Lower School Counselor

    • Job Tracking ID: 512201-645751
    • Job Location: Hopkins, MN
    • Job Level: Any
    • Level of Education: Masters Degree
    • Job Type: Part-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: August 27, 2018
    • Years of Experience: 2 - 5 Years
    • Starting Date: ASAP
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Job Description:

The Blake School seeks a part-time (.50 FTE) Lower School Counselor. The Lower School Counselor serves as a student advocate who works cooperatively with other individuals and organizations to promote the healthy development of children and families in our community.  Blake is particularly interested in candidates who will enrich the diversity of identity, lived experience and thinking that makes a community strong and empowers students to engage across differences. 

The search committee will begin reviewing resumes on August 31.

Experience and Skills:

Essential Functions of the Job:

  • Provides short term individual and small group counseling pertaining to behavioral, emotional, social and mental health issues
  • Offers classroom developmental guidance and social/emotional learning lessons
  • Consults with parents/guardians, teachers, support staff, administrators, medical professionals and community mental health personnel
  • Maintains relationships with qualified therapists and/or community agencies and provides referrals to families as appropriate
  • Serves as a liaison between the school and outside agencies or mental health personnel
  • Acts as resource for understanding child and early adolescent development
  • Provides guidance and professional development opportunities to faculty and staff on topics such as behavior management, recognizing mental health or learning challenges in the classroom, building classroom community and growing resilience in children
  • Provides robust parent/guardian education on a range of relevant topics
  • Responds to crises, including separation and loss
  • Plays a leadership role on the Lower School Child Study Team by crafting meaningful interventions and serving as a point person for implementing support services
  • Works collaboratively with Lower School Learning Specialists and PK-12 Counseling Department
  • Maintains documentation and appropriate communication in accordance with professional standards pertaining to licensed school counselors
  • Oversees any other matters pertaining to community health
  • Attends all appropriate school meetings and events

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Previous lower school counseling experience
  • Must be a Licensed School Counselor or hold an advanced degree in Counseling Psychology
  • Must be able to develop high levels of trust and rapport with students, parents/guardians and colleagues with diverse lived experiences and identities
  • Knowledgeable about the developmental stages of elementary age children and early adolescents, as well as positive identity formation frameworks
  • Familiarity with recognizing and supporting students who demonstrate signs of learning differences
  • Experience conducting classroom observations and implementing behavioral intervention strategies
  • Demonstrate a strong professional commitment to pluralism and growing intercultural competence



The information contained herein is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of the duties and responsibilities of the job, nor are they intended to be an all-inclusive list of the skills and abilities required to do the job.  The duties and responsibilities in this job description may be subject to change at any time due to reasonable accommodation or other reasons.

The Blake School is a pre-kindergarten through grade 12, co-educational, nonsectarian, independent day school enrolling 1,368 bright, talented students from nearly 56 Twin Cities-area communities. Founded in 1900, The Blake School has the advantage of three campuses (Minneapolis, Hopkins and Wayzata) each with its own facilities designed for specific ages, schedules and activities. The mission of the school is to provide students with an excellent, academically challenging education in a diverse and supportive community committed to a common set of values.

The Blake School believes that a diverse society enriches all individuals and communities. Diversity of race, ethnicity, national origin, geography, religion, gender, affectional or sexual orientation, age, physical ability, and marital, parental or economic status forms the fabric of our society. As a result of these beliefs, The Blake School actively seeks students, families and employees who value and contribute to the fullness of a diverse community within the context of its mission. In doing so, we recognize our responsibility to help make each person's experience a success. EOE