Menlo School’s Middle School (grades 6-8) is seeking an enthusiastic counselor and Human Skills teacher. This professional will have specialized in the pre-teen or teen counseling prior to working in our school. In addition to the counseling aspect of the work, this position will teach four sections of the Human Skills program which is designed to help students learn skills that help them to develop their personal, social and emotional competencies. We will consider the right part-time candidate for this position!
The Middle School Counselor is available for students who wish to discuss personal issues in a relaxed, confidential atmosphere. The Counselor provides counseling on a regular basis for students including social/emotional support, educational guidance, co-curricular coordination.
- Serve as an advisor and coordinator when interfacing with parents, teachers, learning specialists, outside professionals and administration, as needed, regarding strategies to assist students.
- Help students resolve teacher and classroom concerns and assist students in developing advocacy and problem solving skills.
- Assist all students and their families as they integrate and encounter new developmental milestones into the School community.
- Consults with and assists teachers and staff to enhance their effectiveness in helping students be and feel at their best.
- Collaborate with grade-level teams, academic support coordinator, equity/diversity/inclusivity director, school nurse and administration to provide comprehensive support for the whole child.
- Work with Middle School as needed to integrate social-emotional/values-based curricula into all content areas.
- Sit on various parent education committees aimed at increasing parent awareness of issues related to adolescent development. Serve as a lead for the Middle School brown bag parent education series and annual Parent and Faculty Education Conference.
Human Skills Teacher
Execute classroom lessons in Human Skills - a comprehensive wellness SEL curriculum that students take during each year of Middle School. During the Human Skills program, students learn skills that aim to develop their personal, social and emotional competencies. In addition, these classes provide a trusting environment for students to explore the pre-teen and teen experience. Topics over the three years may include effective communication, self-esteem, digital citizenship, brain fitness, media literacy, healthy relationships, health, drug and alcohol education, diversity and inclusion, human sexuality, and identity development.
- Manage frequent and ongoing verbal and written communication with students, parents and colleagues.
- Be available and present to help students during and after school day.
- Participate in the curricular development of the human skills curriculum and work collaboratively with colleagues.
- Incorporate current events or timely research into Human Skills lessons. Share new developments in adolescence with teachers and parents.