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Friday, September 13, 2013

School Counselor (Upper School) Nansemond-Suffolk Academy


School Overview:
Nansemond-Suffolk Academy is an independent coeducational, college preparatory day school serving grades Pre-Kindergarten – 12.  Founded in 1966, the school has a current enrollment of approximately 750 students, 165 employees, and sits on a 100-acre campus located in Suffolk, Virginia.   Nansemond-Suffolk Academy is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Virginia Association of Independent Schools.
Job Summary:
The school counselor provides a comprehensive school counseling program to approximately 300 students in grades 9-12 that addresses the academic and personal/social development of all students and promotes and enhances student success.  The school counseling program should align and work with the school’s mission to provide an academically rigorous college preparatory education in an atmosphere fostering moral character, respect, responsibility and compassion.  Below are job responsibilities, which include, but are not limited to:
Essential Functions:
Personal-Social Growth
Provide responsive services that consist of prevention and/or intervention activities to meet students’ immediate and future needs through:
●      Individual counseling with students on an as-needed basis.

●      Consultation with advisors, parents and teachers.

●      Referrals to outside support services or community resources.

●      Collaboration with private therapists.

Academic Development
Provide academic counseling through individual student planning, consisting of:
●      Participation in parent-teacher conferences as needed

●      Monitoring student grades in FAWeb/NetClassroom.  Conduct a comprehensive review at interim reporting periods and semester end.

●      Reviewing Academic Action Plans for students on Academic Probation.  Monitor the progress of these students.  Communicate with advisors, parents and teachers.

●      Facilitating course registration each spring in conjunction with the Registrar. Advise students regarding course options, teacher recommendations and course selection.

●      Assist the school registrar and Head of Upper School in scheduling and registering students for the next academic year.

●      Collaborating with the Head of Upper School on the unique needs of students (i.e., learning styles, personality traits, etc.) in determining course placement

●      Administering placement tests to new students.  Assist students in developing schedules. 

●      Serving as a member of the Admissions committee.

●      Maintaining educational testing files.  Educate teachers regarding learning differences of students.   

●      Coordinating the Services for Students with Disabilities for standardized testing (AP, PSAT, SAT, ACT).  Apply for and provide accommodations for testing.

●      Perform all other duties as may be deemed necessary by the Head of Upper School and/or Administration.


School Guidance
Activities delivered throughout the division in collaboration with other professionals to include:
●      Oversee the planning and implementation of the Advisory Program for grades 9 – 12 in conjunction with the Dean of Students.

●      Prepare and present an informational evening program for the parents of 9th grade students in preparation for transition to the Upper School.

●      Organize and deliver new student orientation for rising 9th graders and students new to the Upper School. 

●      Coordinate the Underclassman Awards program.
Support and Management
Activities that maintain and enhance the school counseling program and are reflective of the division's needs, to include:
●      Collaboration with the Dean of Students to address student concerns (discipline/behavior, attendance, familial concerns, etc.).

●      Maintaining open and regular communication with the Head of Upper School regarding student, parent and teacher concerns.

●      Utilization of technology (Google Apps, Blackbaud, etc) to keep stakeholders informed and promote accountability and efficient/effective communication

Required Education / Background:
●      A bachelor’s degree in education, psychology or a related field

●      A Master’s degree in school counseling or related degree

●      Certification/licensure in school counseling preferred

●      Extensive experience as a Secondary School Counselor, ideally in an Independent School environment


Required Skills:
●      Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, with all stakeholders

●      Demonstrated experience using MS Office, Google Apps, student information systems (such as Blackbaud, NetClassroom/FA Web)

●      Must embrace the School’s mission and culture.

Qualified applicants are encouraged to submit a cover letter, resume and three references to Amy Morrell, Chief of Staff, at amorrell@nsacademy.org no later than Friday, September 27, 2013.

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