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Friday, October 16, 2015

International Community School of Addis Ababa – Ethiopia - Africa

International Community School of Addis Ababa – Ethiopia - Africa
Grade 11-12/College Counselor

Job Status:
Definite



Description

School Overview
The International Community School of Addis Ababa (ICS Addis) was established in 1964 to serve the expatriate and local communities of Addis. We currently educate 860 students from 60+ countries. Our students come from a wide variety of educational backgrounds and most speak English as a second or third language. Our school offers a comprehensive academic program in English. The IB Learner Profile guides planning and assessment throughout the school. We use technology as a tool for teaching and learning at all grade levels.
In addition to a challenging, broad and supportive academic program, our school offers an extensive array of extracurricular and sports activities at all grade levels. Teachers are expected to work collaboratively with colleagues each week around student work, or assessments unit planning, curriculum development and professional growth. Teachers chaperone “Week Without Walls” trips within Ethiopia for grades 4–12. Teachers and teaching assistants also provide one hour per week of student contact time outside of class—in coaching, clubs and activities, or in enrichment or tutoring support. Almost all of our students are involved in school activities and sports beyond the academic day.

High School Program
The high school offers a comprehensive educational program to almost 200 students, consisting of the following options: the ICS diploma, the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, a modified ICS diploma program and a non-diploma high school transitions program for students with special needs. Visual and performing arts complement our courses in mathematics, sciences, languages, literature, humanities and physical education/health. Most of our graduates pursue the International Baccalaureate Diploma. Most of our students continue in higher education after graduating from ICS, attending top-ranked and selective colleges and universities around the world. Teachers serve as advisors, working with groups of grade 9-12 students. Friday assemblies develop a sense of community within the larger school and serve to celebrate student initiatives and successes. Beyond academics, students participate in a full range of after school sports, clubs, community service and other activities, allowing a wide variety of opportunities for team camaraderie, exploration, service and leadership. The high school offers a unique internship program to all grade 11 students and Week Without Walls programs in all grades.
The high school follows an eight-day rotating block schedule, with four 85-minute periods per day. A full time teaching load is five blocks every two days, plus grade-level advisory time. Regular communication with parents is encouraged and expected. ICS teachers participate actively in extracurricular activities and engagement with students beyond the regular school day is expected. Beyond student contact time, teachers are also involved with curriculum development and assisting the school in accomplishing its strategic objectives.

Position Description: Grade 11-12/College Counselor
ICS Addis is recruiting a dedicated and experienced high school and university counselor to join our high school’s Student Support Team. The candidate we seek will bring several years of successful college counseling and school counseling experience in a similar international school, an enthusiastic approach to teamwork and collaboration, superior interpersonal and communication skills and a commitment and desire to provide the best experience possible for students and families. Experience with IB Diploma Program and with both North American and UK/European university placement  is preferred.
Reporting to the HS Principal, the counselor will provide support to students and teachers to ensure and improve student learning and to develop student plans to meet future goals. The Counselor is especially focused on supporting the long terms plans for students in the area of college and career planning. Responsibilities include the following:
  • Make normal admissions decisions and collaborate with others when a team decision is required.
  • Provide support, counseling and ongoing guidance to students in grades 11 – 12 and/or their parents to support social, emotional and academic development.
  • Assist the principal with building the middle/high school schedule, and schedule students in grades 9 – 12.
  • Develop strong relationships with colleges and universities to assist with the acceptance and transition of ICS Addis students into post-secondary education.
  • Facilitate college and career information sessions, visits and individual student/parent counseling.
  • Develop and lead an effective Grade 11 and 12 Advisory Program.
  • Lead and facilitate bi-weekly meetings to review student concerns and to plan Advisories.
  • Guide students’ application processes for colleges in North America, the UK and other national systems, using UCAS, Naviance and/or other tools.
  • Coordinate and supervise college entrance and other testing (MAP, PSAT, SAT, ACT, etc.) and provide information about TOEFL, IELTS and other relevant testing.
  • Travel as required to conferences to support the school’s links with university admissions officers, such as AISA or CIS in October/November and OACAC in the summer.
  • Participate in an annual merit-based scholarship selection team in selecting four local students to join the ICS high school, and provide guidance to our scholarship students as they transition to our school and as they apply for full scholarships to selective US universities.
  • Model and communicate the ICS Learner Profile and high personal and professional expectations, and show an active interest in students’ academic and social/emotional progress.
  • Lead or assist with the school’s efforts to address student concerns (e.g., transitions, excessive absences, at-risk behavior, mental/physical health, family/peer relationships, etc.).
  • Observe and assess students to support learning, and liaise with Student Support Team members, teachers and parents to support the delivery of special learning programs for students.
  • Establish or support appropriate proactive awareness programs for issues such as bullying, substance awareness and leadership/character development. Develop and participate in parent awareness programs for relevant issues.
  • As with all members of our staff, professional development, strategic objectives and accreditation teams.
  • Leadership and involvement in extra-curricular activities and engagement with students beyond the regular school day is expected.
"All candidates should apply through our website at http://www.icsaddis.edu.et/employment/apply."

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Charmaine Gunther
Middle School Counselor
Int'l Community School of Addis Ababa
Addis Ababa
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