School Psychologist/Counselor

The Miquon School - Conshohocken, PA (30+ days ago)


POSITION OPEN: School Psychologist/Counselor

The Miquon School is seeking a part-time school psychologist/counselor beginning in the
2018-19 school year. This open position presents an opportunity to any social worker,
psychologist, or counselor who has a master’s degree and at least 3-5 years of experience
working with children and families in an elementary school setting.

Miquon is dedicated to preserving childhood, using innovative student-centered teaching
practices, and developing children's knowledge of and appreciation for the environment. Time
spent outside on our 10-acre campus including woods, fields, and creek is an integral part of
every child’s Miquon experience. We value independent thinking, varied individual and
collaborative approaches to learning, authentic assessment methods, and creative, child-focused
approaches to curriculum development.

Founded in 1932 in a tradition of Progressive education that is strongly upheld today, Miquon is
an independent, coeducational elementary school just outside Philadelphia for children in
Nursery through the 6th grade. The School enrolls approximately 150 students in eight
mixed-age groups, typically 16-22 children in size.

Miquon is a community that values racial, ethnic, economic, religious, gender, and social
diversity and we seek applicants who represent and broaden that diversity.

Qualifications
The person we are seeking will have a master’s degree or higher in school counseling,
psychology, or have a masters in social work. Candidates will have at least 3-5 years experience
working with children and families in an elementary school setting. Private practitioners are
encouraged to apply.

The person we are seeking will also have:
The ability to maintain appropriate confidentiality of sensitive information;
A sense of humor and genuine desire to be part of the team tasked with the care and

education of our young students;
A strong interest in nurturing and developing young children’s individual and healthy

identities;
Familiarity with assessment and screening tools for elementary school students and

experience interpreting educational and psychological testing results from outside
providers;

The skills to communicate and advocate effectively, both in person and in writing, with
teachers and families;

Flexibility within the Miquon work day for student, team, and administrative meetings
and the ability to participate in professional development training;

A commitment to fostering an inclusive, equitable, and diverse learning community;
An understanding of the value of Progressive education.

The Role
The school psychologist/counselor works with students, staff, parents and other professionals to
create a safe, healthy, and supportive learning environment that strengthens connections among
home, school, and community.

Responsibilities:
Observe and counsel children to understand their strengths and challenges and
recommend appropriate interventions/resources to teachers as well as parents;

Offer expert consultation, direction, and support to staff and families regarding children’s
social-emotional growth, physical and emotional well-being, and academic strengths and
differences;

Serve as a resource and consultant on mental health and child/adolescent psychology;
Provide referrals to outside services and collaborate with school staff, parents, and

outside professionals/agencies in planning to meet the needs of individual students;
Interpret evaluations or reports from outside providers; advise and assist on the

implementation of recommendations for students with learning differences and/or social
or emotional support needs;

Provide direct short-term counseling for students and parent consultation as needed;
Regularly visit classrooms and Choice time to observe students at the request of staff or

parents, work with peer relations and classroom dynamics, and conduct classroom
meetings when appropriate;

Guide the development of a social/emotional curriculum for Nursery-Grade 6; and
Meet regularly with the Principal.

Salary and Benefits
The salary will be commensurate with experience.

How to Apply
Please send your resume, a cover letter that addresses your skills and experience in the areas
listed above, and a list of three references to resumes@miquon.org.

The Miquon School does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, gender, or sexual
orientation in the employment of staff, admission of students, granting of financial aid, or the
administration of school policies.