JobID 1865 : Counselor - Elementary (#1567248)
Position: Counselor - Elementary
Direct Supervisor: Building Principal
Work Schedule: 188 days; August-May
Salary: A competitive salary commensurate with education and experience: Elementary/Middle School Counselor
Start Date: Late July/Early August 2019
Location: Cottonwood Elementary School
Under direction, to provide behavioral, educational, and classroom counseling to individuals and small groups of students; to assist students in understanding and seeking solutions to social, emotional, or academic problems and issues; to serve as a resource pertaining to student behavior management strategies including Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), and welfare and attendance problems and concerns; and to do other related functions as required.
This position classification requires subject matter expertise commonly taught in public schools, and counseling and guidance knowledge and skills. Responsible and directly related experience is required to perform problem analysis using widely prescribed principles and concepts. The position classification performs decision analysis and makes decisions of considerable consequence, requiring the application and interpretation of data, facts, procedures, and policies. The incumbents meet frequently with school administrators, teachers, other staff, and parents to communicate information, data, and alternative problem solutions.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
- Performs individual and group counseling and guidance functions and activities.
- Collects, organizes, and analyzes student information through the use of educational historical data, test results, and through the use of interview techniques.
- Appraises student interests, aptitudes, and attitudes utilizing a variety of assessment strategies and techniques.
- Serves as a resource to site and District personnel, and members of the school community.
- Meets, confers, and counsels with parents, school personnel, and members of various youth serving agencies in developing alternative solutions to student educational, curricular, social, and emotional problems and concerns.
- Plans and uses effective strategies for guidance curriculum for the classroom based on student needs ·Assists in the development and monitoring of individual education plans for students with exceptional needs.
- Maintains a liaison with social service and youth service agencies in pursuing referral follow up activities.
- Pursues evaluation and research activities to determine counseling and guidance effectiveness.
- Assists in the planning, development, and implementation of master student program calendars.
- Assists in identifying school program needs, and participates in developing school instructional programs geared to meet individual pupil needs.
- Assists in the planning, development, and conduct of programs that enhance student educational, career, and vocational opportunities, including speaker programs, student visitation programs, and other similarly related activities.
- Establishes, maintains, and monitors the maintenance of a variety of files and records pertaining to student counseling, guidance, and related matters.
- Responsible for the PBIS at the building site. Assists in dealing with student behavior management problems.
- Assists in resolving welfare and attendance problems and concerns.
- Plans, develops, and presents, as requested, a variety of management related reports pertaining to site counseling and guidance functions and activities.
Knowledge of: Principles, methods, techniques, strategies, and trends in educational, vocational, career, social, and emotional adjustment counseling;
Applicable and appropriate aptitude, interest, and achievement appraisal instruments, techniques, and procedures;
Social service and youth service agencies in the local area;
Social, emotional, and behavioral characteristics of adolescent students;
Program evaluation and research techniques, strategies, and procedures;
Appropriate curriculum and instructional programs pertaining to students with a variety of aptitudes and varying interests.
Assist students in effectively analyzing and developing alternative solutions to behavioral, educational, social, and emotional problems and concerns;
Conduct, analyze, and effectively utilize a variety of individual and group testing procedures and instruments applicable to student clients;
Effectively deal with site and District personnel, parents, social and youth service agencies in resolving student problems and concerns;
Effectively participate in the planning and implementation of school guidance and curricular programs;
Communicate effectively in oral and written form, and as required by the assignment utilize a second language;
Understand and carry out oral and written directions with minimal accountability controls; Establish and maintain effective organizational, public, and community relationships.
Excellent written and oral skills.
Bi-lingual in English and Spanish is preferred.
EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION
Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and skill is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and skill would be:
Two years of successful public-school counseling experience.
Three years of successful experience as a licensed clinical counselor.
Experience with diverse student populations
Equivalent to the completion of an earned Master of Arts or higher degree in psychology, counseling and guidance, or a closely related field.
Must possess or be eligible for a valid licensure from the Colorado Department of Education as a Special Service Provider as a School Counselor
Valid counseling license (LPC) issued by the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies
The physical requirements indicated below are examples of the physical aspects that this position classification must perform in carrying out essential job functions.
- Persons performing service in this position classification will exert 5 to 50 pounds of force frequently to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects.
- This type of work involves operating a vehicle, sitting, walking, and/or standing.
- Exposure to hot, cold, wet, humid, or windy conditions caused by weather may occasionally be experienced.
- Perceiving the nature of sound, near and far vision, depth perception, providing oral information, the manual dexterity to operate business related equipment, and handle and work with various materials and objects are important aspects of this job.
- CBI/FBI background clearance and a clean driving record.
Condition of Employment: Insurability by the District's liability insurance carrier.