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4 Apr 2020

Full-Time Middle School & Upper School Counselor

 Mendota Heights, Minnesota, United States

Job Description

Visitation School is seeking a Middle School / Upper School Counselor.  This position is the primary contact and the leader for all preventative and responsive programming that supports the mental health and social-emotional learning of students in grades 6-12.   Approximately 50% of time is allocated toward being the lead professional serving students in grades 6-8, and 50% of time is allocated toward supporting the Upper School serving students in grades 9-12.

Visitation is an independent Catholic school with a culture permeated by Salesian Spirituality. We offer a unique combination of learning experiences with an infant Child Care Program, a coed Lower School (Montessori preschool through grade 5), an all-girls Middle School (grades 6-8) and an all-girls Upper School (grades 9-12). A member of NAIS and accredited by ISACS, we are located on a unique and beautiful 60-acre campus in Mendota Heights, Minnesota. Visitation offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package, including tuition remission. Please visit our website at for more information.

Visitation School believes that diversity enriches all in our community, leading a better, more creative and productive work environment.  Please read our diversity statement ( to learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion.  Visitation is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.


Preventative Counseling Work

The counselor facilitates the success of every student by researching, visioning, proposing, planning, implementing, following up on, and gathering data to continuously improve preventative programming.  They conduct these steps as the leader of preventative counseling programming for students they serve that includes:

  1. Researching best practices in the field and at peer schools consistently to inform practice & program.
  2. In collaboration with the counseling team, ensuring monthly themes are chosen, developed, delivered, promoted and integrated with divisional work and parent education.
  3. Leading regularly occurring division-led parent education events as well as Parents’ Association events around monthly themes, mental health, wellness, social emotional learning, organization, study skills, communication skills, etc.
  4. Leading regularly occurring professional development for faculty and staff around monthly themes, mental health, wellness, social emotional learning, organization, study skills, etc.
  5. Leading regularly occurring student presentations and programming around monthly themes, mental health, wellness, social emotional learning, organization, study skills, etc.
  6. Participating in the refinement and tailoring of advisory curriculum and training of advisory teachers.
  7. Co-leading staffing meetings with Learning Specialist.
  8. Conducting student interviews of all new students during summer and/or 1st trimester and/or semester
  9. Leading regular survey of all students (at least 1x/trimester and/or 1x/semester) to determine efficacy of preventative program and adjust accordingly.
  10. Actively participating in quarterly Counseling Department Meetings.
  11. Supporting retreat programming.
  12. Supporting student life groups as needed such as WEB, clubs, etc.
  13. Actively participating on the Admissions Committee.
  14. Making recommendations to administration and teachers about students’ needs.
  15. Completing miscellaneous tasks and projects in support of the Middle & Upper School and the overall Counseling Department
  16. Providing additional preventative programming at the direction of the supervising director.

Responsive Counseling Work

In addition to preventative programming the counselor facilitates the success of every student by acting as the leader of responsive counseling programming as needs arise that includes:

  1. Collecting information and meeting with students to identify unique student needs not being served sufficiently by preventative programming alone for monthly themes, mental health, wellness, social emotional learning, organization, study skills, etc.
  2. Identifying research-based counseling interventions that are paired to specific student needs that have been identified.
  3. Implement interventions for individuals and small groups.
  4. Managing and tracking intervention services being provided including duration, frequency, success level, etc.
  5. Managing and coordinating academic communications and support among outside professionals, parents and faculty of hospitalized students and students engaged in outpatient mental health treatment.
  6. Informing parents, teachers, administrators and local authorities when necessary about students in danger of hurting themselves or of being hurt.
  7. Referring students who need more in-depth counseling to a licensed psychologist or licensed clinical social worker.
  8. Mediating conflicts between students, between students and parents, and between students and teachers.
  9. Actively participating in parent meetings as needed for issues requiring counseling perspective.
  10. Consulting with Learning Specialist regarding students receiving learning services as needed.
  11. Making recommendations to administration and teachers about students’ needs.
  12. Completing miscellaneous tasks and projects in support of the Middle School & Upper School and the overall Counseling Department.
  13. Providing additional responsive programming as needed at the direction of the supervising director.

Additional Professional Responsibilities:

  1. Supporting other counseling team members, as well as students in any division, with preventative and responsive work as able and when needs arise.
  2. Providing supervision of students and collaborating with Directors to find times that don’t impede ability to complete core work above.
  3. Carrying out all applicable responsibilities as defined in the Professional Duties Document (available upon request).



  • Master’s Degree in School Counseling, Psychology or Social Work;
  • 3+ years of counseling experience;
  • Self-starter attitude with ability to identify tasks and take initiative when addressing the needs of the School;
  • Professionalism and can-do willingness and ownership approach to work;
  • Good judgement with an aptitude to motivate people, set priorities, analyze data, prepare conclusions and handle multiple assignments with tight deadlines;
  • Excellent verbal, written and listening skills; and
  • Ability to demonstrate and model the philosophies and spirit of Visitation School. “Salesian Spirituality” reflects gentle strength, dignity, patience and Christian humanism.


  • Licensure in School Counseling, School Psychology or Social Work;
  • School counseling experience advising students in their academic and personal guidance needs;
  • Experience in a non-profit organization;
  • Experience in an independent school.


  • Collaborative leadership style;
  • Interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Attention to detail;
  • Organizational and self-management skills;
  • Ability to handle multiple responsibilities effectively;
  • Willingness to work as part of a team;
  • Dependability and readiness to go above and beyond when necessary to reach goals.


Organizational Name: Visitation School

Organizational City: Mendota Heights

Position Contact Name: Emily Wanning

Position Contact Title: Human Resources Manager

Position Contact Email:

Benefits: Included

Experience: Required

Setting: Urban

School Enrollment: Information Not Provided

Minnesota Teacher's License: Required

Number of Classrooms: Information Not Provided

Number of Faculty: Information Not Provided

How to Apply

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Job Categories: High School. Job Types: Full-Time.

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