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At San Francisco University High School, we believe that the deepest learning requires collaboration among people who embody a diversity of backgrounds, beliefs, experiences, and perspectives. In order to build and sustain a community that is composed of a wide range of social and cultural identities, we must continually engage in furthering our self-knowledge, equity literacy, and ability to communicate effectively across differences. We challenge ourselves to do this work on both a personal and institutional level, recognizing that our community is part of a larger and more complex world.

San Francisco University High School is seeking an 80-100% time School Counselor/School Based Mental Health Counselor who will partner with the current counselor, faculty, and staff in the emotional support of University High School students.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Offering crisis intervention, counseling, and support services to students and families in a responsive manner and offers groups, as appropriate or needed
  • Maintaining regular office hours that are responsive to student and family need
  • Consulting and networking with outside mental health providers to identify referral options and coordinate student support
  • Providing appropriate referrals for students in need of long-term mental health resources
  • Participating in planning and delivery of mental health and wellness related programming & preventative efforts to students, including collaborating or guest-teaching in the Human
  • Development Department
  • Attending meetings related to student support
  • Collaborating with faculty, staff and administration to coordinate support of individual students
  • Supporting the student group, Mental Health Coalition
  • Maintaining private student records
  • Engaging regularly in process of professional development
  • Collaborating regularly around methods for intervening/provides coaching as needed, in collaboration with the mentor coach
  • Helping faculty and staff to prioritize student need in classroom design & curriculum and assists in developing appropriate responses to distress through consultation and coaching
  • Offering regular professional development to faculty on topics relevant to student development, mental health, and mental health trends
  • Offering regular parent education on topics relevant to student mental health
  • Offering as-needed student group processing spaces

Qualifications and key competencies include:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including a high level of cultural competency and an understanding of equity related issues in schools
  • Possess experience working in a school setting, ideally have worked in a school setting (in some capacity) for 2 years
  • Hold a license (MFT, LCSW, PsyD, PhD, LPCC) or be eligible within the first two years; a PPSC Credential in addition is preferred
  • Feel commitment to equity and working with and supporting a diverse student population
  • Have strong organizational, written, and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrate professionalism, integrity, and the ability to collaborate with others effectively while displaying a capacity to take the initiative

Because San Francisco University High School is a college preparatory school, we seek employees who are well educated in their disciplines, who are devoted to the love of learning, and who will contribute to the school’s invigorating intellectual climate.  Throughout the school, we seek to hire adults who are excited by and supportive in their work with students and who share our belief in the moral and educational value of diversity.

Interested candidates should submit their materials, including a resume and a cover letter,  using the online application at:

Salary & Benefits:

This regular, exempt opportunity is at an annual salary range of $85,000-$105,000 for a 1 FTE role (salary will adjust according to FTE status). Benefits include medical, dental, vision, retirement plan match and voluntary plans such as accident, critical illness, pet insurance and legal shield.


San Francisco University High School is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit. School policy prohibits unlawful discrimination based on race, color, creed, gender, religion, marital status, registered domestic partner status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition including genetic characteristics, sexual orientation, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws.

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