N-12 School Counselor and Wellness Educator
  • Wellness

The Wheeler School, Providence, RI

Accredited by NEASC

Position: 1 Year Part-Time N-12 School Counselor and Wellness Educator (18 hours a week)

Reports to: Director of Counseling and Student Health

About our School

Founded in 1889, The Wheeler School is a co-educational independent day school for over 800 students from Nursery through Grade Twelve in Providence, Rhode Island. Central to the School's philosophy is a simple concept: Wheeler is a place where we strive to make any pursuit possible for our students, where choice, inquiry, and interest are of primary import, where we know individuals well and insist upon and nurture intellectual character, empathy, critical thinking, and creative spirit.

About our Health Services

The Wheeler School Health Services Office seeks a dynamic part-time counselor to join its staff. Composed of two pediatric nurse specialists, a child and adolescent counselor, a consulting school psychologist, and an athletic trainer, our talented staff seek a skilled counselor to help us continue to provide quality behavioral health care and expand health education. The approach at Wheeler School is an integrated one, working as a full team with a diverse set of skills on student needs.  Drawing upon our staff’s connections to a broad array of health agencies, resources, and practitioners in Rhode Island, the school offers candidates the opportunity to provide behavioral health care in a vibrant school setting.

Job Overview: This counseling position primarily involves behavioral health care of students in Nursery through Grade Twelve in the Health Office of the Health & Physical Education Center.  The responsibilities will also include SEL and health education instruction.

 The individual in this position will be accountable for:

  • Offering  solution-focused counseling to students with a focus on on-going case management
  • Assisting with crisis management while on campus and in student planning
  • Providing referrals and coordinating treatment with outside providers
  • Managing the flow of students and adults through the health center, triaging as needed.
  • Maintaining an awareness of diversity and cultural attitudes, beliefs, and priorities when providing care to students and adults. 
  • Participating in multi-disciplinary student-support teams
  • Communicating and coordinating with the Health Center team, the Deans, the Division Directors, and other administrators to coordinate support for students with mental health issues.
  • Complete clinical documentation in the individual student or adult school health records
  • SEL and health education instruction and specific work group as needed
  • Observing classrooms are part of the pre-referral process to assist teachers with strategies for students

This is a one-year, 10-month, part-time position, from late August through mid-June. Successful candidates should have experience with school-based counseling with children and adolescents and demonstrated skillfulness in working successfully with teams of other professionals.  The selected candidate will be aligned with Wheeler’s goal to embrace diversity, equity, and inclusion and be committed to diversity and multicultural educational practices.

Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in Counseling, Social Work or School Psychology
  • A minimum of 1-3 years of counseling experience in the student support area, and experience with children from early childhood through young adults in a school setting
  • Understanding of social-emotional development from early childhood through young adults in a school setting
  • Experience with a variety of classroom accommodations and multi-age learning environments
  • Ability to work collaboratively with faculty to enhance understanding, inclusivity, and community
  • Exceptional integrity, confidentiality, and ability to set clear boundaries as a practitioner
  • Understanding of student safety laws and best practices
  • Attention to detail especially when working with a variety of stakeholders confidentially

Interested candidates should email a resume,  cover letter and references to peggyoneil@wheelerschool.org by August 1st, 2021.

Statement on Diversity

 At Wheeler we actively seek students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds in the belief that a broad range of experiences and viewpoints enhance learning, enriches life on campus, and better prepares us all for full participation in a pluralistic, democratic society.

The Wheeler School is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin or disability, and any other category protected by federal, state or local law.