The Harker School

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Upper School Counselor - Part Time

Upper School Counselor - Part Time

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The Harker School is a coeducational, non-sectarian, college preparatory school serving preschool through grade 12. Harker has four campuses (preschool, lower, middle and upper schools) located within minutes of each other in San Jose. For more than 100 years, Harker's mission has remained constant: to create an environment that promotes academic excellence, inspires intellectual curiosity, expects personal accountability and forever instills a genuine passion for learning. We’re tremendously proud of our century-old tradition of excellence in education, and the international recognition our students, faculty and programs have earned.


Kindness, respect, honesty, integrity and personal accountability have been at the heart of a Harker education since the school’s founding in 1893. Students encourage and support one another and celebrate each other’s efforts and successes with hugs and high-fives. It’s a supportive, safe, fun and nurturing place where kids make friends for life with their peers, their teachers and the staff.


Position Summary

The Upper School Counselor will be responsible for performing a variety of duties involving the academic tracking and emotional and social counseling students. This is a part time position, approximately 27 hours per week.



Duties and Responsibilities

  • Meet with students to determine reasons for low grades and provides appropriate intervention based on assessment.
  • Communicates with parents regarding student challenges when student requires additional intervention
  • Completes miscellaneous research, reports and letters as requested and needed.
  • Provides recommendations regarding a student’s need for intervention, switching classes, academic and/or mental health needs.
  • Works with teachers to support student academic needs.
  • Works with our learning specialist to best support student needs.
  • Meets with all new students and freshman at the beginning of the year, reviewing the time management worksheet.
  • Monitors, manages and responds to phone calls, emails and comments from teachers, parents and students, regarding academic and emotional concerns of students.
  • Monitors, manages and responds to academic concerns.
  • Monitors, manages and responds to interim reports.
  • Counsels students experiencing academic, transitional, emotional and/or social difficulties.
  • Communicates with student advisors, division head, dean of students, head of school and parents regarding student progress when necessary. 
  • Provides referrals to community resources for testing and long-term counseling.
  • Facilitates mandated reporter training for faculty and staff as needed. 
  • Prepares letters notifying parents of student’s academic probation status.
  • Meets with parents of new students and provides new student support.
  • Coordinates parent/teacher conferences for academic, transitional, emotional and/or social difficulties.
  • Reviews, prints, assesses, and responds to parent and/or teacher emails referencing concerns.  If needed, forwards to the appropriate Division Head.
  • Informs and educates teachers about interventions required for accommodating students with learning differences.
  • Arranges logistics for depression presentations to faculty, parents, and students each year.
  • Assists with wellness program as needed.
  • Provides college counselors, registrar, assistant head of school; academic affairs and division head with information about and proposed courses of action for students they are concerned about, whether concerns are academic, social, behavioral, or emotional in nature.
  • Provides short-term counseling to students in crisis



  • Doctorate or Masters degree in Counseling or LMFT license required
  • Experience assessing and treating children and adolescents.
  • Has basic understanding of child and family development.
  • Has understanding of child abuse reporting, basic counseling and record keeping requirements for a licensed MFT or licensed Psychologist.