Part-Time (.5 FTE) K-8 School Counselor
3245 Sheffield Avenue
Oakland, CA 94602
Redwood Day is a vibrant K-8 school with students, faculty and staff all learning together on our four-acre campus in the heart of Oakland. Everything we do is designed to keep every child engaged and growing. Academically, that means a world-class curriculum, the best teachers, and a focus on the individual student. Socially and emotionally, we teach students to work through challenges, respect each other’s differences, and honor their diverse community. We find great strength in multiple perspectives and embrace every opportunity to weave diversity in thought and action into our social, emotional, and academic lives.
Job Description and Desired Qualifications
The School Counselor will work as a member of a diverse school community and its cohesive team to support the social and emotional well-being of the students at Redwood Day. We are searching for two part-time passionate and experienced counselors who will assist students in their personal, social, emotional, and academic development. Together, this team will partner and collaborate to sustain a strong counseling program for K-8 students.
Additional responsibilities include active involvement in collaborative divisional meetings, supervisory duties, supporting admissions, participation in a week-long Middle School overnight outdoor education trip as needed, and participation in various student and community activities.
Core Job Responsibilities
● The K-8 School Counselor will have a strong commitment to getting to know each student, and the ability to build genuine relationships
● Collaborate with Division Directors, Learning Specialists, and Dean of Students to provide individual and group counseling to students as well as provide prevention and intervention services to meet the educational and social/emotional needs of students
● Guide, facilitate and differentiate social emotional development curriculum, per age or grade level as appropriate, for a diverse group of students. For example, lessons on friendship/peer relations, social skills, stress management and sensitive topics, including gender, sexuality, relationships, consent, and drugs and alcohol.
● Utilize clinical knowledge and constructs to collaborate with teachers, parents, administrators, and outside professionals to establish developmentally appropriate strategies for supporting students academically, emotionally, socially, and behaviorally
● Participate in case management, assess therapeutic needs of individual students, consult with and refer families to any necessary counseling with off-campus mental health care professionals and community social service agencies
● Intervene and provide crisis management on an as-needed basis throughout the school year, including consultation, risk assessment, referral and follow-up; interface as necessary with outside mental health resources as well as local and state agencies responsible for providing services to children in need
● Provide developmentally sensitive and holistic health education classes to 4-8th grade students, pushing into each grade level at a few key points in the school year
● Observe students in a variety of in-school settings to effectively collaborate with the Student Support Teams, teachers, and families regarding student development and progress
Additional Responsibilities as Time Permits
● Plan and conduct school/community-wide presentations, events and discussions on a variety of relevant and sensitive topics
● Lead professional development programs for faculty in areas related to student social-emotional development and safety, mental and physical health issues with an emphasis on equity, inclusion, and wellness
Schedule and Hours
This is a part time, .5 FTE exempt position and begins August 14, 2023.
● Master’s degree in School Counseling or a related field
● Licensed LCSW or MFT is preferred
● Experience as a school counselor in an elementary/middle school setting
● Excellent record keeping/documentation skills and written and oral communication
● Strong collaboration experience
● Demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusion
● Experience in working with upper elementary and middle school aged students and leading/facilitating discussions around human development
● Culturally competent, responsive, and sensitive to diverse populations
● Candidate must have a natural rapport with children and love of working with the unique needs of upper elementary and middle school students
● Strong classroom management skills
The anticipated salary range the school reasonably expects to pay candidates for the part-time position of School Counselor is $47,500 to $54,500, depending on experience and education.
Limitations and Disclaimer
The above job responsibilities are meant to describe the general nature and level of work being performed; it is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities associated with the position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform other job-related duties requested by their supervisor in compliance with federal and state laws. Employment at Redwood Day is “at-will”. All job requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. Offers are contingent on passing a background check and TB assessment.
Please submit a cover letter, resume, and Redwood Day Application Form and submit it electronically by May 26, 2023 to firstname.lastname@example.org, Attention: Karina Momary. No phone calls, please.
Redwood Day is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit. We want to have the best available person in every job. School policy prohibits unlawful discrimination based on race (including traits historically associated with race, including but not limited to, hair texture and protective hairstyles), religion (including religious beliefs, observance or practice, including religious dress or grooming practices), color, sex (including gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender, transitioned, transitioning or perceived to be transitioning), sexual orientation (including heterosexuality, homosexuality, and bisexuality), national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, marital status, pregnancy and breastfeeding, age, medical condition, genetic characteristics or information, military and veteran status, and physical or mental disability, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws. It also prohibits unlawful discrimination based on the perception that anyone has any of those characteristics, or is associated with a person who has or is perceived as having any of those characteristics. In addition, Redwood Day does not permit discrimination based on dressing consistently with one’s gender identity or gender expression, or preferred gender, name, or pronoun usage.
Authorized Employment Status
As required by federal law, all offers of employment are contingent on verification of an applicant or employee’s authorization for lawful employment in the United States at the start of their employment. Please note, the School does not sponsor applicants for employment-related visas.
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