Lower School Counselor

Georgetown Day School opened its doors in 1945 as the first integrated school in a segregated city. Governed by a Board of Trustees elected by the parent body and administered by an appointed Head of School, it was founded by seven families who wanted to create a school committed not only to academic excellence and educational innovation but also to a value system emphasizing appreciation and respect for others. Believing that diversity was the ground out of which all deep and rich learning occurs, they established a school where all children would be welcome, celebrated, and challenged to be their best selves.
 
Today, the School's philosophy, programs, and position in the national educational landscape strongly reflect its roots. Having grown from 12 children in 1945 to 1075 students in PK-12 today, GDS is recognized as one of Washington, D.C.’s and the nation’s most dynamic educational institutions.
 

Georgetown Day School, an independent PK - 12 school, located in Washington, D.C. and committed to academic excellence, educational innovation and social justice, is seeking a forward thinking, culturally competent, experienced school counselor to contribute to an energetic and creative team of professionals focused on mental health and wellness. The school counselor should be skilled in working with PK-2nd graders, their teachers and families, and familiar with developmental needs of children of all ages. In addition to providing counseling services in the Lower School, the counselor will provide support at other levels of our PK-12 school on an as needed basis. The counselor will report directly to the Principal of the Lower School and work closely with other members of the Counseling and Wellness Teams whose foremost goal is to promote a positive and supportive environment for optimum learning, as well as social and emotional growth.  

An ideal candidate will have three or more years of: 

  • early childhood education training and/or experience, 
  • training and experience in behavior analysis and intervention
  • experience and credentials as a school counselor, school psychologist, or school-based social worker.

The counselor will assess student needs and provide support, counseling, and consultation in collaboration with teachers, administrators, and families. As a diverse, inclusive school devoted to social justice and preparing our students to live and work in an increasingly globalized and diverse multicultural society, GDS is particularly interested in professionals with demonstrated experience and skills related to the work of diversity, equity and inclusion.  

Primary Responsibilities: 

Students and Teachers

  • Prevention
    • Collaborate with and develop teacher capacity to promote instructional practices and behavior management that serves all students
    • Co-lead the development of and enhancement of Social Emotional Learning (SEL) framework and programming
    • Design programming that welcomes and acclimates new students and families.
  • Intervention
    • Consult with teachers and other members of Student Support Services to develop comprehensive intervention plans 
    • Provide crisis and “on the spot” support for student’s behavioral and emotional needs
    • Provide short-term individual and small group counseling to address student learning needs
    • Assess mental health needs and provide support, referrals, and coordination with community-based service providers

 Parents and Families

  • Prevention
    • Share  resources to help parents and families increase their understanding of child development, identity development, behavior management, and emotional regulation
    • Provide opportunities for parents to engage and explore issues most relevant to parenting and the GDS community
  • Intervention
    • Engage parents and guardians in problem solving to address individual student’s social, emotional, behavioral, and learning needs
    • Communicate with parents and guardians, in collaboration with other Student Support Services members as needed, for referrals and to ensure coordinated service delivery in and outside of school 

Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated success in collaborative work with parents, teachers, and school leadership in addressing behavioral and learning needs 
  • Training in behavioral analysis and intervention, mental health assessment, classroom management, instructional assessment, systems level consultation, parent consultation, 
  • Master’s degree or specialist in school counseling, school psychology, social work, or a related field
  • District of Columbia license or eligible for license in DC 

 

Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and list of three references using our online application system. To apply and to find out more about the school, candidates should visit our website at www.gds.org.  

How to Apply

Coronavirus Safety

  • Screenings the night before and morning of being on-campus
  • Required face coverings
  • 6 feet physical distancing
  • PPE freely available including 
    • Cloth mask
    • Surgical mask
    • Face shield
    • Goggles
    • Stylus (for touching shared screens such as copiers or time clocks)
  • Classrooms and shared offices spaces equipped with sanitizer dispensers, microfiber cloths, and cleaning spray bottle
  • Signs throughout the building, including posters for every classroom with health and safety reminders
  • Additional HEPA filtration devices in all classrooms and shared office spaces
  • Required GDS-specific health and safety video training 
  • Ongoing COVID-19 testing for staff and students

See our Hopping into 2020 site for more information about our reopening plan.

Non-Discrimination Policy

Georgetown Day School does not discriminate in its educational, admissions, and personnel programs and policies or activities on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion or religious creed, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, disability or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state or local law.

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