Counselor and Life Skills Teacher Job Opening
Santa Barbara Middle School
About Santa Barbara Middle School:
Founded in 1976, Santa Barbara Middle School is a co-educational school that offers students in grades 6-9 a profound educational experience combining Academics, Creative Arts & Sports, Outdoor Education, and Community Involvement. Serving approximately 165 students, our educational environment facilitates academic achievement, while also bolstering all aspects of a child’s well-being. We challenge students to develop life skills in all areas, with the stability of a safe and nurturing community. Leadership, self-advocacy, creative problem solving, compassion for others, and global awareness are just a few of the traits that distinguish our graduates. Working at Santa Barbara Middle School is a challenging yet rewarding career. After-hours and weekend events and participation in the school’s Outdoor Education program are integral and required aspects of this job.
Santa Barbara Middle School seeks candidates for the position of Middle School Counselor and Life Skills Teacher.
Position Begins: August 1, 2021
Status: Full-time, Exempt, benefits
Department: Instructional, Middle School (grades 6-9)
Santa Barbara Middle School is accepting applications for a full-time counselor and life skills teaching position for the 2021-2022 school year. Successful candidates should demonstrate the ability to foster and maintain relationships that support the emotional health of SBMS and be able to work well with the administrative team, students, parents and faculty. Additionally, we seek a candidate who is passionate about working with young people. Candidates should support the mission of SBMS and be eager to join a community where collaboration is valued and where openness to growth is the norm. Candidates should model a growth mindset, maintain a sense of humor, and demonstrate a warm personality. This position will also take part in teaching electives and will actively participate in our outdoor education program. This includes, and is not limited to, kayaking, mountain biking, hiking, and camping.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Provide social-emotional counseling and learning/education support to students.
Serve as a first point of contact and manage documentation for child protection concerns.
Serve as the school liaison to community mental health providers.
Collaborate with Curriculum committee, Learning Specialist and Dean of Students to develop and teach life skills - organization, planning, time management, problem-solving skills, sex education, nutrition/body image, substance abuse, digital citizenship, relationships, mental and emotional wellness and more.
Support student leaders, serving as peer advisors, in the development and implementation of student-led health programming.
Support faculty training on topics determined by the administrative team and support the work of faculty and staff in guiding student development.
Work with parents to support the efforts of the faculty and staff.
Lead or assist with afternoon electives, Friday electives or sports.
Attend all weekly faculty meetings, department meetings, in-services and other meetings as required.
Attend all school functions: Open Houses, movie nights, Rites of Passage, and other community and special events.
Complete academic reports, advisor letters, charting and other forms of professional communication in a timely, professional manner.
Participate in SBMS’s outdoor education program and trips including kayaking, mountain biking, hiking and camping.
Participate in professional development and continually develop professional knowledge.
Work closely with Assistant Head of School as Dean of Students to determine appropriate social, emotional support plans for students
Perform other duties as assigned.
Master’s degree from an accredited college or university is required, preferably in school counseling, mental health counseling, school psychology or social work. Experience in a school setting with an adolescent / middle school population.
5+ years experience
The counselor must communicate well, verbally and in writing, and possess strong analytical skills to make informed decisions. Effective interpersonal skills are required to interact effectively with personnel and students, solve problems, and represent SBMS in the external community.
Teaching credential preferred.
Bilingual in Spanish is preferred
The physical requirements of this position are those needed to successfully fulfill the job duties and responsibilities articulated above. As prescribed by law, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.
How to Apply:
The position includes a salary commensurate with experience. Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest, resume, and a list of references to email@example.com