• Full Time
  • Atherton, CA
  • This position has been filled

Website Menlo School

Menlo School seeks a licensed Mental Health & Wellness Counselor for our Upper School (grades 9-12), providing full-time leave coverage from November 2023 to February 2024. Menlo  is dedicated to promoting mental well-being and integrating healthy habits within our community. We encourage open and respectful communication between students and adults to develop essential self-management and self-advocacy skills. Join Menlo School in fostering a supportive and healthy environment for our students’ mental well-being and growth.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Offer confidential support and counseling to students.
  • Collaborate with counselors from Middle and Upper School divisions to support students, educate parents, and enhance social-emotional and wellness programs.
  • Provide regular individual and group counseling, including social-emotional support, educational guidance, mediation, crisis services, and co-curricular coordination.
  • Prioritize improving the experiences of historically underserved students in independent school contexts.
  • Support the mental health needs of the Upper School student body in tandem with two additional counselors; align efforts with the Middle School counselor as needed and ensure awareness of the 6-12th grade trajectory.
  • Serve as a member of the Student Support team to provide comprehensive, tiered case management support for students with social-emotional and/or academic challenges.
  • Collaborate with the Upper School Assistant Director and the Student Life team to integrate social-emotional/values-based curricula in classroom settings or on as needed basis with faculty.
  • Be the faculty lead on various parent education and/or support committees aimed at parent education, partnership and community cohesion.
  • Help students resolve teacher and classroom concerns and assist students in developing self advocacy and problem solving skills.
  • Consult with and assist teachers and staff to enhance their effectiveness in helping students be and feel at their best.
  • Maintain local partnerships with therapists, community partners, and mental health organizations.
  • Participate weekly as an advocate in Menlo’s comprehensive Advocacy programming.
  • May possibly teach or co-teach a 9th-grade seminar class.

Required knowledge, skills, abilities and experience include but are not limited to:

  • A Master’s degree in counseling, school psychology, clinical psychology, or school social work (LMFT, LCSW, MSW, PPS, or certified school/clinical psychologist) required.
  • 3-5 years prior counseling experience at the middle or high school level or equivalent strongly preferred
  • Specialized experience in school-based teen counseling, individual and group counseling, and educational programming.
  • Knowledge and experience providing culturally responsive treatment and the desire to meaningfully improve upon the experience of historically underserved students in independent school contexts.
  • Genuine love of high school-age children and a desire to work with all types of learners.
    Being a positive and contributing member of the professional community.
  • Extensive knowledge of ethical and legal considerations related to counseling practices
  • Exceptional writing, editing, and oral communication skills and proficiency in communicating and engaging effectively with a wide range of constituencies
  • Candidates must have strong interpersonal and organizational skills.
    Proficient in use of technology.
  • A desire to work in a highly collaborative environment.

We offer:

  • An exceptional work environment and caring community
  • Excellent professional development opportunities
  • Highly competitive salary
  • For full-time employees: a comprehensive benefits package, including generous contributions to a retirement plan  for eligible employees and their families. Learn more by going to https://www.menloschool.org/employment-benefits.php.

To be considered for this position please submit your resume and cover letter.

We look forward to hearing from you!

About us:

Menlo School is an independent, coeducational, college preparatory school for students in grades six through twelve. Located in Atherton, California, and established in 1915, the School is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and is a member of the National and California Associations of Independent Schools.

Menlo is dedicated to providing a challenging academic curriculum complemented by outstanding creative arts and athletic programs. The School helps students develop positive values and nurtures character development in a supportive environment that upholds the highest moral and ethical standards. Our program encourages students to reach their fullest potential and to develop the skills necessary to respond intelligently and humanely to the complexities of a diverse and increasingly interconnected world.

At Menlo School, equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging are at the core of our organizational identity. Through our daily efforts, the School demonstrates a shared commitment to the development of all stakeholders by supporting a campus ethos where equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging reflect the major cornerstones of our community.

Our equal opportunity employment policy:

Menlo School is committed to a policy of non-discrimination and equal opportunity for all employees and qualified applicants. We administer all personnel practices without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or domestic partnership status, disability, protected veteran status or military status, genetic information, or any other category protected under applicable law.

Pay range:

In the spirit of pay transparency we share the base salary range for this position for the 2023-2024 academic year. The full pay range, which encompasses all experience levels is $100,000 – $150,000 per year. Within this broad range, we pay each employee in accordance with what could be reasonably expected based on an individual’s experience level. Base salary is exclusive of fringe benefits, retirement plan employer contributions or potential stipends (for eligible employees). Pay ranges at Menlo are reasonable estimates of what the School anticipates paying for a role but are not guaranteed. If hired at Menlo School, your final base salary will be determined by factors such as skills, education, experience, job level, part-time status and number of months of work per academic year. In addition to those factors, we believe in the importance of pay equity and consider internal equity with our current employees as a part of any final offer. Please keep in mind that the generous range mentioned above is the full base salary range for the role. Hiring at the maximum of the range is not typical for Menlo School in order to allow for future and continued salary growth.

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