Lower School Counselor or Psychologist

Full-Time Lower School Counselor or Psychologist (10 months)

AIM Academy is seeking a full-time Lower School counselor for SY 2023-2024. The Counselor reports to the Head of Lower School and partners with families, faculty, school administrators, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments by applying expertise in mental health, cognition, and behavior.

Areas of Responsibility

  • Progress Monitoring:

    • Oversee academic progress monitoring and provide consultative guidance to AIM faculty and families about student learning needs

    • Interpret neuropsychological and related evaluations

    • Develop and maintain unique learning profiles for each student in the Lower School and provide written summaries of evaluations to teachers outlining appropriate support strategies

    • Administer standardized and/or informal assessments to gain greater insight about student needs

    • Confer with families in order to help them understand assessments and coordinate support strategies for home and school

  • Student Support/Counseling:

    • Work with students requiring social-emotional support during individual and group interactions (i.e. social skill groups, brief counseling sessions, risk assessment, etc.)

    • Observe and interact with students in the school environment in order to recommend appropriate support strategies

    • Meet with teachers, parents/guardians, administrators, and other appropriate parties as needed to advise about appropriate social-emotional support and to organize necessary school-based interventions

    • Collaborate with outside service providers

  • Programming:

    • Provide programmatic and schedule recommendations and input regarding students' educational needs, necessary accommodations, support strategies, and instructional practices 

    • Design and engage in social-emotional and psycho-educational programming in the classroom to support students in developing executive function skills and self-awareness of their learning strengths and needs

    • Lead professional development sessions and support classroom activities to implement research-based, developmentally appropriate, culturally competent, and ethical interventions that will enhance students' learning and overall well-being

  • Other:
    • Serve as a member of the Lower School Core Leadership Team to address student needs, create plans to be implemented both at school and at home, and provide guidance about school-wide issues

    • Develop engaging presentations for Lower School families

    • Serve as the point of contact for ongoing communication and collaboration with faculty and families around students requiring social-emotional support

    • Create an atmosphere of trust and collaboration among faculty and families in order to promote collegiality and enhance student learning and growth

Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree, Educational Specialist Degree, Doctoral Degree in School Psychology, MSW, or related field (Required)

  • Minimum of 3-5 years working in school setting (Required)

  • State certification and licensure standards fulfilled

  • Ability to adjust strategies to meet the diverse needs of learners

  • Strong understanding of the range of development and learning styles among elementary-aged children

  • Knowledge of and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion practices and their impact on classroom climate and curriculum 

  • Excellent writing, editing, and communication skills at both the student and family levels

  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail

  • Ability to work flexibly and collaboratively with students, families, and faculty

  • Demonstrated commitment to professional development and lifelong learning

  • Openness to feedback from an instructional support team

  • Strong technology skills and familiarity with assistive technologies

To Apply:
Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume and a copy of our EEO Self ID form to our Human Resources Coordinator Cheryl Ferst at cferst@aimpa.org.