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Middle School Counselor

Working Conditions:
198 days/year

SUMMARY:Operating under the general direction of the Coordinator of School Counselors and the assigned building leader this position functions as a District representative working to empower all students to acquire academic, social/emotional, and career competencies within the D51 Learning Model.  School Counselors work in collaboration with multi-disciplined teams to guide students in level appropriate career exploration and planning, providing for their building’s response to crises, and providing systems support for colleagues and students.  Counselors help champion the District-wide vision for a commitment to high expectations and for the success of all students.  In addition and as assigned, this position may also oversee a variety of applicable operational duties including developing supporting materials and resources, overseeing student support wrap-around efforts, and collaborating with site leaders on teachers support needs and managing identified professional learning obligations. 
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.  


The School Counselor works in a solution oriented stance to implement a comprehensive school counseling program in alignment with the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) model and that promotes student success, provides site-based crises prevention and response services, and teaches social/emotional learning for all students.  The role in our dynamic educational organization requires an understanding of the philosophy of performance-based education, the D51 Learning Model, the Teaching & Learning Framework and its effectiveness in the school.  In addition, the employee provides a high level of knowledge regarding the District’s Multi-Tiered Support Services (MTSS programming, current Career Technical and Engineering (CTE) post-secondary options, workforce readiness needs, and the ASCA framework.  

The Counselor’s responsibilities to students included within these areas are:
  • Designing, developing, and delivering counseling services that assist in improving students’ skills and functioning in behavioral and educational areas.  Counselors monitor the effectiveness of services and support the District’s unified curriculum plan with expectations for student interactions that include but are not limited to:

  • Classroom, small group, and individual counseling sessions,

  • Providing guidance and an understanding of differing educational course and program selection,

  • Counseling students on scheduling, truancy, study habits, school adjustments,

  • Assisting students in navigating career and post-secondary education options,

  • Implementing short-term solution oriented and focused counseling to students overcoming social, emotional, behavioral, or other personal issues affecting their educational or vocational performance,

  • Collaborating with parents/guardians and administrative staff to resolve students’ behavioral, academic, and other challenges

  • Meeting with parents and guardians to determine students’ individual needs, progress and/or to access additional counseling supports.

Counselors specific duties based on level, location, and student needs include but are not limited to:

Middle Schools -

  • Supporting students’ identification of strengths, career exploration efforts, and alignment of course work with student interest/passions,

  • Assisting students in developing an Individual Career & Academic Plan that is cluster focused,

  • Assisting Teachers in the implementation of the Social Emotional Learning curriculum throughout the school.

Must have or be eligible for Colorado Special Service Provider License with School Counseling endorsement

Application Procedure:
Apply Online
Position is posted to internal transfers for a minimum of seven (7) calendar days or open until filled.  Position is posted to external applicants until filled.


Posted By

Mesa County Valley School District 51

Compare with State

Amount per Student

$8,735 (USD)

State Average: $10,278 (USD)

% ELL Students


State Average: 12%

Student Teacher Ratio


State Average: 17.36

% IEP Students

State Average: 11%



State Average: 415