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Mental Health/School Counselor (Year-Round)

Interlochen Center for the Arts
49643, Interlochen
Salary dependent on education and experience and includes complete benefits package.
Date posted
Feb 14, 2024

Job Details

Position Summary: Interlochen Center for the Arts seeks a School Counselor, School Social Worker, or School Psychologist to join our collaborative school mental and student support team. This role works closely with the Director of Student Support Services, student support team, staff, faculty, and parents to support social, emotional, and learning needs of students at Interlochen Center for the Arts, including students at Interlochen Arts Academy (grades 9-12) and Interlochen Arts Camp students (grades 3-12). Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:



  • Collaborate with students, families, faculty, student affairs, health services, and administration and outside service provider(s) about individual students and groups to support students and deepen stakeholder’s understanding of students and develop best practices and support to educate the whole child. This may include providing direct instruction to small groups or classes of students.


    Provide confidential short and long-term individual and group counseling services to students struggling with academic, artistic, developmental, emotional, and/or behavioral issues


    Work in classrooms, small groups, and with individual students in the areas of friendships, social skills, conflict resolution, self-control, communication, personal safety, coping skills, grief and loss support.


    Collaboratively develop intervention plans and recommend strategies to support students together with the classroom and residence life faculty.


    Work with the school psychologist, learning specialist, school counselors, and other faculty on division-wide and whole school mental health programming.


    Work with students and the faculty of students who have learning disabilities and executive functioning challenges 1:1 and in classroom environments to facilitate their learning


    Communicate with families about pertinent issues affecting the community


    Plan and deliver crisis intervention when needed including student safety assessments


    Work with families and the Student Support team to onboard and design appropriate supports for newly enrolled students with disabilities 


    Maintain and uphold confidentiality with student and family interactions


    Attend regular Student Problem-Solving “Core Team” Meetings and other faculty meetings


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Act as a point person for supporting high needs students.  This includes working collaboratively with the students, families, faculty, staff, the student support team, administration, and off-campus providers to assess the type of assistance and resources a student needs and develop or facilitate the development of appropriate supports - and possible support plans.


    Meet regularly with students to build or strengthen their support systems and self-advocacy for on-campus resources.


    Provide brief drop-in/solutions, focused counseling, and/or a safe space for students who need support. 


    Identify and reduce obstacles to students accessing assistance for academic, social, or emotional concerns.


    Help to track and support students who are away from campus on extended leaves.


    Develop and support the implementation of whole school mental health initiatives.


    Hold group counseling sessions around various topics or affinity groups.


    Serve in an on-call capacity to triage emergent mental health issues and assess student safety.


    Ability to work occasional weekends or evenings


    Participate in evaluation of student applications.


    Maintain documentation on student growth and learning


    Seeks the best use of materials, equipment and staff to maximize efficiency and effectiveness.


    Complies with ICA policies/procedures and acts as a good steward of ICA finances.


    Respects the culture, diversity and rights of all students, their families and the community.


    Prioritizes duties in a manner consistent with organizational objectives and growth.


    Performs other duties as assigned.


Work Environment:


Work is performed primarily in a standard office and classroom environment with extensive internal and external stakeholder contact. 






Master’s degree or higher in School Social Work, School Psychology or School Counseling, or the equivalent. Licensure or certification in Social Work, Psychology, or Counseling in the state of Michigan or the ability to attain/transfer certification. 





Direct experience within a school environment and/or working with children of all ages recommended. 


3+ years classroom experience preferred.


Specific experience working with eating disorders or substance abuse preferred.



Equipment Familiarity: Familiarity with computer systems, google software suite, and email systems, as well as work  with learning management systems and student information systems



Certifications, Licenses or Special Training: 


  • Must meet and maintain background screening requirements as detailed in policy 12.HR.01 Pre-Employment and Employee Background Checks. 


    Valid driver’s license and driving record that meets the eligibility requirements of ICA’s insurance carrier (for all positions requiring driving). 



Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 


  • Ability to follow and execute specific verbal and written instructions.


    Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.


    Ability to promote and maintain positive interaction with all internal and external stakeholders.


    Demonstrate respect for cultural, ethnic, spiritual, and linguistic diversity and values including differences in personal goals, lifestyle choices and varying family backgrounds and histories.


    Ability to think on one’s feet, comfortably manage emergent situations


    Manage emotions professionally and appropriately in high-stress situations


    Ability to function effectively and work cooperatively with peers and departmental leadership


    Self-advocacy to seek assistance from others when facing difficulty




For a complete job description and to apply, go to


Application Material:


  • Cover Letter





Benefit Package:


  • Health, dental, and vision insurance


    Vacation, Sick, Holiday and generous winter holiday time off


    Voluntary life insurance


    Short and long-term disability


    Employee development & tuition reimbursement programs


    Defined contribution 401(a) plan, managed by TIAA


    Free and discounted employee tickets (i.e. two free tickets to Nutcracker is a $80 savings)


    Early ticket purchase before general public sales begin


    Free Stone Cafeteria meal on shift


    Dennison Recreation Center accessibility (includes spouses)


    Day Care (near site clinic operated by Pitter Patter with priority access to Interlochen employees)


    Employee Referral Program (cash payments)


    Tuition remission - discount tuition for Academy, Camp and Interlochen Online




World-class educational and cultural opportunities converge on our glorious, 1,200-acre campus through Interlochen Arts Camp, our immersive and multidisciplinary summer arts program; Interlochen Arts Academy, the nation’s premier arts boarding high school; Interlochen Presents, a producer of more than 600 annual performances by internationally celebrated guest artists Interlochen students, and faculty, and  Interlochen College of Creative Arts, a convener for continuing arts education and lifelong learning. Interlochen Online brings the Interlochen experience into the homes of emerging artists around the world, and Interlochen Public Radio broadcasts classical music, local news, and cultural programs far and wide.

Interlochen alumni from around the world lead vibrant, purposeful lives in the arts and beyond, having developed confidence and perspective within our diverse and inclusive community. The Interlochen experience equips young people with an enduring skill: the creative capacity to make a positive impact on their world.

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