Open Window School seeks a middle school counselor for the 2018-19 school year. This counselor will join the school’s two current counselors, who are both licensed therapists and work three days at the school while maintaining private practices. The focus of the counselor will be grades 6-8, the three oldest grades in our K-8 independent school.
This position is a three day per week position working on the same school year calendar as Open Window teachers. Ideally, the three work days will be Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday; however, we have some flexibility as long as one of the workdays is Tuesday and both of the others are not Monday and Friday. Compensation is provided for 10 days of work over the school’s summer break. This position is eligible for school provided medical, dental, and vision insurance coverage. Eligible employees also have the chance to make pretax contributions to the 403(b) retirement savings plan and flexible spending accounts for health and dependent care expenses. The new counselor will report to the school’s Senior Counselor.
School Information: Founded in 1985 to provide an educational environment specially designed for gifted learners, Open Window is a school “For Gifted Kids Who Love to Learn.” Our mission is to nurture and inspire students of high intellectual potential. Open Window is fully accredited by NWAIS (Northwest Association of Independent Schools). Current enrollment is 337, kindergarten through eighth grade. The school is located on Cougar Mountain, southeast of Bellevue, WA. Additional information on the school is available at http://www.openwindowschool.org/.
Responsibilities: The counselor is a collaborative partner of a team that includes the three school counselors, middle school division head, and the two middle school deans. Specific duties include, but are not limited to the following:
Serve as the primary counselor for sixth, seventh, and eighth grade.
Conduct all aspects of student counseling such as short-term individual or group counseling, crisis intervention, digital citizenship, grief and loss, identity, relationships, and other mental health and wellness issues.
Attend Child Study Team meetings to provide support in understanding student learning and behavioral challenges. Make specific recommendations to teachers and parents regarding classroom or home accommodations to support student success.
Create and manage “Individual Student Support Plans” for sixth through eighth grade students with learning and behavioral challenges; this includes reviewing neuropsychic evaluations and establishing, monitoring, and revising goals as needed. Support the middle school deans in working with teachers and associate teachers on the implementation of learning interventions and accommodations.
Support the deans and middle school teachers on the development and implementation of social-emotional curriculum based on the CASEL Five Core Competencies. This includes attending weekly grade-level meetings and collaborating in the development and refinement of developmentally appropriate experiential lessons.
Provide parent support, which includes individual meetings, informational group conversations, parent education presentations, crisis counseling, and appropriate referrals to outside providers for services to meet learning and health needs.
Become knowledgeable on learning topics (such as ADD/ADHD, dysgraphia, dyslexia and executive functioning skills/deficits) and provide education and training to teachers to help integrate skill-building within the context of lessons, assessments, and assignments.
Attend ongoing training to stay up-to-date on relevant professional development.
Experience and Desired Qualifications: All candidates should have the following qualifications:
Licensed Mental Health Counselor, (LMHC/A), Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT/A), or Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW/A)
Experience working with children between the ages of 10-14 and awareness of current societal challenges
Experience in leading on-going group counseling
Demonstrated understanding of students with specialized learning needs
The ability to relate to others and work in a team setting
The ability to think and work independently
Excellent oral and written communication skills
These additional qualifications will enhance an applicant’s candidacy:
Experience working in an independent school or with independent school families
Five or more years of classroom teaching experience within grades 6-8
Expertise in reading and summarizing educational evaluations, determining appropriate accommodations, and communicating with teachers, parents, and students about effective teaching strategies
Familiarity with current educational trends in gifted education
To support the school’s Diversity Commitment, in which we embrace both our commonalities and complex range of differences that enrich our school, candidates must have experience working with a culturally diverse community.
Applicants will need to submit a cover letter describing their interest in and qualifications for this position, a resume, five professional and one personal references. No phone calls, please.
The school is not easily accessible by public transportation.
About Open Window School
Open Window School, an independent K-8 school serving intellectually gifted students, is is located in Bellevue/Issaquah, Washington and is fully accredited by NWAIS (Northwest Association of Independent Schools). Founded in 1983 to provide an educational environment specially designed for gifted learners, Open Window is, to use the school’s motto, a place “Where Students Love to Learn.” Current enrollment is 320 students. More Information is available at openwindowschool.org.
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