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March 14, 2019
School Psychologist or Counselor, Grades K-8
Since 1939, San Franciscoís Town School for Boys has had a rich history as a school specializing in teaching boys. The school is also known for the Town School New Teacher Institute and its commitment to training teachers new to their craft. The schoolís goals include teaching boys to be good citizens, to enjoy their childhood, to develop a positive sense of self, to give back to their greater community, and to develop academic and intellectual skills which will serve them well through their lifetimes. The school prizes its growing diversity of background, religion, and race, as well as the diversity of interests which is so noteworthy in its student and alumni bodies. Located in San Francisco, Town School for Boys is a K-8 independent day school. Since its founding, Town School has been committed to providing the best possible education for boys and is recognized as one of California's leading independent elementary schools.

Position Description:
Town School for Boys seeks a School Psychologist or Counselor, Grades K-8 beginning in the 2019-2020 school year.

Duties and Responsibilities of the job include:
Partnering with teachers, parents, and administration to support the emotional well-being of students across the grades
Leading friendship groups/social skills groups/discussion groups
Helping parents, teachers and administrators with concerns about their students as well as designing interventions to support such needs
Providing brief (short-term) social, emotional, and behavioral support for individual students as needed
Collaborating and consulting with the division heads, teachers, other school personnel
Communicating with and providing resources/education/training for parents (coffees, referrals, etc.)
Monitoring students in classroom and play settings within the school environment
Providing classroom observations with written feedback for teachers, administration, and parents
Facilitating referrals to outside agencies/psychologists as needed
Engaging in the life of the community such that students and faculty alike feel the warm presence and support of the school psychologist/counselor

Desired Qualifications and Skills include:

Masterís Degree or PhD in Psychology, Social Work, School Counseling, or related field; current California state license in mental health services
Five years of experience providing counseling services, ideally within a K-8 school or within a systemic framework
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (verbal and written)
Ability to collaborate and work in a team environment
Extensive knowledge of current developmental, cognitive science, and social and emotional learning research and strategies
Specialized training in intervention programs
Experience teaching in diverse learning communities
Ability to think ahead and plan for effective one-on-one or small group support
Ability to organize, manage, and prioritize multiple priorities
Commitment to the schoolís mission, values, and vision
Technical/computer skills as required for job performance

Town School for Boys Mission
At Town School learning is prized, love of school is essential, and boyhood is celebrated.

As an all boysí school, Town provides a rich, challenging and rigorous educational experience that addresses the distinctive energy levels and developmental styles of boys. Town values being a diverse community that nurtures integrity, sensitivity and respect in its boys, and prepares them to become productive and contributing members of an ever-changing world.

Core Values
We value learning and academic excellence. We support and encourage each boy to do his best while helping him discover his strengths and talents.
We value programs that balance academic effort, social interaction, physical activity and artistic expression while embracing character education.
We value respect for ourselves and others. We model integrity, honesty and kindness in our daily lives and we take responsibility for our own actions.
We value diversity, which brings the variety of perspectives that are integral to an excellent education and a dynamic community. We believe it is essential that every member of the community is equally valued and included in the life of the school.
We value commitment to community service. We seek opportunities to improve our greater community through volunteer activities sponsored by the school as part of our role as good citizens.

Statement of Teaching Philosophy
Our goal is for each boy to be engaged in an environment that weaves together collaboration, critical thinking, integrity, empathy, and creativity. These broad skills, as well as a firm grounding in core academic competencies, offer boys an excellent preparation for their further education. We promote social and emotional learning as a foundation of academic excellence and self-discovery. We prepare students to meet challenges in the world by helping them develop an appreciation for a variety of perspectives from the local to the global. We celebrate diversity by fostering a community of learners built on mutual respect. Learning experiences are inclusive, relevant, flexible, innovative, and adapted to reflect the needs of all kinds of learners. In our joyful, active, and collaborative school, boys flourish.
We achieve these goals through an authentic curriculum that originates in the classroom, travels through the halls, and extends into the world. Our teaching balances traditional methods with key student-centered approaches including inquiry, project-based learning, and teaching for understanding. We stay relevant and current through our testing of innovative, research-based approaches. We model a commitment to lifelong learning, and we hone our craft by pursuing professional development and sharing knowledge with one another.

Statement on Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity:
Diversity, inclusion, and equity are essential core values of Town School. The best education for our students requires a diverse experience because a broad spectrum of ideas is essential for understanding different perspectives, challenging assumptions, and inspiring curiosity, to support critical and complex thinking.
We are committed to creating an inclusive and welcoming environment where each boy is free to be himself, and where boys are confident and secure in their own identities. We equip each boy with the tools to explore differences in experiences, background, beliefs and ideas. We seek to provide each student with the support and resources he needs to succeed and thrive at Town School.
A diverse and vibrant community is essential. To build and sustain such a community, we reach out to enroll students and families from a broad range of socioeconomic backgrounds, cultures, races, religions, and sexual orientations, and we recruit and retain faculty, staff and administrators from the same broad range of backgrounds. We cultivate an environment where every member of the Town community senses they matter as a significant part of the life of the school. Only when each person feels valued and is engaged may the school and the individual achieve their full potential.

Non-Discrimination Policy:
Town School for Boys admits students of any race, color, religion, or national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the School. The School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, or national and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, scholarship programs, athletic and other school-administered programs.

Salary and benefits are commensurate with our peer schools in the San Francisco Bay Area and with like NAIS schools.

Application for this position can be found at https://town-school-for-boys.hiringthing.com/
Cara Wood
[email protected]

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