Director of Student Services and College Guidance

South Shore Christian Academy, Weymouth, MA

Apply here by emailing your cover letter and resume to Mark Jennings, Head of School.

Director of Student Services and College Guidance

Announcement: There is a position opening for a full-time Director of Student Services and College Guidance for the 2019-20 academic year, starting in August, 2019.  The position is a one-year position and is eligible for renewal. Resume and Cover Letter should be sent to Dr. Mark A. Jennings, Head of School at headofschool@southshorechristian.org

South Shore Christian Academy (SSCA) is an independent, non-denominational, co-ed day school educating students from Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12. Founded in 1994, SSCA aims to provide a liberal arts education with a distinctly Christian worldview. Our students are taught to maintain a high level of intellectual and spiritual integrity, equipping them to actively engage and apply God's truth in the world around them.

SSCA is a diverse community serving more than 265 students from different racial, economic, and Christian backgrounds. Currently our students represent more than 90 churches from more than 25 towns in the greater Boston area.

Job Summary: The Director of Student Services and College Guidance is a member to the school’s advancement team and will work collaboratively with the Principal to help ensure that students and families receive the academic and behavioral support necessary to be successful in school. This position oversees all academic support operations, health and wellness initiatives, and oversees additional academic administrative initiatives, including summer programs, standardized testing, and other administrative duties. The position also oversees the entire college guidance process for the high school.

This position is a 40 hours/week (August 15 – June 30), 20 hours /week (July 1 – Aug 14) exempt position; reports to the Head of School.

Qualifications:

 Bachelor’s degree in related field from an accredited college or university, at minimum; Master’s degree preferred. 

·      3+ years experience in primary or secondary education with 3+ years in academic administration; charter or private educational experience preferred. Or Equivalent Experience.

·      Able to effectively communicate with students, faculty, staff, and parents; requires demonstrated effectiveness in oral and written communication skills.

·      Strong organizational skills and ability to work on multiple projects at the same time.

·      Able to work collaboratively.

·      Affirm SSCA Statement of Faith and Teaching Positions.

Primary Responsibilities:

General Responsibilities:

 ·      To support the Board of Trustee’s mission statements, statement of faith, teaching positions, and philosophy of the school, and to embody the religious positions of the school in all actions

·      To ensure and maintain congruency between student-related activities of the school and its mission statements and philosophy.

·      To implement the Head of School’s directives regarding the educational and student support position of the school.

·      To follow and ensure the school’s compliance with SSCA policies and procedures.

·      To act as an educational leader of the school, responsible for its day-to-day educational operation; in conjunction with the Principal and other administrative personnel.

·     To oversee school-wide academic and student life initiatives as requested by the Head of School

·     To perform other duties as assigned by the Head of School

·     To support the school and its leadership.

·     To maintain the privacy of all student records and interactions as appropriate

·     To maintain professional and ethical boundaries as described in the EmployeeHandbook

·     To promote and speak positively of SSCA to all constituents, internal and external. 

Student Services

·      To oversee academic support services, including the student learning accommodation plans, academic probation, required tutoring programs, and additional academic programs/events as assigned. 

·      To keep all records and data current.

·      To keep current all educational and accommodation plans for existing students. Create new educational and accommodation plans for new students or students with new diagnoses. 

·      To inform Principal and faculty of all educational plans and accommodations, ensuring compliance

·      To represent the school at all IEP meetings.

·      In cooperation with the School Nurse, to manage concussion protocols including communicating necessary accommodations

·     To advise Admissions on the admitting of students with academic of behavioral accommodations

·     To advise students regarding behavioral, social, or disciplinary matters, as instructed by the Principal and/or Head of School

·     To keep Principal and / or Head of School aware of students receiving guidance on matters pertaining to academic, social, or personal development

·     Provide group guidance as needed, in consultation with the Principal and / or Head of School

·     To keep Principal and / or Head of School aware of developing trends or other points of concern related to students and student culture

·     To advise parents / guardians on how to set students up for success

·     To report to the Principal Upper School students who meet the criteria for Academic Notice or Probation, to meet with the students and families to assess the reasons for such status and create a plan to improve academics

·     To serve as the primary point person for new families to help ensure ease of transition to SSCA

·     To plan or promote programs related to Health and Wellness of students (ex: Anti-smoking, mental health, alcohol and drugs, etc.)

