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Wellness Director

  • Full Time
  • Seattle

Website University Prep

Reports to: Director of College Counseling & Student Services
Direct Reports: Counselors (team of three)
FT/PT/R/T: Full-Time (Academic Year Plus Three Weeks – One Week Before Faculty Arrive, One Week After Faculty Depart, Five Floating Days)


University Prep (UPrep) is seeking an experienced and empathetic mental health professional to serve as Director of Wellness. Our staff and faculty share our belief that a culturally rich and inclusive school community provides students with the best possible environment for a quality education. We need a leader who thrives on working independently as well as part of a team. If that sounds like you, we’d like to hear from you.

Who We Are:

University Prep (UPrep) is a 6–12 independent school in northeast Seattle, WA, one of the country’s most dynamic cities. We offer an intellectually rich education that fosters deep inquiry and critical thinking that is powered by student engagement. Our students graduate prepared for college and life. UPrep is a strong and vibrant community of students, families, faculty, staff, and alumni that joins together to support our students in becoming caring and productive adults. UPrep is a place where all students and families have equitable access to all the school has to offer, and we aspire for all community members to feel like they belong. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are embodied in all facets of our school culture. We believe that our shared values of integrity, respect, and responsibility are essential to accomplish our mission to develop each student’s potential to become an intellectually courageous, socially responsible citizen of the world.

Job Summary:

Under minimal supervision, The Director of Wellness oversees a team of three counselors and works in collaboration with the Middle and Upper School Directors. The Director of Wellness is a visible and a well-connected role to all areas of school life, promoting a culture of wellness and self-advocacy.

Responsibilities include:


  • Provide individual counseling for students, both short and long term, and on a drop-in and referral basis
  • Manage student cases and maintain communication with parents and key individuals at school
  • Evaluate students who are at-risk or in crisis, making recommendations for acute and long-term care and referring to outside mental health professionals as necessary
  • In collaboration with the team of school counselors, create a range of professional contacts for referral purposes
  • Maintain close connections with the Upper and Middle School Division Directors, families, faculty, staff, and outside treatment providers regarding student mental health concerns
  • Oversee and manage a team of three counselors
  • Participate in Student Services Team meetings


  • Continue to develop and ensure the implementation of UPrep’s Social Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum and SEL scope and sequence. The candidate should be comfortable delivering curriculum to students in sixth through twelfth grade
  • Provide professional development opportunities for faculty and staff on social-emotional skills.
  • Remain up to date on trends and developments in the mental health field and attend appropriate professional training/conferences
  • Manage UPrep’s Wellbeing Advisory Board and Parent Education Committee.
  • Partner with key stakeholders and P.E. department to implement a robust health and wellness curriculum
  • Collaborate with school counselors and applicable faculty/staff to coordinate training for school stakeholders on SEL skills, mental health literacy, suicide prevention, substance abuse education, and additional mental health topics


  • Maintain precise statistics on counseling office usage and student/community wellness data
  • Collaborate with school counselors to continue to develop and refine counseling policies and protocols
  • Schedule and coordinate substance abuse prevention provider work
  • Provide clinical consultation and guidance towards professional development goals and oversight of the Individualized Teaching Improvement Plan (ITIP) for members of the counseling team
  • Manage counseling budget
  • Works collaboratively with UPrep director of Integrated Learning and their department
  • Organize and manage all aspects of the Student Organized Consent Conference in Seattle
  •  Work with middle and upper school administrators and teachers to enhance UPrep’s advisory program


  • Vigorously engages in their own professional advancement; is a life-long learner who enhances their skills, using state-of-the-art technologies to maintain high standards of performance
  • Establishes and cultivates community relations by maintaining open and candid dialogue with all of the school’s constituencies
  • Is familiar with and complies with all policies and regulations as put forth in the school’s documents
  • Since safety and security are everyone’s responsibility, takes all necessary and reasonable precautions to protect students, faculty, staff, equipment, materials and facilities
  • Performs other duties as assigned

Education and Experience:

  • Minimum of 5 years of experience working in an educational setting with direct counseling, social emotional learning curriculum development, and crisis management experience
  • Master’s or PhD degree in psychology, social work, counseling, or a related field required
  • Licensed as a mental health provider by the State of Washington (preferred)
  • Demonstrated ability successfully building teams and managing and executing a vision and associated projects and goals
  • Commitment to serving a culturally, ethnically, and linguistically diverse student body
  • Strong communication and facilitation skills
  • Demonstrated ability to manage time and work independently, balancing multiple demands, and work under limited supervision

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Expertise in program evaluation
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • High expectations, and an understanding of the developmental needs of students ages 11-18
  • Comfort and excitement about working cross divisionally between Middle and Upper Schools
  • Ability to communicate effectively with parent community
  • Ability to be a self-starter and task oriented
  • Effective collaboration skills
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a diverse group of adults towards a common goal
  • Excellent project management skills
  • Ability to maintain confidential information
  • Flexibility, maturity, and a sense of humor
  • Proficient at working in a Google and Microsoft Windows environment using Office, ability to master common automated systems for record keeping, and confidently learn new technology

Compensation & Benefits:

Salary is $95,000-$115,000 based on education and years of experience. UPrep offers a comprehensive and generous benefits package intended to support and promote the health and well-being, work/life balance, and financial security of our faculty, staff, and their families. Benefits are listed on our careers page and include: Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance, Employer-Seeded Health Savings Account or Health Reimbursement Account, Flexible Spending Accounts, Employer-Paid Long-Term Disability Insurance, Employee Assistance Program, Employer-Paid Life Insurance, Voluntary Life Insurance, 401(k) Retirement Savings Plan with employer contribution and match after one year of service, Paid Time Off, Paid Parental Leave after one year of service, and Professional Development opportunities.

Complete our online employment application and upload your résumé and a cover letter telling us why you are interested in and qualified for this position.

Position open until filled. No phone calls or drop-ins please.

University Prep does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, creed, age, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran’s status, disability, use of a trained service animal, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws. This policy applies to admissions and administration of all its programs, as well as to all areas of employment.

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