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Counseling and Wellness Center Founding Director

Position Type Administrator
School Name Villa Academy
City, State Seattle, WA 
Posted 11/23/2021


Steven S Reinemund, Jr.

Counseling and Wellness Center

Founding Director

Program Overview

Villa Academy seeks a visionary leader to create a signature program that equips students with the awareness and skills to live healthy lives in a post-pandemic 21st-century global world. This comprehensive social-emotional and wellness program will deepen and more fully integrate into all aspects of the school’s curriculum. It will be threaded through the classroom, the playing field, and the stage. The program focuses on acquiring preventive practices to reduce the impact of the growing incidence of depression, anxiety, insecurity, and negative stress in elementary-aged students. Students will acquire strategies to promote resilience, self-advocacy, self-efficacy, and a growth mindset. Villa graduates will be known for their Happiness Quotient (HQ), as they already are for their IQ and EQ. The outcomes of the program will be measurable. The program will address social, emotional, and mental domains developmentally relevant to children from three years old to early adolescence.

Position Overview

In addition to the opportunity to create a transformative program, the Director will be its chief advocate, responsible for articulating the purpose and value of the program internally and externally. In close collaboration with the school counselor, the Director will provide classroom-based social-emotional and wellness instruction, work with small groups or individual students, and educate teachers and parents about the lasting benefits of the program. The Director will work closely with the admission team to ensure familiarity with its distinct advantages for young people. The Director will serve as a member of the core administrative team, reporting directly to the Head of School.

The Director will design professional development seminars to instruct teachers in implementing the social-emotional and wellness curriculum. The Director will oversee continuous and intentional experiences for faculty and parents to understand, appreciate, and instill the traits and skills that young people will carry forward for the rest of their lives to flourish in an increasingly complex society.


Education & Experience:

Academic training in relevant professional disciplines such as psychology or school counseling, Masters degree preferred

Counseling experience with children and adolescents, school-based counseling experience preferred

Extensive knowledge of K-8 social-emotional curricula

Diverse and strong advocacy skills

Excellent leadership record in educational or mental health field

Independent or Catholic school experience preferred

Collaborative affinity and communication versatility

Ability to partner with the development team in support of program marketing and growth

Personal Traits:

Integrity and honesty

Resilience and persistence

Passion for the work

Respect for others

Respect for differing points of view

Vision and endurance

A passion for working with children and adolescents

Keen and genuine interest in people

Villa Academy Attributes:

Commitment to the Catholic identity, mission, vision, and core values of Villa Academy;

Desire to be part of a faith-based learning community;

A commitment to equity and inclusion and understanding its important role in academic excellence and student preparation. Consistent with our unique history and ethos, Villa Academy is committed to building and fostering a richly diverse and inclusive school community.


This is a twelve-month, full-time position that begins in Spring 2022 and is open until filled. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter addressing their interest and aptness in the role in a consolidated PDF along with their resume and four professional references.

Email the document to Dr. Leonard Kupersmith, Executive School Search Partnership, LRKUPERSMITH@GMAIL.COM, and Julie Thenell Grasseschi, Interim Head of School, jgrasseschi@thevilla.org.

Villa Academy is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all federal rules and regulations and does not discriminate in admission, access, treatment or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, creed, age, national origin, marital status or disability.

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