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Job Description

Job Title:
High School Counselor
School / Location:
School / Department:
High/Senior
Job Status:
Full-time
Salary Code:
Teacher
Work Days / Hours:
126 days @ 7 hours per day
Eligible Applicants:
Position Start Date:
As soon as possible
Application Deadline:
Until filled
Reports to:
Maggie Cashdollar, High School Assistant Principal
Requisition Number:
01-2122-155
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.

 

Job Duties

The successful candidate will be expected to:

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

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 middle to high school or high school to college 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 

  • Assess, interview, consult, and advise on admissions and placement decisions for high school students
  • 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 breaks, 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
  • 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
  • Organize and proctor appropriate exams for students preparing for college or university (i.e. PSAT, SAT, AP, etc.)

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 Assistant Principal and/or the Head of School
  • 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
Qualifications and Knowledge

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Advanced degree
  • Certification as a school counselor
Experience and Skills

The ideal candidate will have:

Experience

  • Model ISG’s core values
  • A strong awareness of child protection and a commitment to ensure the safety of our students
  • Promote an understanding and appreciation of diverse populations and cultures
  • Maintain confidentiality and discretion in responding to sensitive issues, including confidential record keeping
  • Positive attitude toward continuous self-improvement
  • Proven ability to work well with students, families, & colleagues
  • A minimum of two years of relevant school experience is required; international school experience preferred
  • A strong awareness of child protection and a commitment to ensure the safety of our students
  • Experience with MS Office/Google Drive Apps
  • Excellent planning, organization, oral and written English communication skills