Virgin Islands Montessori School and Peter Gruber International Academy is a Montessori/IB school with about 300 students (toddler through 12th grade) on the U.S. Virgin Island of St. Thomas in the Caribbean. We are a non-profit, independent, private, international school that is looking for quality teachers who have a passion for teaching. Though we are an international school, we are not able to sponsor visa applicants, so qualified candidates must be legally authorized to work in the U.S.
Our small school community is one that focuses on a philosophy of Education for Life. We pride ourselves on being a green school that is 100% solar powered and always environmentally conscious. We work just as hard on building quality character in our students as we do in building academic skills. Three crucial attributes embody the types of students and staff members we have at our school - passionate about learning, dedicated to service and of the highest integrity/character. All stakeholders (parents, teachers, administrators, board members) at our school have one thing in common - we put learning first.
Our tri-accreditation of Association Montessori International (AMI), International Baccalaureate (IB) and Middle States Association (MSA) leads our students to dual high school diplomas after experiencing a detailed academic continuum that focuses on the acquisition of strong academic skills. We have a Spanish Infusion program, as well as focus on Mathematics and Science. Our graduates are attending their first choice, top tier colleges and universities, such as: Harvard, Brown, US Naval Academy, etc.
School Counselor Job Posting
Job Description: The School Counselor provides guidance and counseling services to students and their families. They work in a school setting where their job description entails offering students social, emotional, and educational support.
Must be comfortable designing curriculum / programs for the students surrounding social emotional learning (SEL).
Viable candidates must have the:
ability to prepare and maintain accurate detailed records;
ability to exercise patience while dealing with students and parents/guardians;
ability to work harmoniously and effectively with all those contacted during the course of work (colleagues, students, parents and outside professionals) and demonstrate sensitivity and empathy
Assist students in understanding and overcoming emotional, social, or behavioral problems
Provide group or individual counseling to address the needs of students
Monitor and observe students to identify and address personal, emotional or social issues
Refer students to health psychologists and other mental professionals for proper attention
Consult with families and staff to highlight students’ needs and discuss strategies necessary for improved social and academic performance
Plan and organize classroom counseling sessions to address personal development issues among students
Develop and implement school counseling programs effective in meeting students’ needs
Organize seminars to educate teenagers on the ills associated with drug and alcohol abuse
Listen to students’ concerns and proffer recommendations effective in addressing psychological problems
Guide and support school staff in implementing school advisory programs
Employ responsive counseling in establishing positive relationships between teachers, parents, and students.
Problem-solving Skill: School counselors are able to provide solutions effective in addressing students’ academic, social, and behavioral issues
Communication Skill: They are adept at listening/interacting with students to identify and help resolve their problems
Compassion: They empathize with students dealing with emotional or difficult situations.
Citizenship: Must be legally authorized to work in the U. S. We are unable to sponsor candidates for a U.S. visa.
Education: Master’s degree in school counseling, psychology, or in a related discipline.
Experience: At least three years experience as a school counselor/trained therapist in K-12 schools.
Additional Salary Information: Salary commensurate with experience.