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Job Description

Closing date: 31 May 2022

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HS Counselor

Due to COVID19 uncertainty and visa restrictions, a larger number of faculty have indicated tentative for the 2022-2023 school year. To be prepared and properly staffed to serve our growing student population, ISB is beginning the recruitment process for 2022-23 early and prioritizing qualified candidates already present in China.

JOB GOAL/PURPOSE:

The High School Counselor works in collaboration with teachers, students, parents, leadership, and the community to deliver services in four main domains: 1) individual student planning, 2) responsive services, 3) system support, and 4) SEL curriculum.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

SEL Curriculum (15-25% of time)
• Provide co-planning and co-teaching of the school SEL curriculum
• Collaborate with subject area and grade level teams to enrich the SEL components of their content curriculum and instruction
• Conduct small group learning activities outside and inside the classroom to respond to students’ identified needs and interests
• Facilitate workshops and informational sessions for parents, staff, and faculty to address the needs of the school community and to reflect the school SEL curriculum
• Promote awareness of the unique nature of life within the international community and seek opportunities to address internationalism across the curriculum

Individual Student Planning (25-35% of time)
• Participate in promotion and retention decisions
• Coordinate yearly course selection activities for grades 9 and 10
• Schedule grade 9 and 10 students in classes and make scheduling changes as needed
• Administer and follow up with surveys related to student interests, habits, attitudes, etc.
• Consult with grade 9 and 10 students regarding four-year graduation plans
• Teach and reinforce strategies that promote prosocial behaviors
• Conduct small social groups to promote peer relationships
• Review and support behavior intervention plans
• Support the transition of new students, departing students, and transitions between school sections and grades
• Promote inclusion, equity, and access for all students

Responsive Services (25-35% of time)
• Consult with parents, teachers, leadership, and community agencies regarding strategies to help students and families
• Provide small group and individual short-term counseling for students experiencing difficulties managing relationships, personal concerns, and developmental issues
• Train students as peer helpers
• Provide short-term crisis counseling to students, families, staff, and faculty members facing emergency situations
• Serve as a DCPO (Designated Child Protection Officer) and participate in the development and implementation of Child Protection procedures
• Refer: (a) maintain a current list of community resources and providers outside of school for referral purposes; (b) refer faculty, students, and families whose needs cannot be addressed in the school setting to outside providers and specialists; and (c) advocate for community and mental health services on behalf of faculty, students, and families
• Provide transition support to families and students who are moving in and out of the school/community

System Support (15-20% of time)
• Provide in-service instruction about the school SEL curriculum to faculty, parents, and the community
• Work in partnership with the Admissions Office to review files of new applicants and make recommendations regarding each student‘s capacity to demonstrate success at ISB
• Remain current with education reform and challenges facing today’s students
• Uphold ASCA/ISCA ethical and professional standards
• Membership in professional association conferences and meetings (i.e. ISCA, ASCA, etc.)
• Advocate for every student
• Contribute to the school’s FOCUS (Focus on Collaborating and Understanding Students) meetings within the scope and practice of the school counseling program
• Consult with teachers, leadership, and parents to provide information and resources that support students and the school community
• Provide workshops for parents (i.e. transition, relevant school and student issues, etc.)
• Actively participate in other school programs (i.e. leadership teams, parent teacher associations, committees, etc.)
• Fulfill program management and operations (i.e. plan and manage tasks needed to support the school counseling program and those duties that need to be fulfilled as a member of the school staff)
• Collaborate to support the management of the counseling program (i.e. budget responsibilities, order and develop resources, maintain counseling facilities, write policies and procedures, research development)
• Analyze student achievement and counseling program data to evaluate the counseling program, conduct research on activity outcomes, discover gaps that exist between different groups of students

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:

• Master’s Degree and valid certification (or the substantial equivalent) in School Counseling
• Minimum two years’ experience serving as a School Counselor
• Prefer international school experience and knowledge of North American diploma requirements
• Demonstrated commitment to the safeguarding and welfare of children and young people
• Demonstrated ability to serve as a leader engaged in system-wide change
• Demonstrated advocacy for students’ personal and educational needs
• Ability to effectively collaborate with all members of the school community to develop and implement responsive educational programs for every student
• Demonstrated ability to build effective teams to work toward the common goals of equity, access, academic, and social success for every student
• Possess the skills to assess the school for systemic barriers to academic and social success
• Ability to work in a dynamic and fast paced environment
• Dedication to the Vision, Mission, and Core Values of ISB

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