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Job Description

Job Title:
School / Location:
School / Department:
Job Status:
Salary Code:
Work Days / Hours:
200 days @ 8 hours per day
Eligible Applicants:
Position Start Date:
As soon as possible
Application Deadline:
Until filled
Reports to:
Shina George, Assistant Principal of Elementary School
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ISG Dammam seeks a dynamic Counselor. The ideal candidate brings knowledge of best practices in school counseling and education to serve as a student advocate, leader, collaborator, and consultant.  The Counselor is a critical member of the educational team and works collaboratively with all stakeholders to deliver a comprehensive school counseling program to promote and support student success.  The Counselor is committed to continuous professional growth, adheres to a high standard of professional conduct, and practices ethical principles of the school counseling profession at all times.  ISG Dammam has a strong sense of community. The successful candidate would be committed to contributing to the whole school community beyond the confines of the counseling program.  The ideal candidate would also be eager to collaborate around our mission:  We inspire innovation and compassionate action.

Job Duties

The Counselor is responsible for and accountable to the following:

  • Demonstrate a commitment to the safety and security of children and young people (child protection )
  • Collaborate around meeting our mission:  We inspire innovation and compassionate action
  • Communicate and collaborate in a professional manner
  • Commit to continual professional learning
  • Know and respond to the needs of all students
  • Promote agency and innovation in the learning process
  • Foster compassion and build relationships amongst all the ISG community
  • Contribute to student growth and collaboration
  • Contribute to the after-school activities program and to the wider ISG Dammam community
  • Espouse creativity and passion in their daily work
  • Promote an understanding and appreciation of diverse populations and cultures
  • Maintain confidentiality and discretion in responding to sensitive issues, including confidential record keeping
  • Work with students, families, & colleagues
  • Specifically with regards to counseling, the successful candidate will be able to effectively

Individual Student Planning 

  • Provide social, emotional, and academic counseling for students, individually or in group sessions, on as needed basis
  • Assist students and families with school transitions (new students, departing students, transitioning from elementary to middle school, etc.)
  • Use student data to support decision-making in designing effective interventions and counseling services

Responsive Services 

  • Participate on the Crisis Management Team on and as needed basis
  • Provide intervention/support in crisis situations
  • Serve as the Child Protection Deputy in responding to and managing all child protection concerns
  • Refer students and their parents, as needed, to appropriate specialists, special programs and/or outside agencies

System Support 

  • Consult and advise on admissions and placement decisions for students on an as-needed basis
  • Consult and collaborate with teachers, families and the administration to provide academic, social and emotional support for students
  • Provide information and skills to parents, school staff, administration and the community to assist them in helping students in academic and social development
  • Conduct in-service training for other stakeholders to share school counseling expertise

Delivery of Counseling Curriculum

  • Collaborate with administrators and counselors across the District to design, implement and deliver a comprehensive, developmental school counseling program to provide students with the knowledge and skills in the four domains (academic, personal/social, career, and global perspective)
  • Become actively involved with students through classroom visitations, presentation of lessons, participation in student activities and being visible during student break, lunch, etc.
  • Participate in interdisciplinary curriculum development to ensure the delivery of  a comprehensive counseling curriculum
  • ES counselors deliver the counseling curriculum to KG1 and Grade 5 students

The successful candidate will be expected to display/demonstrate the following:

  • Model ISG’s core values
  • Promote an understanding and appreciation of diverse populations and cultures
  • Maintain confidentiality and discretion in responding to sensitive issues, including confidential record keeping
  • Embody, uphold, and promote the ISG Learning Principles:
    • Students learn best with voice and choice
    • Learning is a reflective practice
    • Learning requires a safe, collaborative environment
    • Learning requires feedback for growth
    • Learning inspires passionate engagement
    • Learning from failure requires a growth mindset
    • Appropriate challenge engages and motivates learners
  • Embody, uphold and promote the ISG Assessment Beliefs:
    • Purpose:

      • The purpose of assessment is to improve learning
    • Beliefs:
      • The student is the first and most important user of assessment data
      • Reflection is integral to deep learning
      • Assessments should be aligned with adopted standards
      • Feedback to students should be timely, targeted, accurate, actionable, ongoing, and embedded in the assessment process
      • Assessments should produce accurate data capable of informing instruction and learning
      • Assessments should give students opportunities to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways
      • Creating and upholding structures that support teacher collaboration around assessment practices will enhance student learning
  • Strive to help students demonstrate and embody the characteristics of the ISG Profile of Graduates:
    • Leadership - inspire and motivate others
    • Collaboration - purposeful and effective interaction with others
    • Individuality - self-development, confidence, and motivation
    • Open mindedness - embrace and respect diverse ideas to refine perspective(s), balance judgment, and inspire compassion
    • Balance - well-roundedness, focus, and sustenance of a healthy mental and physical lifestyle through an efficient and proficient use of time
    • Integrity - willingness and desire to do the right thing
    • Growth mindset - belief that talents may be learned and perfected through perseverance
    • Critical thinking - apply multiple perspectives and deep reasoning to real world situations
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Principal and/or the Assistant Principal

Qualifications and Knowledge

The candidate must have:

  • Minimum of Bachelor’s degree in a related field of study

The ideal candidate will have:  

  • Advanced degree and certification as a school counselor
  • A strong awareness of child protection and a commitment to ensure the safety of our students
  • Experience with Google Apps for Education
  • Excellent planning, organization, oral and written English communication skills
Experience and Skills

The ideal candidate will have: 


  • A minimum of two years of relevant school experience required; international school experience preferred
  • Experience with MS Office/Google Drive Apps
  • Counseling students in an international school context
  • Leading and inspiring elementary students to be informed and inspired community members and leaders 
  • Collaborating in a professional setting with large and small groups of colleagues

Skills & Dispositions

  • Positive and compassionate outlook
  • Open-mindedness and flexibility
  • A proactive approach and ability to take initiatives
  • Desire to engage in meaningful collaboration