Montgomery School seeks a highly qualified and committed individual to oversee the learning and social/emotional support services for students in grades PreK through Eight. The School Counselor will bring specialized knowledge and insight to our team, and will focus on refining, evaluating, and enhancing the School's comprehensive school counseling program. The School Counselor will work closely with the Lower School Head and Middle School Head, collaborating with educators, parents, and other outside professionals to maintain a safe, healthy, and supportive learning environment, strengthening connections between home, school, and community.
The candidate must have strong interpersonal skills, be excited about working in a highly collaborative environment, and be talented in providing counsel to students, parents, and colleagues through professional development and research-based practices.
Responsibilities - As a key resource person on our staff, the School Counselor will:
- Collaborate with administrators, teachers, parents, and outside professionals to holistically support the needs of individual students through intentional prevention and intervention strategies
- Refine, evaluate, and enhance Montgomery's developmental guidance and classroom character program for PreK through grade Eight
- Serve as a resource and consultant on mental health and child psychology, connecting staff and families to helpful outside resources when necessary
- Train and empower students to cope more effectively with environmental and cultural stressors
- Assist parents and teachers in gaining a better understanding of students' strengths and weaknesses.
- Possesses knowledge of differentiated instruction based upon student learning styles; consults with teachers on best practices to meet student needs
- Coordinate meetings with families and teachers to discuss accommodations, recommendations, and other necessary supports/referrals
- Support the design of professional development for faculty regarding differentiation, social/emotional needs, learning differences, and techniques for improving the learning of all students
- Organize and/or present parent education programs in the evening on relevant topics (ex. emerging adolescence, cyberbullying, etc.)
- Assist the Middle School Head with the continued development and implementation of the Advisory program
- Work collaboratively with the Health and Physical Education faculty and school nurse in enhancing and delivering the school health curriculum
- Attend bi-weekly meetings with Division Heads as well as grade team meetings and Division meetings
Qualifications: A master's degree from an accredited college or university is required. PA School Counseling certification preferred. Applicants must also have a clear vision for fostering a culture of student flourishing, and wisdom in interpreting various forms of educational testing. Desirable candidates will also be adept in early intervention strategies, pedagogical diversity across the curriculum, and be current in educational best practices.
An independent school founded in 1915, Montgomery School provides a supportive and stimulating environment for 240 students in Prekindergarten through grade 8. The school is known for its commitment to the whole child with a strong academic program and its willingness to challenge students with high standards in a balanced, well-rounded program. In a recent employee engagement survey at Montgomery, 95% of employees indicate they feel their work positively impacts students lives and 93% indicate they are satisfied with the culture within the adult community.Montgomery School is an Equal Opportunity Employer and actively seeks to forward diversity through its programs and hiring. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and 3 references to Sally Keidel, Head of School (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please only include SCHOOL COUNSELOR in the subject line of your email. No phone inquiries please.