Director of Counseling and Wellness Start Date: July 2019
The School The Brearley School is a nationally respected learning community of 725 girls in K-12 and 200 faculty and staff members. An independent school that draws students from all five boroughs of New York City and beyond, Brearley is a center of extraordinary intellectual energy and exuberance.
“Opening Doors: A Strategic Vision for The Brearley School” (www.brearley.org/openingdoors) which was approved by the Board of Trustees in October, is the blueprint for the next chapter in the School’s history of educational leadership. In addition to maintaining and enhancing Brearley’s exceptional teaching and curriculum and creating new space for the School, the plan’s key initiatives include an emphasis on balance in daily life and the redefinition of the model of healthy achievement and success for Brearley students and girls everywhere.
The Position The position of Director of Counseling and Wellness is an integral part of Brearley’s vision for our Student Life program. The Director serves as a vital nexus for all activities in support of the social and emotional wellbeing of our girls in Classes K – XII. S/he must embrace an inclusive and culturally-sensitive approach to wellness and will help provide the momentum needed to sustain and nurture a healthy, safe and caring school environment. In addition to providing traditional counseling services as necessary to students in the Lower, Middle, and Upper School, the Director will work closely with the Division Heads, the Lower School psychologist, the Middle/Upper School Counselor, and the School Nurse, among others, to promote the health and wellness of our student body. As a leader in this thread of the School’s work, the Director must be comfortable balancing collaboration with colleagues, while working in an entrepreneurial and self-directed manner.
This is a full-time staff position, reporting to the Assistant Head of School for Student Life.
Responsibilities The position’s responsibilities include:
Provide supervision and oversight of the Counseling Wellness Department (CWD): Middle/Upper School Counselor; Lower School Psychologist; School Nurse
Coordinate and organize all social-emotional wellness programming in K-12, including our sexuality education program
Obtain training in the Our Whole Lives (OWL) sexuality education program and lead the recruitment and facilitation of training for faculty and staff
Collaborate with Division Heads and CWD to design, implement, and follow up on policies and procedures
Provide leadership, direction, and coordinate resources during school-related dilemmas or emergencies
Train administrators, faculty and staff on relevant social and emotional developmental issues
Provide direct short-term counseling to students, referral services for families, and consultation to parents, faculty, and staff on an as-needed basis.
Work with Division Heads and Parent Association leadership to develop parent education programming.
Provide leadership and support in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion
Submitting Your Résumé Please submit your cover letter and résumé to the email@example.com or by mail to, The School Registrar, The Brearley School, 610 East 83rd Street, New York, NY 10028. No phone calls please.
The Brearley School actively seeks diversity in its faculty and student body.
Must be a New York State licensed psychologist and have a minimum of five years of experience post-licensure
D. or Psy. D. in school psychology, counseling psychology, or clinical psychology
2-3 years prior experience in a school setting
Experience in the design and implementation of a social-emotional curriculum;
Demonstrated ability to work effectively in multicultural environments and administer culturally-competent and developmentally-appropriate support;
Crisis-management skills and experience facilitating crisis-preparedness training;
Experience in providing trauma support;
Strong writing, verbal and listening skills;
Exceptional attention to detail and organizational skills.
Experience dealing with a widely diverse community socio-economically, racially, and culturally
About The Brearley School
The Brearley School, an independent school for girls, was founded in 1884 to provide its students with a college-preparatory education equal in rigor to that of boys, and, in the words of the mission statement today, to prepare them for “active responsible citizenship in a democratic society.” Within a highly articulated 13-year curriculum, and with a 6:1 student-faculty ratio, teaching methods are varied, flexible and pragmatic, taking into account individual patterns of development and ways of learning. The School’s program is designed to challenge eager, able students intellectually, and to give each one the opportunity to gain competence, self-reliance and self-knowledge through academic achievement as well as experience in the visual and performing arts, sports, community service and a wide variety of extracurricular activities.
Brearley’s K-12 enrollment is divided into Lower School, Middle School and Upper School, and consists of about 690 students from throughout the New York metropolitan area who represent a diversity of backgrounds, experiences and points of view.