·     To counsel students when necessary and advise on the need of additional mental or emotional health support.

·     To refer students and parents / guardians to appropriate school and community resources related to student success

·     To assist in the creation, recruitment and oversight of summer programs.

·     To keep the Head and Principal fully informed on student issues and all other relevant matters pertaining to school life or students of academic concern.

·     To serve as liaison with student life programs as directed by the Head of School

·     To monitor and implement communication regarding school activities/programs/policies

·     To serve as a discipline officer as required or requested by Principal or Head of School

College Guidance

·     To assume responsibility for counseling students in grades 9 through12 (and their parents) in regard to the entire college selection, application and admission procedures. 

·     To advise students on course selection to help maintain successful progress toward graduation

·     In consultation with the Principal, to create the annual course schedule (Upper School)

·     To keep all data current, including college guidance software.

·     To keep Principal / Head of School aware of trends in college admissions

·     To disseminate and promote scholarship information, including promoting students for achievable scholarships

·     To advise Admissions on potential concerns related to progress toward graduation, especially course selection for potential new students

·     To coordinate the program and calendar of all standardized testing for High School students including scheduling test dates, registering students, arranging for special "prep" sessions, administering the tests, and providing pre- and post-test counseling; 

·     To oversee the various student award programs and ceremonies, including Senior Recognition Night, Last Chapel (Upper School), Grade 8 Recognition Night, and Senior High School Graduation

·     To help the registrar keep accurate permanent records of students’ testing and 
academic work. 

·     To develop the extensive summary reports on students’ progress on standardized 
testing to the school community as appropriate. 

·     To conduct individual and group sessions in all areas of college counseling. 

·     To write the school recommendation forseniors making application to college. 

·     To oversee the faculty writing of the requested recommendations for students 
applying to college to help ensure timeliness. 

·     To maintain and expand an attractive, informative and up-to-date College Counseling Center. 

·     To oversee visits to colleges and from college representatives; 

·     To represent the school at relevant state and national conferences and workshops. 

·     To oversee the Senior Internship / Service program

·     To serve as the College Board coordinator, ensuring compliance in AP courses and oversee AP Exams

·     Oversee the midterm and final exam schedule, including extra time rooms

·     To assist the Principal in the preparation of diploma lists and the identification of honor graduates

Academic Administration

·     To serve as liaison between school and contracted music instruction

·     To assist in overseing the school calendar, maintaining its accuracy and monitoring potential complications

·     To assist in the student participation of ACSI events (spelling bee, math olympics)

·     To oversee the annual standardized testing (currently ERB) program

·     To work with the Principal to create the Upper School faculty schedules for daily activities (morning greeting, lunch duty, detention oversight)

·     To work with the Principal to implement the detention schedule, including communication to families, faculty proctoring, and reporting attendance

Secondary Responsibilities:

·      To attend all major school functions.

·      To support the admissions and development efforts of the school

·      To prepare reports as requested

Minimum Employment Requirements: 

·      Must affirm Statement of Faith and Teaching Positions

·      SSCA conducts background checks and employment authorizations

·      Regularly required to sit, stand, talk, hear, see (close and distant vision required)

·      Must be able to lift a minimum of 30 lbs. or more. 

·      Required to move about campus regularly

·      Must demonstrate competency with basic word processing, data processing, and internet functions, as well as all applications used in the regular functioning of the school. 

·      Some evenings and weekends are required.

·      Minimal travel requirements

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