Guidance Counselor
Job Details
Westchester Lower School - White Plains, NY
Full Time
4 Year Degree

Guidance Counselor

Westchester Lower School


The Windward School is currently seeking a Guidance Counselor for our Westchester Lower School division located in White Plains, New York.  The Guidance Counselor will collaborate with the team and divisional leaders to support the overall behavioral health of students. 


Qualified candidates should not only have the experience and expertise listed but also:

  • Have a deep understanding of and a passion to support The Windward School’s mission
  • Display a proven commitment to diversity work and fostering an inclusive culturally competent school environment


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide support for students and consultation for faculty
  • Observe students and offer specific strategies to support a successful school experience
  • Collaborate with team around behavior management and student support plans
  • Act as a crisis team member to provide consultation and manage crises
  • Provide short-term counseling and conflict resolution intervention as needed
  • Collaborate with the administration, guidance staff, and health office to ensure student health, wellness, and safety
  • Teach lessons on learning disabilities, growth and development, group guidance, and other topics
  • Support the implementation of the social emotional learning curriculum and develop lessons
  • Actively contribute and support the DEIB (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging) initiatives of The School
  • Communicate directly with parents and outside service providers
  • Lead short-term, project-based lunch groups
  • Support completion of teacher rating scales
  • Collaborate with school psychologist and administrative team
  • Any additional duties as assigned by Division Head


Specific Requirements

  • NY State Certification in Guidance or Social Work required
  • Elementary school experience
  • Experience working with students with language-based learning disabilities
  • Demonstrated commitment to anti-bias and culturally responsive education
  • Commitment to DEIB (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging) work and creating an inclusive environment
  • Proven dedication to professional growth & best practice
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Experience in using a collaborative model

About Us

The Windward School is the preeminent school for the remediation of language-based learning disabilities for students in Grades 1-9.  Through a multisensory, direct instruction curriculum, Windward helps students thrive academically, while enabling them to understand their learning styles, build confidence, and develop self-advocacy skills. 


The Windward School's vision is a world where every child with a language-based learning disability is empowered to achieve unlimited success. 


Windward currently employs more than 450 faculty and staff members across four divisions and three campuses, giving employees a small, tight-knit community at their campus while feeling part of a larger organization. Two Westchester campuses are located in White Plains, NY, and the Manhattan campus is located on the Upper East Side. 


The Windward School also has two divisions that support its mission — The Windward Teaching Training Program and The Windward Institute.

  • The renowned Windward Teacher Training Program recruits, hires, trains, mentors, and retains teachers at The Windward School. 
  • The Windward Institute offers professional development to all educators, forms partnerships with research and educational institutions, and advocates for students with language-based learning disabilities.


The Windward School truly transforms students' lives, and our faculty and staff all contribute daily to the School's mission. The friendly, hard-working, and collegial Windward community provides a supportive professional environment in which all members are encouraged to develop into outstanding educational professionals. 


Our Mission

The School is an independent, coeducational day school dedicated to providing an excellent instructional program for children with language-based learning disabilities.  The multisensory curriculum is designed for students of average to superior intelligence who can benefit from the unique educational experience provided.  Through direct instruction in small class settings, a trained staff assists students to improve their language skills.  Academic success, combined with opportunities for social and emotional growth, enables students to understand their learning styles, build confidence, and develop self-advocacy skills. Windward is committed to helping students achieve their full potential in preparation for a successful return to the mainstream educational environment.  To meet these goals, the School provides ongoing training to its faculty based on the most current research and also shares its expertise with the parent body, other educators, and the broader community.

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