Isidore Newman School seeks a talented and dynamic Upper School Counselor for the 2023-2024 academic year. The Upper School Counselor is a full-time position, reporting to the Head of Upper School. The ideal candidate will be team-oriented, collaborative, and student-centered with a demonstrated interest in and capacity for working with Upper School students, their families, faculty, and administrators. The Counselor works closely with the Lower School and Middle School Counselors and the Health and Wellness Programs Manager to provide robust, comprehensive services to students, faculty, and parents in support of student growth and development. The Newman Counseling Department seeks to provide an opportunity for students to seek and develop resources and support for their own social and emotional development. Reflecting Newman's Statement of Purpose, the Counseling Department is particularly committed to the values of compassion and responsibility for others, respect for cultural and personal differences, and the emotional well-being of each member of our community. Newman counselors, learning specialists, and health professionals make up the student support team, whose purpose is to identify and reduce barriers to learning, within a framework that emphasizes personalization as a means of supporting students' working to their highest potential. The successful candidate will possess excellent speaking, writing, and interpersonal skills; be successful in working with teams; demonstrate relevant and current knowledge of adolescent development and health related topics; have a commitment and ability to work with a diverse community; and genuinely love to work with students, educators, and families at the Upper School level.
The most important qualifications include:
A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university; a master's degree in counseling, social work and/or psychology
Possess professional license in counseling: either LMSW (Licensed Master Social Worker), an LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker), PLPC (Provisional Licensed Professional Counselor), or LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor).
Knowledge of independent schools
Minimum of five years school counseling experience preferred
Superior interpersonal and communication skills with students, parents, and faculty/administration
A sense of humor and the ability to work collaboratively with the academic team
A student-centered focus
Understand competing responsibilities to uphold confidentiality in relation to private materials and conversations while providing colleagues and families with the information they need to help the student
Must meet and maintain any and all federal, state and local requirements to work in an educational setting
Significant responsibilities include:
Foster and maintain strong relationships and collaborative communication with students, parents, faculty, and administrators
Work collaboratively with Upper School administrators and grade level teams to support students, families, and faculty
Provide individual counseling on an as-needed basis to students and families
Work collaboratively as a member of the student support team in the continued development of a comprehensive student support program that meets the needs of the Newman community
Work collaboratively with the Middle and Lower School counselors to ensure continuity of care during divisional transitions
Organize and facilitate small groups for students on various topics of interest and concern for adolescents
Design and implement curriculum to educate students about health-related topics. Teach and lead discussions in student workshops, Advisory, class meetings and Upper School assemblies.
Organize and facilitate parent education groups
Provide consultation to administration, faculty and parents
Provide relevant training to faculty, staff, and administration
Provide referrals to outside agencies or practitioners as appropriate
Maintain confidential student files
Provide and assist with crisis intervention and crisis management
Participate as a full member of the Upper School faculty
Communicate regularly and effectively with parents regarding trends related to student well-being
Demonstrate willingness to engage actively in the Newman school community in an appropriate and visible way
Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, updated resume and names of three references via the school's website.
Founded in 1903, Isidore Newman School is a co-educational independent school that serves high-achieving and highly motivated students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, as well as infants through young children in Green Trees, a premier early childhood division of the School. Located in the heart of Uptown New Orleans, blocks away from Tulane and Loyola University, Newman is the only co-educational, non-sectarian, independent day school in the city of New Orleans. Our School enjoys a national reputation for excellence and achievement in academics, athletics and the arts with our students matriculating to the most selective colleges and universities in the country.