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University School of Nashville

Lower School Counselor – August 2022

University School of Nashville


Job Summary

University School of Nashville seeks an engaging and visionary counseling professional to provide thought leadership and direct services in the area of social and emotional learning for lower school students. We seek candidates who honor individual learning styles, are able to work effectively on a team, have advanced communication skills, and creatively use the latest educational research. The successful candidate will join a team of counselors who work together K-12.

University School of Nashville is an independent, non-sectarian, co-educational day school with enrollment of 1,080 students in kindergarten through twelfth grade. In 1915, the George Peabody College for Teachers opened Peabody Demonstration School, USN’s predecessor, which earned acclaim for its curriculum and faculty. In 1974, Peabody College announced plans to close PDS, and a group of parents, alumni, students, and teachers reconstituted and re-chartered the school as University School of Nashville. 

USN’s midtown location adjacent to Vanderbilt University and its Peabody College for Teachers reminds us each day of our beginnings 107 years ago in the demonstration school culture of innovation and educational best practices. It’s a vibrant educational community for both students and teachers in the midst of a dynamic city.

In the USN community, students expect much of each other, and faculty benefit from that high standard. We seek educators who are enthusiastic about their own learning to complement their work and we offer many opportunities for professional growth. USN is committed to creating an institutional environment that mirrors the cultural and ethnic composition of greater Nashville. USN encourages a diverse applicant pool and provides equal employment opportunities for employees and job applicants.

Job Responsibilities

The Lower School Counselor reports to the Lower School Division Head and is a member of the lower school administrative team and the student support services team. This is a full-time position. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree and graduate degree in a relevant field, as well as appropriate and current licensure. Applicants should have strong school counselor and classroom teaching experience. A minimum five years of experience working in school environments is required.

USN has a deep commitment to equitable and just community spaces.  Candidates should be knowledgeable of research on how implicit biases in race, ethnicity, gender identity and socioeconomic class can shape curricula and pedagogy, classroom culture, and student outcomes.  Candidates should be able to translate that knowledge into demonstrable actions that promote equitable and just teaching and learning. 


To safeguard the health and well-being of the USN community from the risks associated with COVID-19, all employees are subject USN policies regarding COVID-19. As of January 7, 2022, more than 97% of employees and more than 87% of USN students K-12 are fully vaccinated, and the school strongly encourages all families to pursue vaccination.

Additional Information


In addition to competitive salaries, University School of Nashville offers a full range of benefits including:

  • health, dental, vision insurance and HSA contributions
  • 403(b) retirement plan with 6% match
  • paid time off and school breaks
  • professional growth opportunities
  • educational assistance program
  • public transportation passes

How to Apply

Interested candidates should complete the online application for this position available at For more information about University School, visit the school’s website at  


  • Date Posted: January 14, 2022
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Educator
  • Service Area: Education
  • Start Date: 08/01/2022