Guidance Counselor

This position is a full-time position with an extended year, as required. The Guidance Counselor/Teacher reports directly to the Principal and is responsible for the comprehensive development and implementation of a student development and support program that promotes student success in academic, personal/social, and college readiness domains.  This person will possess strong knowledge about and conscious use of professional ethical standards of school counselors.  

For over 100 years, Woodward School has provided a program that fosters a love of learning while providing rigorous instruction in academic disciplines, the arts and athletics.  Preparation for college and for life are vital objectives that should occur in unison. Our teachers make learning relevant to the needs of today. We help our diverse students develop into young women who are committed to the School's mission and will be positive, engaged members of the community and the larger world.  We are proud of our history, the quality of our programs, and, most importantly, the articulate, self-confident, and responsible citizens our students become.

Qualifications:  

  • Master’s degree in related field from an accredited college or university.
  • Three years recent relevant experience.
  • Membership in a Professional Organization.
  • Understanding of ethical and legal responsibilities to students.
  • Able to effectively communicate with students, faculty, staff, parents, colleges, and community agencies; requires demonstrated effectiveness in oral and written communication skills.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Provide advocacy for students’ well-being. Ensure dedicated instructional time to deliver the guidance curriculum, aligned with local or national standards, including the important academic, personal/social and college readiness competencies for post high school success.
  • Assist in the preparation of a master school schedule and to assign students to appropriate classes.
  • Implement group and individual supports and interventions as needed and when necessary in collaboration with teachers, administrators, and other staff and/or community resources.
  • Coordinate activities that assist students to establish academic, career, and personal-social goals. Ensure that every student has a post-secondary plan that is aligned with their aspirations and educational coursework.
  • Assist in all aspects of the college planning and application process. Maintain a monthly and yearly calendar to organize activities.
  • Provide professional development and information to faculty and staff on student-related and guidance issues.
  • Foster respect for and support for all aspects of diversity which includes, but is not limited to identity, gender, culture, ethnicity, race, religion, learning ability/disability, and sexual orientation.
  • Foster family and community engagement to ensure there is a viable link from school to home and within the community.
  • Creating a culture where parents and the community feel that they are partners in students’ lives.
  • Foster the establishment and maintenance of healthy and rewarding relationships with and among diverse individuals and groups.

Minimum Employment Requirements:

  • WSG conducts background checks and employment authorizations.
  • Current authorization to work in the United States.
  • Must demonstrate competency with word processing, data processing, and internet functions, as well as all applications used in the regular functioning of the school.
  • Some evenings and weekends are required.

Please send cover letter, resume, three references and any other relevant information to employment@thewoodwardschool.org

The Woodward School does not discriminate based on race, color, age, disability, sex/gender, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, or sexual orientation and is committed to maintaining a workplace where all individuals can flourish.