School Counselor (K-8)

Website Gaston Christian School

Prepare People, Teach Truth, Glorify God

Please send a cover letter and resume to Mr. Jon Huitt at jchuitt@gastonchristian.org

 

♦ Position Description ♦

Position: School Counselor (Kindergarten-Grade 8)

Location: Gaston Christian School, Gastonia, NC

Reports to: Middle School Principal

Status: 10 month, exempt, paid monthly

Requirements

Master’s Degree in Counseling/Guidance, Education, or Social Work
Experience in Christian schools is strongly preferred
Minimum of 1 year of school counseling or teaching experience
Understanding and familiarity with computer applications and word processing functions
Desire and ability to work with students at the specified age level with diverse backgrounds and levels of ability toward accomplishing their educational goals
Ability to organize tasks and manage time to meet many and varied deadlines and communicate effectively with students, parents, school administrators and other staff, including the ability to discuss topics which may be sensitive
Working familiarity with student assessment tools, especially in evaluating and interpreting standardized test results
Knowledge of educational software

Expectations

Spiritual:

1.  An ongoing involved relationship in a local church

2.  Spiritual and emotional maturity, as well as high emotional intelligence

3.  A demonstrated personal devotional life

 

Professional:

1.  Counseling & Support

Advise and counsel students and families in grades K-8 regarding academic, educational, and short-term social-emotional difficulties.
Lead or assist with facilitating small focus groups for specific counseling needs such as grief, children-of-divorce, body image and self-esteem, social skills development, and others as needed.
Provides brief counseling to address social-emotional concerns and maintain current and accurate files and case notes on each student; appropriately refers students to behavioral/mental health specialists.
Communicates, coordinates, and collaborates with behavioral health specialists on developing and implementing student supports.
Provide support and consultation for teachers on specific challenges or issues in their classrooms related to the students’ social, emotional and psychological development.
Remain universally accessible and make an effort to know every student for whom they are responsible.

2.  Student Education

Teach life skills classes, including but not limited to social skills, conflict management, diversity, bullying, and empathy, to students and families through planned activities in small group or classroom settings to convey educational, social, and important school information.
Use age appropriate instructional strategies to support social-emotional learning among students to facilitate student wellbeing and understanding.
Collaborate with teachers to increase integration of life skills teaching with classroom curriculum.
Assist students/parents in understanding school policies and procedures.

3.  Parent Education

Plan and implement parent workshops in conjunction with life skills curriculum and other aspects of social-emotional development, as requested by ES/MS Principal and/or Associate Head of School.  Topics may include child safety and digital citizenship.

4.  Learning Support

Participate on the elementary school and middle school leadership teams, assisting with identification of students who may need targeting for intensive services, and coordinates with behavioral health specialists.
Provide feedback and recommend appropriate action and solutions to individual student’s academic and educational needs and abilities.
Collaborates and provides support to the Cognitive Enrichment Specialist on matters of classroom accommodations when appropriate.
Provide support and consultation for teachers and administration on specific challenges or issues in their classrooms related to the students’ social, emotional and psychological development.

5.   Other

Research topics and stay current with issues & trends both for the counselor’s professional development and according to staff requests.
Model ethical practices at all times, including adhering to the department’s confidentiality policy.
Support and attend appropriate student activities and events.
Assist ES/MS principals with an open house, a spiritual emphasis, chapel, rising 6th grade night, and any other after-school activities deemed necessary by the ES/MS principals.
Physical Requirements for the Job of School Counselor (Grades K-8):

Must be able to stand, walk, move around the room, use hands and fingers, talk and hear for more than 6 hours per day.   One must also reach with hands and/or arms for 2.5-6 hours per day.  Must be able to stoop, kneel, or crouch for less than 2.5 hours per day.
Must be able to occasionally lift or push with a cart books or boxes of books that weigh between 10–25 lbs.
One’s vision should include close, distant, color, and peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.
Must have stamina to perform duties up to 8 hours per day.

To apply for this job email your details to jchuitt@gastonchristian.org

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