Primary Role and Purpose: Implement a comprehensive guidance program for the school including counseling services to help students overcome challenges that might impede learning and to assist them in meeting / achieving their educational and personal-social needs and goals.
Responsibilities and Duties:
Develop and provide services to students and assist them in meeting / achieving their educational and personal-social needs and goals (services include guidance in the disciplinary context).
Ensure individual and small group counseling needs are met.
Assist teachers to include guidance program with classroom management.
Communicate the guidance program to students and parents; working with parents on issues related directly to their children.
Facilitate informational programs/workshops for parents based on their needs (e.g., parenting skills, monitoring your child’s use of social media etc…).
Lead and/or facilitate training sessions for staff/faculty members
Attend weekly staff meetings.
Assist with traffic duty in the evening hours on a daily basis.
Academic and Behavioral Management
Manage RenWeb discipline tracking sheet daily in accordance with the Student/Parent handbook.
Monitor and facilitate the lunch sit-out and detention period.
Devise a system and maintain a system that will allow detention time to be utilized efficiently and productively.
Communicate with administration and faculty regarding parent/student situations that may impact student academics.
Work closely with Program Manager/Assistant Head of School in tracking discipline and send out letters and make phone calls regarding escalated behavior.
Teaching and preparation of 5th and 6th grade lesson plans in character education classes during the school year.
Assist in devising and assessing a standardized student/family intake interview.
Initiate interview meetings with all new/prospective families and be prepared to meet with them in the late afternoon or early evenings.
Confer with administration and teachers to enhance their work with students.
Set up and arrange community lower school/upper school meetings with teacher groups with parents and students and act as liaison for meetings. – This includes both formal parent/teacher conferences as well as other meetings that either teachers or parents are requesting.
Attend and/or facilitate faculty in-service training programs.
Collaborate with community services to obtain resources for students and families with an efficient referral process.
Assist front office with setting up student/parent/teacher conferences and meetings during progress report times and special meetings with teachers.
Meet with guidance counselors from neighboring elementary and middle schools to assist with student recruitment
Set up, supervise, and administer all testing for all Open Houses, special Saturday/Sunday testing dates, as well as individual testing that takes place on and off-campus.
Grade/Evaluate tests – Work closely with Academic Dean and teachers to assess results on a timely basis, and effectively provide input for admissions.
Gather data/information from teachers as well as provide basic social and psychological assessments for students on an on-going basis and determine if/when a recommendation should be made to a family for further professional testing/assessments.
Meet with families and help them with establishing professional testing that must take place through the county or a private therapist.
Develop a comprehensive guidance/counseling program that meets the identified needs of the student i.e. classroom behavior, conflict resolution, appropriate social boundaries within the school setting and beyond (disciplinary policies/procedures).
Plan and implement an ongoing assessment of the guidance program and make adaptations based on the results.
Manage and file all required copies of reports, records and other documents (including disciplinary files).
Have a written system that allows for backup/support information on student and family meetings and be prepared to share with administration when necessary.
Desired Qualifications: Education:Masters Degree or its equivalent, representing intensive course work in the principles of educational guidance, child growth and development, counseling, the organization and administration of guidance services; specific knowledge and expertise in the areas of individual and group counseling practices. Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:
Ability to work successfully in stressful, confrontational, and crisis situations.
Knowledge of school, community and agency roles, procedures and laws as they relate to students and the school.
Superior organizational, communication and interpersonal skills.
Working knowledge of counseling procedures and methods, student appraisal and character / life skills development.
About Academy Prep Center of St. Petersburg
Academy Prep Center of St. Petersburg, a private, not for profit, tuition-free Middle School (Grades 5-8) for academically promising students, is currently accepting applications for full-time teaching positions with a start date of June 2019. We currently are accepting applications for teachers of English, Social Studies, Mathematics, Science, and Fine Arts. We have high expectations for our scholars and seek professional educators who will uphold those same expectations and challenge them to think critically, engage with the world around them, and find the confidence to showcase their best. Please visit academyprep.org/stpete to learn more about our school.