The Walker School counseling program is a proactive developmental guidance program to encourage all students to maximize personal growth and development. The Middle/Upper School Counselor is a vital member of a team responsible for planning, implementing, and evaluating our comprehensive guidance and counseling services program for middle and upper school students. This MS/US Counselor is paired with another full-time counselor to provide a comprehensive guidance program that promotes all students' academic, personal, social, and emotional development in grades 6 – 12. The Counselor serves on the MS/US School Learning Support Team (LST), consisting of the Middle and Upper School Heads, Assistant Heads, and Learning Specialists. The Counselor is responsible for fulfilling all of their responsibilities according to the mission and philosophy of The Walker School and the shared vision for transformative, innovative learning of the Middle and Upper Schools.
The MS/US Counselor must act with integrity, support organizational goals, demonstrate the ability to inspire, grow and motivate others and commit to championing the needs of the students. The ideal candidate is dynamic, compassionate, collaborative, and responsive. While serving as a Walker faculty member, all educators should model ethical and professional behavior, accept personal responsibility for their actions, and demonstrate a commitment to the school, its mission, and its policies. The candidate is expected to communicate clearly and respectfully, championing the needs of our students and drive continuous improvement.
ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES
Provide individual school counseling services primarily to 6th through 12th-grade students.
Respond to crises in tandem with other school personnel and have extensive knowledge of proper protocols and best practices for addressing mental health issues with high and middle school students.
Work with the other MS/US counselor, Grade Level Deans, and Learning Specialist on the Student Support Team (SST) that meets regularly to monitor the academic and social-emotional progress of students in each grade level
Coordinate and implement Health and Wellness initiatives for MS/US students and parent education programs.
Assist all students new to the MS/US's in their transition with particular emphasis on students new to Walker
Provide resources and guidance for faculty, administration, and parents to enhance their effectiveness in supporting students
Consult with other school support personnel and mental health professionals to assess and refer students
Teach 1 – 1.5 classes that align with priorities of the counseling position (e.g., peer leadership program, health, and wellness)
Maintain records to document interactions, interventions, and decisions
Maintain and respect the confidentiality of students and school personnel while maintaining the safety and welfare of all students and staff
Participate in parent/teacher conferences as needed
Serve alongside the Grade Level Deans, Assistant Heads of Upper and Middle Schools, and Heads of Upper and Middle Schools on the Upper School Administrative Team
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) would be an asset
Minimum of three years in related field
Knowledge of the uses and implications of various types of testing and interpretation of test results for both social-emotional and academic planning
Extensive knowledge of best practices for the professional and legal responsibilities of a school counselor
The Walker School is metro Atlanta’s top Pre-K (3)-12th-grade school open to all faiths, and our commitment to diversity provides a safe atmosphere for students to discover who they are and how to navigate successfully an ever-changing world. At the Walker School, the infinite worth and dignity of each student define our approach to learning. With an average class size of 15 students, each child is known, challenged, supported, and encouraged to explore. The Walker School is proud to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, age, or any other category protected by federal, state or local law. Cultural competence is an expectation of employment for all professional staff at Walker. Our core value of the infinite worth and dignity of the individual undergirds our mission as faculty and staff. We are particularly interested in candidates with a proven commitment to teaching and working in a diverse, multicultural setting.