversity of our community. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
If interested, please send a cover letter, resume, personal statement, and references to firstname.lastname@example.org