Head-Royce School is seeking a dedicated, culturally responsive, counselor to join our Student Wellness and Support team of specialists supporting students in our Upper School. The successful candidate will be committed to nurturing a diverse, inclusive community, a good communicator, have prior school counseling experience, and demonstrate a genuine desire to work with children in this age group.
Given the mental health crisis, especially among teenagers, and the size of our Upper School, Head-Royce is excited to add an additional counselor to our Student Wellness Team reporting to the US Head. In concert with the full-time counselor, the new .5 FTE US School Counselor is responsible, along with the administration, for developing the counseling program to promote our students’ social and emotional growth in the Upper School. The counselor is also available to provide consultation and workshops for faculty, administration and parents, and individual and group counseling to students as requested in Upper School. The counselor is part of the faculty and required to attend meetings and join committees though in accord with the hours agreed upon to constitute 50% time.
This position will be deeply student focused. The full-time counselor, in addition to student work, will take the lead on programming such as general health, consent, alcohol and drug education. However, both counselors will be in regular consultation and collaboration with colleagues in the Middle and Lower School counseling offices to support being up to date around professional development, discipline specific research, mandated reporting and national trends. More specific responsibilities include:
Work with Students
Develop and implement the goals and objectives for Upper School counseling.
Provide short-term, solution-focused counseling to individuals and groups regarding social, emotional, familial and academic issues; and when appropriate, assist families to arrange outside therapy and support services as needed and then coordinate with outside providers working with students.
Act as case manager for students in crisis to help facilitate communication of the care team, parents, and teachers.
Work in partnership with the Office of Equity and Inclusion to create and support an environment where all students feel they belong.
Keep appropriate confidential files about students.
Work with the Upper School Professional Community
Provide guidance to individual faculty members to support specific students.
Participate in Upper School grade level and deans meetings to discuss programmatic and individual student issues.
Provide consultation and support to administration, faculty, deans and advisors regarding students and policies.
Coordinate with Student Wellness Services colleagues
Work with Families
Provide consultation and referral services about student or developmental issues.
Coordinate educational workshops.
Promote communication between families and teachers when personal issues affect academic performance.
Collaborate/consult with parent affinity groups as needed.
Proven ability to partner with students, families, and administrators to effectively support students.
Excellent written and oral communication skills with an ability to effectively communicate with all stakeholders of the school, as well as outside partners (therapists).
Be highly organized and have excellent communication skills, written and oral.
Genuine enthusiasm for working with colleagues, sharing strategies, and exploring effective ways to enhance and support the student experience.
Cultivate an equitable and diverse school community.
Experience working in schools
An advanced degree in School Counseling, Counseling, Social Work, School Psychology, Clinical Psychology, or Applied Psychology is required.
Appropriate license, certification, and/or other documentation attesting to the candidate’s expertise in counseling is required;
Independent school experience preferred.
Must be fully vaccinated (and boosted) against Covid-19 and show proof of negative TB test within the last four years in addition to participation in background screening.
Head-Royce School Overview
Located on a 22-acre campus in Oakland, California, Head-Royce is a pre-eminent, co-educational, independent, K-12 day school established since 1887. Our mission is to inspire in our students a lifelong love of learning and pursuit of academic excellence, to promote understanding of and respect for diversity that makes our society strong and to encourage active and responsible global citizenship.
Head-Royce enrolls 900 students in the three separate divisions — Lower, Middle and Upper Schools — and provides a dynamic, whole-child education to every student. With our Strategic Plan, Bridge to 2022, the school’s current initiatives include advancing an innovative, student-centered program, promoting an inclusive community, driving deeper civic engagement, sustaining a culture of balance and well-being and carefully stewarding our resources.
Compensation: Competitive among comparable schools Location: Oakland, California Education: Master’s degree required Start Date: August 2022 Website: headroyce.org
Interested candidates are asked to submit a letter of interest and a current resume. If you have an experience or desire to work with a particular age group, please indicate that in your applications materials. Application materials should be submitted through our website.
Head-Royce School is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit. We want to have the best available person in every job. School policy prohibits unlawful discrimination based on age, color, creed, disability, gender, marital status, national origin or ancestry, race, religion, registered domestic partner status, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, a medical condition including genetic characteristics, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws.
Head-Royce School Overview:
Located on a 22-acre campus in Oakland, California, Head-Royce is a pre-eminent, co-educational, independent, K-12 day school with a 134-year history. Our mission is to inspire in our students a lifelong love of learning and pursuit of academic excellence, to promote understanding of and respect for diversity that makes our society strong, and to encourage active and responsible global citizenship.
Head-Royce enrolls 880 students in the three separate divisions — Lower, Middle, and Upper Schools — and provides a dynamic, whole-child education to every student. With our Strategic Plan, Bridge to 2022, the school’s current initiatives include advancing an innovative, student-centered program, promoting an inclusive community, driving deeper civic engagement, sustaining a culture of balance and well-being, and carefully stewarding our resources.