Social Emotional Support Specialist
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Teaching opportunity in gorgeous ITHACA, New York!
Social Emotional Support Specialist
Open until filled
August/September 2023 until June 2024
10-hours part-time position for 38 weeks (academic year); potential for expansion
The Ithaca Waldorf School (IWS) is currently seeking a qualified and dedicated individual to fill the new position of our Social Emotional Support Specialist (SESS). This exciting role offers the opportunity to be a key contributor in developing and expanding our social emotional learning program and offer support to our students and faculty.
Responsibilities: The primary responsibility of the SESS is to provide social emotional support to IWS students and faculty/staff, with a greater proportion of time focused on supporting the middle school as this is the developmental stage when many mental health problems typically emerge. Specific responsibilities include:
Design and implementation of an evidence-based social emotional learning approach. The specific approach/curriculum will be selected collaboratively by the SESS, Director and Faculty/Staff. Examples include: PBIS, CASEL, Restorative Justice, Trauma-Informed Schools, and Mindfulness in Schools.
Design and coordination of a school postvention plan
Live observation of grades and middle school classroom dynamics and management- weekly in first 2 months, decreasing to as needed after that
Feedback and support to students, parents/caregivers and teachers as needed, including helping families to find mental health assessment and support in the community if indicated
One-on-one and small-group check-ins with students as needed– especially with students new to the school and those experiencing stressful events (e.g., family conflict/divorce or illness, bullying/peer conflict, racial/ethnic/gender discrimination and identity development) and mental health challenges (e.g., anxiety, depression, irritability, attention/behavior problems).
5 or more years working with children/adolescents
Masters degree in a mental health related field such as psychology, counseling, or social work
Interest in learning about Waldorf Education
Good organizational and record keeping skills
Must be collegial and collaborative and able to work proactively with students and their families, faculty, staff and administration
Training and experience in working with youth from diverse backgrounds
Experience working in elementary or middle schools
Experience working within Waldorf Education
License to practice in New York State
Experience implementing school social emotional learning curricula
Experience designing or implementing postvention
Benefits: This position is eligible for matched retirement savings, paid time off, and other benefits.
IWS embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply.
To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to email@example.com with the subject line “Applying for Social Emotional Support Specialist.”
Ithaca is home to Cornell University and Ithaca College, which offer our community a rich cultural life. The city is situated at the foot of beautiful Cayuga Lake, and is a wonderful place to raise a family. (www.visitithaca.com)
The Ithaca Waldorf School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, religion, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, political affiliation, or handicapping conditions in its educational programs or employment. No person shall be denied employment solely because of any impairment that is unrelated to the ability to engage in activities involved in the position or program to which application has been made.