Start date: August 2019
About the school
A college preparatory, co-educational, independent day school, located in West Los Angeles, that serves a very diverse population of students in grades 9-12.
Both tuition and salaries are competitive with other Los Angeles- area independent schools. The school is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and holds institutional memberships in the National Association of Independent Schools, the California Association of Independent Schools, and the Council of International Schools.
Overview of the Position
The counselor will be responsible for supporting students who are facing social and emotional challenges and will partner with the Dean of Students and Assistant Head of School to help students thrive in their dynamic community. The counselor also will work with teachers to help support them in their work with students, and help them develop strategies for working as effectively as possible with students in and out of the classroom.
The Learning Specialist/School Counselor’s role also includes responsibility for working collaboratively with faculty members, and includes helping write and design individualized learning plans for students and updating them as needed. This position will work very closely with our part-time MFT and Student Services Team to oversee the social/emotional wellbeing of our students.
- Leads the process for identifying, monitoring, and remediating students who learn differently. This involves interfacing with faculty, parents, and private contractors on behalf of students who require specialized academic instruction
- Educate faculty and parents on topics relevant to learning differences and cultivating a network of community professionals to support students and families.
- Read and summarize all Psych-Ed evaluations for incoming students while serving on our Admissions Committee
- Write individual learning plans (ILPs) for each admitted student who has documented learning support needs
- Alongside our part-time MFT, guide the development and implement a comprehensive school counseling program that focuses on and promotes students’ success - including leading the 9th - 12th grade Health and Wellness program/SWAT (Student Wellness Advocacy Team) student leadership team
- Alongside our part-time MFT, coordinate and deliver a developmental, preventative, and responsive core curriculum to support academic and social/emotional and career development for all students.
- Oversee all PSAT/SAT/ACT/AP SSD process
- Serve as a key member of the Student Services Team
Ideal candidates will have a minimum of 3 years experience working in this capacity at the high school level and have a deep knowledge of current research and best practices in the field. A masters degree is preferred. In addition, they are looking for genuine colleagues - thoughtful, energetic and passionate individuals and all-around "school people" who want to participate in and contribute to their vibrant community. Love of high school students, flexibility, and a sense of humor are required.