The School Counselor responds to students’ social and emotional needs, helping to maintain a healthy and safe school community where students can thrive.
Who You Are:
- You hold a Master’s degree in the field of Counseling, Psychology or Social Work, with current licensure in Colorado.
- You have a minimum of 3 years experience as a counselor, ideal candidates will have some experience with independent schools and a strong understanding of the developmental needs of children and adolescents.
- You have excellent written and verbal communication skills along with strong organizational skills and the ability to work both independently and collaboratively with colleagues, students, and families.
- A “raise your hand” type of person. You’re interested in participating in school events like orientation trips, field trips, sitting at lunch tables, assisting with carpool, hut trips, and Ski Fridays as necessary. You are ready to participate fully in the life of the school.
- Willing to provide general supervision of students
- Able to communicate in a timely and professional manner with students, parents, colleagues, and volunteers
- Ready to attend related meetings and assist with afternoon/evening programs; some of which may occur outside of the school day
- Actively promoting the mission of the school
What You Will Do:
- Provide initial screening assessments, consultation and referrals for students needing outpatient counseling or other professional services off campus.
- Provide crisis triage and short-term counseling for students in grades K-12.
- Serve as a liaison between professionals in the community (who are working with our students) and the school to maintain continuity of care.
- Support the homebase advisory program in lower, middle and upper school, collaborating with Division Directors and Upper School Deans in this process.
- This includes serving as a point person for the school’s K-12 mindfulness program and the Making Caring Common initiatives
- Provide classroom-based and small group programming such as social skills groups for students.
- Consult with parents, faculty, administration and staff to support the academic, social, and emotional needs of students.
- Develop, implement and monitor behavioral support and management plans for students (sometimes in partnership with outside providers)
- Collaborate and communicate with Student Support Services regarding scheduling of staffings and serving the emotional needs of students on their roster.
- Establish yourself a visible fixture in school by participating in a variety of community-building activities during the academic day and in the evening and on weekends as needed. This includes supporting the school’s speaker’s series and retreats designed to further the school’s mission of character education.
- Attend division-specific faculty meetings and other departmental meetings to represent Psychological Support Services
- Participate on student and faculty committees designed to further social and emotional programming and initiatives
- Pursue continuous professional development in accordance with degree and licensure requirements. Provide care consistent with best practices in the field.
- Participate in the school’s Wellness Team.
- Reports to the school’s Staff Psychologist and the Director of Student Support Services (as a secondary supervisor).
How to Apply:
Applicants should email a cover letter, resume, the names of three references, and copies of current relevant documentation and/or certifications and licenses to email@example.com.
Our SchoolVail Mountain School is a Kindergarten through 12, co-educational, non-sectarian day school located in the Central Rocky Mountains, 100 miles west of Denver. The school’s primary focus is to provide a rigorous academic setting as preparation for college and for life. Co-curricular programs take full advantage of our location in the resort community of Vail and the White River National Forest. VMS is known for:
- A robust experiential and global education program
- The rigor of a high quality college preparatory curriculum combined with a rapport driven environment that inspires character development
- An unparalleled collaborative relationship with our community and our mountain environment
- The flexibility to support our athletes, thespians, musicians, artists, and diverse learners, in and outside of school
BenefitsTo attract new staff of the highest caliber and to make living in a luxury resort town easier, we are inspired by a progressive Strategic Plan to provide competitive salaries and benefits that include a few unique perks.
- Tuition remission for children of full-time faculty and staff as available and based on eligibility
- Competitive health insurance
- 403b retirement plan
- Vail/Beaver Creek ski pass with participation in our Ski Friday program
- Wellness stipend
- Free daily lunch
- Subsidized on-campus faculty housing (limited space available)
- Salary competitive with the in-state peers and commensurate with experience