The Upper School Counselor should be, primarily, a student advocate who supports students throughout their Upper School years and works to maximize the academic, creative, and social potential of every student. In partnership with teachers, administrators and parents, the Upper School Counselor works to help “prepare our students for responsible participation in a global society” and works with families in grades 9-12 to obtain admission to a college that is the “best fit” for each student.
Develop a comprehensive College Counseling Program;
Develop a Social Emotional/Wellness Program;
Collaborate with Learning Services and the Administrative Teams;
Advanced Placement, Standardized Testing and Naviance Coordination;
Attend professional development opportunities and keep abreast of developments in the school and college counseling fields by reading current literature, talking with colleagues, and participating in professional conferences;
Participate in campus and community events.
The ideal applicant will possess the following:
A specialist degree in School Counseling or related fields;
Experience in college counseling;
Strong leadership skills and ability to communicate and collaborate with stakeholder groups;
The personality traits of enthusiasm, creativity, imagination, and empathy;
Strong communication and technology skills.
Additional Salary Information: Salary will be commensurate with degree level and experience.
About Houston Academy
Houston Academy (HA) is one of the leading independent day schools in Alabama. The focus of Houston Academy is on facilitating the development of 21st Century learning in a rigorous and dynamic school setting.
Our mission is to prepare all of our students for responsible participation in a global society by providing an excellent learning environment and opportunities to achieve their highest academic, social and creative potential.
Houston Academy is a co-educational day school for three-year-old preschool through twelfth grade. The school was founded to fill the community’s need for a college preparatory school to serve the Dothan area and surrounding communities. The nineteen-acre campus is located in one of Dothan's finest residential areas. Located in the southeast corner of Alabama, Dothan is a progressive community of approximately 67,000, with nearly 225,000 people in the metropolitan area. It offers cultural and recreational activities as well as a two major medical centers, a community college, a four-year university, and a school of osteopathic medicine.
The campus, which was renovated in 1995, featur...es four modern buildings connected by covered walkways. Included in the facilities are forty-five classrooms; two daycare rooms; library; Lower School science lab; Upper School labs for chemistry, biology, physical science, and Middle School science; state of the art Lower and Upper School art rooms; Lower and Upper School computer labs; two gymnasiums; a classroom for music and band; and a cafetorium. In 2002, the Dove Center was completed. It houses the Upper School English department, a computer lab, a computer classroom, art room, yearbook room, and the library. The school also maintains two playgrounds with one having a young children’s gazebo and the other newly renovated in 2005 with a covered area; along with a practice football field, and a practice baseball field. In 2013, a state-of-the art student activities center was built. Varsity games are played at a nearby community recreational center with some of the finest facilities in the Southeast.
In December of 2012, Houston Academy became a “MacBook School,” issuing MacBook Pros to all students in grades 5-12. Students in the lower grades have access to interactive smart board technology, as well as iPads. In addition, all teachers are issued MacBooks, and teachers teaching grades K5-4 are issued iPads.
Enrollment is currently approximately 700 students in grades Pre-Kindergarten/3 through 12. Enrollment for the school is at a historic high.
The Strategic Plan has created a separate Middle School (grades 5-8), and plans are currently in the works to complete a comprehensive campus plan.
Houston Academy is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools, the Southern Association of Independent Schools, and the Alabama Independent School Association.
Houston Academy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It strives to provide equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, handicap or disability in accordance with applicable federal and state laws. It is the intent and resolve of Houston Academy to comply with the letter and the spirit of the law in the implementation of all facets of equal opportunity. This equal opportunity policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, compensation and training.