Responsibilities: The Middle School Counselor will join a well-established team of educators at Ravenscroft. The Middle School Counselor is responsible for the oversight of the emotional, social, and psychological health of Middle School students. The counselor will report to the Assistant Head of School for Student Affairs and the Department Chair, and be a member of the Counseling and Health Department. Essential duties include:
Personal counseling of individual students and students in groups The primary responsibility of the Counselor is to provide overall evaluation, brief, individual counseling, crisis intervention and/or personal counseling utilizing individual and group treatment modalities to assist Ravenscroft students. The overall goal for services will be accomplished in collaboration with the team of counselors from each of the other divisions and our health education program faculty to provide preventive, educational services and sustain the current comprehensive school counseling program that addresses personal and social growth and development for all students. The Counselor is responsible for the provision of these services with the highest degree of ethical standards.
Functioning as a resource for MS faculty, staff, and parents The Counselor will be an objective, available resource to the adults in the community in support of student well-being. The Counselor will be available for consultation and provide faculty/staff with information on topics as varied as adolescent development and standardized test interpretation, peer/adult relationships and group dynamics, and will offer in-service trainings as needed.
Committee responsibilities The Counselor serves on the Middle School Student Assistance Team (SAT) which is a multidisciplinary team aimed at providing holistic support for students’ who are demonstrating elevated need. The Counselor also serves as the faculty liaison for the Middle School Dads and Daughters and Sons (DADS) Group. The counselor serves on various Middle School and all school committees as determined by the Assistant Head of School for Student Affairs.
Coordination of the Advisory Program and Lead From Here The Counselor will continue to develop and oversee the advisory program and work with the Head of the Middle School, the Assistant Head of the Middle School, and the grade-level Deans to set and publicize the MS Advisory schedule each semester. The Counselor will offer structure, information and support for the overall program and offer assistance to individual advisors regarding specific topics and/or specific students. The Counselor will also be expected to have excellent interpersonal skills in order to assist in training Faculty Advisors in facilitative teaching techniques usually associated with our advisory program, especially the competencies associated with our Lead from Here initiative and the Citizen Leader Framework which can be viewed here. Of high importance in this appointment is the ability to work in a collaborative fashion with the Middle School leadership team and our colleagues from the Center for Creative Leadership (www.ccl.org) with whom Ravenscroft has an ongoing commitment to co-create programming.
Maintaining confidential student records The Counselor will be considered a professional resource in the Middle School. As such, the Counselor shall exhibit that professionalism through care in communicating, maintenance of objectivity, and discretion with regard to requirements for confidentiality determined by licensure, and the use of privileged information, adhering to established Ethical Standards.
The Middle School Counseling Office will be the central repository of student records regarding social and emotional issues. The Counselor will work with the Head of Middle School, registrar, Assistant Head of School for Student Affairs, and the Coordinator of Academic Skills in maintaining, managing and securing those records. The Counselor will also be expected to be able to maintain electronic records for students using school data base management software.
Coordinating Parent/Family Education Programs The Counselor will work with the Head of Middle School and the Assistant Head of Middle School on the development, implementation, and improvement of parent/family education and new student orientation programs for the Middle School. The counselor will also work in partnership with members from the health and wellness team, including the counselors from other divisions, to provide programming that promotes systemic wellness in grades K-12. In particular, developing programming associated with the competencies of our Lead from Here initiative (leading self, leading with others, change your world) will be a priority. We also seek to continue to develop our alcohol and other drug prevention education program and continue our commitment to offer educational opportunities around interpersonal relationships (including cyberspace conduct), adolescent development, racial identity and sexual identity development, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, and relevant parenting issues.
Serving as a liaison for community referral resources The Counselor will develop a robust referral network of providers and be prepared to recommend local resources (educational, psychological, crisis response) that might be helpful to families. The Counselor will also follow-up such referrals, as appropriate, and function as a liaison between the professional or agency and the school community, particularly in the event of a student needing to take a medical leave of absence. The Counselor shall be familiar with mandated reporting and public law regarding child abuse and with appropriate procedures to be followed by the School should such cases come to the School’s attention.
Assistance with psychoeducational testing interpretation and Standardized Testing The Counselor may be involved with assisting the Coordinator of Academic Skills with test interpretation and/or assisting with educational, personal or social factors that might affect academic progress. The Counselor works with the Coordinator of Academic Skills to determine appropriate student accommodations based on psychoeducational testing. The Counselor will also be available to work with faculty, staff, parents and students in interpreting and applying findings resulting from individual psychoeducational testing.
9. Serving as a member of the Counseling and Health Department The Middle School Counselor will assist in the development of a PK-12 social emotional curricular plan with the other counselors of the school and with members of the Physical Education and Health Department.
10. Functioning as a part of the Middle School Leadership Team The Counselor will be a key member of the Middle School Leadership team. The Counselor will sit in on weekly MS Leadership team meetings, weekly SAT Team meetings, and weekly grade level meetings.
Qualifications: A minimum of a Master's Degree in School Counseling/Psychology, Clinical Social Work and/or Clinical/Counseling Psychology with demonstrated experience in a school setting working with adolescents and their parents – including teaching, counseling, and developing student or parent education programs. Licensure or immediate eligibility for licensure in the state of North Carolina is preferred.
Candidate should possess excellent organizational skills and be able to provide a high degree of warmth in interpersonal skills across a wide range of stakeholders in negotiating and dealing with the nuances, complexities and demands of a high-profile, academic institution.
Candidates should also possess excellent computer skills in order to maintain electronic records for students.
The candidate must be able to meet the physical requirements of the position.
Additional Salary Information: Salary/Benefits: Ravenscroft School is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding employees through a compensation plan that compares favorably with those of regional peer schools. A full benefits package includes TIAA retirement and generous medical/dental coverage, and equals the best plans in Independent School. This is an eleven month position.
About Ravenscroft School
Ravenscroft School is an independent coeducational day school offering a broad curriculum in the liberal arts with numerous advanced classes and an emphasis on best-practices teaching methods at every level. Founded in 1862, the school enrolls 1160 students in grades pre-K through twelve who demonstrate high standards of conduct as well as the capability of achieving success in a rigorous academic program.
Ravenscroft School Mission Statement: "The Ravenscroft community, guided by our legacy of excellence, nurtures individual potential and prepares students to thrive in a complex and interdependent world."