An engaging community committed to excellence, integrity and compassion
Exceptional faculty and staff underpin every great moment at Western Reserve Academy. WRA is a non-sectarian, independent college preparatory boarding and day school, that works diligently to attract and retain the finest faculty and staff by offering competitive salaries and exceptional benefits.
The excellence of our academics is strengthened every day by our more than 160 faculty and staff members who, in their own unique and diverse ways, bring world-class experience, creativity and passion to their job. We seek candidates who aspire to be their best, support others and want to get involved in our community.
WRA is committed to maintaining an educational and work climate for all members of the community that is free of all forms of discrimination. In particular, WRA strictly prohibits discrimination based on race, sex (including pregnancy), religion, color, age, national origin, veteran and/or military status, genetic information, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital status and parental status.
Reporting to the director of psychology and counseling services and in collaboration with the head of school, associate head of school, dean of students and director of health services, the school counselor is responsible for applying their skills in mental health, learning and behavior, to help students succeed academically, socially, behaviorally and emotionally. Partnering with families, faculty, school administrators, and other professionals, the school counselor will help to create a supportive learning environment that strengthens connections between home, campus and the community.
- Provide counseling, instruction and mentoring for those students struggling with social, emotional or behavioral problems including but not limited to clinical assessments and individual or group session with positive family involvement as appropriate.
- Increase achievement by assessing barriers to learning and determining the best instructional strategies to improve learning.
- Promote wellness and resilience by reinforcing communication and social skills, problem-solving, anger management, self-regulation, self-determination, and optimism.
- Work with students and their families if needed to make referrals for additional support.
- Identify and communicate to school officials any at-risk student.
- Assist in the analysis of data to support in student outcomes and school community improvement.
- Promote school policies and practices that ensure the safety of all students, including but not limited to bullying and harassment.
- Assist in crisis situations by providing leadership and/or direct services.
- Maintains electronic case notes and other documentation as required by State Law and Health Services policies and procedures.
- Work with colleagues to develop and present educational programs for the campus community and serve as a resource for faculty, staff and students.
- Interact with students consistent with a boarding school community.
- Perform dorm duty.
- Assists with advising certain student clubs or organizations.
Competencies and Essential Functions
- Ability to maintain confidentiality.
- Strong interpersonal skills with all levels of co-workers, students and parents.
- Demonstrate effective analytic, written and oral communication skills.
- Experience with integrated software packages.
- Ability to work independently with limited supervision.
- Ability to solve problems by collaborating with others.
- Ability to exercise sound judgment.
- Masters degree in a mental health discipline.
- Must be currently licensed by the State of Ohio or immediately license eligible.
- At least two years of experience.
- Satisfactory completion of a routine background check.
- Ability to work a flexible schedule necessary in the operation of a 24/7 boarding school.