2020/21 Elementary Counselor

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Description

 
Leander ISD is currently evaluating several potential models in light of the changing situation, and following guidance established by local, state and federal leaders. 
 
Regardless of what decisions are reached in order to open our campuses and operations, we must ask that all applicants, new employees, and current staff be prepared for
possible variations in campus assignments, hours of operations, and modifications to job duties among other considerations
.
 
Any of these possible changes may not be known until we move into the school year and certainly will depend upon any developments in managing COVID -19 restrictions and recommendations.

 

If hired, the State Board for Educator Certification will require all first time applicants for an initial credential to be fingerprinted as part of a national criminal background check. A cost of up to $49.00 will be charged for fingerprinting.


PRIMARY PURPOSE:
To plan, implement, evaluate and promote a comprehensive developmental counseling program through Accountability, Program Management and Delivery of Services based on the foundational standards of the Counseling Services Department.
 

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES

  • Teach district’s developmental guidance curriculum consistent with district’s counseling program plan and tailored to campus needs.
  • Develop, maintain and publicize a yearly campus counseling calendar.
  • Set annual counseling department goals to support student needs and/or the campus improvement plan.
  • Support teacher implementation of Second Step, the Leander ISD social skills curriculum.
  • Guide individuals and groups of students to develop education plans and career awareness.
  • Counsel individual students and small groups with presenting needs and concerns.
  • Consult and collaborate with parents, teachers, administrators, community leaders and other stakeholders to promote and support student success. Collaborate with counseling peers by attending assigned PLC group meetings.
  •  Maintain a communication system that effectively collects and disseminates information to other professionals as appropriate.
  • Establish and maintain professional relationships with administrators, teacher, other school personnel, parents, community members.
  •  Provide families/students referrals to special programs, services, and community resources.
  • Interpret tests and other appraisal results appropriately and communicate to school personnel, students, and their parents.
  • Plan events and activities to support the comprehensive counseling program goals and student needs of the campus.
  •  Evaluate the   components of the counseling program and make changes based on data.
  • Develop and implement a plan to educate school staff, parents, and community members about the comprehensive counseling program. .
  • Respond to crisis situations when appropriate.
  • Participate in professional development to improve skills related to job assignment.
  • Compile, maintain, and file all required physical and computerized reports, records, and other documents.
  • Comply with policies established by federal and state law, State Board of Education rule, and board policy in guidance and counseling area.
  • Comply with all district and campus routines and regulations.
  • Demonstrate regular and prompt attendance to ensure a consistent focus on student learning.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
 
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Supervise assigned counseling aide(s) and clerical employee(s).
 
GENERAL QUALIFICATION GUIDELINES
Education/Certification/Experience:
  • Masters degree in guidance and counseling.
  • Valid Texas School Counselor Certificate.
  • Two years teaching experience.
 
Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:
  • Knowledge of counseling procedures, student appraisal, and career development.
  • Skill in communication, organization, problem-solving, critical thinking and flexibility.
  • Ability to present information accurately and clearly; manage multiple priorities and projects; and counsel students towards expected results.
 
Mental/Physical/Environmental Demands
The essential functions, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the characteristic duties, responsibilities, knowledge, skills, and abilities noted herein; however, this is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by positions found in this job description.
 
  • Often operates a computer and other office productivity machinery (i.e., a calculator, copy machine, and computer printer).
  • Needs to occasionally move about inside the office to access file cabinets, office machinery, etc.
  • Frequently communicates with other employees or public.  Must be able to exchange accurate information.
  • Maintain composure and professionalism at all times.
  • Occasional prolonged and irregular hours.
  • Ability to understand complex problems and to collaborate and explore alternative solutions.
  • Ability to organize and prioritize work schedules of others on short-term basis.
  • Ability to make decisions which have significant impact on the immediate work unit and monitor impact outside immediate work unit.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Posted By

Leander ISD

P.O. Box 218, Leander, TX 78646
 
Insights
Compare with State

Amount per Student

$9,650

State Average: $10,068

% ELL Students

5%

State Average: 17%

Student Teacher Ratio

15.20

State Average: 15.26

% IEP Students

10%

State Average: 9%

FTE

4,510

State Average: 558