Overview of St. Andrew’s Episcopal School of Amarillo
St. Andrew’s was founded in 1951 as a faith-based school with the goal to provide exceptional educational opportunities within a Christian environment. We are Amarillo’s independent, Primer-8th Grade day school with a mission to nurture each student in the Episcopal tradition. Serving approximately 280 students, we welcome families from any faith tradition. We provide opportunities for children to develop through a superior academic program, dedicated fellowship, and service to the community.
St. Andrew’s has built over the years a distinctive and collaborative program and team. All SAES faculty and staff live the mission and philosophy of SAES each school day. The expectation is that each of us engages actively in and celebrates our individual and collective strengths as a community.
The Position & Desired Attributes
The All-School Counselor will report to the Headmaster and collaborate with the Dean of Students and faculty. This servant leader will be responsible for all aspects of supporting the social-emotional growth of our students at St. Andrew’s. S/he will support students, parents, and faculty by focusing on developing an understanding of behaviors that promote an overall sense of well-being. A willingness to foster long-term relationships with area organizations/schools to promote our students’ understanding of connectedness and empathy in action. Experience in a school-setting serving students, faculty, and parents and developing interventions for individuals, small groups, and whole groups will be valued.
Most importantly, though, the ability to lead yourself and others through self-awareness, love, ingenuity, and heroism will elevate your candidacy.
St. Andrew’s next All-School Counselor will bring life, work, and educational experiences that allow her or him to be confident, warm, approachable, coachable, relationship-driven, and service-oriented. Preferred qualifications include a master’s degree and being a licensed specialist in school psychology, a licensed psychologist, or a licensed professional counselor. We would value multiple years of experience in a school setting with 3-14 year olds. This individual will model integrity and authenticity. We desire a transformational leader who will further elevate our team as we strive to better our school for the sake of our families.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills, familiarity with or a willingness to learn Google Apps for Education, and the desire to engage in the life of the school are necessary. We want our next All-School Counselor to play an integral role in positively shaping our immediate and long-term impact on the Amarillo and panhandle community.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Provide direct social-emotional intervention services to children as needed.
Observe, evaluate, and make referrals for external social-emotional services.
Serve as a counseling resource for the leadership team, grade-level teachers, and parents.
Lead group counseling programs to address social skills deficits.
Impact decision-making on both the Student-life and Leadership Teams.
Develop and evaluate Advisory/Life-Skills curriculum while identifying meaningful integration with our Faith Formation and Service Learning programs.
Provide psycho-educational assessment for students having difficulty functioning in the school environment.
Lead parent and faculty education sessions re: developmental and social-emotional issues.
Support SAES and its leadership.
Note: Start date for this position will be Wednesday, July 25.
Interested individuals should submit an application (found at www.standrewsschool.org), an uncommon letter of interest, a detailed resume, and a succinct philosophy of education to the Headmaster’s Assistant, Mrs. Cloris Thurston, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Interviews will begin as qualified candidates submit their materials.St. Andrew’s strives to provide an inclusive environment for people of diverse backgrounds and ideas and is an equal opportunity employer.