School Counselor

Gann Academy, Waltham, MA

Accredited by NEASC

The School Counselor will report to the Assistant Head of School for Enrollment Management and Student Success and serve as a key member of the Student Success Team (SST). The Counselor is responsible for designing and delivering social-emotional learning through classroom lessons, school-wide initiatives, group and individual counseling, educator consultation and training, and parent workshops. The Counselor will also meet with students in individual and small group settings, and work with the Learning Center faculty to support students.  

The successful candidate must enjoy working with teenagers and have experience in a school setting.  

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS 

Gann Academy is committed to building an inclusive workplace culture where talented people of widely diverse backgrounds can thrive. We believe the inclusion of diverse perspectives will improve our work and produce better societal and learning outcomes for all. All employees participate in this commitment whether internally, in building a welcoming workplace culture and /or externally, in ensuring inclusive engagement with families, donors, media, vendors, allies, and others. 

Clinical Support 

  • Provides direct 1:1 counseling support to students in an ongoing and drop-in basis 
  • Runs ongoing groups for students on issues related to social-emotional and mental health (i.e., eating, friendship, anxiety, etc.) 
  •  In cases of acute mental health crises, the counselor will serve as the main liaison among students, parents, teachers, and outside clinicians  
  • Provides consultation to teachers and other school personnel regarding student needs and supports 

Programming 

  • Develops and implements schoolwide programming on topics related to social-emotional and mental health 
  • Creates student advisory curriculum related to social-emotional wellbeing, drugs, alcohol, body image, sexual education, anxiety, wellness, and other relevant topics
  • Provides professional development to student advisors, teachers, and other staff in relevant topics of mental health and wellbeing 
  • May teach a course in a topic related to social-emotional health and wellbeing 

Administrative 

  • Clearly communicates in writing and in oral presentation to all stakeholders 
  • Supports Learning Center teachers and admissions staff on interpreting and understanding neuro-psychology evaluations 
  • Keep careful clinical notes and records of all student cases 
  • Collects, maintains, and presents data when applicable 

The above responsibilities are intended to 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 (licensed mental health worker, clinical social worker, school counselor or other) 
  • Minimum of 3-5 years of full-time experience with mental health counseling in a school setting 
  • Ability to organize tasks, set priorities, meet deadlines, and manage multiple tasks 
  •  Good judgement and problem-solving skills 
  •  Excellent written and oral communication skills 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and high EQ 
  • Ability to effectively lead others in managing relationships and interpersonal dynamics, navigate conflict well, and foster a positive work environment 
  • Ability to maintain a sense of humor and positive outlook 
  • Interest in working hard and joining an extremely hard-working team 

 

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