The standards for professionalism and collegiality are high at Hamlin. We seek teachers who are intelligent, kind-hearted, experienced, organized, flexible, creative, and good-humored.
Most teachers new to the school have previous head-teacher experience. Independent school or girls’ school experience is a plus. Every teacher is expected to take on an active role in school life outside of the classroom.
A hallmark of the teaching experience at Hamlin is the school’s commitment to professional growth. We feel strongly that students learn when the adults in the community model the excitement and energy around adult learning as well. To that end, Hamlin dedicates significant funds to professional development each year. Examples of recent professional development conferences and programs attended by Hamlin faculty include programs on differentiated instruction, brain research, learning differences, technology, cooperative learning, diversity and multiculturalism, sports, health and wellness, mathematics, reading and writing, and global education.
The Hamlin School is an equal opportunity employer.
Desired Credentials: Ed.D, Ph.D, or Psy.D in clinical or school psychology preferred, or Master’s Degree in Counseling, LMFT, LCSW, or LPCC with 2 years of working in schools, strongly preferred.
Required Skills and Experience:
• Excellent clinical, interpersonal, and communication skills • A passion for working with high-achieving girls and their families • Cultural competency and a demonstrated commitment to anti-bias education • An open, collaborative approach to working with students, teachers, parents, administrators, and outside care providers • Experience facilitating conversations and training with Social-Emotional Learning • Crisis management experience • A demonstrated commitment to lifelong learning and professional growth
Reports to: Lower School Division Head
Primary Responsibility: Serve as the primary point of contact for parents, guardians, faculty, and administrators about the social-emotional well-being and mental health of girls in Kindergarten through Grade 4.
Hours/Classification: 1.0 FTE (5 days per week); Exempt
The Hamlin School seeks employees who will support and implement the school's Mission and Creed. Hamlin employees are caring, compassionate, collaborative, and are dedicated to the education of girls. Hamlin girls are celebrated because of their curious minds, joyful work ethic, and tenacity in the classroom. At the same time, the school is convinced that maximizing their academic potential is only one part of its work. Excellent schools must also pay close attention to matters of the heart and soul. The Lower School Counselor plays a central role in ensuring the health and wellness of the student community and is a partner with parents and teachers in supporting students' emotional well-being.
Counseling • Supports individual students on a short-term basis and advises families as needed about psychotherapy outside of school • Provides direct service, including crisis counseling, time-limited interventions, and assessment for triage and referral purposes • Teaches Health & Wellness, SEL & Sexuality Education in each grade level in collaboration with classroom and science teachers; leads small SEL groups and conflict resolution check-ins with students; and provides support as needed per class. • Supports the scope and sequence for Health & Wellness, SEL & Sexuality Education in the Lower School • Assesses risk to children and families; works closely with Lower School Division Head & Head of School • Supports faculty with best practices with regard to children’s needs • Serves as a member of the Student Support Services team • Remains current on developments in the field (i.e. law & ethics, mandated reporting, and risk assessment) • Recommends, in close partnership with Lower School Division Head, full neuropsychological reports, therapy, or medication • Remains current with laws governing confidentiality as they pertain to children and mental health services in independent schools • Generates records of recommendations for Tier 2 and Tier 3 interventions (RTI model) • Maintains and updates confidential records & documents (i.e. records of conversation, classroom observations using official notes in Hamlinet) • Participates on Safety Council & crisis management teams • Supports guest speakers & does follow up with the children • Provides counseling around mental health diagnoses with children, families, and faculty • Files and follows court orders and offers any follow-up needed from outside support services • Attends monthly Bay Area Counseling meetings
Student Life • Engages fully in co-curricular activities and in the extra-curricular life of the school, with the goal of being known and recognized by students • Co-teaches Grade 4 Science: Health and Body Image Curriculum
Parent Connections • Consults with parents regarding issues of social and emotional concern for themselves and/or for their daughters • Attends and participates in meetings with parents, Lower School Division Head, teachers, and outside student support, such as therapists, learning specialists, doctors, etc. • In partnership with the administration, supports the continuing education of Hamlin parents (i.e. meetings, the facilitation of parenting groups, recommendations of appropriate books, speakers, workshops) • Maintains a robust webpage on the HamliNet that includes pertinent information and valuable resources for parent & faculty support
Faculty Connections • Leads and facilitates components of faculty meetings concerning emotional and psychological health and well-being of students and or student support meetings • Consults with teachers regarding students’ social and emotional needs • Offers professional development to faculty during division meetings, either in small groups or individually • Works in partnership with the health and wellness team and Lower School teachers to develop appropriate social and emotional learning tools, incorporating them into the existing K-4 curriculum. • Consults with Lower School Division Head and faculty regarding clinical and legal matters about the mental health of students • Maintains and updates protocols for the faculty on responding to students in crisis • Consults with Lower School Learning Specialist regarding students of concern • Consults regularly with the Lower School Division Head • Meets weekly with Lower School Division Head, the Learning Specialist and the Student Support Services team to discuss and strategize about students of concern • Works closely with the Middle School Counselor and Division Heads to coordinate the K-8 program and facilitate student transition and support
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