Upper School Director of Student Life and High School Counseling

  • The Children's School
  • Atlanta, GA, USA
  • May 16, 2023
Full time Counseling

Job Description

At The Children’s School (TCS), our community and curriculum intentionally reflect the world in which we live. In fact, our community is one of the most diverse among all of Atlanta’s and the nation’s independent schools. Our commitment to inclusion creates an environment where children and adults are free to be their authentic selves.

Our age 3 – grade 8 students experience challenging academics embedded in a nurturing environment. Our innovative curriculum uses immersive play- and project-based learning to engage students, connect them to the community around them, and encourage them to make a positive impact on our ever-changing world.

The Children’s School seeks an experienced full-time Upper School Director of Student Life & High School Counseling to start July 1, 2023.

The Upper School Director of Student Life is responsible for developing a positive, engaging and supportive experience for all students in the upper school. This position works collaboratively with school leadership, teachers, and students to coordinate student activities and support student well-being. The US Director of Student Life also oversees a respectful and progressive discipline system that is aligned with the school’s mission and values, focusing on positive behavioral supports and restorative practices. This position also maintains a visible and active presence in classrooms and around the campus, and works with teachers and parents to support the overall growth and development of upper school students.

The High School Counselor partners closely with parents and students to facilitate the transition process of 8th grade students to high school. This support program includes educating parents about the overall process, helping to explore and determine best fit schools for each student, coaching students and parents regarding the application and interview process, and managing relationships with receiving schools.

A master's degree in education, educational psychology, or education administration is preferred, with a bachelor’s degree in a related field being required. A minimum of three (3) years of experience teaching and administrative experience at the elementary/middle school level, with demonstrated experience in student life and knowledge of high school guidance counseling services.

Proven track record of creating a positive and inclusive student culture as well as excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Previous experience in independent school at middle school level and a background in diversity and inclusion work preferred.

A strong understanding of progressive pedagogy and child development and a passion for character education and social-emotional learning. Knowledgeable about the diverse backgrounds of students and experience with student discipline, student programming, leading small groups, and outdoor education.

Excellent leadership abilities, interpersonal and collaborative skills, as well as effective speaking and writing skills are essential. Highly organized and able to follow through on tasks with a process-driven and detail-oriented growth mindset, with the ability to work independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced environment with minimal supervision.

The Children's School is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. 

We believe that in order for children to fully, sensitively and effectively engage in their communities, they must possess strong local, cultural and global competence. To that end, we learn from and enrich ourselves with multiple perspectives and welcome people of any country of origin, culture, disability, ethnicity, gender expression, gender identity, physical appearance, race, religious choice, family structure, sex, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status.

Compensation commensurate with experience. We welcome all persons to apply through our Careers website.