Saint Mary’s School is an independent, Episcopal, college-preparatory, boarding and day school for girls in grades 9–12. The School is the fourth oldest girls’ boarding and day school in the country. The School is located on a beautiful 23-acre campus which is within walking distance to many restaurants and attractions of downtown Raleigh. Raleigh-Durham, NC is ranked as one of the best places to live in the United States by US News & World Report.
Saint Mary’s School is offering a unique and exciting opportunity for a School Counselor and Residential Faculty Member to live and work on a beautiful historic campus for the 2017-18 year. This full-time, year-round, benefited position offers campus housing provided by the School where you can participate in a vibrant campus life with other families and students and enjoy meals in the dining hall. This exceptional location is in the heart of downtown Raleigh in a gated campus with 24/7 security.
The School Counselor will promote student success, provide preventative services, and respond to identified student needs using leadership, advocacy and collaboration. The School Counselor will be a member of the Residential Life staff and Student Life Team and report directly to the Associate Dean of Students. Keys to success in this position include taking initiative, being proactive, and following-up in addressing student concerns. The School Counselor will provide counseling support, character education, wellness programming, and life skills programming to students. Being actively engaged with students, being connected to student issues and maintaining awareness of the pulse of the community will be essential to this position.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Provides direct services to students through programs, preventative activities, individual and group counseling that includes a variety of approaches from therapeutic to holistic wellness techniques.
- Develop, implement, and support health and wellness programs in collaboration with Associate Dean of Students, Binder Health Center, Chaplain, Academic Support Specialist, and other members of the Saint Mary’s community.
- Provides emergency and short-term counseling support to students as situations arise, including on-call support for students.
- Addresses the emotional, academic, safety and well-being concerns of students through proactive awareness and implementation of appropriate interventions.
- Maintains student confidentiality as is appropriate in the school setting.
- Conducts mental health assessments, provides short-term counseling support, and implements effective referral and follow-up processes as needed.
- Consults and collaborates effectively with administrators, employees, and parents/guardians regarding students with identified concerns and needs. Implements appropriate plans and provides case management services to address the needs of students and the institution.
- Advises and/or coordinates various student-lead organizations and serves on institutional committees related to health and wellness.
- Conducts faculty, staff, and student leader in-service training and educational opportunities on mental health and wellness related topics.
- In conjunction with the Director of Leadership and Student Programs, supports the delivery of all-school COMPASS life skills and leadership programming which can include but not limited to MBTI assessment and education, relaxation/stress relief skills building, and organizational skill building.
- Writes and submits year-end reports in collaboration with members of the Student Life Team.
- Continuously review extent of current program effectiveness and provide recommendations and feedback to Associate Dean of Students when adjustments are needed.
- Supports the admission office by reviewing student files and conducting conversations with outside mental health professionals when needed during the admission process.
- Adheres to laws, policies, procedures, and ethical standards of the school counseling profession.
- Performs teaching, advising, and co-curricular programs as assigned.
- Performs weekend and night responsibilities to support the life of the residential community and the academic program as required by your position or requested by your manager/supervisor.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
Physical Requirements and Work Environment:
- Occasionally lift up to 30 pounds.
- Generally works in standard office conditions and climate.
- May work in varied extreme outside weather conditions during special activities.
- Ability to handle a wide variety of challenges, including crisis management.
- May work at a desk and computer for extended periods of time.
- On-campus housing within the school residential community.
- Ability to drive students to appointments, etc.
- Valid driver's license.
Saint Mary’s School is an equal opportunity employer offering a competitive compensation and excellent benefit package. We cannot respond to every applicant regarding the status of his or her application. Only those whose qualifications most closely meet our requirements will be contacted.
Saint Mary’s School is a drug-free workplace. A background check satisfactory to the school is required.