Upper School Counselor
Job Details
New Roads School - Santa Monica, CA
Full Time
Upper School Counselor

The Upper School Counselor is a full-time position. The Upper School Counselor works in collaboration with the Upper School Director, and the Deans and Director of Student Wellness and Human Development. The Counselor works directly with the Upper School staff, students, parents, teachers, outside professionals and is expected to model ethical and professional practices.  

The Upper School Counselor plays a significant role in addressing the social and emotional needs and challenges of the students, parents and at times, of the faculty as well.  The Counselor is available to meet with students, faculty and parents individually or in groups for consultation, assessment, therapeutic support and resource referral.





  • Work with individual students and their families on social, emotional, and behavioral issues that may affect their school experience.
  • Assess and counsel families as needed regarding issues that impact their child eg. divorce, loss of a family member, significant transitions, social problems, trauma, depression, anxiety, substance abuse issues, parenting, etc. 
  • Support teachers, students and families with crisis interventions and referrals. 
  • Advise faculty regarding individual student issues, classroom behavior management tips and interventions, etc. 
  • Collaborate with outside professionals as needed to support students and families.
  • Serve as a resource for parents, students, teachers and administrators for referrals and community resources. 


  • Participate in weekly Upper School Staff Meetings
  • Attend and Represent Upper School at Independent School Counselor Meetings
  • Participate in interdisciplinary team meetings strategizing supportive interventions for students with serious academic and/or behavioral challenges 
  • Work with Chair of Upper School Human Development Program in developing Mysteries classes; student seminars; and parent education events 


  • Participate in weekly Human Development meetings
  • Work to develop Mysteries Curriculum with Chair of Human Development Program and Director of Student Wellness
  • Coordinate grade level seminars regarding Consent and Harassment, Growth and Development/Healthy Sexuality, Cyber Safety, Drug Education
  • Serve as liaison with outside community service providers 
  • Develop and coordinate  workshops and discussion groups for parents parallel to student seminars.
  • Support in coordinating class trips when necessary 
  • Help coordinate the senior Rites of Passage trip  
  • Attend one or two trips as head chaperone

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  • Master's Degree Required in Psychology, Social Work, Counseling or Related Field
  • 3+ years school working in a school setting
  • Licensed Mental Health Professional.
  • California State School Counseling Certification preferred, not required.
  • Positive attitude, excellent communication and organizational skills
  • Employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, no later than the first date of work, and to receive any and all COVID-19 vaccination boosters recommended for fully vaccinated persons by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), and/or the Los Angeles County Public Health Department no later than the date set forth by the School, unless employee requests and the School grants an exemption to the COVID-19 vaccination requirement as a reasonable accommodation for employees disability or sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance.