Middle/Upper School Counselor

Middle School / Upper 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.
This posting is for a second Middle School/Upper School counselor, who will join with our existing counselor to meet the needs of a student population that has grown significantly in the last few years. The Middle School/Upper School Counselors report to the Associate Head of School. In alignment with the Waterford mission to provide a world-class liberal arts education, the Middle School/Upper School (MS/US) Counselors help students develop resilience and healthy coping strategies for success in school and life. The MS/US Counselors serve as educational leaders in the Middle and Upper Schools.  A primary support for students, families, and teachers, the MS/US Counselors oversee the School's commitment to care for all members of the MS/US community.  Working closely with the Associate Head, Dean of Students, faculty, and families, the MS/US 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 MS/US Counselors make regular reports and recommendations to the Dean of Students and Associate Head of School regarding students and families with whom they are working. 

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Review neuropsychological exams to determine appropriate accommodations and modifications and then write individual student learning plans (“Student Profiles”). 
    • Plans include classroom support for difficulties such as specific learning disabilities, attention deficit and executive functioning, and social skill development
  • Meet with students and parents annually to review student plans and adjust/modify supports as necessary. 
  • Coordinate with tutors to support students’ individual learning needs. 
  • Conduct classroom observations of students to determine appropriate interventions and learning support.
  • Provide training and education to teachers on appropriate classroom based interventions and supports. 
  • Manage the accommodation application process for standardized testing including ACT, SAT, and AP tests. 
  • Refer students for neuropsychological testing when concerns for academic success arise. 
  • Provide group interventions for academic and learning support.
  • Hold “team meetings” with teachers of individual students as needed to gather anecdotal data and to share strategies to manage struggles and increase student success. 
  • Support students in learning strategies to increase productivity in the classroom. 
  • Coordinate classroom testing accommodations throughout the term (including finals week) including use of quiet room and other testing supports such as voice to text. 

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 judgment, and emotional intelligence
  • 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 Middle and Upper 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.