Menlo School is an independent, coeducational, college preparatory school for students in grades six through twelve. Established in 1915, the School is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and is a member of the National and California Associations of Independent Schools.
Menlo is dedicated to providing a challenging academic curriculum complemented by outstanding creative arts and athletic programs. The School helps students develop positive values and nurtures character development in a supportive environment that upholds the highest moral and ethical standards. Our program encourages students to reach their fullest potential and to develop the skills necessary to respond intelligently and humanely to the complexities of a diverse and increasingly interconnected world.
We are committed to being a heterogeneous and inclusive community. We believe students are better educated and prepared to succeed when the School community—students, families, faculty, administration and staff—is diverse and inclusive. Diversity benefits the entire community by providing a wide range of perspectives and experiences. We embrace a broad definition of diversity: an inclusive community comprised of people with different racial, cultural, economic and religious backgrounds, as well as different gender identities and sexual orientations. In addition, we support students with a wide variety of interests, talents, physical abilities, personalities, and politics.
Menlo School’s Middle School (grades 6-8) is seeking an enthusiastic counselor and Human Skills teacher. This professional will have specialized in pre-teen or teen counseling prior to working in our school. In addition to the counseling aspect of the work, this position will teach the Human Skills program which is designed to help students learn skills that help them to develop their personal, social and emotional competencies.
The Middle School Counselor is available for students who wish to discuss personal issues in a relaxed, confidential atmosphere. The Counselor provides counseling on a regular basis for students including social/emotional support, educational guidance, co-curricular coordination.
Serve as an advisor and coordinator when interfacing with parents, teachers, learning specialists, outside professionals and administration, as needed, regarding strategies to assist students.
Help students resolve teacher and classroom concerns and assist students in developing advocacy and problem-solving skills.
Assist all students and their families as they integrate and encounter new developmental milestones into the School community.
Consults with and assists teachers and staff to enhance their effectiveness in helping students be and feel at their best.
Collaborate with grade-level teams, the academic support coordinator, the advocate coordinator, the Chief of Institutional Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, the school nurse and administration to provide comprehensive support for the whole child.
Work with Middle School as needed to integrate social-emotional/values-based curricula into all content areas.
Sit on various parent education committees aimed at increasing parent awareness of issues related to adolescent development. Serve as a lead for the Middle School parent education lunch series and annual Parent and Faculty Education Conference.
Human Skills Teacher
Execute classroom lessons in Human Skills - a comprehensive wellness SEL curriculum that students take during each year of Middle School. During the Human Skills program, students learn skills that aim to develop their personal, social and emotional competencies. In addition, these classes provide a trusting environment for students to explore the pre-teen and teen experience. Topics over the three years may include effective communication, self-esteem, digital citizenship, brain fitness, media literacy, healthy relationships, health, drug and alcohol education, diversity and inclusion, human sexuality, and identity development.
Manage frequent and ongoing verbal and written communication with students, parents and colleagues.
Be available and present to help students during and after school day.
Participate in the curricular development of the human skills curriculum and work collaboratively with colleagues.
Incorporate current events or timely research into Human Skills lessons. Share new developments in adolescence with teachers and parents.
Compensation and Benefits:
Menlo School is committed to attracting and retaining excellent faculty and offers a generous compensation plan, including competitive salary, TIAA-CREF retirement benefits with a generous employer contribution and match, on-site child-care center, full medical/dental coverage, and much more.
Menlo School is an equal opportunity employer.
Master’s Degree in School Counseling, an MSW or a related field is required.
Minimum of three to five years prior counseling experience at the middle school level.
Genuine love of middle school-age children and a desire to work with all types of learners.
Being a positive and contributing member of the professional community.
Candidates must have strong interpersonal, technology and organizational skills.
Experience in individual and group counseling and educational programming.
Extraordinary communication and presentation skills.
Proficient in use of technology.
A desire to work in a highly collaborative environment.
Working Environment and Physical Demands:
The job is performed in a generally clean and healthy environment, but there may be possible exposure to childhood diseases and illnesses
Exposure to heated/air conditioned and ventilated facilities with average interior dust with occasional exposure to outdoor elements
Exposure to materials typically found in a school classroom, potential exposure to art materials and substances
Exposure to a normal school environment that is usually quiet but sometimes noisy
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by a school employee to successfully perform the essential responsibilities and functions. Reasonable accommodation may be requested to enable individuals to perform the essential responsibilities of the job:
Ability to sit, stand, move, communicate, manipulate art tools, speak, hear and read during the course of normal activities
Able to use computers and other tools
Able to move items weighing up to 10 pounds
Ability to think and concentrate for sustained periods of time
In-person attendance necessary to provide an effective level of performance during regular school hours