Coordinator of Guidance & Social-Emotional Learning
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Coordinator of Guidance and Social-Emotional Learning

Job Posting

The Windward School is currently seeking a Coordinator of Guidance and Social-Emotional Learning. The Coordinator of Guidance and Social-Emotional Learning is a multicampus role. This individual will report directly to the Campus Heads at MLS/MMS, WLS, and WMS with a home office in either White Plains, NY or New York, NY. The Coordinator of Guidance and Social-Emotional Learning will work to clarify, enhance, and develop the guidance/SEL curriculums; guide social-emotional learning initiatives; and work in partnership with relevant SEL consultants in achieving SEL goals. This role will be a resource to all divisions as we strive to support the social and emotional wellbeing of Windward students and communicate SEL principles and objectives to the larger school community.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Coordinator of Guidance and Social-Emotional Learning will support students by:

  • Overseeing the development and implementation of Windwards guidance and SEL curriculums including proactive identity lessons created in collaboration with the Office of DEIB
  • Supporting Guidance teams across four divisions in their care for students and participating in individual student support teams as needed
  • Serving on the Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Committee

The Coordinator of Guidance and Social-Emotional Learning will support families by:

  • Producing written materials and presenting regularly in order to ensure that the Schools SEL curriculum is familiar to all and is meeting the needs of students
  • In coordination with Communications, maintain and update content on the Windward Schools website and portal and ensure overall consistent and effective community messaging
  • In coordination with psychologists and guidance counselors, working directly with families in support of individual students as necessary

The Coordinator of Guidance and Social-Emotional Learning will support faculty and staff by:

  • Leading regular Guidance Department meetings to facilitate dialogue across divisions and share case studies, strategies, and professional best practice
  • Leading guidance efforts during crisis-related initiatives
  • Establishing and meeting periodic departmental SEL goals by collecting and analyzing relevant data
  • Working with the Coordinator of DEIB and Coordinator of the Teacher Training Program to establish training goals for a diverse faculty and staff and developing and leading SEL professional development
  • Supporting divisional leadership in designing consistent, restorative, and impactful disciplinary procedures
  • Regularly evaluating curriculum, policies, and school culture for how they align with guidance and SEL goals

The list above is not an exhaustive list of duties and responsibilities, and like any other member of the School leadership team, the Coordinator of Guidance and Social-Emotional Learning will, when necessary, be responsible for other duties as assigned by the Head of School.

Specific Requirements

  • Masters degree required
  • A minimum of three years of demonstrated success as an SEL practitioner, preferably in a school setting, or experience that is evidently equivalent and demonstrates the application of the standards and best practices of the field
  • Team player with the capacity for developing affirming and positive working relationships with Windward community members
  • Skillful management of the personal, political and institutional dynamics related to SEL and DEIB
  • Self-starter with strong interpersonal communications skills and the ability to have courageous conversations
  • Excellent public speaking and presentation skills
  • An attitude that fosters compassion, empathy and kindness in oneself and others

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

  • have a deep understanding of and a passion to support The Windward Schools mission, with a focus on a skillful understanding of the intersections between SEL and language-based learning disabilities
  • display a proven commitment to cultivating an inclusive and culturally competent school environment where every member has a strong sense of belonging
  • embody Windwards core values of commitment, growth, impact and community

About Us

The Windward Schoolis 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 worldwhere every child with a language-based learning disability is empowered to achieve unlimited success.

Windward currently employs more than 450 faculty and staff membersacross 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. Due to COVID, we have a temporary campus for our Manhattan Lower School on the Upper West Side.

The Windward School also has two divisions that support its mission The Windward Teaching Training Programand The Windward Institute.

  • The renownedWindward Teacher Training Programrecruits, hires, trains, mentors, and retains teachers at The Windward School.
  • The Windward Instituteoffers 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.

Our Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Mission and Vision

At The Windward School, we are committed to a world where every child with a language-based learning disability is empowered to achieve unlimited success a vision fulfilled by disrupting the educational status quo. The Windward School deliberately builds both its curriculum and culture to foster a powerful sense of belonging through a research-based program that is authentically inclusive and a community in which everyone is seen in their full humanity.

The Windward School aspires to bring forth students who are culturally engaged critical thinkers, confident self-advocates who understand and celebrate their differences, and upstanders who identify and challenge all forms of injustice. Windward is committed to these values and expectations of its community members by embracing the importance of ongoing anti-oppression dialogue and critical conversations; by advancing educational equity in underrepresented communities, especially those historically marginalized by society; and by working to ensure that our program is accessible to all who need it.