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Lower School Counselor

March 28, 2022

Dawson, a K-12 independent school of 520 students located east of Boulder on a beautiful 107-acre campus, seeks an exceptional Lower School Counselor for the 2022-2023 school year, starting August 1, 2022. Previous school counseling experience and a graduate degree is preferred. Dawson is a growing and passionate educational community dedicated to the healthy development and education of all of its students.

Dawson School Mission Statement

Dawson School is dedicated to excellence of mind, body, and character. We prepare students, through challenging and relevant learning, to become creative, resilient problem-solvers who bring their best to the world. 


Professional Qualifications

  • A master’s degree in counseling preferred

  • LCSW/LPC licensure.

  • 3+ years counseling experience with K-5 students, or equivalent

  • Knowledge of child welfare mandates, including reporting and follow up procedures

  • Demonstrated classroom management skills

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • An attitude that exemplifies teamwork and personal responsibility

  • Maintain strict confidentiality in all matters

  • Previous experience working with children experiencing anxiety, stress, and trauma.

 Personal Qualities

  • Demonstrate enthusiasm for work with all school constituencies

  • Personal warmth and friendliness

  • Model school virtues of respect, compassion, courage, and integrity

  • Communicate (orally and in writing) effectively with all school constituencies

  • Collaborate and work positively as a member of a Student Support Team

  • Ability to advocate for students


  • Report to Director of Lower School

  • Teach one 45-minute guidance lesson per week in all Lower School grades (8 in total), using a Social Emotional Learning Curriculum (Dawson currently uses the PATHS curriculum)

  • Provide individual and group counseling sessions to Lower School students

  • Participate in class trips, clubs, or Winterim expeditions

  • Respond to student crises during the school day

  • Collaborate with the Counseling Team and Lower School Student Support Team on all student matters.

  • Work with teachers to develop emotional support plans as necessary and help teachers identify strategies and supports for students and families in need

  • Remain current with research in areas related to school counseling

  • Additional duties as deemed necessary by the School

The salary range for this position is $40,000-70,000. Compensation is commensurate with experience, relevant skills, and hours worked. Benefits include Medical, Dental, 401k, and generous time-off. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume on the Dawson website, scroll to the bottom of the page, click on the Employment link, find Current Job Opportunities at Dawson, and select the Lower School Counselor posting to apply for this position. Only online applications will be accepted. 

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