National Cathedral School (NCS) announces a search for an experienced Director of Counseling. This is a full-time, 12-month, administrative staff position that will begin July 1, 2019.
In partnership with school administration, faculty and staff, the director manages the continued development, implementation, review, and update of the counseling program and offers guidance for the Health and Wellness program. The director provides leadership to ensure that counseling is integrated into the educational curriculum, programming, mission, and ethos of NCS. The director also advocates for students' mental health and education needs, works to support student access to treatment, and helps to create and maintain an emotionally healthy, productive, and safe school community. The director reports to the Associate Head of School/Head of the Upper School.
The director supervises the division counselors and school nurse; collaborates with division heads and counselors to implement school-wide initiatives; provides short-term counseling and coordinates comprehensive treatment plans for students; maintains communication with parents and outside providers; partners with learning specialists regarding academic accommodations; and facilitates crisis response in urgent student or community mental health situations. Classroom responsibilities include: serving as a co-advisor or advisor for students; teaching Health and Wellness, Health and Human Sexuality, and co-curricular classes/seminars; leading student support groups; and collaborating with the division counselors to enhance the health curriculum for students in developmentally appropriate ways.
The successful candidate will have significant experience as a counselor or therapist in a school setting, including a minimum of six years of direct counseling experience with children, adolescents, and families. Experience supervising other counselors and managing a departmental budget is desirable. A master's degree in counseling school counseling, psychology, social work, or a related field is preferred. The Director of Counseling must be certified and/or licensed in his or her field of practice. NCS is committed to leadership in multicultural education and a culturally diverse faculty and staff. The school therefore seeks applications from candidates who will contribute to an atmosphere in which all are valued and supported.
National Cathedral School serves 585 students in grades 4 through 12. Faculty and staff are curious intellectually, flexible, collaborative, and view education as an engaging vocation. Students thrive in an intellectual environment and love to be challenged. NCS graduates are recognized as highly motivated and confident. Faculty and staff maintain a lively conversation about the meaning of an excellent education, an interest in pedagogy, and innovative uses of technology. As an Episcopal school, NCS welcomes people of all backgrounds and faiths while maintaining a close identity with Washington National Cathedral's commitment to being a house of prayer for all people. Located in Northwest Washington on 59 beautiful acres, the Cathedral Close is home to NCS, St. Albans School, and Beauvoir: The National Cathedral Elementary School.
Interested candidates should send an electronic application that includes a brief cover letter and résumé, and the names and contact information of three to five references. Please email these materials as one combined document, in a PDF that uses the applicant's full name as the file name, with “Director of Counseling” in the subject line to firstname.lastname@example.org
no later than Jan. 15, 2019.