Full Job Description
Who are we?
Ethical Culture Fieldston School is a progressive PreK-12 independent school serving students throughout New York City and the surrounding suburbs. Committed to academic excellence, ethical learning, and progressive education, ECFS offers a rich and challenging curriculum in the arts, sciences, and humanities. A co-ed, nonsectarian school, it serves a diverse community of 1,700+ students from PreK to 12th grade on two campuses - one in the Riverdale section of the Bronx and the other in Manhattan. The upper school, located in the Bronx, is composed of approximately 600 students and 100+ faculty members.
What is essential about working at our school?
The Ethical Culture Fieldston School has a long history of equity and inclusion deeply rooted in our mission and the educational philosophy of our founder Felix Adler. We embrace the diversity of ancestry, family, identity, culture, and belief and seek a student body and faculty who reflect the pluralism and socio-economic diversity of metropolitan New York. We affirm both our differences and commonalities and strive to balance individuality and community. In keeping with our progressive tradition, we are dedicated to increasing our students’ cultural literacy to help them understand multiple perspectives and see the world beyond the self.
We expect members of our community to engage in open dialogue about living and learning in a diverse environment inside and outside the classroom. We see this work with its creative tensions as a catalyst for individual and collective growth. On a daily basis, we are committed to making this vision of a democratic, pluralistic, and progressive school a reality.
The Upper School is seeking a dynamic psychologist to provide integrated psychological services for the students in grades 9 through 12 during the 2021-22 academic year. The position will begin September 1, 2021 (orientation & additional professional development offered beginning 8/23/21.
This individual has two primary roles: to serve the individual psychological needs of students and to foster the psychological health and well-being of the entire Upper School community. Services include individual and small group roundtable programming, wellness programs, specialized training programs, and consultation services to parents and teachers. The psychologist is available to serve as a trusted resource in crisis moments for students, parents, and the community at large at all times.
Reports directly to the Principal of the Upper School, partners closely with the Upper School Assistant Principal for Student Life, and works collaboratively with other administrators, the student support team, health and wellness educators, faculty, staff, and parents in support of student well-being.
Provides consultation to faculty and staff regarding psychosocial issues affecting students and general adolescent development.
Sees students for short-term and intermittent guidance and makes recommendations for treatment when necessary.
Collaborates with others to implement social-emotional and student wellness programs across grade levels.
Serves as a first responder to individuals and the community at large in times of crisis.
Collaborates with teachers, advisors, deans, learning specialists, administrators, and parents/guardians to develop appropriate and effective treatment plans to meet the individual needs of each student.
Meets weekly with each Grade Dean to discuss individual students and grade-wide needs.
Leads weekly meetings with the Upper School Support Team to collaborate and consult around student and programmatic issues.
Meets monthly and sometimes more frequently with the Upper School Principal.
Meets weekly with the Upper School Assistant Principal for Student Life and the Health & Wellness team to collaborate around student issues, programmatic details, and in-team communication.
Collaborates with the Upper School Assistant Principal for Academic Life around pertinent student-related academic issues.
Participates in the neuropsychological evaluation meetings and helps to provide appropriate recommendations.
Continues to enrich and evolve the counseling program to meet ever-changing student needs.
Collaborates effectively and communicates clearly with administrators, teachers, parents, and students.
Provides education and outreach to parents at each grade level (9-12) on adolescent development and emotional issues impacting their children.
In collaboration with members of the Upper School Support team, creates and implements programs to provide education about the key socio-emotional issues students are grappling with including but not limited to stress management, identity formation, healthy relationships, and the general physical, emotional, and mental wellness of high school students.
Supports the Mental Health Club advisors and student leaders as they plan and implement relevant events, including assemblies and special programs.
Helps to support and/or implement grade-wide events including the Senior Transition Program, College Symposium Day, Grade Orientations, and assemblies.
Consults with Grade Deans about peer mentor programs.
Teaches ethics and/or health classes as needed as they relate to mental health topics.
Leads faculty discussions connected to the general physical, emotional, and mental wellness of high school students.
Maintains and updates protocols for the faculty on responding to students in crisis.
Leads discussions for advisors around the role of the advisor and how to support students.
Collaborates with Middle School psychologists/counselors connected to the 8th to 9th Grade transition.
Ed.D, Ph.D, or Psy.D in clinical or school psychology or Certification in School Counseling preferred.
New York State license and/or certification.
Previous experience as a clinical supervisor preferred.
Previous experience working with adolescents and families.
Strong knowledge of the ethical and legal considerations related to school-based counseling practices.
Demonstrated skills and competence in providing mental health services to a diverse audience across racial, ethnic, religious, gender identity and expression, and socio-economic class identity.
Deep understanding of school communities and school-based programs.
Excellent clinical, interpersonal, and management skills.
A collaborative, team-based approach to working with students, teachers, parents, administrators, and outside care providers.
Experience co-facilitating conversations and trainings with Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) and Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) educators.
Previous experience working in an independent school preferred.
Highly effective verbal and written communication skills.
Highly effective crisis management skills.
A passion for working with adolescents, a flexible attitude, an openness to collaborate, a commitment to lifelong learning, and a sense of humor are essential.
To be considered for this position, please submit the following: a letter of interest, a resume, and email and phone contact information for three professional references (one of which must be a previous supervisor) to the ECFS employment portal. Please generate all documents in one MS Word or a converted .pdf file. Applications will be considered on an ongoing basis. Incomplete applications WILL NOT be reviewed. The position will be open until filled. Please do not contact the school.
ECFS is an equal opportunity employer. Our goal is to be a diverse community of professionals who broadly reflect the people of the metropolitan New York City area, our students, and families. We aim to align our hiring process with our mission and institutional goals. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion or religious practices, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, citizenship status, national origin, age, ability status, military status, unemployment status, or any other category protected by applicable local, state, or federal laws. ECFS takes affirmative action in support of its policy to employ and advance all qualified candidates