School Counselor

Deadline June 30, 2024

School Counselor

Northwest Academy is seeking a School Counselor for the 2024-25 school year and beyond.

About Northwest Academy:

Northwest Academy is a progressive, independent middle and high school located in downtown Portland. We offer our community of learners a student-centered experience rich with rigor, creativity, and a problem-solving and proficiency-based approach to learning. We value an inclusive, caring culture that supports and challenges students appropriately, is guided by their developmental needs and challenges, and grows students into their burgeoning independence and individuality.

Benefits of Working Within Our Community:

Full-time employees receive several different healthcare plans to choose from, a dental and vision plan, Flex Spending options, identity theft protection, and a 3% matching 401K pension account after completing one year of employment. Northwest Academy also offers opportunities for Creative Production Grants to support individual artistic endeavors and a 6-week Sabbatical.

Position Details:

The School Counselor is a member of the Student Services Team, which works closely with administrative staff and faculty to promote a healthy school culture aligned with the school’s core values and in support of the school’s mission. The School Counselor supports individual students and their families in their emotional needs, including therapeutic interventions and referrals. The School Counselor supports faculty in their efforts to meet students’ developmental and emotional needs.

FTE: .6-.8
Position Title: Counselor
Department: Student Services Team
Reports To: Head of Middle and Head of High School


• Establish effective communications and relationships with students and families
• Help to maintain school policies, regulations, and expectations
• Develop and maintain professional, collaborative, and collegial relationships with faculty and staff, as well as with community partners to the benefit of students and classes
• Support the work of the Head of School and administrative/leadership team
• Exhibit a growth mindset about teaching practices and work toward professional goals and development
• Participate in required non-classroom activities, including Back to School Night(s), parent/student conferences, retreats, faculty and department meetings, field trips, and special activity and performance events
• Provide effective supervision of students to promote a safe and healthy environment and school experience
• Timely and professional completion of required reports and forms
• Represent the school at community or public events.
• Fulfill other responsibilities as assigned respective to faculty member’s courses or academic department


• Advanced counseling degree and related certification. (e.g., MSW, LMHC, LPC, Masters in Counseling, MEd in School Counseling) and 3 years successful experience working with adolescents ages 12-18 and their families is required, or an equivalent combination of skills and experience sufficient to perform the essential functions of the job;
• Experience working in an educational setting preferred;
• Experience developing a school counseling program, including policies and practices;
• Knowledge of and demonstrated commitment to the professional, ethical, and legal responsibilities of a school counselor;
• Demonstrated passion for and success working with young adolescent and adolescent students;

Physical Demands:
Physical requirements are consistent with light physical duties required of teachers generally. The school is spread out across five buildings, covering multiple blocks in downtown Portland, so teachers may have to move between buildings during five-minute passing periods or attend meetings around campus. The school does not provide parking for all staff members, so metered street or lot parking might be required.

Interested candidates can find instructions for applying for this position on the Careers at Northwest Academy and reply to

Northwest Academy is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to welcoming and celebrating a diverse student and faculty population. We believe every employee has the right to work in an environment free from all forms of unlawful discrimination. It is the policy of the school that employment decisions for all applicants and employees will be made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, genetic information, marital status, veteran status, disability, or other characteristics protected under local, state, or federal law. No employee will be retaliated against for raising concerns under this policy. We seek each employee’s contribution and assistance in helping us maintain equal employment opportunity.

Northwest Academy, 1130 SW Main St, Portland, OR 97205

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