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Catlin Gabel School

Catlin Gabel School seeks to employ the best qualified individuals from available applicants and to provide them with opportunity for advancement in a manner that does not discriminate because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, genetic information, or any other status protected under local, state, or federal equal employment opportunity laws or regulations.


The School believes that each employee makes a significant contribution to its success. That contribution should not be limited by the assigned responsibilities. Therefore, this position description is designed to outline primary duties, qualifications, and job scope, but not limit the incumbent nor the organization to just the work identified. It is our expectation that each employee will offer his/her services wherever and whenever necessary to ensure the success of our endeavors.



Department: UPPER SCHOOL

FTE: 0.5 (Exempt)


The Upper School Counselor has responsibility for guiding the social, emotional, and personal lives of students in grades 9-12 in a variety of contexts (one-on-one dialogue, classroom work, field trips, groups et cetera.) The Counselor is available to meet with students, faculty, and parents and teaches as part of the health curriculum.  This position is temporary and will conclude at the end of the 2018-2019 school year.




School Climate
• Contribute to an overall school climate that promotes healthy development and the School’s mission and vision.
• Maintain an awareness of the student body – who they are and what they’re doing as individuals and groups.
• Help ensure effective communication between all parts of the school community, particularly among those especially responsible for the psychological and physical health of students.
• Assist with the admission process.


• Work with students individually and make appropriate referrals.
• Work with faculty, advisors and the Upper School Learning Specialist to assist students in academic difficulty.
• Run peer counseling program with its components of health education, helping-skills education, group problem solving and sharing, and social time.
• Establish other student groups as needed to address specific issues students hold in common.
• Maintain a database of reliable community referrals and resources.
• Maintain contact with other school counselors in the city.

• Work with other school counselors and personnel to maintain an effective, organized and innovative health curriculum in grades K-12.
• Teach sections of health class in the Upper School.


• Be a trusted, available and reliable resource for parents.
• Act as a referral agent for families who need counseling.
• Offer a variety of parent education opportunities about health and community issues.
• Attend parent conferences for those students in need. Faculty
• Work closely with faculty as a colleague, advisor and source of information.
• Facilitate faculty education about issues of importance and concern through workshops, conversation and distribution of materials.
• Participates on a school wide student support team that meets weekly.

Work is performed largely independently, in consultation with the Upper School Head, classroom teachers, and other counselors. Responsible for communication with the Upper School Head about issues of concern.
Involvement in the total life of the Middle School is expected.


This position is not supervisory in nature.


Works with students, faculty, parents, administrators, and the mental health professionals in the community.

Love of children; high level of energy and commitment; strong interpersonal/group skills (good listening, humor, tact, intuition, confidentiality); excellent communication and public speaking skills; ability to create responsive, caring and appropriate relationships with students, parents and colleagues; organizational and record-keeping skills; computer literacy; initiative; ability to assess the needs of the school community; ability to work within a diverse community; familiarity with state laws regarding child abuse; familiarity with available state, county and local services; familiarity with test batteries and interpreting their results; commitment to professional growth and education; ability to effectively set priorities and direct own work; adaptability, imagination and ability to take multiple perspectives; intuitive understanding of the dynamics of an educations community; wide range of interests; ability to function well under stress.


MA or MS in school counseling or psychology, LPC or LCSW from an accredited college or university. Minimum two years age-appropriate teaching or counseling experience required.

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