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31 Mar 2014

High School Guidance Counselor Job Vacancy

ISK seeks to employ and retain professionals of the highest quality.Faculty with overseas experience, demonstrated collaboration skills, a commitment to their own professional growth, and a deep enthusiasm for providing a challenging nurturing environment within which our students will thrive will likely be a good match for ISK and its programs.

ISK is especially interested in dynamic educators comfortable with data-driven systems for ensuring student learning, and who thrive in a collaborative professional environment focused on continuous improvement.

High School Guidance Counselor

ISK Mission: ISK provides an exemplary education offering both the International Baccalaureate and the North American diploma. We prepare students within a culturally
diverse community to become informed, independent thinkers and responsible world citizens.

ISK Vision: Empowering students to create solutions for tomorrow’s challenges

Reports To: High School Principal

Scope of Responsibilities:

  • The High School Guidance Counselor serves the emotional and developmental needs of the students in high school through one-on-one and small-group counselling, collaboration with classroom teachers and the Child Support Team, and provision of developmental instruction at appropriate levels.
  • The counsellor is also a critical member of the high school leadership team, providing support to the Principal and working closely with team leaders.
  • Additionally, the counsellor will be expected to participate in a variety of collaborative teams and committees; fulfil supervision duties as assigned, including some evening and weekend events; serve as advisor to a small group of students; and supervise/coach one co-curricular activity throughout the year.
  • All teachers are expected to contribute to the co-curricular program.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with the Child Support Team in identifying and addressing the needs of exceptional students: academic, emotional and social considerations.
  • Providing support to students identified as having academic challenges or emotional/social issues.
  • Consult with parents and staff on student related concerns.
  • Conduct student admissions testing.
  • Co-ordinate any standardized testing by training teachers and informing parents.
  • Work with the Safety and Security Committee to provide crisis support services.
  • Promote a positive climate among students, staff and community (attend extra curricular activities, highly visible at break times, etc.)
  • Order current and relevant counselling materials and testing materials annually.
  • Maintain a current tutor list and mental health resource referral list.
  • Collaborate with administration and staff in identifying and addressing the needs of exceptional students.
  • Organize, administer and interpret the results of all standardized testing.
  • Assist students and parents with the process of selection and application to Universities and other post-secondary educational institutions.
  • Collaborate with colleagues in bringing the ISK Educational Aims to life.
  • Assume leadership of the high school section of ISK when the principal is absent from school.
  • Meet regularly with the High School Principal for updating and planning.

Required Skills and Qualifications:

  • Bachelors Degree in Psychology or Counselling
  • Counsellor’s certification from an accredited university/college
  • Minimum 2 years relevant counselling experience
  • Student-centred and nurturing personality
  • Commitment to collaborative planning
  • Proficient with educational, administrative and communication technology
  • Fluent English speaker with excellent writing skills
  • Flexibility and creativity

Preferred Skills and Qualifications:

  • Masters Degree in Counseling
  • Counselling experience in a multi-cultural setting
  • Experience with administering a variety of tests and analyzing/communicating results
  • Experience in data analysis and goal setting to improve professional skills
  • Experience in a classroom setting.

What You Need to Apply

  • A relevant certificate.
  • A minimum of two years’ relevant experience within the last five years.
  • See the appropriate recruitment profile.

If you feel that you are the right candidate for this position, please send your application letter together with a detailed CV, letter of interest, and three recent references and their contacts to hrmanager@isk.ac.ke before April 10, 2014.

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