Wellness Counselor - Mission and Brotherhood Coordinator

Full-time (12 months)
Reports to: Counseling Department and Assistant Principal

About Junípero Serra High School

Junípero Serra High School is a Catholic college preparatory for boys. Located in San Mateo, in the heart of the San Francisco Peninsula, Serra’s legacy spans over 75 years of excellence in Catholic education. A rich and rigorous academic curriculum, a wide range of extracurricular activities, and an environment of support, compassion, and mutual respect are hallmarks of Serra. Serra’s faculty and staff are deeply committed to mentoring their students, providing a framework for young men to grow in faith, wisdom and service as active members and leaders in the community.

Serra is seeking a Wellness Counselor - Mission and Brotherhood Coordinator for the 2022-23 school year. This is a new position at Serra that will support student mental health and wellness of the students and support school programming that helps create a culture reflective of the Padre Brotherhood values of respect, integrity, inclusion and compassion.

The Wellness Counselor - Mission and Brotherhood Coordinator will work in a team with the Counseling Department to collaborate and provide short-term intervention to students for social, emotional, or crisis events that may impact their behavior or physical and mental well-being. This is done in a safe, confidential, non-judgmental, and supportive environment. The position will serve as a liaison between students, their families, school staff, and the community. The position will work directly with students who experience difficulties in educational achievement due to social/emotional adjustment and/or attendance issues and strive to ensure equity and access for all students.

The Wellness Counselor - Mission and Brotherhood Coordinator will have a primary responsibility in helping to foster a culture and climate at Serra rooted in the mission and reflective of Padre values - respect, integrity, compassion and inclusion - through leadership in the Mission and Brotherhood program. Working with an interdisciplinary team, the position develops programming that educates students in strategies, leadership, and moral decision-making that supports student skill development and ownership in developing “upstanding” behavior.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Provide social, emotional and mental wellness support for students through education, support, and crisis intervention
    • Participates in planning and delivery of mental health and wellness related programming to students and parents
    • Meets with students for crisis intervention, counseling, and support services
    • Collaborates with faculty, staff and administration to coordinate support of individual students
    • Consults with outside mental health providers to coordinate student support
    • Coordinates and facilitates regular peer support groups
    • Conduct structured, goal-oriented individual and group counseling sessions in response to the emotional and educational needs of assigned students
    • Provides appropriate referrals for students in need of long-term mental health resources
    • Collaborates and supports the mental health section of the PE/Health curriculum
  • Coordinates the Mission and Brotherhood curriculum and programming in support of developing a culture the fosters a brotherhood of respect, integrity, inclusion and compassion
    • Collaborates with Campus Ministry/Mission and Brotherhood to develop year long theme to be implemented in advisories
    • Convenes meetings with the Mission and Brotherhood Team to plan the Wellness days, programs and formation events for the community (employee, student & parent)
    • Provides training and resources for Mission and Brotherhood adult and student leaders
    • Leads student advisory days and Wellness Wednesdays/events
    • Coordinates large and small group discussions to practice moral decision-making with the students to help build character and to promote “upstanding” behavior
    • Coordinates speakers for formation events


  • A Masters’ degree in Counseling or Psychology is required, CA Licensed Ph.D., PsyD, MFT, or LCSW required
  • Three years of experience in counseling at the high school level and/or personal counseling desired
  • Preference for a candidate who demonstrates success working with adolescent boys of diversity, equity, and inclusion best practice
  • Have strong organizational and leadership skills, as well as written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrate professionalism, confidentiality and integrity
  • Possess strong interpersonal skills and the ability to collaborate effectively with others
  • Have personal qualities of initiative, optimism, and flexibility
  • Proficient in digital platforms and systems data management
  • Support of Serra’s Catholic Mission
Salary: Commensurate with experience.
Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled.

To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, transcripts and two letters of recommendation to Serra High School Human Resources.

All employees of the Archdiocese of San Francisco shall be employed without regard to race, color, sex, ethnic or national origin and pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal history.