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Guidance Counselor (BFA)

Opportunity in Germany


Black Forest Academy provides a quality, international Christian education that equips its students to influence their world through biblical thought, character, and action. TEAM is one of Black Forest Academy’s sponsoring organizations. For more about BFA, go to their website:

BFA provides an English language education for grades 4-12. Grades 1-3 are part of a bilingual school, Christliche Schule Kandern. BFA serves the children of international Christian workers and international business families who want a North American curriculum that incorporates a Christian worldview. BFA has an enrollment of approximately 310 students, about 50% of the 7th-12th grade students are residents in the boarding program.

BFA’s commitment to quality, international, Christian education means that BFA is a great place to grow through service. BFA is seeking men and women who are passionate about missional Christian education, who will serve as models to students of what it means to follow Christ. Prayerfully consider how God may want to use you to be involved in global missions at Black Forest Academy. It’s not just a job; it’s an opportunity to change lives.

The purpose of the Guidance Counselor is to properly supervise the students’ academic career towards graduation requirements, especially in light of the transitional and educational role of Black Forest Academy in the lives of students and families.

Responsibilities and Duties

To ensure that students receive that students receive post-secondary guidance.

To be available for personal counseling.

To work together with the Registrar to maintain all academic records connected to the school.

To keep SMT, the parents, and the teachers informed of the students’ academic progress and social development.

To assist the Principals in establishing a school atmosphere which is Christ-honoring, “positive,” and in compliance with the school’s philosophy of education.

To provide an information link between parents and the SMT/administration concerning academic matters.

To be fully aware of the curriculum requirements for graduation as set out by BFA’s Board Policies and assist students in meeting the requirements.

General Duties:

To regularly check the academic progress of all students.

To help students construct personal schedules which are suitable to their interests and abilities, and which are in accordance with the school’s graduation requirements.

To keep accurate and up-to-date records of students’ courses and course changes.

To maintain resources necessary for the planning of students’ post secondary academic and/or non-academic experience (e.g., college catalogues, financial information, career opportunities, etc.).

To advise the SMT and faculty of student concerns and facilitate students with exceptional needs.

To oversee independent study, distant education for students.

To work with registrar in transcript processing.

To undertake other duties as assigned by the High School Principal.


Interested applicants should browse current job openings on BFA’s website and fill out a pre-application online. At the same time, it’s a good idea to fill out a preliminary application with TEAM because all BFA staff members come through an international mission organization. As such, each staff member must provide his or her own financial support through donations (usually tax-deductible) from churches, family, friends, or personal savings.

TEAM and BFA prefer that applicants commit to a two-year minimum stint. It takes a certain amount of time to adjust to living and working in a new setting, doubly so in a foreign culture. In cases of dire need, the school might give its okay for a one-year commitment.

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