Merion Mercy Academy, an independent Catholic girls’ school outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, seeks a part-time school counselor for the 2021-22 school year.
Reporting to the Assistant Head of School for Academics, the school counselor provides a safe, accepting, non-judgmental space for students to discuss personal and academic issues and helps to build a culture of health and wellness at school. The Counselor provides short-term counseling services to students in times of crisis to support their social and emotional health at school and organizes and facilitates small group discussions for students.
In collaboration with an interdisciplinary student support team, the school counselor works to address the social, emotional and academic needs of specific students. As an advocate for students’ mental health and education needs, the school counselor works to support student access to treatment, and helps to create and maintain an emotionally healthy, productive, and safe school community.
The counselor’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Partner with the administrative team to integrate the Catholic faith and culture and in promoting the Mercy charism into the school’s entire program.
Provide short-term individual and/or group counseling to students grades 9-12 consulting and collaborating with parents and outside treatment providers.
In coordination with the relevant Student Support Team members (Head of School, Assistant Head of School for Academics, Learning Specialist, School Nurse, Athletic Director, Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging) proactively implement interventions and programs to help students achieve success at school.
Provide referral to and serve as liaison between the school and outside agencies and clinicians as needed to support students.
Build relationships with families that support students’ academic, emotional, and behavioral needs.
Inform the Head of School, Assistant Head of School for Academics and Dean of Students of serious, disruptive, or potentially harmful student issues.
Collaborate on mental health and wellness programs for students and parents.
Facilitate crisis responses in urgent student or community mental health situations.
Consult regularly with teachers about student mental health needs and participate in student support team meetings.
Support the Admissions Office by reviewing student files and conducting conversations with outside mental health professionals as needed during the admissions process, often in coordination with the school Learning Specialist.
Demonstrate a commitment to working with culturally diverse students, families, and colleagues and contributing to building and maintaining an inclusive community.
Conduct orientation interviews with freshmen and students new to the school.
Other duties as assigned by the Head of School and Assistant Head of School for Academics.
Please send a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to Anne Gregg, Assistant to the Head of School (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Merion Mercy Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, or national and ethnic origin in the administration of its hiring practices.
An appreciation and passion for the mission of Merion Mercy Academy along with a commitment to Catholic education, Mercy Core Values, mercy spirituality, global awareness and social responsibility.
A Master’s Degree and experience working with teenagers. Preference given to candidates with experience in trauma-informed care.
Master’s degree in counseling, psychology, social work or related field preferred with at least 5 years of experience in a similar role.
Preference for experience or prior work in Catholic independent schools.
A professional, collaborative, team-oriented style with empathy, flexibility, and patience.
Demonstrated ability working with and supporting a diverse population of students.
Knowledge and experience providing culturally responsive treatment.
Strong knowledge of the ethical and legal considerations related to counseling practices.
Exceptional writing, editing, and oral communication skills and proficiency in communicating and engaging effectively with a wide range of constituencies.
Personal characteristics necessary for the position include: A genuine appreciation of and respect for teenage girls; energy and enthusiasm for all aspects of school life; warmth and a good sense of humor; patience and persistence; sense of curiosity and love of learning.