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Elementary School Counselor / Social Worker

North American International School
Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
US 4000 - 4750 a month
Salary is all-inclusive and, as such, accommodation is included in overall salary offer.
Salary is all-inclusive and, as such, airfare is included in overall salary offer.
Start date
2 years
  • Early Childhood, Elementary
  • University Graduate
  • Bachelor
  • 2 years of teaching experience
  • Counseling, Psychology, Social Work
  • Teaching Credential/License
    Other Certification

Desired Qualities:

  • Knowledge of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS).
  • Commitment to Equity: Passionate about closing the achievement gap and ensuring that every child, regardless of background or circumstance, receives an excellent education.
  • Leadership: Coaches, mentors, and challenges others to excel despite obstacles and challenging situations.
  • Focus on Data-Driven Results: Relentlessly pursues the improvement of central office performance and school leadership, instruction, and operations, and is driven by a desire to produce quantifiable student achievement gains.
  • Innovative Problem-Solving: Approaches work with a sense of possibility and sees challenges as opportunities for creative problem solving; takes initiative to explore issues and find potential innovative solutions.
  • Adaptability: Excels in constantly changing environments and adapts flexibly in shifting projects or priorities to meet the needs of a dynamic transformation effort; comfortable with ambiguity and non-routine situations.
  • Teamwork: Increases the effectiveness of surrounding teams through collaboration, constant learning, and supporting others; sensitive to diversity in all its forms; respects and is committed to learning from others
  • Dependability: Does whatever it takes to consistently deliver high quality under tight deadlines; successfully manages own projects through strong organization, detailed work plans, and balancing of multiple priorities.
  • Communication and Customer Service Skills: Communicates clearly and compellingly with diverse stakeholders in both oral and written forms; anticipates and responds to customer needs in a high-quality and courteous manner.
  • Tax-Free Salary
  • Small School Environment
  • Full Medical Insurance Provided for the Employee
  • Tuition Discount for One Dependent
  • Company Sponsored Visa
  • Relocation Assistance

The Elementary School Counselor/Social Worker is responsible for providing a comprehensive school counseling program that is preventative in design, developmental in implementation, and supports North American International School students in the areas of academic achievement, individual student planning, and personal and social development. The successful candidate also serves as a consultant to educators, families, and community partners.

The Elementary School Counselor/Social Worker reports to the Vice Principal of Elementary Education while receiving technical assistance, guidance, and instruction from the building principal. Additionally, the Elementary School Counselor/Social Worker works closely with faculty and staff of North American International School, NAIS administration, various social services agencies, and governmental bodies of the United Arab Emirates.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Development and Management:

  • Uses data to develop and inform the school counseling program and evaluates the program’s impact on the school’s instructional goals.
  • Collaborates on the development and management of the comprehensive school counseling program with the school administrator or instructional leader.
  • Communicates and share the goals of the comprehensive school counseling program with stakeholders including students, families, and community partners.
  • Develops and maintains a written plan for effective delivery of the school counseling programs based on the American School Counseling Association (ASCA) National Standards for School Counseling Programs.

Preventative and Responsive Services:

  • Designs, implements, and assesses the guidance curriculum.
  • Utilizes responsive counseling, initiating individual and group sessions for students’ personal, social, and academic concerns.
  • Consults with families and staff to appraise student needs and interests and to discuss appropriate recommendations for educational options.
  • Plans, coordinates, and provides classroom group guidance sessions to meet the identified guidance and counseling competencies in the areas of academic achievement, career and educational development, and personal and social development.
  • Assesses student needs and makes referrals to appropriate school resource personnel, social agencies, community agencies, and alternative programs.
  • Intervenes during crises and participates on the school crisis team.

Individual Student Planning:

  • Prepares students for the transition to the next level: middle school, activities, and options.
  • Plans and coordinates programs such as career fairs, test preparation, improved/perfect attendance celebrations, and other extensions of the counseling program.
  • Uses individual student planning activities and classroom guidance to assist students in navigating educational and community experiences that support their needs and develop their potential.
  • Collaborates with parents/guardians and educators to assist students with educational and career planning.

System Support:

  • Uses responsive counseling strategies to establish relationships and collaborate with educators, students, families, and community partners; these strategies should reflect recognition of and respect for each individual and promote an understanding and appreciation of diverse population and cultures.
  • Assists families in obtaining services for their children through an appropriate referral and follow-up process.
  • Assists teachers in understanding their students, including providing and interpreting student data.
  • Provides in-service training on topics related to the school counseling program and supporting student achievement.


  • Conducts at minimum a yearly program audit to review the extent and quality of program implementation for the Dubai School Inspection Bureau.
  • Prepares and submits a variety of reports and data, to ensure fulfillment of established program requirements.
  • Uses all available data, including academic grades, discipline referrals, and attendance data, to identify students in need and to deliver services.
  • Interprets tests, student data, and other assessment results appropriately within the counseling environment for the purpose of developing and implementing academic plans for individual students.
This is a Direct to School Job
This is a Direct to School Job

North American International School was established in 2007 and is now flourishing with students of around 56 different nationalities. Our aim at NAIS is to provide education as a process that leads to the attainment of the full potential of each individual studying here. We are a small school with 750 students from KG to Grade 12 and follow the US Common Core curriculum, specifically the curriculum of the state of California.

NAIS has gone through a significant transformation over the last four years in our efforts to become the best school possible.  Our efforts have been wildly successful.  In the past four years, we have raised our Dubai School Inspection Bureau rating from ACCEPTABLE to GOOD, were given the highest rating of DEVELOPED for our online education provisions, and have achieved our second American accreditation from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

The school provides an enriching experience to all learners regardless of their year groups or ethnicity. Each phase or level of education is a unique experience for the students. At North American International School, student approach their studies holistically in an environment where they are given numerous opportunities to learn by planning, organizing, deciding, questioning, reasoning, analyzing, team-building, and communicating.

The school advocates a dire need to develop the young generation as technologically competent, globally aware, socially responsible, and most importantly morally accountable citizens of tomorrow. Our focus is to provide a learning experience to the students to make them self-motivated, independent, confident, and valuable members of society.

The school’s mission, vision, and core values are maintained and moving constantly in pursuit of excellence. It could not have been possible without the hard work and cooperation of the NAIS family and the strong support from parents. North American International School creates a strong partnership between students, parents, teachers, and administrators to ensure the success of our students.

This is a Direct to School Job
This is a Direct to School Job
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