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November 5, 2021
School Counselor

School Counselor

Department: Student Services Reports to: Assistant Head of School
Position Type: Full Time/Exempt Schedule: TBD

Vistamar School is a college preparatory, co-educational, independent day school that serves a very diverse population of students in grades 9-12, supported by a generous program of Moderated Tuition. Approximately 35% of our students participate in our Moderated Tuition program, and approximately 50% of our students identify as students of color. As described in our mission statement, we seek to attract a faculty and student body who bring diversity of thought and culture to our school community, and who will be committed to ensuring that we provide an inclusive environment for the respectful exchange of multiple perspectives. Vistamar is located in the eastern-most section of El Segundo. The school is close to major freeway interchanges and is well serviced by public transportation, including a commuter rail station.

Since our opening in 2005, enrollment has grown steadily to 280 students, who are drawn from over 50 different middle schools and over 35 different zip codes in greater Los Angeles. Both tuition and salaries are competitive with other Los Angeles- area independent schools. Vistamar is fully accredited by the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), and holds institutional memberships in the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and the Council of International Schools (CIS).

Overview of the Position
Vistamar School is seeking an experienced and empathetic trained mental health professional to serve as the School Counselor for grades 9-12. The School Counselor will play a major role in coordinating student support to promote and ensure the social, emotional, academic and physical wellness of Vistamar students. She/he will serve on the Student Services Team, will provide individual student guidance and counseling and develop programming, faculty and staff professional development and parent education. The School Counselor will have limited teaching responsibilities, oversee specific student initiatives such as 9th grade Health and Wellness, serve as a trusted resource for the community, liaise with outside professionals and agencies when necessary, and serve on the school’s crisis management team, providing guidance and information related to trauma and grief management. She/he will report to the Assistant Head of School. This is an exempt 10½ month position.

Key Responsibilities
● Provides counseling and 1:1 support for students as needed, both on a drop-in basis and by the recommendation of teachers, advisors and/or administrators
● Makes referrals to outside professionals for students needing therapy and refers out for psychological testing, neuropsychological reports, executive functioning support, etc.
● Manages student crisis situations and facilitates crisis response work with students, faculty and families
● Collaborates with the Student Services Team regarding students of concern and ensures that appropriate support is provided
● Provides informal parent coaching to inform student success when necessary
● Regularly consults with Director of DEI to ensure inclusive and equitable counseling practice

Educational support and programming:
● Promotes student well-being by developing and implementing a comprehensive 9-12 health and wellness curriculum (using outside resources as appropriate)
● Serves as a resource and provides professional development for faculty and staff regarding student support and how to integrate the social, emotional, and academic needs of students into instructional design
● Liaises with the Director of Teaching and Learning to ensure that the school is identifying, highlighting and sharing research and best practices related to social and emotional learning and wellbeing across the school
● Develops parent education opportunities in relation to student/family social and emotional wellbeing (using outside resources as appropriate)
● Oversees (and teaches or co-teaches when appropriate) relevant student programs, such as Health and Wellness, Peer Council, and workshops/focus groups related to student issues
● Attend grade-level meetings as needed and develop/inform faculty of plan for student support
● Serve as the point person in collaborating with outside providers
● Serves on school’s crisis team, advising school during emergency and crisis situations regarding social and emotional wellbeing of students and adults

Minimum Qualifications
● Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree in school counseling, school psychology, psychology, human services, or social work required. Licensure/certification preferred.
● An understanding of independent school culture
● Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills as well as a proven ability to work with a diversity of colleagues and stakeholders at all levels
● Outstanding judgment and maturity
● A very high level of energy, creativity and flexibility
● Proven success at working collaboratively in educational leadership and/or student support
● Demonstrate appropriate ethical behavior and professional conduct in the fulfillment of roles and responsibilities

Successful candidates will have a minimum of 3 years experience working in this capacity at the high school level, and a deep knowledge of current research and best practices in the field. In addition, we are looking for a genuine colleague - a thoughtful, energetic and passionate individual and all-around "school person" who wants to participate in and contribute to our vibrant community. A love of high school students, flexibility, and a sense of humor are required.

Vistamar offers competitive compensation, commensurate with experience. Benefits package includes, but not limited to medical, life, dental insurance, retirement, paid time off, school breaks, and federal holidays.

Vistamar School is a 501c3 non-profit organization which does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin or sexual orientation in administration of our educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, employments, and athletic and other school administered programs.

How To Apply
Additional information about Vistamar School is available on the school’s website: https://www.vistamarschool.org. Applicants should submit a complete résumé and cover letter by e-mail to: [email protected] No calls please.
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