Upper School Counselor

Beginning March 1 or Aug. 1, 2018

The Upper School Counselor is a full-time member of the faculty whose primary role is to address the emotional needs of students. The Upper School Counselor works closely with faculty, administrators and parents to develop the most effective means of meeting these needs. The Upper School Counselor reports to the Upper School Director and serves as part of the Upper School Administrative Team.

  • Serve as the first point of contact beyond the teacher for students exhibiting emotional difficulties or concerning behavior.

  • Meet with students to provide individual and group counseling around emotional, social, and academic concerns.

  • Provide consultation and referrals to parents and families in service of student mental health and well-being.

  • Meet with faculty to discuss student support and serve as a resource for faculty in supporting student wellness

  • Provide individual, family, and school crisis intervention, including referrals to community resources as needed.

  • Coordinate the ninth-grade wellness-oriented “Self and Community” program.

  • Coordinate 12th-grade Peer Educator selection, leadership training, class preparation, and class observation in conjunction with the Upper School Deans.

  • Serve as a consultant to the Assist Team, a group of faculty trained to receive and respond to community concerns about student drug and alcohol abuse, and to support the planning and delivery of Assist-sponsored programming.

  • Plan, advertise and execute mental health-related programming for students, parents, and faculty.

  • Support and partner with student, faculty, and parent groups whose purposes and goals are related to wellness and diversity issues, and serve as a faculty advisor for at least two such student groups.

  • Participate in regular Wellness Committee meetings, and meetings to discuss student support.

  • Prepare and disseminate weekly Upper School-wide advisory programs in consultation with the Student Life Committee.

  • Coordinate new student orientation and support activities in conjunction with the Admissions Office and Upper School Administrative Team.

  • Continue professional growth through workshops, reading, consultation/supervision, and association with professional organizations.

  • Maintain counseling records in accordance with professional standards.

  • Plan and manage an annual budget.

  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Upper School Director and/or the Head of School.

Required qualifications and traits
  • At least two years of direct counseling experience

  • Substantive experience with crisis management and program development

  • Substantive experience working with adolescents

  • A Ph.D. in Psychology or Masters in School Psychology, School Counseling, Clinical Psychology or Clinical Social Work  

  • Provisional or permanent licensure

  • Abundant energy, patience, good judgment and sense of humor

  • Extraordinary communications skills

  • Abundant energy, patience, good judgment and sense of humor


Applicants should email a cover letter, résumé and list of three references to Upper School Director Lanis Wilson at No phone calls, please.



It is the policy of Durham Academy to make employment decisions on the basis of qualifications for a specific job without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national or ethnic origin, age, veteran status, or the presence of a disability, except where such is a bona fide occupational qualification.


Patti McLamb-Creed
Human Resource Manager 
919-489-6569 (x6135) 

Benefits for Full-Time Employees
  • Competitive salary
  • Tuition discount & discounted Extended Day program for children of employees
  • Health/vision/dental insurance
  • Flex medical spending program
  • Retirement/long-term disability benefits
  • Extensive professional development opportunities
  • Summer grant and sabbatical program
  • Purchase program for computer desktops/laptops
An independent, coeducational day school, pre-kindergarten through grade 12.
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