Lower School Counselor – Interim
Hours: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM, until 5:00 PM on Tuesdays
Initial term: ASAP – December 1, 2021
Open Window School’s Lower School (K-4) seeks a school counselor for a portion of the 2021-2022 school year. The counselor is an important part of the Lower School, assisting faculty, students, and families in our community of gifted learners. This position reports to and supports the Head of Lower School.
This position is a five day per week position working on the same school year calendar as Open Window teachers.
Compensation is determined based on skills, knowledge, and experience of candidate in coordination with NAIS salary survey data. This is an exempt position that is not eligible for overtime compensation. This position qualifies for a comprehensive benefits package which includes Open Window paid medical, dental, and vision insurance.
School Information: Founded in 1985 to provide an educational environment designed specifically for gifted learners, Open Window is an independent 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 348, kindergarten through eighth grade. The school is located on Cougar Mountain, southeast of Bellevue, WA.
Applicants must meet the following requirements to be considered for the position.
- Master’s degree in School Counseling or a related field, relevant licensure
- 3+ years teaching and/or counseling Elementary school students.
- Demonstrated familiarity with current research and best practices in counseling, child development, social-emotional learning, and education.
Experience and Desired Qualifications:
- Experience designing and/or leading SEL lessons to students.
- Experience in facilitating support groups for students.
- Demonstrated understanding of students with specialized learning needs.
- The ability to relate to others and work in a team setting.
- 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.
- Experience working with gifted students.
- Experience developing and/or teaching health and wellness curriculum.
- Familiarity with current educational trends in gifted education
- Knowledge of One Note and other Microsoft Office tools
To support the school’s Diversity Commitment, in which we embrace both our commonalities and complex range of differences that enrich our school, candidates should have experience working with a culturally diverse community.
- Maintain cordial, flexible, and professional relationships with colleagues and parents.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Flexibility and adaptability to meet the needs of the students and the program
- Have difficult conversations with parents, peers, and students with respect and professionalism
- Preserve confidentiality (conversational information, documentation, etc.)
- Maintain student records in compliance with school policy, state and federal regulations
Primary duties include, but are not limited to:
- Meet with students on an as needed or on-going basis for emotional wellbeing, crisis management, and student mediation.
- Meet with students who need the support of an adult outside the classroom but not a disciplinary conversation. Provide restorative work with the children involved.
- Lead support groups in small cohorts for students (lunch bunch, etc.).
- Conduct observations of behavior (academic and social) within the classroom (time on task records, etc.) and playground during social time.
- Collaborate with teachers to provide social-emotional learning curriculum.
- Provide direct support to teachers for the academic and emotional needs of students who require more than the regular standards of good teaching practice. Help build accountability with check-ins and plan reviews.
- Join in Student Support Meetings to provide support, advice, and expertise for supporting students of concern.
- Provide experience and understanding of twice exceptional students who may need further accommodation, support, testing, etc.
- Review and interpret student records and test results (cognitive, aptitude and achievement) to determine the needs of the student that the school could provide. Work with Support Team to create Student Support Plans that document these needs and agreements the teachers, family, outside support, and school.
- Build and maintain effective relationships with parents to create an effective school-parent partnership for the benefit of the student.
- Join parent coffees and meetings in a supportive role to provide parent education, support, and insight.
- Keep Head of Lower School apprised of sensitive and escalated issues, meetings, and conversations with parents, teachers, and students.
- Guide the social onboarding of new students with the peer group.
- Facilitate personal safety prevention programs to students.
- Refer families to psychologists and other mental health resources for their child.
- Work with lower school team to improve learning conditions.
Go to : https://www.openwindowschool.org/about/career-opportunities
Please submit a cover letter describing your interest in and qualifications for this position, your resume, and answers to the Diversity Commitment Questions below. Applicants must submit an answer to both of the following Diversity Commitment Questions as a single word or pdf document:
- How would you define diversity?
- Describe how you have demonstrated a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in your current or prior job. If necessary, candidates can draw upon their experience in community organizations if professional experience is limited.
Please be prepared to provide 3-5 professional references and one personal reference if requested. If you are unable to apply online, you are welcome to fax your resume, cover letter, and answers to the Diversity Commitment Questions to 425-644-6320.
Open Window School does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, color, religion, creed, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national or ethnic origin, or other status legally protected by local, state, or federal law. We encourage minority applicants and applicants with non-traditional backgrounds to apply.