Updated: January 18, 2020
Reports to: Lower School Chief Psychologist
The Quad Preparatory School is an alternative, non-profit, K-12 college preparatory school dedicated to the education of twice-exceptional students, bright and creative children who learn differently. Quad Prep is a young, fast-growing school founded in 2013 that is a vibrant professional and collegial learning community for employees.
The Quad Preparatory School transforms the lives of twice-exceptional people – those who are gifted and learn differently – by redefining the experience of school. Our personalized model fully integrates social and emotional learning with challenging academics, empowering our students to rise to the level of their extraordinary talents. Through our innovative programs we are leading a larger movement in service of both twice-exceptional people and society at large.
Our teachers, clinicians, and staff joined together to craft our statement of values, which we are proud to share:
Quad Prep is a kind and joyful learning community where everyone is celebrated for who they are.
We ignite students’ strengths and passions and allow for safe academic pursuit at the highest levels by learning from mistakes.
We are trustworthy and steadfast, and our high academic expectations challenge students to grow uniquely as people and in the way they learn.
We widen our students’ perspectives, giving them the tools to know themselves and find success in the future of their choosing.
We never give up on each other and are driven by the ethos of “not if, but how.”
The Quad Preparatory School is looking for a mental health counselor or social worker to join our team of Lower School clinicians in providing effective, integrated school-based intervention. The counselor will carry a caseload of elementary school students in grades 2nd through 5th. The counselor’s role includes supervising psychosocial teachers and psychosocial interns and externs. The clinical team at Quad Prep is highly collaborative, a trait that the counselor must uphold to provide personalized support to each enrolled student. Clinical supervision will be provided by a licensed psychologist or mental health counselor.
Provide individual and group counseling to students, and psychosocial supports in integrated contexts throughout the school day.
Provide risk assessment with necessary supervision.
Before the start of the school year, along with students’ teams, identify goals for each student to begin tracking immediately upon commencement of the school year; develop Daily Report Card for each student to allow for tracking of goals.
Revise individual student goals as needed.
Supervise psychosocial teachers and/or undergraduate interns as assigned by Chief Psychologist; ensure supervisees’ responsibilities and data tracking of students.
Keep progress notes of sessions with students and contact with parents/outside providers.
Schedule monthly collaborative calls with each student’s outside providers and student’s parents (all parties on the same call) and coordinate with students’ outside providers and parents outside of monthly calls as needed.
Actively participate in weekly supervision meetings.
Advise and coach teachers and staff in regards to each child's individual therapeutic needs, the psychosocial curriculum and psychosocial clinical best practices; collaborate with other clinicians on students’ teams to determine the best approach for each student.
Competently utilize GSuite, specifically Google Drive.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Passion for working with children
Desire and ability to work with students with special needs
Ability to connect with elementary- age children
Knowledge of various clinical interventions and use of a collaborative approach to meet the unique needs of each child
Effective oral and written communication skills
A solid understanding of elementary-age children’s academic, social, and emotional development
Attention to detail
Maintaining confidentiality and privacy
Time management and the ability to multitask
Teamwork and collaboration
Patience and flexibility
This job operates in a school setting. The school is located on the fourth floor of a building with two elevators. This role requires working in various locations around the school and the potential for accompanying students to a local park or outings in the community.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and listen. This position is active and involves standing and walking. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move items under 20 pounds. During fire drills, the employee, unless physically unable, will need to use the stairs to go to ground level from the fourth floor. Typing is required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Position Type and Expected Hours of Work:
This is a full-time position in an educational facility which is open eight hours a day. Clinicians work 12 months out of the year according to the August-June academic calendar and with vacation time in the summer after a full year of employment. Occasional evening or weekend hours may be required. In general, though, hours are Monday-Friday 8 A.M.-4 P.M.
Required Education and Experience:
Master’s degree in mental health counseling, social work, or a related field
New York State license in professional field, or qualifications to work toward licensure and New York State limited permit to practice professional field
School-based experience with elementary population
Experience with students who have social-cognitive challenges and learning differences
Knowledge of evidence-based treatment, particularly CBT and DBT
Interpersonal style that builds consensus and compels constructive problem solving
Preferred Education and Experience:
Experience working with twice-exceptional youth
AAP/EEO Statement: The Quad Preparatory School is based on an inclusive philosophy that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, marital status, creed, sexual orientation, familial status, citizenship, veteran or military status, or any other characteristic protected by law in its hiring procedures and policies.