Lower School Counselor

Waterford School is Utah’s premier liberal arts, college preparatory private school for students in Preschool through High School. Student learning is Waterford School’s reason for being. Since its founding, the School has instilled habits of independent thought, critical thinking, responsibility, passionate learning, and service to others. A commitment to equity, inclusion, and belonging is essential to the Waterford mission. Waterford School’s liberal arts program provides a strong foundation, and the campus culture prepares students to pursue lives of meaning and purpose. Waterford delivers a world-class education distinguished by a rich curriculum, an outstanding faculty, a deep commitment to student growth, and a learning environment that is caring, nurturing, and inspiring.

The Lower School Counselor reports to the Assistant Head of School/Lower School Head. In alignment with the Waterford mission to provide a world-class liberal arts education, the Lower School (LS) Counselor helps students develop resilience and healthy coping strategies for success in school and life. The Lower School Counselor serves as an educational leader in the LS.  A primary support for students, families, and teachers, the LS Counselor oversees the School's commitment to care for all members of the LS community.  Working closely with the LS Head, Assistant LS Director, faculty, and families, the LS Counselor strives to build a positive environment and support the learning of all students through education; best practices; and culturally responsive, data-informed prevention and intervention.  The LS Counselor makes regular reports and recommendations to the LS Head and Assistant LS Director regarding students and families with whom they are working.  

Responsibilities include but are not limited to: 

  • Serve as a liaison between LS Head, Assistant LS Director, families, tutoring directors, and teachers:
  • collaborate and communicate with families and teachers to support student academic, social, and emotional needs
  • coordinate and attend team meetings with families, teachers, LS Head, Assistant LS Director, tutoring directors, and when needed, outside providers
  • observe students of concern, providing recommendations for class and home implementation
  • develop student support plans, which may be based on recommendations from outside evaluations
  • Provide input regarding culture, curriculum, program, and practices
  • Support the work of diversity, equity, and belonging
  • Provide SEL lessons in the classroom
  • Work with the LS Head and Assistant LS Director to provide parent education 
  • Oversee and implement faculty and staff training around various topics such as SEL, DEI, behavior management, and child development
  • Strengthen vision, mission and values by promoting those among faculty, students, and families

Qualifications and Skills

  • PhD in School Psychology or Clinical Psychology preferred
  • A desire to build relationships with students, teacher, and families in a school setting 
  • Work experience in school psychology or counseling
  • Working knowledge of counseling models, practices, and resources
  • Integrity, professionalism, sound judgement, and emotional intelligence
  • Ability to respond to the needs of students ranging from preschool through fifth grade
  • Engaging interpersonal skills, excellent communication, and the ability to present effectively to large groups of parents 
  • Ability to collect and analyze data 
  • Strong writing skills

The successful candidate will be able to develop a healthy rapport with Lower School students and families, work collaboratively with colleagues and will embrace Waterford School’s mission, vision, and values

The Waterford campus is set on 41 acres at the foot of Utah’s Wasatch Mountains, one of North America’s premier outdoor and recreational areas. The school offers an outstanding working environment. The atmosphere is collegial; both families and faculty show a genuine commitment to learning. Benefits include medical, dental, 403(b).

For more information about the school, please go to www.waterfordschool.org.

Qualified candidates should forward a résumé and letter of interest, by email, or fax, to recruiting@waterfordschool.org. Please include the position you are applying for in the subject line.