The Blake School seeks to hire a part-time Middle School Counselor for the 2022-23 school year. This position serves as a cornerstone for student support and works cooperatively with other individuals and organizations to promote the healthy development of children and families in our community. This is a 0.5 FTE position.
Blake is particularly interested in candidates who will enrich the diversity of identity, lived experience and thinking that makes our community strong and empowers students to engage productively with those who are different from them.
The search committee will begin reviewing applications on Dec. 15 and welcomes applications after that date as well. Blake will cover the travel and lodging costs for finalist candidates visiting from out of town.
Essential Functions of the Job:
Provides short-term individual and small group counseling pertaining to behavioral, emotional, social and mental health issues
Offers classroom developmental guidance and social/emotional learning lessons
Serves as an advisor for a group of 10-12 Middle School students
Consults with parents/guardians, teachers, support staff, administrators, medical professionals and community mental health personnel
Maintains relationships with qualified therapists and/or community agencies and provides referrals to families as appropriate
Serves as a liaison between the school and outside agencies or mental health personnel
Acts as a resource for understanding child and early adolescent development
Provides guidance and professional development opportunities to faculty and staff on topics such as behavior management, recognizing mental health or learning challenges in the classroom, building classroom community and growing resilience in children
Provides robust parent/guardian education on a range of relevant topics
Responds to crises, including separation and loss or acute mental health needs
Plays a leadership role on the Middle School Student Support Team by crafting meaningful interventions and serving as a point person for implementing support services
Works collaboratively with Middle School learning specialists and PK-12 counseling department
Maintains documentation and appropriate communication in accordance with professional standards pertaining to licensed school counselors
Oversees any other matters pertaining to school community health
Attends all appropriate school meetings and events
The Blake School is a pre-kindergarten through grade 12 independent school located on three campuses in the Minneapolis, Minnesota metropolitan area and is widely recognized as a national leader in independent, college preparatory education. Blake serves approximately 1,400 students in a non-sectarian, coeducational environment. The School is large enough to provide a significant breadth of academic, athletic, artistic, and social opportunities within three intimate school campuses, where every child is known by the adults with whom they work. Committed to attracting and retaining faculty and staff who believe in the importance of developing character in their students as well as challenging them academically, Blake provides a dynamic course of study that is thoughtfully designed. The School is resolute in its efforts to create a pluralistic community that welcomes and supports students and families from many backgrounds.