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Lower School Counselor

  • Full Time
  • Bellevue, WA
  • This position has been filled

Website Open Window School

For gifted kids who love to learn

Position Overview

Open Window School’s Lower School (K-4) seeks a school counselor to start immediately. The counselor is an important part of the Lower School, assisting faculty, students, and families in our community of gifted learners and is a valuable member of the Student Support Services Team. This position reports to the Assistant Head of School & Director of Lower School.


Major Areas of Responsibility/Specific Duties:

  • Serve as the primary school counselor for kindergarten through fourth grade
  • Meet with students on an as-needed or on-going basis for emotional wellbeing, crisis management, and student mediation.
  • Meet with students who need the support of an adult outside the classroom but not a disciplinary conversation. Provide restorative work with the children involved.
  • Lead support groups in small cohorts for students (lunch bunch, etc.).
  • Conduct observations of behavior (academic and social) within the classroom (time on task records, etc.) and playground during social time.
  • Collaborate with teachers to provide social-emotional learning curriculum.
  • Provide direct support to teachers for the emotional needs of students who require more than the regular standards of good teaching practice.
  • Join in Grade Level and Student Support Meetings to provide support, advice, and expertise for supporting students of concern.
  • Provide experience and understanding of twice exceptional students who may need further social and emotional support.
  • Build and maintain effective relationships with parents to create an effective school-parent partnership for the benefit of the student.
  • Join parent coffees and meetings in a supportive role to provide parent education, support, and insight.
  • Keep Head of Lower School apprised of sensitive and escalated issues, meetings, and conversations with parents, teachers, and students.
  • Guide the social onboarding of new students with the peer group.
  • Facilitate personal safety prevention programs to students.
  • Refer families to psychologists and other mental health resources for their child.
  • Work with lower school team to improve learning conditions.
  • Participate as a member of the Admissions Committee including file review, student visit evaluation, and committee meetings.
  • Other duties as needed and assigned.


Qualities & Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in School Counseling or a related field, relevant licensure required.
  • 3+ years teaching and/or counseling elementary students required.
  • Demonstrated high emotional intelligence.
  • Demonstrated familiarity with current research and best practices in counseling, child development, social-emotional learning, and education.
  • Experience in gifted education is a plus.
  • Excellent cultural competency, willing and able to excel to work with multiple groups of people from diverse backgrounds.
  • Maintain cordial, flexible, and professional relationships with colleagues and parents.
  • Flexibility and adaptability to meet the needs of the students and the program.
  • Have difficult conversations with parents, peers, and students with respect and professionalism.
  • Preserve confidentiality (conversational information, documentation, etc.).
  • Maintain student records in compliance with school policy, state and federal regulations.
  • Excellent written and verbal skills demonstrated via phone, email, and in-person conversations.
  • Ability to work independently, collegially, and collaboratively. Positive team member.
  • Strong computer skills and proficient user of Microsoft Office, as well as a willingness to learn new technology as needed.
  • Supports our mission statement to nurture and inspire students of high intellectual potential.


Position Details:

Manager:                                  Assistant Head of School & Director of Lower School

Compensation:                       $60,660 – $113,040 Per Year

Position Classification:         Exempt, Full Time, 10 months (+ 10 days)

Hours:                                      8am – 4pm, until 5pm on Tuesdays; some evening and/or weekend work                                                                                           may fall outside of these hours

Benefits include:

  • Sick leave and paid holidays
  • Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance (paid 100% for employee only coverage)
  • Employer paid Health Reimbursement Account
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • 403(b) Retirement Account, Pre-tax & Roth Options (eligible for employer contribution and employer match after one year of service).
  • Life and AD&D Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Professional development and training opportunities