Middle School Counselor & Health Teacher

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,  a PreK-12 co-educational independent day school dedicated to cultivating a just, inclusive, and diverse school community, is seeking an experienced School Counselor to contribute to an energetic and creative team of professionals focused on mental health and wellness. The Counselor should have a complex understanding of the developmental needs of early adolescent learners and be prepared to work collaboratively with teachers, administrators, and families in service to all of our students, particularly helping to cultivate healthy identity development and overall well-being. The Counselor will report directly to the Principal of the Middle School and work closely with our Counseling and Wellness Teams across our PreK-12 school. 

Primary Responsibilities Include:

  • Assessing SEL needs of individual and groups of students,
  • Developing targeted  SEL programming  in collaboration with our Wellness team,
  • Providing crisis support, counseling, and consultation in collaboration with teachers, administrators, and families for students in need,
  • Teaching relevant health curriculum units to our Middle Schoolers 
  • Communicating 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 

The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in school counseling, school psychology, social work, or a related field
  • District of Columbia license or eligible for license in DC 
  • Three or more years of professional experience working with early adolescents
  • Demonstrated success in collaborative work with parents, teachers, and school leadership in addressing social and emotional needs of early adolescent learners through an anti-racist, equity and inclusion lens
  • Training in multicultural responsive strengths-based therapy and intervention

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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