Heartland Elementary School Counselor K-12 full-time (#1424955)
Under the direction of the principal, the Elementary School Counselor will help students make decisions that affect their social, emotional, and academic development. Will collaborate with teachers, administrators, school psychologists, school nurses, parents, and community groups to promote the success of each student. Meet with students individually, in small groups, or in classroom sessions. The Elementary School Counselor will also help students transition from elementary to secondary schools. Required to spend up to 1/2 day per week at the Jordan Family Education Center (JFEC) in addition to the assigned contract hours. Time will be scheduled and coordinated by the JFEC Coordinator. This is a two year grant. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS • Assess student needs using multiple sources of data for the purpose of developing and implementing individualized plans of services to support educational objectives. • Function as a member of the Special Education team as needed and directed by the LEA representative. • Consult with parents, teachers and other school personnel for the purpose of determining causes of, and solutions for, student problems. • As a condition of employment, incumbent is required to provide child-centered family counseling, intake assessments, support groups or classes for students and/or parent education classes through the Jordan Family Education Center which is in addition to the regularly assigned contract hours. Requires an additional two to three hours per week in the evenings each quarter, depending on the assignment. Additional compensation or time off is provided. • Coordinate activities with a variety of outside service agencies, school sites, etc. (e.g. mental health, medical, etc.) for the purpose of providing referrals or services for families and/or students. • Assist in the development of classroom management and mental health programs and interventions designed to provide appropriate educational opportunities for all students. • Counsel students, on an individual or group basis, for the purpose of assisting with intervention and support with behavior, school progress, and/or mental or physical disabilities. • Cooperate with educators and support personnel in scheduling students for services. • Provide the principal with a daily schedule of student contacts and related activities. The schedule will be reviewed and updated as needed. • Maintain a variety of electronic and print case records for the purpose of documenting activities and complying with mandated requirements. Maintain Medicaid logs on Special Education students who are receiving Guidance services. • Act as a liaison between school and outside agencies to meet mental health needs of students. • Provide in-service and materials to parents, educators and other team members related to mental health issues. • Maintain a current list of programs and materials (inventory). • Required to travel to District schools or other locations using own transportation. • May be expected to provide support for individual (Tier III—LRBI Manual) behavior interventions and/or emergency safety interventions for students based on assigned location which includes: o Physical Guidance—Physically guiding a student through proper motions to complete a task or demonstrate a skill in response to mild resistance that does not pose a risk of danger to self or others, on behalf of the student, while at the same time does not restrict, immobilize or reduce the ability of an individual to move their arms, legs, body, or head. o Physical Restraint—Implement an emergency safety intervention where the student’s behavior poses an immediate danger to themselves or others. This would include a personal restriction that immobilizes or reduces the ability of an individual to move their arms, legs, body, or head. • Coordinate the completion of Functional Behavior Assessments (FBA’s) and development of Behavior Intervention Plans (BIP’s). • Conduct momentary time sampling observations of students. • Implement developmentally appropriate and prevention-oriented group activities to meet student needs and school goals. • Assist all students, individually or in groups, with developing academic and personal/social skills/behavioral goals and plans. • Respond to requests for intervention in situations that could negatively impact the student's education plan for the purpose of addressing student needs and changing unproductive behavior. • Collaborate with parents/guardians and educators to assist students with educational planning. • Provide individual and group counseling to students with identified concerns and needs. • Consult and collaborate effectively with parents/guardians, teachers, administrators and other educational/community resources regarding students with identified concerns and needs. • Implement an effective referral and follow-up process. • Accurately and appropriately use assessment procedures for determining and structuring individual and group counseling services. • Maintain current and appropriate program data for education stakeholders. • Accurately and appropriately interpret and utilize student data. Assist teachers, parents/guardians and other stakeholders in interpreting and understanding student data. • Use available technology resources to enhance the school counseling program such as websites, interest surveys and links to community resources. • Work with the administration to create, coordinate and implement student orientation programs for incoming students. • Participate in appropriate educator evaluation procedures as per State and District guidelines in accordance with DP311-Evaluation of Licensed Personnel. • Maintain professional competence through in-service education activities required by the District and State, as well as self-selected professional growth activities. • Demonstrate professional ethics as outlined by the Utah Professional Practices Advisory Commission. Represent the District in a professional, ethical and positive manner. • Attend and participate in faculty/department meetings as required. • Participate in a reasonable number of faculty committees as requested. • Follow District procurement guidelines with administrative approval. • Create a clean and organized environment that is conducive to student learning. • Responsible for understanding and adhering to all District policies and complete the annual crucial policy review. • Maintain records and required information in a secure location. Maintain confidentiality of all student information. • Adhere to contract time. • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the principal/administrator.