The Out-of-Door Academy seeks a Director of Lower School Counseling and Academic Serviceswho will be instrumental in promoting the academic, social, and emotional well-being of students in grades PK-5. The Director will oversee the implementation of student accommodations in the classroom and coordinate additional services provided by the Learning Center. The successful candidate will provide individual and group counseling services to students, parents, and faculty on a variety of wellness related topics. This person will be an integral member of the Lower School team which works collaboratively to help each child at ODA realize their full potential.
Reporting to the Head of Lower School, the Director ofLower School Counseling and Academic Services will be responsible for providing services and support to students, faculty, and parents in areas concerning the social-emotional, academic and developmental needs of adolescents striving to nurture an environment in which all students thrive. Other specific responsibilities include the following:
Oversee and administer assessments of students using diagnostic tools, determine educational goals and monitor the progress of each student.
Direct and employ a variety of instructional techniques and teaching strategies to meet different aptitudes and interests of students, including current technology and specialized instruction, in small group and 1:1 intervention and remediation scenarios.
Create and implement developmentally appropriate and prevention-oriented group activities to meet student needs and school goals.
Model a growth mindset regarding best practices and important trends in curriculum, pedagogy, educational technology, and co-curricular activities.
Live the school’s mission and core values of respect, integrity, service, excellence, and responsibility.
Experience, Skills & Knowledge
Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree from an accredited institution.
Five (5) or more years of experience in a lower, independent school setting.
Experience and/or training in school counseling at the lower school level.
Proficiency in developing and communicating student accommodation plans.
Experience collaborating with and providing guidance to faculty, parents, and administrators on topics related to counseling and academic services
A successful track record of working effectively with a wide range of constituencies including students with learning differences, faculty, staff and parents.
Training in specialized reading programs such as TouchMath, Barton, Lindamood-Bell, and Orton Gillingham a plus.
A broad and deep knowledge of traditional and emerging curricular and pedagogical trends, current thinking about best practices in teaching and learning, and the use of technology to enhance the student experience.
An active and engaged presence in the daily life of the division and the school community.
An honest person who will live the school’s values and who effectively blends candor, care, and empathy in dealing with others.
A thoughtful individual who embraces managed risk-taking and experimenting with new ideas, and is excited by the opportunity to help a well established and thriving independent school reach new levels of success.
A flexible, open-minded individual who is comfortable with ambiguity, sees the “grays” rather than simply the “black and white” of various issues, and possesses the courage to follow through on his or her beliefs and convictions.
An approachable, collaborative professional, who values teamwork, builds meaningful relationships, listens well, and respects differences of opinion.
A strategic thinker who possesses excellent communication skills and a high level of emotional intelligence.
A hard-working professional who thrives in a fast-paced work environment with high expectations.
Internal Number: 198-SRQ
About The Out-of-Door Academy
Located on two campuses totaling 90 acres in beautiful, Sarasota, Florida, The Out-of-Door Academy (ODA) is an independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school serving 740 students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade. At Out-of-Door, students are happy, engaged, and excited about their academic and personal growth. Talented and dedicated faculty challenge students to reach their full potential while providing a high level of individual support. The school’s rigorous and innovative academic program ensures that learning is both meaningful and lasting. Offerings in the arts and athletics enrich the ODA experience and provide opportunities for students to discover and develop their unique interests and talents. Graduates leave Out-of-Door not only academically prepared but also with the strength of character and passion for learning that provide a strong foundation for their future success in college and in life.
Out-of-Door was founded on Siesta Key in 1924 to serve students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. In 1996, a second campus in the Lakewood Ranch area of Sarasota was acquired to accommodate the addition of an upper school. Over the past ten years, t...he school has experienced steady and impressive enrollment growth from 550 to 740 students. The campuses have also evolved and developed in response to this growth. Today, the five-acre Siesta Key campus is home to the Lower School (PK-5), and the 85-acre Uihlein Campus in Lakewood Ranch houses both the Middle and Upper Schools. Facilities include interactive technology in every classroom, a fine and performing arts center with a black box theater, a student and STEM Center, a full-size gymnasium with a wellness center, a lighted stadium, tennis courts and both competition and practice fields.