Guidance Counselor Jobs

You are a nurturer. Your empathy, objectivity, and positivity set you apart.

You are a nurturer. Your empathy, objectivity, and positivity set you apart. You are fascinated by human thought and emotion. Particularly, you are interested in helping young people grapple with the myriad stresses, pressures, and problems that pepper their lives. If you are interested in becoming a resource to help students become more rounded, less stressed, and happier individuals, then you might consider becoming a school counselor or school psychologist at an independent school.

Counselors and Psychologists at Independent Schools

Many independent schools take great pride in the personal attention they devote to each student and the care they take to foster strong senses of community. As independent school students strive to become better students, thinkers, and community members, they might feel overwhelmed by high-demand coursework, peer pressure, and the need to succeed. At boarding schools particularly, students experience a host of social intricacies, and sometimes they need a counselor to help them navigate what can become murky social waters.

Counselors at independent schools serve as nuclei for community activities and resources for students' well-being. Our client schools sometimes additionally seek a licensed school psychologist who can work with students and families to address, diagnose, and treat learning and behavioral problems as well as emotional or social issues.

Finding Guidance Counselor or School Psychologist Jobs Through CS&A

We work with all counselors and psychologists at every career stage. We also assist career changers exploring the next direction of their working lives. Privately practicing counselors and child psychologists seeking to transition to a school setting will benefit from experience interacting with children through volunteering or mentoring.

We encourage you to apply for candidacy if your qualifications expressly include:

  • A master's degree in school counseling, counseling, social work, school psychology, clinical psychology, or applied psychology
  • For school psychologist positions: a master's degree or Ph.D. in psychology as well as social work or school/clinical psychology licensure
  • Experience working in a public, private, independent, boarding, college preparatory, or like-kind school setting as a counselor, social worker, or school psychologist
  • A love of children
  • Accessibility, discretion, the ability to communicate clearly and firmly, and composure in emotionally difficult situations
  • Skills, talents, and flexibility for contributing to the independent school community in additional capacities. For example: coaching sports, advising extracurricular activities, directing plays, supervising a dorm at a boarding school, etc.

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