Director of Guidance
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Notre Dame Academy, Hingham, MA

Accredited by NEASC

Notre Dame Academy, a Catholic school sponsored by Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, educates and empowers young women in grades 7-12. We are an academically rigorous learning community that cultivates life-long learners, critical thinkers, and open-minded leaders. We welcome students of all religious traditions guiding them in their personal faith formation and inspiring them to see the goodness of God as we honor the dignity of the individual and care for all creation.

GENERAL OVERVIEW Reporting to the Principal, the Director of Guidance is responsible for overseeing the staff and programming of Notre Dame Academy’s guidance department. Serving students in grades 7– 12, the Guidance Department staff consists of a Director of College Counseling, an Adjustment Counselor, a Middle School counselor, three High School counselors, and an administrative assistant. In addition to managing a reduced student case load, the Director of Guidance is responsible for the quality, integrity, and coordination of guidance initiatives.

This is a 12-month position

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Oversees School Counseling Practices 
  • Ensures high quality and consistency of guidance standards across department including student meeting etiquette, communications, documentation, curriculum and program execution, data collection, program analysis, and student support structures
  • Ensures proper function and coordination of student support systems among all constituents: students, families, faculty, and support staff
  • Ensures effective and responsive tracking of student progress, that all counselors are conducting regular check-ins, adjusting care plans, and proactively communicating status updates to necessary parties while maintaining confidentiality as appropriate
  • Serves as a key resource for students seeking assistance with academic, social, emotional, and college advising issues and opportunities
  • In partnership with Principal, provides crisis intervention, re-entry, and transition support to students, families, faculty, and staff in accordance with established protocols
  • Supports diversity, equity and inclusion in all aspects of school life

Program Development, Integration, and Delivery

  • Collaborate with key members of Academic leadership team, including the Assistant Principal, Director of Student Life, Director of Academic Support, Director of the Middle School, Director of Campus Ministry, and the School Nurses, to ensure essential integration and coordination of NDA’s mission and commitments
  • In partnership with the Principal and members of the Guidance department, develops a 7-12 guidance curriculum scope and sequence with specific objectives, instructional methodologies, and measures of student growth and curriculum effectiveness
  • In partnership with the Guidance department, teach a segment of guidance seminar classes to middle and high school grade levels
  • Support the development and implementation of new Advisory program

Community Presence and Projects

  • Oversee the Guidance Center, ensuring a warm, welcoming space for students to visit, connect, and find resources
  • Develop and lead programming for community conversation and learning on relevant issues
  • Collaborate with faculty and staff to enrich student experience
  • Support student activities or clubs by advising or assisting with extra-curricular opportunities
  • Support and participate in school events and initiatives, including student performances, athletic events, etc.
  • Work with school leadership to continue to develop exciting and innovative programming in the arts

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

  • Master’s degree in counseling, guidance, social work, psychology, or related field is required along with a minimum of three years of work experience in a school, ideally at the secondary level. -Licensed in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as a School Guidance Counselor (prek-12; 5- 12)

THE IDEAL CANDIDATE POSSESSES:

  • An understanding, commitment, and appreciation for a Catholic, all-girls educational environment and NDA’s mission and core values
  • A leadership style that engenders collaboration and cooperation, inspires excellence and models thoughtful, creative approaches
  • A mindset that supports the social-emotional growth of all learners and a commitment to student success
  • Strong interpersonal, communication, and motivational skills
  • Knowledge of theoretical frameworks of intellectual, social, and emotional development
  • Cultural competence in working with diverse populations
  • Ability to analyze, problem-solve, and multi-task, managing multiple priorities and adjusting as needed
  • Highly organized with a strong standard of professionalism, accountability, and customer service
  • Welcoming, thoughtful, and energetic attitude with sincere commitment for collaborative work

Dr. Kristin Melley, Principal, kmelley@ndahingham.com

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