School Counselor

Job Description

Successful fulfillment of this role requires someone who is clinically astute; collaborative; highly flexible; a self-starter; creative; and adept at working within multiple client systems.  This position will work in collaboration with our current school counselor to bolster existing social and emotional learning curricula and to continue to develop cohesive and developmentally informed social and emotional approaches school-wide. Responsibilities will include the following:

  • Conduct individual and group work with students to provide social and emotional support and build skills 
  • Work closely with Division Heads, and faculty to address behavioral, emotional, and social concerns and needs
  • Attend grade-level team meetings/staffings and advise on best practices for supporting students and families
  • Identify and track students with comorbidities and cross-reference caseload with students receiving services from the Learning Development team
  • Classroom observations; participating in extracurricular activities, such as field trips
  • Support the overarching goals and objectives of the RULER approach and assist with implementation school-wide 
  • Referral to, and collaboration with, outside providers
  • Serve as a resource and advocate for families and the individual needs of their students
Professional and Personal Qualifications
  • LCSW, LCPC, or LMFT with a focus on children and adolescents
  • Significant counseling experience (3-5 years minimum)
  • Experience in a school setting a plus
  • Excellent verbal communication skills and organizational skills
  • Outstanding written skills for communication and documentation
  • Knowledge about and experience with developmental, social, emotional, and cognitive needs of the early childhood, primary grades, and adolescence
  • Experience in and commitment to developing one’s own cultural competency and seeking, continually, greater levels of diversity, equity, and inclusion in practices and curricula
  • Willingness to develop relationships with community leaders, mental health professionals, schools and organizations
  • Flexibility related to in-person or virtual learning, given COVID-19 restrictions (position is by default in-person)
Mission Statement: Inspired teaching, academic rigor, attention to individual needs, a commitment to responsible citizenship—these principles infuse every aspect of life at Lake Forest Country Day School and define our dedication to producing students of strong character with a passion for learning.

Core Values: Excellence, Partnership, Responsibility, Participation, Diversity

Interested applicants should send a letter of interest, resume, and the names of three professional references (personal statement optional) in PDF format to the attention of Katie McCarthy, at katie.mccarthy@lfcds.org with the subject line “School Counselor.” Materials accepted immediately and will be reviewed until position is filled.

Lake Forest Country Day School seeks and embraces diversity among our faculty, staff, and student body. LFCDS is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and it does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, religion, marital status, disability, sex, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, military or veteran status, order of protection status, genetic information, or any other category protected by applicable law. 
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