Excellent clinical, interpersonal, and communication skills
A passion for working with high-achieving girls and their families
Cultural competency and a demonstrated commitment to anti-bias education
An open, collaborative approach to working with students, teachers, parents, administrators, and outside care providers
Experience facilitating conversations and training with Social-Emotional Learning
Crisis management experience
A demonstrated commitment to lifelong learning and professional growth
Reports to: Lower School Division Head
Primary Responsibility: Serve as the primary point of contact for parents, guardians, faculty, and administrators about the social-emotional well-being and mental health of girls in Kindergarten through Grade 4.
Hours/Classification: 1.0 FTE (5 days per week); Exempt
The Hamlin School seeks employees who will support and implement the school’s Mission and Creed. Hamlin employees are caring, compassionate, collaborative, and are dedicated to the education of girls. Hamlin girls are celebrated because of their curious minds, joyful work ethic, and tenacity in the classroom. At the same time, the school is convinced that maximizing their academic potential is only one part of its work. Excellent schools must also pay close attention to matters of the heart and soul. The Lower School Counselor plays a central role in ensuring the health and wellness of the student community and is a partner with parents and teachers in supporting students’ emotional well-being.
Supports individual students on a short-term basis and advises families as needed about psychotherapy outside of school
Provides direct service, including crisis counseling, time-limited interventions, and assessment for triage and referral purposes
Teaches Health & Wellness, SEL & Sexuality Education in each grade level in collaboration with classroom and science teachers; leads small SEL groups and conflict resolution check-ins with students; and provides support as needed per class.
Supports the scope and sequence for Health & Wellness, SEL & Sexuality Education in the Lower School
Assesses risk to children and families; works closely with Lower School Division Head & Head of School
Supports faculty with best practices with regard to children’s needs
Serves as a member of the Student Support Services team
Remains current on developments in the field (i.e. law & ethics, mandated reporting, and risk assessment)
Recommends, in close partnership with Lower School Division Head, full neuropsychological reports, therapy, or medication
Remains current with laws governing confidentiality as they pertain to children and mental health services in independent schools
Generates records of recommendations for Tier 2 and Tier 3 interventions (RTI model)
Maintains and updates confidential records & documents (i.e. records of conversation, classroom observations using official notes in Hamlinet)
Participates on Safety Council & crisis management teams
Supports guest speakers & does follow up with the children
Provides counseling around mental health diagnoses with children, families, and faculty
Files and follows court orders and offers any follow-up needed from outside support services
Attends monthly Bay Area Counseling meeting
Engages fully in co-curricular activities and in the extra-curricular life of the school, with the goal of being known and recognized by students
Co-teaches Grade 4 Science: Health and Body Image Curriculum
Consults with parents regarding issues of social and emotional concern for themselves and/or for their daughters
Attends and participates in meetings with parents, Lower School Division Head, teachers, and outside student support, such as therapists, learning specialists, doctors, etc.
In partnership with the administration, supports the continuing education of Hamlin parents (i.e. meetings, the facilitation of parenting groups, recommendations of appropriate books, speakers, workshops)
Maintains a robust webpage on the HamliNet that includes pertinent information and valuable resources for parent & faculty support
Leads and facilitates components of faculty meetings concerning emotional and psychological health and well-being of students and or student support meetings
Consults with teachers regarding students’ social and emotional needs
Offers professional development to faculty during division meetings, either in small groups or individually
Works in partnership with the health and wellness team and Lower School teachers to develop appropriate social and emotional learning tools, incorporating them into the existing K-4 curriculum.
Consults with Lower School Division Head and faculty regarding clinical and legal matters about the mental health of students
Maintains and updates protocols for the faculty on responding to students in crisis
Consults with Lower School Learning Specialist regarding students of concern
Consults regularly with the Lower School Division Head
Meets weekly with Lower School Division Head, the Learning Specialist and the Student Support Services team to discuss and strategize about students of concern
Works closely with the Middle School Counselor and Division Heads to coordinate the K-8 program and facilitate student transition and support
Desired Credentials: Ed.D, Ph.D, or Psy.D in clinical or school psychology preferred, or Master’s Degree in Counseling, LMFT, LCSW, or LPCC with 2 years of working in schools, strongly preferred.
About The Hamlin School
The Hamlin School seeks employees who will support and implement the school’s educational mission and live the ethical values expressed in the Hamlin Creed: compassion; courage; honesty; respect; and responsibility. Hamlin employees strive to be self-aware, caring, collaborative, flexible, committed to their professional growth, and dedicated to excellence in education for girls.