Job Description

Beginning and Lower School Counselor

Renbrook School (West Hartford, CT) seeks a part-time school counselor to join their Student Support Services department beginning in the 2024-2025 school year, focusing on students in grades preschool through four. The ideal candidate will have prior experience as a school counselor or school social worker. Excellent communication skills, the ability to build rapport and trust with students, colleagues and families, and strong organizational skills are essential.

This role is a 10-month position and will require 20-30 hours of work per week. While morning half-days are preferred, exact times are negotiable.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide a comprehensive program of preventive and responsive services to address students’ social-emotional needs
  • Provide students with strategies that help them foster and advocate for a positive learning environment at school
  • Provide short-term individual and group counseling
  • Advocate for student services and maintain a comprehensive list of community resources
  • Collaborate with the Beginning School and Lower School Division Heads to develop effective plans of support for students, families, and faculty
  • Regularly communicate with families of students who receive support or intervention
  • Offer regular, whole class lessons on friendship and conflict resolution
  • Provide crisis intervention and management services as needed
  • Provide referral assistance for families to other agencies, professionals, and resources in the community
  • Offer trainings and workshops to teachers and families

Requirements:

  • Master’s degree in social work or counseling required
  • Previous experience working in a school setting desired
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Approachable personality
  • Strong sense of discretion and professionalism
  • Ability to respond effectively to a diverse student body
  • Working knowledge of various counseling models, practices, and resources

Interested candidates should send one PDF document that includes a cover letter, resume, counseling philosophy, and three references to employment@renbrook.org with “BS & LS School Counselor” in the subject line.

Renbrook School is an affirmative action – equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religious creed, age, gender identity or expression, marital status, national origin, ancestry, present or past history of mental disability, intellectual disability, learning disability or physical disability, including but not limited to blindness, veteran status, sexual orientation, and other protected classes.

Renbrook School will make a reasonable accommodation to known disabilities of a qualified applicant or employee unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on its operation.