Careers at Urban
Urban School strives to ignite a passion for learning and to inspire its students to become self-motivated, lifelong participants in their education and active citizens in their communities. Our educational philosophy and programs emphasize learning as a joyful process of discovery; use of city and Bay Area resources to extend learning beyond the classroom; mutual respect and a strong rapport between students and teachers; and a firm commitment to an inclusive and diverse school community.
Urban is an equal opportunity employer with an institutional commitment to diversity. We actively encourage applications from candidates with diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.
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Urban School of San Francisco, an innovative, coeducational, secondary independent day school of 420 students, seeks two part-time Counseling Associates for the 2019-20 school year: one 1-day Counselor and one 2-day Counselor. Both are one-year paid internships. Candidates should have completed their degree programs and be in the licensing process or newly licensed. Candidates should have experience in schools and with adolescents and be interested in Narrative, Somatic and Mindfulness practices.
These internships focus on counseling, teaching and mentoring skills and a deeper inquiry and understanding on what community mental health means in a high school context. For more information on Urban’s mission and programs, please visit our website.
Counseling Associates (along with the Director of Counseling) provide mental health resources for the student community and staff the Counseling office during school hours. The 3-person Mental Health Services team works together and separately to provide creative counseling practice, mental health curriculum, and relevant training to peer counselors and faculty. Each Associate will teach a course in the Being At Urban program. Associates will assist with the Peer Ed theater class in the Fall term and with Peer Resources throughout the school year. Study and inquiry are also a key component of these internships. The team will meet weekly with attention to professional evolution in therapeutic theory and practice.
Counseling practice is one main focus of the internship experience. The Counseling office is open during school hours and after school for an hour or two. Students (sometimes faculty and parents) make appointments in advance and drop by. Associates will keep a calendar of meetings, as well as meet the unplanned visitors and circumstances of any school day. Associates will grow in discernment and finding appropriate clinical response to a range of student/school situations and struggles.
Classrooms and student groups/clubs
Teaching/mentoring is another focus of these positions. Each associate will teach three mini courses in the Being At Urban program across the school year. The 2-day Intern will also join a club or group across the school year. Urban appreciates our counselors in both the classroom and the discourse and connections of clubs and affinity groups, art projects and sports teams.
Associate Interns will:
- Provide one-on-one counseling and small group counseling.
- Assist in mediation counseling and restorative justice circles.
- Develop creative psychology curriculum relevant for teenagers for U period BU courses across the year.
- Contribute to a range of social/emotional topics for lunchtime forums across the year.
- Witness and mentor in clubs or lunchtime forums as possible.
- Assist in Peer Resource and Peer Education theater.
- Help expand a network of local practitioners as speakers, teachers, referrals.
- Support faculty and parents in their relationships with students.
- Meet with the School Counselor for weekly supervision and training sessions.
- Consult with the team about student caseload and current community dynamics and concerns.
- Develop and teach one course a term in the BU program.
- Engage in BU weekly email thread and BU faculty meetings each term.
- Develop relationships with the student deans, Charisse, Riley and Charlotte.
- Develop relationships over time with co-curricular team and develop projects as relevant.
- Present on their Internship experiences at the close of their time at Urban.
Physical Requirements While Performing Essential Functions
Typical Working Conditions: Climate controlled office environment.
Equipment Used: Computer, phone.
Essential Physical Tasks: Sitting continuously over five hours per day, occasional lifting, occasional filing.
Pay for Counseling Associate internships range from $40 to $48 per hour, depending on experience.
To apply, please send a cover letter, resume and two reference contacts via email to: email@example.com, noting Counseling Associate in the email subject heading.
WORKING AT URBAN
One of Urban’s core values is this: We are committed to reflection, evaluation, evolution and innovation as means to improve teaching and learning. Faculty and staff have abundant opportunities to deepen their repertoires and expand their practices both in regular collaborative work with colleagues and in conferences, workshops and programs, both in the Bay Area and around the world. Opportunities include but are not limited to:
- Robust faculty evaluation and individualized professional growth plan
- Annual self-evaluation, reflection and goal-setting
- Regularized teacher collaboration
- All-faculty professional development days
- Summer curriculum and technology grants
- Funds for staff career and skills development
- Advanced degree program support
- Dan Murphy Fund for Education Innovation and Faculty Growth
- Summer sabbaticals
Support in Transition to Urban
All teachers new to Urban participate in a year-long New-to-Urban cohort designed to orient and support new faculty as they learn the practices and adapt to the systems of Urban’s distinctive teaching and learning culture.
Getting Involved in the Life of the School
Faculty and staff at Urban are asked to participate in a range of academic and non-academic programs and experiences in order to better connect with students and with each other. These opportunities may include grade level advising, athletic coaching, club advisory, committee memberships and chaperoning of trips, dances, performances, etc.
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Urban School is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit in order to have the best available person in every job. The school has an institutional commitment to diversity and actively encourages applications from candidates of diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.Urban's employment policy prohibits unlawful discrimination based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, national origin, physical disability, mental disability, pregnancy, medical condition, genetic characteristics, citizenship, military or veteran status, age or any other basis protected by California state law, federal law or San Francisco ordinance. Urban's policy also prohibits discrimination based on a perception that anyone has any of those characteristics, or is associated with a person who has or is perceived as having any of those characteristics.