The Leelanau School seeks a School Counselor for the 2019-2020 school year. As a school, we place an emphasis on experiential learning and fostering community through living our values: Stewardship, Leadership, Awareness, Integrity, Resilience, Courage, and Interconnectedness. The School Counselor is an integral part of the overall student experience, bringing leadership to our campus and care to our students.

The Leelanau School is a grade 9-12 co-educational, independent boarding and day school in operation since 1929. The Leelanau School is located in Glen Arbor, Michigan on a beautiful wooded campus on the shores of Lake Michigan, surrounded by Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

The mission of The Leelanau School is to ignite a passion for learning in a school where students thrive by engaging academically and by celebrating everyone’s unique learning style in a culture of acceptance, leading to successful and meaningful lives in college and beyond.

Qualified candidates for this position will demonstrate related work experience and hold at least a Bachelor’s Degree in counseling, social work, youth development, education or a related field.

If you are interested in this position, please provide a specific letter of interest and resume to the attention of Becca Dymond, bdymond@leelanau.org. Please feel encouraged to include any additional media (personal video, portfolio, website, samples of past work experience) that would enhance your qualifications, special skills sets, or interest in our school community.  

Counselor Job Description:

Demonstrate a desire to support and engage adolescents in their academic, emotional and social development.
Serve as a role model to the students.
Meaningfully connect and engage with students, and communicate with parents.
Implement means by which we construct a campus climate supportive of positive adolescent development.
Plan and organize Council activities (Council is whole community time dedicated for education, team building, spirit building, service, etc.)
Create opportunities for student leadership that enable social, academic and emotional growth leading to the enhancement of their individual developmental assets and life skills.
Ability to lead faculty/staff in best practices to support the social/emotional health of our campus.
Demonstrate strong communication, organization, and time management skills.
Maintain counseling records and necessary documentation.
Serve on the Student Concerns team, problem-solving emerging issues.
Coordinate counseling services for students with outside therapists. Act as the liaison between private counselors and the school.
Work with students on conflict resolution.
Work with students as needed to negotiate the paths of adolescent insecurity and development.
Serve as Administrator on Duty one evening each week and on a rotating schedule on weekends.
Advise the student leadership team in the event of a student’s crisis.
Coordinate College Advising:Coordinate and administer standardized testing
Create 9-12 program of college/career awareness and exploration.
Assist students in finding best college placements, and support their application process.
Serve on the Admissions Committee and help to interpret psych evaluations and participate in interviews of prospective families.
Participate in community events as possible (i.e. meals, special events, FAU events, etc.).
Embrace and advance the mission of the Leelanau School.

Bachelor Degree in Counseling, Social Work, Education or related field.
Previous experience in school counseling and working with adolescents.
Comply with all necessary State of Michigan and FBI background checks.
Hold a Valid Driver’s License


Learn more at: https://leelanau.org/

About The Leelanau School

Leelanau is not your typical boarding and day prep school. We offer students in grades 9-12 an educational experience where integrated learning support, individualized attention, small classes, and a commitment to whole-person wellness are at the center of what we do.

Students discover and develop their strengths as both students and citizens with the guidance of engaged faculty committed to cultivating a school where students know and embrace themselves as learners - no matter how they learn.