Job Details
The Fessenden School - West Newton, MA
Full Time
Graduate Degree
Exempt / Salaried
School Counselor

About Us

The Fessenden School, in West Newton, MA, is an all-boys independent day and boarding school serving 525 students from Pre-K to Grade 9. The School seeks to employ individuals who will share our commitment to supporting The Fessenden School’s mission to cultivate each boy’s talents and develop in balance his character, mind, and body in an inclusive and joyful community. For over 100 years we have been committed to the education of boys, and our facilities, curriculum, and programs are designed with the necessities of boys in mind. 

Position Summary

The School Counselor provides social-emotional and behavior support to students in grades Pre-K to Grade 9. In collaboration with the School Psychologist, the School Counselor works with students, families, teachers and administrators to assess students, determine needed support for them, and provide short-term counseling. 


The essential functions include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Attend Student Support Team meetings with the Division Heads, School Psychologist, Director of Residential Life, Director of Learning Resources, and others

  • Work with individual students to provide counseling support

  • Communicate regularly and effectively both orally and in writing with parents and faculty

  • Document student performance and progress toward meeting established goals and objectives or benchmarks

  • Manage student social groups and programs

  • Observe classrooms to assist teachers in planning effective educational strategies for all students

  • Organize and lead parent programming in collaboration with the School Psychologist

  • Conduct student group activities as deemed appropriate by the School Psychologist, Assistant Head of School, and division heads 

  • Oversee lunch, recess, and study halls as needed

  • Performing other duties as assigned.


  • Possesses a professional and personable demeanor and enjoys working with students

  • Understands and has an appreciation for boys

  • Demonstrates a commitment to ongoing development of cultural competency skills

  • Has training in behavioral psychotherapies and/or Applied Behavioral Analysis (BACB preferred)

  • Holds a master’s degree in School Counseling, Psychology, or related field from NASP-accredited institution  

  • Holds a licensure (or license eligible) as a school counselor, social worker, or related professional

  • Is trained and certified in School Crisis Prevention and Intervention.

  • Has strong technology skills and is proficient in Google applications including Gmail, GoogleDocs, Google Calendar

  • Is well-organized and strong attention to detail

  • Possesses excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Is discrete and able to handle confidential and sensitive matters appropriately

  • Ability to serve in a diverse community of colleagues, students and parents

  • Demonstrated commitment to inclusion, justice, diversity and equity

  • Actively teach and model inclusion, equity and social justice

  • Successful criminal background check

Physical Demands and Work Environment

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions. The requirements for performing the duties of this position are as follows: 

  • Frequently required to walk, stand, sit, talk and hear

  • Regularly required to bend, stoop, crouch and/or kneel

  • Occasionally required to lift and/or move objects weighing up to 25 pounds

  • Majority of work is performed in a school/classroom environment, and the noise level in the environment is usually moderate

To Apply

Submit an application through Fessenden’s Career Site. Please include a resume and cover letter.