Gann Academy

333 Forest Street
Waltham, MA 02452

Date Posted:
February 22, 2021

Eastern Massachusetts



School Counselor



The School Counselor will report to the Assistant Head of School for Enrollment Management and Student Success and serve as a key member of the Student Success Team (SST). The Counselor is responsible for designing and delivering social-emotional learning through classroom lessons, school-wide initiatives, group and individual counseling, educator consultation and training, and parent workshops. The Counselor will also meet with students in individual and small group settings, and work with the Learning Center faculty to support students.

The successful candidate must enjoy working with teenagers and have experience in a school setting.


Gann Academy is committed to building an inclusive workplace culture where talented people of widely diverse backgrounds can thrive. We believe the inclusion of diverse perspectives will improve our work and produce better societal and learning outcomes for all. All employees participate in this commitment whether internally, in building a welcoming workplace culture and /or externally, in ensuring inclusive engagement with families, donors, media, vendors, allies, and others.

Clinical Support

· Provides direct 1:1 counseling support to students in an ongoing and drop-in basis

· Runs ongoing groups for students on issues related to social-emotional and mental health (i.e., eating, friendship, anxiety, etc.)

· In cases of acute mental health crises, the counselor will serve as the main liaison among students, parents, teachers, and outside clinicians

· Provides consultation to teachers and other school personnel regarding student needs and supports


· Develops and implements schoolwide programming on topics related to social-emotional and mental health

· Creates student advisory curriculum related to social-emotional wellbeing, drugs, alcohol, body image, sexual education, anxiety, wellness, and other relevant topics

· Provides professional development to student advisors, teachers, and other staff in relevant topics of mental health and wellbeing

· May teach a course in a topic related to social-emotional health and wellbeing


· Clearly communicates in writing and in oral presentation to all stakeholders

· Supports Learning Center teachers and admissions staff on interpreting and understanding neuro-psychology evaluations

· Keep careful clinical notes and records of all student cases

· Collects, maintains, and presents data when applicable

The above responsibilities are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to do this job. The above is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required.


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· Master’s degree in mental health counseling/social work/or related fields

· Active license as a clinician (licensed mental health worker, clinical social worker, school counselor or other)

· Minimum of 3-5 years of full-time experience with mental health counseling in a school setting

· Ability to organize tasks, set priorities, meet deadlines, and manage multiple tasks

· Good judgement and problem-solving skills

· Excellent written and oral communication skills

· Excellent interpersonal skills and high EQ

· Ability to effectively lead others in managing relationships and interpersonal dynamics, navigate conflict well, and foster a positive work environment

· Ability to maintain a sense of humor and positive outlook

· Interest in working hard and joining an extremely hard-working team


· Must be proficient in English to carry out work as assigned.


Physical demands include dexterity for office machine/supply operation including but not limited to computer, telephone, electronic calculator, copy machine, facsimile and printers. Stooping, bending, and reaching for files or supplies, and sitting or standing for extended periods of time are common.


Gann Academy is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of the school to prohibit discrimination and harassment of any type and to afford equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants, without regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex (including sexual orientation, gender identity or expression), and pregnancy, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, or veteran status.


External and internal applicants, as well as position incumbents who become disabled as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act must be able to perform the essential job functions (as listed) either unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation to be determined by management on a case by case basis.


This employer participates in E-Verify and will provide the federal government with your Form I-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S. If E-Verify cannot confirm that you are authorized to work, this employer is required to give you written instructions and an opportunity to contact Department of Homeland Security (DHS) or Social Security Administration (SSA) so you can begin to resolve the issue before the employer can take any action against you, including terminating your employment. Employers can only use E-Verify once you have accepted a job offer and completed the Form I-9.

Life at Gann Academy

Gann Academy is mission-driven and innovative and is committed to a diverse professional community. Professional engagement with diversity and multiculturalism informs both our pedagogy, our work, and our programming.

Perhaps most of all, Gann offers a community of smart, collaborative, and compassionate professionals—people who care about their work, their school, and their colleagues. We help one another learn, solve problems, and have fun. Consistently, Gann professionals tout the support and teamwork of their colleagues as a unique highlight of their Gann experience, and one in which Gann is different from any other school or community. Come find out for yourself!

How To Apply:

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and a writing sample.
Apply by:
April 01, 2021
$60,000 - $70,000
About this Organization:
Gann Academy is a pluralistic Jewish day school committed to providing a challenging, nurturing, and inspiring education that integrates intensive Jewish studies with the sciences and the humanities. We challenge our students to cultivate their talents and interests in all areas of human potential: intellectual, artistic, spiritual and physical. Our faculty, made up of both Jewish and non-Jewish educators, facilitate the student journey. Experiential learning and the art of disciplined conversation are key elements of our educational philosophy. We are committed to a learning process that encourages creativity and critical thinking. Please visit to learn more about our unique program.