Pre-School/Lower School Counselor

Keystone School helps bright, talented and motivated young people realize their full potential. In our academically accelerated program, faculty and staff challenge and nurture young people throughout their educational journey. Keystone students achieve in academics, arts, sciences, athletics and other diverse interests, while supporting and challenging each other. As students grow from preschool through high school, expert and caring teachers guide their inquiries. Keystone students gain admission to the country’s most prestigious colleges and universities, win highly competitive scholarships, and go on to create fulfilling careers and lives.

We are searching for a capable and dedicated Pre-School/Lower School Counselor to join our excellent team. The counselor’s responsibilities include creating an environment of support for emotional and social development and ensuring the well-being of PK3-Grade 4 students. You will form a team with our School Counselor for grades 5-12.

At Keystone, we firmly believe in our students “Doing Well by Being Well.” In addition the counselor will create, implement, and oversee developmentally appropriate Social and Emotional Learning programs for students, faculty/staff, and families.

To be successful as a counselor, you should be a curious, lifelong learner with a passion for discovery. Outstanding candidates have a deep respect for learning and the ability to inspire others.

Counselor Responsibilities

Provide emotional support to needs of students and families that arise as a result of life circumstances or those issues that may arise at school

Assist students in developing adaptive coping strategies/skills that can be used in managing difficult or strong emotions, conflict or relationship challenges, and friendships

In partnership with other administrators, develop, coordinate, and present programs for students, faculty/staff, and families on social-emotional topics

Work in close coordination with faculty and division heads on any concerns or issues that arise in the classroom or during the school day, ensuring that approach to behavioral and emotional concerns is coordinated, comprehensive, and developmentally appropriate

Should any extraordinary situations arise (e.g., illness or death in the family, divorce, separation, or remarriage, job loss, serious concern of student mental health, etc.), provide emotional support to children and families, provide pertinent resources (e.g., books, articles), and if necessary, appropriate community referrals for appropriate mental health support and service.

PK3-PK4:

Provide monthly Social Emotional Learning lessons in topics such as kindness, healthy habits and self-care, and good citizenship

Lower School:

Oversee Social Emotional Learning program, focusing on age-appropriate healthy communication and conflict resolution, and lead lessons in topics such as friendships, perseverance, good sportsmanship, and mindfulness.

Greater Keystone Community:

Organize and facilitate regular Parent Connections Book Club meetings

Provide Little School Parenting Series, a series of three presentations for Little School parents covering topics such as positive parenting strategies and parenting as a team

Provide opportunities for faculty and staff development around salient student mental health and wellness in topics such as suicide prevention and anxiety

Organize and provide school wide opportunities for dissemination of information around pertinent student mental health and wellness in topics such as effective communication strategies involving difficult topics and anxiety

Requirements:

  • Master’s degree in Counseling from an accredited college or university
  • Valid Texas School Counselor certificate as required by the State Board of Education Certification
  • Thorough understanding of school operations
  • Strong organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to coordinate campus support operations
  • Mental demands: Ability to solve problems and deal with a variety of situations; ability to interpret a variety of data; ability to interpret TEC and policy; ability to apply knowledge of current research and theory, ability to be effective in both oral and written communication; ability to maintain emotional control under stress.
  • Practical experience with MS Office, Google Classroom, and other software.
  • The ability to answer sensitive questions and create an environment where everyone’s opinions are respected.
  • Strong communication, interpersonal, and problem-solving skills.
  • Knowledge of current classroom technologies such as interactive whiteboard software, LMS software, Microsoft Office 365, Google Apps for Education, etc.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three to five references to Head of School Billy Handmaker at bhandmaker@keystoneschool.org.

We recognize that diverse teams make the strongest teams, and we encourage people from all backgrounds to apply. We don’t just accept difference -it’s one of our key values.

Keystone School welcomes candidates for admission or employment, regardless of age, race, culture, gender, sexual orientation, religion, socio-economic status, national or ethnic origin, and does not discriminate on the basis of any category protected by law in the administration of any of its programs.

For more information about Keystone School, please visit www.keystoneschool.org