Website The Evergreen School

The Opportunity

The Evergreen School is seeking an enthusiastic, warm, empathetic, culturally competent, and creative counselor to support the mental health and well being of preschool through 3rd grade students. The counselor supports students, teachers, and families with social/emotional learning, cultural awareness, and executive functioning skills.  The counselor must have a high degree of cultural competence in order to meet the needs of all students while intentionally meeting the needs of students from historically underrepresented identity groups.

The next primary division counselor will be joining a community committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion work; it is a place where all faculty and staff are required to complete SEED training within the first three years of their employment.

Successful fulfillment of this role requires someone who is collaborative, highly flexible, adaptable, forward thinking, self-directed, creative, and adept at working with multiple teachers, teaching teams, and school faculty.  This position will work in collaboration with our upper division school counselor and primary division head to support and adapt existing social and emotional learning curricula and to continue to develop cohesive and developmentally informed social-emotional approaches schoolwide. Responsibilities will include the following:

Duties and Responsibilities

Serve as a resource and advocate for teachers, families, and the individual needs of students using a culturally responsive, multicultural lens;
Continue to support and develop a school-wide culture of respect and appreciation for others’ differences grounded in the school’s core values;
Serves as a member of the Student Support Team, working closely with the learning specialists and the division head to support students experiencing academic, behavioral, and/or social-emotional issues
Collaborate with school administrators and teachers to develop support strategies for students and also provide guidance to parents, teachers, advisors and administrators when SEL concerns arise about a student;
Develop and deliver curriculum for students, teachers, and families on topics related to early childhood and elementary development, and social-emotional health;
Responsively provide short-term and solution-focused counseling to individuals and small groups for specific social-emotional growth and crisis situations;
Partner with teachers to provide preventative direct instruction in response to students developmental needs and growth in self awareness, self management, social awareness, relationship skills, and decision making;
Provide parent/guardian consultation, coaching, and education opportunities;
Refer, collaborate, and consult with outside professionals as needed;
Attend grade-level team meetings and advise on best practices for supporting students and families;
Maintain confidential student records.

Experience and Desirable Skills

Masters degree in school counseling or related field;
Experience working as a full-time school counselor for two or more years;
Experience working with early childhood and/or elementary students;
High degree of cultural competency and demonstrated success in working with people from diverse backgrounds;
Strong knowledge of current trends, research, and best practices in child development
Have a high degree of professional discretion and confidentiality;
Strong commitment to building relationships with others;
Ability to remain calm in highly stressful and emotional situations;
Communicates effectively and professionally, both verbally and in writing;
Reflects and adjusts practices based on self reflection and feedback from others;
Has clear boundaries;
Ability to work independently;
Experience building and implementing SEL curriculum;
Experience working within teams in multiple departments of an organization.

This is a salaried, full-time, benefits-eligible position that will begin on August 29, 2022. Compensation will be commensurate with the candidate’s background and experience and will be competitive with similar positions in Seattle area independent schools.

Applicants should submit the following:

A cover letter outlining their interest in and qualifications for this position
A current resume
A completed Evergreen Employment Application

All materials should be sent to Emails should have the position applying for in the subject line. The position is open until filled.

Any applicant scheduled for an interview will be asked to submit a 500-word (max) answer to the following question:

At Evergreen, our mission calls us to “inspire highly capable, creative learners to lead with curiosity, compassion, and courage in a diverse and dynamic world.” Reflecting on your current or previous experiences, describe a time in which you moved diversity and inclusion efforts forward in that role. How did you approach this effort and what did you learn about yourself during this process? (Please limit your response to 500 words or less)

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