St. George’s Independent School seeks a passionate, entrepreneurial, and hard-working individual who is energized by work with families to serve as Lower School Counselor beginning August 2021.
As an episcopal school, St. George’s welcomes and respects all religious, racial, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. We affirm differences as sources of strength that create a culture of transformative diversity, building upon shared experiences that deepen our humanity and enhance the intellectual, social, spiritual and moral development of all students. We believe that valuing diversity and inclusion is sacred and living this value transforms our institution, our people, and the greater community.
Duration: Annual Letter of Agreement
Under the guidance of the campus director, the lower school counselor is responsible for supporting children in grades PK-5 in their social and emotional development. The ideal candidate will possess strong interpersonal and communication skills and work in close collaboration with students, families, and faculty in a warm, compassionate, and nurturing manner. He or she will have a strong understanding of child development, experience in a school setting, and a passion for working with children.
The successful candidate will possess skills and experience that would include the ability to:
develop, guide, and augment the social and emotional learning program within classrooms by working with campus teachers and our tri-campus counseling team and by training new faculty members
facilitate students’ development of social emotional skills and strategies
observe and support students in the classroom and play settings, as well as lead social skills discussion groups
assist teachers in developing and implementing strategies that promote social emotional health in the classroom
collaborate and consult with school personnel regarding the social, emotional, and behavioral needs of the students, grade levels, and community
participate in team meetings to review, plan, and implement classroom accommodations that create an optimal learning environment for children
serve the social-emotional needs of children from families of different backgrounds, providing referrals and collaborating with outside providers
develop and lead presentations for and conversations with parents on child development and parenting topics
Minimum Education: Master’s degree in counseling, child psychology, or school psychology.
Physical Requirements: Regularly sit, turn, bend, reach, walk, talk, hear, and interact with campus visitors as well as others who telephone. Must have the ability to understand and present materials and communicate with constituents and co-workers in a harmonious manner.
Candidates will embrace the school’s mission and educational philosophy; candidates must be willing to work in a team environment and be positive, inspirational, and family-centered.
To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Angie Simpson, Director of Human Resources, at firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to 1880 Wolf River Blvd., Collierville, TN 38017.
About St. George's Independent School
St. George’s Independent School, a coeducational school with three campuses located in the suburbs and city of Memphis, TN, offers an educational model not replicated anywhere else in the United States. Through this distinctive three-campus model and a strategic plan committed to transformative diversity, the school offers financial assistance from prekindergarten (age three) through twelfth grade to students who might not otherwise have logistical or financial access to an independent-school setting.
A St. George’s education unites active learning with agile teaching to build disciplined minds, adventurous spirits, and brave hearts. Benefiting from a curriculum that weaves together traditional content with innovative educational techniques, St. George’s graduates are better prepared for a complex and global future because of the real-world learning experiences they have today.
Founded in 1959 by parishioners of St. George’s Episcopal Church as a small, coeducational day school in the then rural suburb of Germantown, the original lower school campus developed a reputation for academic excellence and exemplary character education. With strong parent support and interest, the s...chool leadership began a capital campaign in the late 1990s to expand to grades 6-12 by building on land in the rapidly growing suburb of Collierville. Early in the fundraising process, a group of donors encouraged the school to reach into inner city Memphis. These friends of the school, and other supporters, made possible the 2001 opening of our Memphis campus, a PK-5th grade lower school campus mirroring the curriculum of our original Germantown campus and offering substantial scholarship assistance.
Bound together by an Episcopal tradition that sees all people as children of God, students and families from our Memphis and Germantown campuses build relationships through cross-campus learning and activities, then unite in middle school at our Collierville campus. Our educational model saw fulfillment in May 2016 when the first cohort of students who started in prekindergarten at the Memphis campus received their diplomas.