North Country School (NCS) 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 employees will offer their services wherever and whenever necessary to ensure the success of our endeavors, and will have the wellbeing of the school as a whole in mind at all times.
The School Counselor is responsible for overseeing mental health services for NCS students. The counselor will act as case manager, staff coordinator, and family liaison for all students with mental health concerns. The counselor will also respond to acute mental health crises during regular office hours and be available for phone consultation during off-hours. This professional mental health position will be an integral part of a team that is responsible for planning, implementing, coordinating, and evaluating school health services that:
- Meet the emotional and physical needs of a diverse student and parent body
- Maximize the quantity and quality of school time by reducing the incidence of health problems which impair or prevent learning
- Achieves the highest degree of independent functioning possible
- Provide individual and group counseling services
- Coordinate and support mental health clinicians who work with students
- Act as primary liaison between families and clinicians
- Work closely with the Director of School, School Nurses, Dean of Students, and Dean of Faculty to plan for and support a holistic approach to student care
- Provide/teach/facilitate Life Skills programming
- Oversee and manage the Advisory Program
Additionally, the school counselor is responsible for:
- Identifying the health care needs of middle school students
- Planning and implementing services to meet those health care needs
- Assessing and evaluating the effectiveness of the services provided
- Maintaining accurate documentation of all ongoing aspects of care
- Collaborating effectively with school personnel
- Serving as a Health Resource for students, families, and employees
Specific Job Skills
The complex role of the boarding school health care provider demands, but is not limited to, an understanding of boarding school life; counseling and crisis intervention; case management and advocacy; networking and collaboration; ethnic and cultural sensitivity and competence; contemporary health and psychosocial issues that influence children and adolescents; and development, management, and evaluation of school health programs, Addressing and coordinating faculty and staff training that relates to students’ overall health and development,
Skills crucial to this role include the following: Make independent and timely mental health care decisions; triage crisis situations; communicate effectively; work well independently and within a team structure; manage work tasks within an adolescent-centered environment; education experience; Master’s level mental health clinician; and experience working with children and/or adolescent populations. Supervisory or management experience desired.
A resume and cover letter detailing your intent to apply for the position should be sent to Dave Steckler at dsteckler@northcountryschool.