The Middle School Grade 7/8 Counselor is a key role directly impacting the middle school community. With primary focus on the academic and social emotional life of Grade 7 and 8 students and families, the counselor also serves as a consultant and support to teaching and administrative teams. This position leads counseling with students, parents, faculty and staff in individual or small group settings, and organizes transitions into, out of, and within ASL. The role also includes teaching health classes, participating in working groups and serving as a key member of the safeguarding team.
Start date: 17 August, 2021
Support students’ academic progress and social emotional health
Consult with classroom teachers/advisors about concerns and/or preventative measures for maintaining wellbeing and facilitate regular communication
Coordinate with SLD team regarding students with social and emotional issues
Maintain and update outside referrals and outside referral lists. Determine in collaboration with the Student Support Team (SST), the Counseling Team, the Middle School Principal and Assistant Principal when an outside referral is appropriate. Refer to social services when necessary
Organize and facilitate groups for students with common issues
Serve as a key member of the Safeguarding Team
Participate fully in the life of the Middle School
Support Family Education
Lead parent discussion groups
Meet regularly with families to support learning and social/emotional wellbeing of students
Lead Wellbeing Curriculum
Plan and revise the curriculum based on the latest educational research with feedback from students, parents, teachers, and administrators
Deliver the health curriculum to Grade 7 and 8 students
Organize new student orientations and consult on placement and transition meetings
Collaborate with Lower and High School counselors regarding families with children in more than one division and transition between grade levels
Write student recommendations as required
Maintain Student Information Records
Update the database about students being counseled or referred in accordance with data protection and safeguarding guidelines
Consult with the Middle School Assistant Principal and Principal on a regular basis regarding student concerns or problematic situations
Any other duties as are within the scope, spirit and purpose of the job as requested by the Middle School Principal
This position description is current at the date shown but following consultation may be changed to reflect or anticipate changes in the role that are commensurate with the job title and salary.
The American School in London is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all trustees, employees and volunteers to share this commitment. All new appointments will be subject to appropriate checks: Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS enhanced), Disqualification by Association Self-Declaration, Declaration of Criminal Record, checks against the Prohibition List (Teacher Status Checks) including Identity, Address, Date of Birth, a Full Employment History, Right to Work in the UK, overseas checks where applicable, EEA checks, at least 2 references (one with current or most recent employer, where appropriate) and original documentation of Qualifications (where appropriate). For positions into Senior Management a Prohibition From Management Check (s128 Directive) will also be undertaken.
Diversity and equality of opportunity are cornerstone values of The American School in London. Read our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion statement here.
Degree in counseling, preferably school counseling, with evidence of counseling certification
Broad and extensive counseling experience in a Middle School
Equivalent substantive teaching or group work experience, preferably in a diverse setting
Evidence of recent professional development endeavors
Strong technology skills
Effective oral and written communication and interpersonal skills
Experience in a school with a similar teaching philosophy to that of ASL, which employs comparable teaching methods and curricula, or to have received training that will adequately prepare the candidate for the American style of teaching required by the School
A commitment to the safeguarding and welfare of children
Teaching credentials preferred
International school experience preferred
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
About The American School in London
It’s about our entire school community. It’s about the way our students, teachers, parents, staff and friends come together to create an extended, yet focused “family.” Together, we form a dynamic caring community that steers the individual progress of each student.
Like any community, people come and go. Surprisingly, given that we’re the American School in London, people come from all over the world and they leave for all corners of the globe. More than 70 nationalities are represented here, creating an exciting mix of personalities, attitudes and cultures.
Our students are well-traveled with a worldly outlook, and through its mission, the School empowers them to thrive as lifelong learners and courageous global citizens by fostering intellect, creativity, inclusivity and character. In fact, despite their exotic itineraries, they often comment that being here is “more fun than vacation.” Our warm, welcoming spirit helps. Whether we’re a comparatively brief stop on a student’s travels or a long-term destination, we succeed in creating a stable, supportive environment in which students flourish.
The School is accredited by the Middle States Association of Co...lleges and Schools and certified by Ofsted. ASL is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools, the Council of International Schools, and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education
Our DEI statement can be found on our website: https://www.asl.org/about/mission-statement/diversity-equity-and-inclusion-statement