The Governor's Academy, Byfield, MA

Accredited by NEASC

The Governor’s Academy is the oldest continuously operated boarding school in the U.S. More than 400 students in grades 9 through 12 from 23 states and 18 countries create a vibrant, fascinating global community. Students flourish in a diverse community distinguished by enduring relationships with teachers and defined by a commitment to learning and a thoughtful balance of academics, athletics, arts and service to others. The Academy offers a full range of visual and performing arts, more than 50 interscholastic athletics teams, and dozens of service, leadership, cultural, and recreational activities.

The faculty and staff at The Governor's Academy constitute a dedicated group of professionals who provide students with the academic, artistic, athletic, and personal challenges and opportunities that can only be offered in a family-like atmosphere. All faculty and staff interact with students throughout the day across the campus and most of our faculty members live on campus. Academy community members are committed to learning in a dynamic environment that fosters lifelong intellectual independence, responsibility, teamwork, service, and respect for others.

Position Summary

This is a 9-month part-time non-residential position with emphasis on the coordination of Counseling Services’ outreach, peer counselor, and group programming efforts. The Counselor must possess a strong team orientation and be committed to working collaboratively with colleagues across the Academy. The Counselor must embrace an inclusive and culturally sensitive approach to wellness and be committed to nurturing and sustaining a healthy, safe and caring school environment. In addition to providing traditional counseling services as necessary to students, the Counselor will work closely with the Director of the Counseling Center, Director of the Health Center, and Deans Office, among others, to promote the health and wellness of our student body. The Counselor reports to the Director of Counseling in order to coordinate all efforts on behalf of the community.

Position Responsibilities

  • Provide individual and group counseling and crisis intervention for a diverse population of high school students;
  • Assist with working collaboratively with staff and students campus-wide to develop and implement innovative and effective prevention programming;
  • Assist with providing mental health related training on campus, including faculty and student leader training;
  • Assist with supervising and advising a peer counselor program;
  • Assist with providing clinical consultation for faculty/staff, students, and concerned others;
  • Assist with designing and delivering presentations for students, parents, faculty, and staff on mental health issues facing adolescents today;
  • Provides limited weekly on-call coverage, including one weekend a month;
  •  Keeps complete, timely records for clinical activities;
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications Bachelor's Degree mandatory and graduate degree in clinical or counseling psychology from an APA-accredited program preferred. Must be licensed, or license eligible as a counselor in the State of Massachusetts within one year of start date. Experience working with a diverse population, including, but not limited to, students of color, LGBTQ students, students from low-income households, and international students. A generalist with solid clinical skills and the ability to assess and treat a wide range of presenting concerns. Excellent public presentation skills; interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills; organizational skills, time management and attention to detail. Creativity, energy, and enthusiasm for working with high school students. Must enjoy working with young people in a boarding school environment, and must have a valid driver’s license.

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