Adjunct/Consulting Counselor

Rye Country Day School Rye , NY 10580

Posted 7 days ago

Rye Country Day School is seeking an Adjunct/Consulting Counselor (part-time) beginning in August 2020.

The Consulting Counselor works closely with the Director of Health and Wellness, the Assistant Head of School, and student support staff to specifically support students of color and younger alumni of color. The Consulting Counselor will actively engage with and support the RCDS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Plan, with specific attention to the following: exploring issues of social identity and power; engaging in open dialogue and relationship building across identity; seeking to challenge, clarify and correct the narrative concerning risk and resilience for youth of color and their families; and articulating a clear understanding of racism-related stress and coping processes. The Consulting Counselor supports the health and well-being of all learners by creating a supportive environment that stimulates and promotes ethical, social, emotional, physical, and intellectual growth; enthusiastically supports students and is a visible presence in the School when available for assemblies, special divisional programs, and events; supports the mission of the School and performs other related tasks as assigned by administration or head of the counseling department.

Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Provide robust mental health and student support services for students of color.
  • Foster a sense of community and connection among alumni of color and current students by offering counseling services as needed.
  • Provide feedback on the development of anti-racist, anti-bias, culturally-responsive engagement protocols for all student support employees to follow.
  • Actively promote racial reconciliation: grieving and healing the community as a result of racial inequality and racism.
  • Attend counseling team meetings and case supervision. Participate as a consulting member of Student Support Services department meetings and Health and Wellness team meetings when able.
  • Engage in professional learning as needed, including the summer work that the counseling team has completed.
  • Consult with the student support team to help members better understand the interplay between race-related risk (e.g., racial discrimination, racism-related stress) and protective factors (e.g., racial identity, racial socialization) that influence students psychological well-being.
  • Actively implement and provide consultation on best clinical practices regarding trauma-informed counseling, assessment and treatment techniques for culturally- and racially-diverse populations, identifying avenues for prevention and intervention efforts, understanding racism-related stress and coping processes, identifying racial-ethnic protective factors.
  • Provide opportunities to discuss racial development and social identity issues with parents and guardians. Hold individual parent and family meetings as needed on topics designed in consultation with the Director of Health and Wellness and the Director of Diversity and Inclusion to ensure PK-12 alignment.
  • Provide crisis intervention for individual students. Seek consultation with the counseling team and division principal during and after a crisis.
  • Assist students in developing advocacy, healthy coping skills, and developmentally appropriate problem-solving.
  • Provide individual and group counseling support and consultation; see individual students on an as-needed, short-term basis.
  • Make appropriate referrals, in consultation with the Director of Health and Wellness, for outside of school for ongoing care and support.
  • Work closely with the counseling team and the DEI team as needed for evolving policy and procedural needs.
  • Maintain proper documentation in order to keep confidential records.
  • Contribute to the diverse list of outside referrals that meets the needs of the students and employees with regard to race, gender identity, socioeconomic needs, geographic location, and insurance panels.


Desired qualifications:

  • Masters degree in Social Work, Counseling, or Psychology
  • Credentialing with New York State
  • Five (5) or more years of experience working in educational settings
  • An understanding of the developmental stages of K-12 students
  • A deep knowledge of racial-ethnic protective factors, including culturally-sensitive skills and interventions to properly address racial trauma in a school setting
  • Ability to utilize an evidence-based, clinical framework for guidance on race-based stress
  • Strong interpersonal and leadership skills; a positive attitude, energy, and an inspiring and entrepreneurial leadership style
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, including use of technology
  • Strong organizational, management, and execution skills with attention to detail
  • A well-developed sensitivity, knowledge, and understanding of the diverse backgrounds of community members allowing for the ability to connect with the many constituencies of the RCDS community
  • A commitment to lifetime learning and professional and personal integrity
  • Strong coordination, evaluation, and assessment skills to promote best practices in the ever-changing landscape of mental health
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