Keystone Academy Job Description and Person Specification
School Counselor Whole School Director of Center for Student Development (CSD) Bachelor degree or above
08:00 – 17:00 on normal days
Role Description / Working Relationships
The School Counselor will in the CSD team and must understand fully and support enthusiastically the stated mission and purpose of the Academy. She/he is expected to model behavior and attitudes that build community, courtesy, and compassion in our boarding and day student society. High standards of ethical behavior, integrity, leadership and professional acumen are essential. Positive enjoyment of the job and a lively sense of humor will be esteemed.
The School Counselor will prepare a school counseling program that focuses on student outcomes, addressing issues such as coping skills, communication skills, and strategic planning for each child. The School Counselor will create a vision statement and develop program goals that align with the mission of the Academy.
The School Counselor promotes a safe and equitable social environment and strives to safeguard the rights and dignity of every community member. The School Counselor will lead the community through culturally relevant sensitivity and intervention programs, such as diversity and peer mediation training.
Specific responsibilities will include, but not be limited to, the following:
Position: School Section: Reports to: Qualifications:
Hours of Work: Period of Appointment: Full-time
Provides social-emotional counseling to individual students, parents, and teachers.
Develops and implements life skills activities.
Acts as a neutral mediator and/or student advocate for students exhibiting behavior
Provides individual and group student counseling to promote the development of
Serves as a first point of contact and manages all documentation for child protection
(safeguarding) concerns for all students.
Provides intervention during crisis situations.
Assists all new students with their adjustment to school.
Refers students and parents to appropriate community resources.
Consults with parents regarding parenting concerns and problems that are related to
the student’s wellbeing
Organizes and leads Parent Workshops and meetings.
Consults with teachers regarding student’s emotional/social concerns,
developmental concerns, problem solving and behavior management and then
develops appropriate strategies.
Assists teachers in the development of individual behavior management techniques.
Works collaboratively when appropriate and as needed
Participates in CSD to address individual student needs and as the “gate keeper”
allocates case management responsibilities to the various departmental members
related to student support services
Maintains confidential student records.
Actively promotes the work of the CSD in the Academy
Willingness to respond work outside of the working hours
The School Counselor’s performance will be evaluated against basic standards of counseling practice and the implementation of school counseling program. In order to demonstrate the effectiveness of the school counseling program, the school counselor will use data to show the impact that counseling has had on student participation, behavior, and achievement.
The successful applicant will have the following skills and abilities, knowledge, and experience:
licensed Counselor/Social worker
Masters or advanced degree in school counseling with Certification or
Licensing in family counseling or social work (Desired)
Bilingual in English and Chinese (Desired)
5 years of school experience, preferably with primary and middle school-aged