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Elementary/Middle School (K-8) Counselor and Parent Education Coordinator

Job Details

New Roads School - Santa Monica, CA


Full-time, Exempt

Immediate Opening - April 2023



In an authentically diverse community reflective of Los Angeles, New Roads prepares young people for life by developing in them a personal dedication to learning, a respect for independent thinking, an expanding curiosity about the world and its people, and a commitment to the common good.



The Elementary and Middle School (K-8) Counselor and Parent Education Coordinator is a full-time position and includes responsibilities as the coordinator for the Parent Education Program, bringing in outside resources/presenters for students and parents and  supporting the development of a life-long foundation for wellbeing and educating parents about the developmental milestones of their children. The Counselor reports directly to the K-8 Division Directors and Director of Student Wellness and Human Development. The Counselor works in collaboration with the Middle School Director, the Academic Dean, the MS Dean of Students, the Elementary School Director, and the Directors of Learning of the Elementary and Middle School to support students. The Counselor, who works directly with the Elementary and Middle School staff, students, parents, and teachers, is the contact to outside resources for the emotional health and well-being of the students K-8. The Counselor is expected to model ethical and professional practices. 


The Counselor plays a significant role in providing culturally responsive support for the social and emotional needs and challenges of the students, parents, and, at times, faculty and is often called on to meet with individual students and parents as well as with groups of students in order to provide social/emotional support, assess needs, advise on challenges, and deliver referrals for professional therapeutic support. 




  • Work with individual students and their families on social, emotional, and behavioral issues that may affect their school experience. 
  • Support teachers, students and families with crisis interventions and referrals. 
  • Advise faculty regarding individual student issues, classroom behavior management ideas, 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. 



Collaborate with the Division Directors and the Director of Student Wellness to build and sustain a culture of wellbeing through each of the following responsibilities:

  • Attend weekly Elementary and Middle School  Leadership Team Meetings 
  • Participate in Elementary and Middle School  Staff Meetings monthly at minimum, and as needed in addition
  • Attend and Represent Elementary and Middle Schools at Independent School Counselor Meetings 
  • Participate in Elementary School student support team meetings and in Middle School student support meetings, strategizing supportive interventions for students 
  • Serve as coordinator  and facilitator for the Parent Education Program, which includes bringing in outside resources/presenters for students and parents
  • Provide feedback and support to teachers with regard to social-emotional environment, climate and culture in classroom
  • Provide professional development for faculty and staff on appropriate boundaries and building healthy relationships with students as well as  supporting the healthy development of various areas of student identity.
  • Serve as a resource for supporting the work of the Director of  Student Wellness and Human Development  for the support of mental health and SEL.
  • Additional duties as assigned



  • Serve as a consultant on the development of the social and emotional dimensions of wellness at the K-8 level as well as the developmental appropriateness of the Human Development Curriculum.
  •  Facilitate student support groups as well as teacher professional development addressing aspects of student social-emotional wellness,self-regulation, and identity.
  • Collaborate and consult with Connections teachers and Human Development team as well as Division Directors on mental health and SEL programming, in line with agreed-upon school priorities Develop and coordinate workshops and discussion groups for parents, parallel to student seminars in regards to mental health. 



  • 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 


How to apply: Please complete online application and upload cover letter along with your resume at:


The salary range for this role is $80,000 - $120,000. This is the lowest to highest salary we reasonably expect to pay for this role at the time of this posting. We may ultimately pay more or less than the posted range, and the range may be modified in the future. An employee’s pay position within the salary range will be based on several factors including, but not limited to, relevant education, qualifications, certifications, experience, skills, performance, and organizational needs.