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School Counselor

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The school 

Founded in San Francisco in 2010, Alta Vista School implements an inquiry-based STEAM program serving approximately 300 students across two campuses. 

Alta Vista School encourages students to go beyond a strong academic foundation to pursue their passions with the help of our community. Faculty, administrators, and families believe experiences and hands-on activities are the best practice for meaningful learning. AVS educators benefit from small class sizes and are intentional in their instruction. Teachers serve as guides for students as they explore, observe, predict, measure, and analyze for themselves in an inquiry-based journey of discovery and knowledge-making. Likewise, AVS teachers are serious about play. We love learning alongside our students, believing that children learn better in joyous, authentic settings. Most important to the AVS approach is a foundation rooted in the scientific method and a belief that science and technology, guided by the arts, can be leveraged to benefit all. At AVS, students learn to embrace technology and to apply principles of design-thinking as powerful tools for innovation. Technology is thoughtfully integrated into each classroom. 

For more information about Alta Vista School, please visit our website: www.altavistaschool.org.

The role

Opportunity starting August 2022. Alta Vista is seeking an energetic, learner-centric full-time School Counselor eager to support the social, emotional, and mental health needs of students. This individual will primarily support the Lower School community and will also represent Alta Vista School as its full-time School Counselor. 

While predominantly working with the Lower School community (JK-5), the School Counselor will work effectively with Heads of School, Deans of Students, and our part-time Middle School Counselor.  At the Lower School campus, the School Counselor will collaborate with teachers and staff while also offering individual and small group counseling. 

Responsibilities and traits

  • Acts as the primary school counselor, directing the institutional policies and protocols related to counseling of students and families. 
  • Work in close collaboration with the Lower School Support Team, including the LS Dean of Students, Learning Specialist, Literacy Specialist, and Math Coach.
  • Promote an atmosphere of trust and build rapport with students by being visible and collaborative and by developing positive relationships
  • Possess a strong understanding of mental health and counseling, from both a neuropsychological and practical school-based perspective
  • Provide short-term counseling services to students as needed
  • Act as a liaison between the school and outside professional support providers, in addition to actively connecting families with private and public support resources and agencies
  • Coordinate crisis intervention assistance with administration to students in need
  • Advocate for all students and foster an inclusive, equitable, and diverse learning community
  • Maintain a high regard for the privacy and confidentiality of information collected or recorded about individuals with whom they work
  • Participate in school initiatives or professional development in which the entire school participates, including bringing in outside experts to educate the student, parent, and faculty communities regarding wellness issues

Qualifications

  • Master’s degree – MSW, LCSW, MFT with license, or MS in counseling preferred
  • Experience working with school-age populations, children, staff, and parents as school counselor
  • Knowledge of the full continuum of mental health care services, such as prevention and intervention
  • Strong interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills
  • Honesty, integrity, and strong work ethic
  • Ability to work collaboratively as a member of a team
  • As this is an in-person position, candidates must be up-to-date on vaccinations for Covid-19.

How to apply

If interested, please send a resume and cover letter – detailing your educational philosophy and why you believe you would be a good fit at Alta Vista School – to lshiring.committee@altavistaschoolsf.org

Statement on nondiscrimination

We are committed to being a safe and welcoming place for all families, students, and faculty. Our school does not discriminate against employees on the basis of race, color, religious creed, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, or disability.