Position: K-12 School Counselor
Type: Temporary Position 6-month, salaried position – exempt
Start Date: January 7, 2020
About St. Andrew’s Schools
St. Andrew’s Schools has developed courageous, compassionate leaders of tomorrow for more than 150 years. Our founder, the great Hawaiian leader Queen Emma Kaleleonālani was a visionary and transformational thinker. St. Andrew’s Priory, the oldest all-girls school in Hawai?i, is a lasting testament to her towering vision and efforts. Since the founding of The Priory in 1867, St. Andrew’s Schools has grown to include The Prep, a K-6 boys school, and Queen Emma Preschool (The Preschool), for boys and girls ages two to five.
Our personalized educational program allows students to uncover their unique strengths, passions, and interests through discovery, practice, creation, and self-reflection. Our emphasis on social-emotional, spiritual and cognitive learning sets the stage for children to cultivate healthy habits of mind, body, and spirit that positions them to live a life of learning and good health.
Our K-12 education program in downtown Honolulu is the only coordinate school system in Hawai?i. We offer two single-sex schools on the same campus. Our girls (The Priory, K-12) and boys (The Prep, K-6) are educated separately in the classroom yet can socialize together on campus. Coordinate schools recognize that the social and emotional experiences that children have in schools shapes their learning – and ultimately affects how they think and act. By understanding and embracing the differences between boys and girls, we create the conditions for all students to learn and grow. Our students readily venture past societal expectations or stereotypes to reach their full promise. Students learn deeply, stay curious, are hopeful about the future, and understand how to lead themselves and others with a compassionate and courageous heart.
The counselor at St. Andrew’s Schools serves our K-12 student population by leading our comprehensive school counseling program. The School Counselor utilizes leadership, advocacy, and collaboration to promote student success, provide preventive services, and respond to identified student needs including academic, personal, social, and developmental. The counselor often confers with parents, teachers, principals, and other administrators, as appropriate, to address the counseling needs of a student. The counselor also helps to lead and implement our Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum which includes mindfulness; Girls Circle, a gender-responsive, structured support group for girls to help increase resiliency, positive connection, and personal and collective strengths; and Yale University’s RULER program.
A successful candidate will have a Masters in Social Work, School Counseling and/or Mental Health Counseling. Preference will be given to those candidates that have at least five years of independent school counseling experience in both individual and group counseling.
- Lead and manage the school counseling program for The Priory, K-12 and The Prep, K-6
- Provide individual and group counseling sessions for students, and consultation sessions with teachers, families, and administrators as needed
- Provide K-12 classroom counseling lessons based on the needs and developmental age of students
- Assess, evaluate and refer students to appropriate resources and referrals
- Collaborate with and be sensitive to our diverse student population
- Work with Principals, teachers and staff, and families to identify, support and assist students in need
- Work professionally, autonomously and collaboratively with school personnel, students, families, and external mental health professionals as needed
- Maintain patient records in accordance with regulations and policies
- Ensure confidentiality among and between all conferring parties
- Support teachers, students, and families with crisis interventions and referrals
- Assist teachers, parents/guardians and other stakeholders in interpreting and understanding student data to effectively provide social-emotional support for students in need
- Assist the Principals in ensuring the health and wellness programs are integrated and connected to the counseling program
- Serve as a resource for parents, students, faculty and administrators for referrals and community resources
- Educate the school community in the counseling resources that are available and assist in the training of faculty and staff throughout the year
- Assist in the development and implementation of the school’s social-emotional learning curriculum including Yale’s RULER program and Girls Circle.
- Assist with professional development and provide ongoing support to faculty around SEL practices
- Engage with families and provide education about our SEL programs
- Provide additional support to the Principals with special projects and initiatives as needed
- Participate in professional growth opportunities to continually refine the counseling program
- Demonstrate expertise in all MS Office programs (MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel) and Google tools. Be eager to learn student information systems and learning management systems such as PowerSchool and Canvas.
This position has an anticipated start date of January 7, 2020. Applicants should send (1) a resume, (2) a letter describing why they are interested in this position, and (3) a list of professional references to Camille Michel, executive assistant to the Head of School. Letters may be addressed to “Members of the Search Committee.” Electronic submission of all materials is preferred at email@example.com. Please note “School Counselor” in the subject line. St. Andrew’s is an equal opportunity employer. For more information on St. Andrew’s, please visit our website at www.standrewsschools.org.