Campus: Johannesburg Campus, American International School of Johannesburg
Direct Supervisor: Middle School Principal
The American International School of Johannesburg is committed to fostering justice, equity, diversity and inclusion throughout our school community, and we are continually furthering our practices and behaviors as we strive to live these ideals.
Child Protection Statement
AISJ maintains strong child protection policies & procedures, this ensures that our students can pursue their education in a safe, secure, and caring environment. All faculty and staff are required to undergo criminal background checks, attend annual training sessions and sign a safeguarding agreement.
The Middle School Counselor plays a vital role in the development of student’s social, emotional, and academic growth from Grades 6 though 8.
The Counselor works in partnership with all members of the community to promote and foster positive working relationships in the best interests of student learning, providing support and guidance for families when necessary. He/she will work closely with faculty and parents to support their role in developing the social and emotional well-being of students. In working directly with the Principal, the Counselor will help implement efficient and effective systems to ensure student’s social, emotional, and academic needs are being met.
Qualifications and Experience
Knowledge of Child Protection policies.
K – 12 (or at least K-8) license or certification in counseling or upper school counseling with a master’s degree
Experience as a Middle School counselor or related experience
Recent and relevant professional development in the field of counseling
Proven ability to work in a multi-cultural environment and at multiple levels
Experience in implementing developmentally appropriate middle school counseling programs
Experience and expertise in running effective parent education workshops
Experience in working with social/emotional and behavioral challenges, disorders, and disabilities
Ability to interpret educational psychological assessments and academic assessments in partnership with the Learning Support team.
Knowledge of learning disabilities and learning disorders
Experience in dealing with academic support as it relates to the above disorders
Successful practice of working with parents and students in a counseling role
Knowledge of developmentally appropriate Advisory programs
Knowledge of and experience working with PowerSchool and scheduling
Positive attitude with a calm and consistent approach
Ability to communicate effectively with others
Is a highly flexible thinker
Builds strong, positive working relationships with colleagues
Ability to participate in and establish collaborative structures
Deep understanding of students needs at the elementary and middle school level
Uses initiative and is proactive
Follows through on decisions
Understanding of confidentiality and its limitations.
Closes the feedback loop with parents, faculty and administration.
Coordinates and facilitates staff and parent Child Protection training and workshops
Works collaboratively with the Principal to actively develop the social and emotional well-being of the students, staff and families within the community
Inputs data in PowerSchool for scheduling
Actively participates in the Child Study Team process under the direction of the Principal
Collaborates with the Principal, Learning Support Coordinator and the Learning Support and English for Academic Purposes (EAP) teachers to develop programs for students with learning needs
Implements and oversees the Advisory program, known as Imbizo, for direct instruction within the classroom
Works with classroom teachers through observations, strategy development, and the CST process
Provides information and consults with staff and parents regarding various learning needs and topics related to
learning support in coordination with the Learning Support team.
Works with the Principal, Learning Support Team and classroom teachers to determine class placement
Provides support to Admissions through application review, observations, and recommendations
Collaboratively assists students and families as they transition in and out of school
Coordinates small group and individual counseling sessions with students
Coordinates the grade 5 to 6 transition process and assists with the grade 8 to 9 transition process
General Teaching Responsibilities
In addition to the specialist level expectations, teachers at AISJ are welcomed into a collegial and collaborative working environment. In support of this, teachers are expected to:
Communicate and liaise on a regular basis with fellow team department/grade members with regards to planning, assessment, parent and community contact, subject organization and classroom issues including discipline, expectations and routines
Communicate and liaise with other school colleagues in an effort to promote social and emotional awareness
Take an active role in behavioral management and pastoral care of class groups
Attend and constructively contribute in staff meetings
Assist in supervision of student breaks
Coordinate class activities as deemed necessary
Maintain up-to-date records of assessment, attendance, planning, reports, conferences, and communication with parents
Establish links with the parent community to ensure that parents are kept well informed about student progress
Assist, as required, in the development of social and emotional curricular materials
Act as a resource/contact/support for new staff members (i.e. curriculum, schedules, procedures)
Participate in at least one co-curricular activity per year
Participate in and assist with school events as required
INSPIRE LEARNING AND BUILD OUR BETTER WORLD
The purpose of AISJ is to provide exceptional educational experiences in a diverse and nurturing environment in order to inspire learning and build our better world. We cultivate an inclusive community of learners so that we empower global citizens to fulfill their future purpose.
The American International School of Johannesburg fosters a positive culture and is committed to Community Principles that include:
We are better when we act together.
Our differences make us stronger.
Every voice counts. Every voice matters.
Every team needs individuals. Every individual needs a team.
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7:10 AM to 4:00 PM on Wednesday
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