MS Counselor & Director of SEL Program

  • San Francisco, CA
  • Full Time
  • Experienced




MS Counselor & Director of SEL Program

(Full Time)

Children’s Day School (CDS) is a co-educational preschool through eighth-grade school serving over 475 students in the Mission Dolores neighborhood of San Francisco. Spanning two campuses, and home to a diverse community of students, faculty, and families, CDS is a vibrant learning community grounded in our newly adopted Mission, Beliefs, and Values. 

At Children’s Day School, what you learn and who you become are equally important. 

CDS is a welcoming community in the big city, a farm and garden among urban streets, an advocate for responsibility to others as well as individual achievement, an independent school with down-to-earth values, always asking how can we do this better.

The CDS Employee

Core Dispositions/Habits of Mind

Curiosity and Open-Mindedness - I am curious about teaching and learning, open to new ideas and approaches, and learning from my community 

Resilience and Persistence - I know who I am, am comfortable making mistakes, and am willing to engage in productive struggle to achieve my professional goals and meet the needs of the school.

Emotional/Social Intelligence - I demonstrate empathy, listen, model respect, and take responsibility for my impact on learners, families, and colleagues.

Cultural / Intellectual Humility, Reflection, and Responsiveness - I know that my perspective is one of many, and engage in ongoing learning to unpack systems of power and privilege, broaden my worldview and build my skills for having courageous conversations.

Advocacy/Activism/Civic Engagement - I engage actively in the learning community by contributing my time and skills to support school-wide initiatives that support program innovation, community wellbeing, and learning.  I am an advocate for my families, colleagues, and self, noticing and acting when injustice is present, and reflecting on my own practice and biases.


Core skills for the position include:

  • Collaboration 
  • Self-Direction 
  • Communication  
  • Research and Inquiry
  • Critical and Creative Thinking


CDS Employees demonstrate the humility to listen and the resolve to speak up for their colleagues, community, and self.


Job Description

We are seeking an experienced, talented, and energetic Middle School Counselor & Director of SEL Program. The MS Counselor is available for students who wish to discuss personal issues in a relaxed, confidential atmosphere. The counselor provides short-term counseling on a regular basis for students including social/emotional support, educational guidance, and co-curricular coordination. As the Director of SEL Programming, the counselor also executes classroom SEL lessons and develops a comprehensive wellness SEL curriculum that students engage with throughout each year of Middle School. This work is delivered during small group advisories (led by the teaching team) and during an electives course. The aim is to help students learn skills that develop their personal, social, and emotional competencies.

The ideal candidate should possess the following skills and qualities:

  • Work with students and families:
    • provide direct 1:1 counseling and make referrals to outside therapists
    • support students with the creation and implementation of targeted behavior plans
    • design and facilitate friendship & social skills in small groups
    • monitor students in need on the playground and classroom providing written observations for families, and teachers
    • coordinate community partnerships with health professionals aligning to an ongoing development plan for student and their families
    • conduct parent education on social-emotional practices and common language to enhance school-to-home communication
    • teach key SEL lessons across grades 5-8
  • Work with teachers:
    • ongoing review and updating of the SEL curriculum
    • coach and mentor teachers to understand various needs and proactive strategies and support
    • participate in wellness program development
    • lead the Advisory program planning for grades 5-8
    • monitor student stress levels and academic load
  • Other responsibilities may include:
    • leading or co-leading an affinity group related to race/ethnicity, family structure, gender, religion, sexual orientation, or other aspects of identity
    • performing lunch, recess, and dismissal duties as assigned
    • maintaining positive working relationships with parents
    • attend select overnight outdoor education trips
  • Requirements
    • Masters and/or Graduate Certification as a School or Family Counselor [preferred]
    • Clinical and supervisory experience [preferred]
    • A minimum of five years’ experience in a school setting, including teaching responsibilities; teaching credential preferred but not required
    • An ability to work comfortably with teachers and parents
    • Familiarity with educational resources in San Francisco; demonstrated ability to effectively network and build relationships with various internal and external constituencies
    • Experience in leading and collaborating with teams, teachers, and parents
    • Strong interpersonal and collaboration skills
    • Strong time management and organizational skills
    • Experience in an independent school setting helpful
  • Your application should include: 
    • Cover letter 
    • Resume 



Salary will be based on qualifications and experience. Excellent benefits offered including medical, dental and vision insurance and a 403 (b) retirement plan.

CDS is an equal opportunity employer. Our community is diverse in many ways, inclusive of race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender spectrum, age, ability, and more. We welcome and value the same in our faculty and staff.


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