Sequoyah School,

Director of Health & Wellness/Counselor

2 months ago
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About this organization

Sequoyah School is an independent K-12 day school in Pasadena, California offering an innovative college-preparatory curriculum in a student-centered, experiential, humanistic environment. The school offers a developmentally appropriate program from elementary grades through high school. In keeping with its mission, “A Sequoyah education challenges the mind, nurtures the heart, and celebrates human dignity,” the school’s program supports a student’s social and emotional growth alongside their academic progress. The school was founded in 1958 and expanded its highly regarded elementary and junior high program to include a high school in 2016. The high school and K-8 divisions are located on separate campuses just 1.5 miles apart.

About this job


Sequoyah School is expanding its Health & Wellness program and seeks a dynamic team leader to support this growth. This position will work closely with the Academic Leadership team to fortify and further develop a scope and sequence across the K-12, and will be excited to build systems, policies, and practices for a strong program and student support system.

Key arenas of work include:

We are currently accepting applications for the 2023-2024 school year.

Full-time (10-12 month – position negotiable)

Reports to: Director of Teaching and Learning

Salary Range: $90-115K

Key areas of work include:

*Manage data-informed program development

*Design the program to assure inclusive practice for all students

*Plan and implement faculty professional development and training

*Advise and collaborate with Deans and Directors on individuated student plans

*Develop relationships with diverse outside specialists to assure resources for all students

*Manage and direct a team of counselors

Roles & responsibilities

Specific Roles & Responsibilities


*Develop the K-12 Health & Wellness program, including budgeting, strategic planning and annual program evaluation.

*Manage the Health & Wellness team, and work closely with deans of students, Director of *Learning Services, Director of Teaching & Learning, High School Director, Assistant Head of *School/K-8 Director and other members of the administration to determine how to best identify and address the needs of students' wellbeing.

*Demonstrate cultural competence in interpersonal communication

*Support parent education coffees/meetings to help our community learn about important issues related to adolescent development and parenting.

*Work with administration to determine and deliver relevant training for staff, students and parents


*Daily Office Hours (with an appointment system) including but not limited to breaks, lunch, and after school

*Prioritize equipping students to be in class

*Refer students who need regular counseling for outside support


*Teach Health & Wellness classes: 9th-12th grade classes (10-11 a.m., M-Th) are co-taught with the part-time Health & Wellness Specialist / Counselor, generally focused at K8.



Qualified candidates must have a minimum of 3 years relevant experience as a counselor, therapist, or psychologist and must have experience working with middle or high school students.

Successful candidates will also have the following qualifications:

*A graduate degree in counseling, therapy, psychology, or related field

*License Preferred - MSW, LCSW, LMHC, NCC

*Background as a psychologist, mental health counselor, or clinical social worker

*A commitment to equity and inclusion

*Strong interpersonal skills

*An understanding of anti-bias and anti-racist practices

*Demonstrated ability to provide effective emotional, psychological, and social support

*Demonstrated ability to be a valuable resource for students, parents, faculty, and staff

*Ability to to develop strong relationships with outside specialists and health professionals to determine needed supports and strategies for students.

To apply

Sequoyah has a rich history of diversity and seeks candidates to enhance that tradition. Sequoyah offers competitive salary and benefits. The anticipated salary range the School reasonably expects to pay candidates for this position is $90,000 - 115,000, depending on factors such as experience or education.

For more information about Sequoyah School and our hiring process, please see our website at Sequoyah School is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in any phase of employment. We consider applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status, or any other legally protected status.

To apply, interested candidates should send a résumé and cover letter to