Counselor – West Atlanta Campus

LOCATION
Amana Academy West Atlanta

● Reports To: Principal or Appointed Designee
● Location: West Atlanta Campus
● Work Schedule: 200 Days, Full Time Exempt
● Date Posted: February 15, 2021
● Date to Remove: Until Filled
● Start Date: August 2021

DESCRIPTION:
Amana Academy is a thriving Expeditionary Learning School with 2 campuses in the Atlanta, Georgia area. Going into our 15th year, Amana Academy’s Alpharetta Campus serves a diverse group of 700+ students in grades K-8. Our new West Atlanta Campus, opening August 2021, will serve grades KG-3.

With over one hundred staff members, Amana has an excellent team culture that actively facilitates teacher leadership. Teachers at Amana are dynamic leaders in their profession who instill a passion for lifelong learning and independent critical thinking through a holistic curriculum driven by research, innovative practices and a collaborative, international culture.
About Amana Academy:

  • High academic achievement delivered using the Expeditionary Learning Schools methodology
  • Focus science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)
  • Research-proven curricula
  • Instruction in Foreign Language (Arabic) at all grade levels using the FLES model
  • Instruction in Media Technology and Computer Science
  • Adventure PE
  • Instruction in Visual Arta
  • State commissioned Charter School

POSITION SUMMARY:
Utilizing leadership, advocacy and collaboration, School Counselors promote student success, provide preventative services, and respond to identified student needs by implementing a comprehensive school counseling program that addresses the academic and personal/social development for all students.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES:

  • Delivery of a Comprehensive School Counseling Program
    • Implements developmentally appropriate and prevention-oriented group activities that meets students’ needs
    • Assists all students, individually or in groups, with developing academic, career and personal/social skills, goals and plans
    • Interprets and utilizes student data accurately and appropriately
    • Collaborates and communicates with parents, guardians and teachers in the development of educational and life plans
    • Develops and implements an appropriate student referral process and follow-up process as needed
    • Provides individual and group counseling to students with social and emotional needs
    • Implements school wide prevention/intervention programs to support the emotional, social and behavioral needs of students
    • Assists teachers, parents/guardians and students and others in interpreting and understanding student data
    • Utilizes all available technology resources effectively, including Student Information System, in the implementation and monitoring of comprehensive school counseling program

 Accountability

    • Conducts annual program review to evaluate extent of program implementation and effectiveness
    • Measures results of comprehensive school counseling program activities and shares results with Principal and other relevant stakeholders, as appropriate
    • Monitors academic performance and other relevant performance data (e.g. behavior, attendance, etc.) and utilizes data to provide appropriate interventions for students in need
    • Accurately reviews and appropriately maintains student records related to counseling

Minimum Qualifications

  • Education: Master’s Degree in School Counseling required
  • Certification/Licensure: Must hold or be eligible for 5-5 certification in school counseling
  • Experience: 2+ years of experience in counseling students as individuals and in groups and experience interpreting standardized testing results preferred
  • Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:
    • Ability to plan, implement, and evaluate a guidance and counseling program based on student needs
    • Proven skill in counseling/advising individuals and groups
    • Ability to convey accurate information regarding academic and career guidance
    • Ability to consult with teachers, staff, and parents regarding the needs of students
    • Knowledge of available school, system and community resources
    • Awareness of cultural diversity and its implications for school counseling
    • Must be able to successfully manage multiple tasks, projects, and responsibilities
    • Ability to apply critical thinking skills in rendering solutions to various issues
    • Must be able to collaborate effectively with District personnel, the general public, and work with diverse groups of people
    • Ability to work collaboratively and cooperatively as a member of a team and in a professional manner
    • Knowledge of current counseling practices across the academic, career and personal/social domains
    • Knowledge of current career and college entrance requirements
    • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal
  • Working Conditions: Normal office environment
  • Physical Demands:
    • Ability to lift and carry 30-50 pounds with assistance
    • Ability to push or pull a maximum of 50 pounds
    • May require stooping or crouching

BENEFITS:
Amana offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package for all full time employees including:

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Plans
  • Life and AD&D insurance
  • Access to additional group term life insurance
  • Flexible Spending Account/Dependent Flexible Spending Account
  • Access to Voluntary Critical Illness, Short Term Disability, and Accident Insurance
  • Access to the Georgia’s Teacher Retirement System (Pension Plan)

This document provides descriptive information about the above Amana Academy position. Work actually performed by incumbents in this position may vary. Although this document may be used for recruiting, staffing, or career planning, the information contained herein should only be used as a guideline or recommendation for the content of and qualifications for this position. An individual’s ability to meet the qualifications and capabilities described in this document is not a guarantee of employment or promotion. Amana Academy reserves the right to make changes to this document as deemed necessary without providing advance written notice.