Deerfield Academy seeks a Counselor to start on December 1, 2022. We are looking for a counselor who cares deeply about the welfare of our students, works collaboratively with colleagues, is committed to developing and participating in an inclusive community, and is enthusiastic about working with students in a residential setting. We are actively seeking to increase the diversity of our faculty.
The primary responsibility is to provide support and psychotherapy to our student body and their families through individual, family, and group modalities.
Counselors also provide mental health programming and outreach; consult with faculty; have regular on-call shifts; provide crisis assessment and intervention; and support peer counselors, proctors, and other student groups.
The Counselor reports to the Director of Counseling and is part of a multidisciplinary team that includes counselors, medical staff, nutritionists, and specialists.
Other responsibilities include those that are normally part of a boarding school commitment, such as dining hall duties, committee work, and other duties that allow for widespread participation in the life of the community.
Eligibility for Massachusetts licensure as a psychologist, clinical social worker, or in a related field.
Interest, experience, and demonstrated clinical skill utilizing evidenced based interventions, and working with adolescents across genders.
Demonstrated multicultural competency and commitment to inclusivity.
The ability to communicate proactively and effectively with students, parents, teachers, administrators, staff, and outside professionals.
The interest, initiative, and energy to thrive in a lively and fast-paced residential community.
The ability to work with colleagues as a part of a team.
Deerfield offers an unmatched environment for teaching. Near the Five Colleges (Amherst, Smith, Mount Holyoke, Hampshire, and UMass Amherst), Deerfield’s 300-acre campus hosts exceptional facilities that enable powerful teaching both in and out of the classroom. Our students are engaging and excited to learn—and they are willing to work hard at their studies. Outside the classroom, our community is focused on active and ethical living.
Our teachers are committed to ongoing renewal. We seek candidates who are committed to their own professional growth, who are eager to work with colleagues in a productive manner towards departmental goals, and who can foster critical thinking, empathy, and determination in our students. As a boarding school, our faculty teach, mentor, and model—in the classroom, in the dorm, at the dining hall, and on the playing field.
Diversity is essential to Deerfield’s success. Diverse perspectives within our school population fuel creative and innovative thinking, build empathy and consideration, and provide varied skills and experiences from which the entire community can benefit. Deerfield actively seeks candidates who are members ...of or support traditionally underrepresented groups—especially in terms of race, sexual orientation, religious, ethnic and socioeconomic background.
Deerfield Academy is a private, coeducational boarding school located in western Massachusetts with 650 students and 130 faculty. The Academy was founded in 1797 and has no religious affiliation.
Deerfield Academy is committed to equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected military veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.