The Walker School is a nonsectarian, co-educational independent day school serving three year olds through twelfth grade students in Marietta, Georgia. The school was founded in 1957 and currently enrolls approximately 900 students. The Walker School is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive school community and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, handicap or disability, citizenship status, veteran status, genetic information, pregnancy and childbirth or related medical conditions, or any other category protected by federal, state or local law. Diverse candidates committed to working in a multicultural environment are encouraged to apply.
The ideal candidate for the role of Primary School counselor is an individual with an expertise in childhood development, with a concentration of experience with children ages three to six years old. Practice guiding and consulting with parents, along with having an understanding of educational behavior management, teaching social skills and character development, and working individually with students with social/emotional needs will be necessary skills for this role. Candidates with training and knowledge of play therapy techniques and practice will be given preference.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Provide scheduled/regular individual support for students
Assess classroom needs for guidance class topics; schedule, plan, and teach age-appropriate monthly guidance lessons for Early Learner, Pre-Kindergarten, and Kindergarten classes.
Form small play groups to teach, guide, and monitor social interactions
Communicate regularly and consistently with parents and teachers, when needed, while allowing appropriate levels of confidentiality; provide regular communication via email/website
Create, when needed, and oversee behavior management systems and plans for students who need additional social/emotional/behavioral support
Serve as active participant in the Learning Support Team (LST) meetings and follow through with determined plans
Meet with teaching teams to assist with student needs/concerns
Provide insight to admissions team regarding new student applicants
Assist during Admissions and after school parent events (Open Houses, Observation Days, parent education opportunities, etc.)
Participate on required school committees working toward school-wide goals
Participate in associated duties such as carpool, lunch, recess
Additional responsibilities as assigned by the Primary School Head
The role of the Primary School Counselor is to:
Assist students, faculty, and parents with intervention in emotional and academic situations by:
Providing short-term counseling and making referrals for outside support
Participating in Primary School student life by actively engaging in the community
Providing insight during anecdotal sessions and maintaining detailed records
Offering guidance and strategies to teachers and parents
Engaging in classroom observations and providing feedback to parents/teachers
Learning and practicing Responsive Classroom models
Provide responsive services to students’ immediate and future needs necessitated by events and conditions in students’ lives and the school climate and culture by:
Small group and individual counseling on “as needed basis”
Individual/family/school crisis intervention
Consultation with parents, teachers, nurse, and administrators
Collaboration with campus-wide counselor team
Serve as a resource and source of expertise in the community (re: childhood development of the primary school-aged child), and in the process:
Work with Primary School faculty to promote a positive emotional and academic climate
Strengthen effective advocacy for student needs throughout the school
Promote constructive communication among all members of the community
Provide parent education focused on the developmental issues of young children
Advocate for the school community by understanding and supporting efforts of diversity and inclusion
Minimum Positional Requirements
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Master’s Degree in School Counseling or Community Counseling.
Experience: Counseling experience preferred
Language skills: Ability to read, analyze, and interpret educational research, professional journals (both in print and electronic format). Ability to write student reports, newsletters, and publishable classroom updates using technology. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from students, parents, colleagues, and, at times, the general public.
Mathematical skills: Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations such as grading, budgeting for materials, calculating the cost of field trips.
Reasoning ability: Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
All candidates must complete the online application on the Careers page at www.thewalkerschool.org. Applications will be accepted until April 30, 2019..