Sumner Academy is now accepting applications for a school counselor for the 2024-2025 school year with an approximate start date of July 15, 2024.  This faculty position will work closely with our students (PK-8th grade) and our faculty. The counselor will report directly to the Head of School. Qualified candidates will have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university. Prior teaching experience is required.

Confidence, character, and a love for learning grow daily in Sumner Academy's Lower School, which consists of grade PK through fourth. In close partnership with families, teachers work to understand, guide, challenge, and nurture their students as they learn to think creatively and work cooperatively and independently.

Job Description

Overall Responsibilities and Expectations:

  • Identifies and supports students in need of support, assesses their level of need, refers to appropriate services, and follows up to monitor response to interventions/services
  • Provides short-term individual and small-group counseling
  • Serves as a resource for students, faculty, administrators, and parents to understand and deal with students' social, emotional, behavioral, and personal needs
  • Emphasizes preventative and developmental counseling to provide students with the life skills needed to deal with problems and to enhance the student's personal, social, and academic growth.
  • Consults with and serves as a resource for teachers, staff, and parents regarding the developmental needs of students, which includes, but is not limited to, the following:
    • Conducts and facilitates conferences with teachers, students, and parents
    • Conducts in-service programs for faculty and staff
    • Models appropriate behavior with student, parent, and colleague interactions
  • Maintains records to document interactions, interventions, and decisions in accordance with state law, industry standards, and Sumner Academy's policies
  • Conducts structured, goal-oriented counseling sessions in response to identified needs relative to the achievement and school success of individuals and groups of students
  • Refers students and their parents to community agencies, programs, or specialists as appropriate. Maintains a comprehensive list of community resources.
  • Teaches middle school adolescent issues courses and leads discussions with faculty regarding adolescent issues.
  • Partners with the Middle School Division Director to build an advisory and mentor curriculum and partners with Lower School Director on a character development program
  • Expertise in prevention, intervention, and crisis counseling is also desired
  • The school counselor is integral to the wellness team that meets regularly and works collaboratively with the school leadership

Qualifications and Experience: 

  • Master's degree in social work, psychology, or school counseling required
    • Licensed in Tennessee or can become licensed (i.e., LCSW-C, LMSW, LCPC) preferred
  • Minimum of three years experience providing direct clinical care to children and/or adolescents
  • Experience working with elementary and middle school students. Experience working with children and families in a school setting is preferred
  • Understands and uses common diagnostic assessment tools to guide treatment and decision-making
  • Experience implementing individual, group, and/or universal evidence-based interventions
  • Ability to build a strong rapport with students, families, school personnel, and external support providers
  • Ability to create, develop, and teach social-emotional curriculum responsive to current needs in child development
  • Knowledge of current research related to adolescent social-emotional development and mental health
  • Ability to collect, review, and analyze data to improve support services
  • Willingness to develop one's knowledge and skills through professional development
  • Ability to work and communicate effectively and efficiently with and within a culturally diverse student body, staff, and community
  • Demonstrated ability to be flexible, visible, resilient, collaborative, and approachable
  • Adherence to their respective national and state board guidelines. Adherence to their respective Code of Ethics and maintains license in good standing
  • An enthusiastic and strong work ethic, a team player, and a self-starter

Application Requirements

Qualified candidates should complete an online employment application and attach a cover letter, resume, statement of philosophy, and/or copies of college transcripts. Contact or with any questions.

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