Job Description

Job Title
Counselor
School / Location
School / Department
High School
Job Status
Full-time
Salary Code
Teacher
Work Days / Hours
200 days @ 8 hours per day
Eligible Applicants
Position Start Date
Application Deadline
Until filled
Reports to
Ronnie Caldwell, Principal
Requisition Number
04-2021-027
Summary

The School Counselor brings knowledge of best practices in school counseling and education to serve as 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.

The position is being advertised as full time, 200 days per work year. 

Job Duties

The Counselor is responsible for and accountable to the following:

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 an as-needed basis

  • Provide intervention/support in crisis situations

  • Serve as the Child Protection Designated Lead 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

College Counseling

  • Hold appropriate knowledge of US, UK, and other university admissions processes

  • Work with other DHS counselors on information-sharing sessions regarding university admissions processes to students and parents periodically over students 11th and 12th grade years

  • Offer support to students in the development of their university application letters and request for letters of recommendation from teachers

  • Communicate regularly with travelling university fairs and help organize visits to the school

General

  • Demonstrate commitment to the safety and security of children and young people (child protection)

  • Provide supervision to student “after school activity” or coach/assistant coach the athletic team

  • Maintain a safe learning environment for students and staff at all times

  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Principal and/or the Assistant Principal

Qualifications and Knowledge

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Advanced degree

  • Certification as a school counselor

Experience and Skills

The ideal candidate will have:

Experience

  • A minimum of two years of relevant school experience required; international school experience preferred
  • Experience with MS Office/Google Drive Apps

Skills

  • A strong awareness of child protection and a commitment to ensure the safety of our student
  • Excellent planning, organization, oral and written English communication skills