Counselor

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Start Date
07/17/2020

Description

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.  


INSTRUCTIONAL SUPPORTS & DELIVERY:
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:

  1. Classroom, small group, and individual counseling sessions,
  2. Providing guidance and an understanding of differing educational course and program selection, 
  3. Counseling students on scheduling, truancy, study habits, school adjustments,
  4. Assisting students in navigating career and post-secondary education options,
  5. Implementing short-term solution oriented and focused counseling to students overcoming social, emotional, behavioral, or other personal issues affecting their educational or vocational performance,
  6. Collaborating with parents/guardians and administrative staff to resolve students’ behavioral, academic, and other challenges
  7. 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:

High Schools – 
  1.  Assisting students in implementing an Individual Career & Academic Plan (ICAP) that is cluster/course focused,
  2.  Supporting student goals to explore post-secondary options which may include college, internships, and   apprenticeships,
  3.  Integration of the Social Emotional Learning curriculum within the D51 Learning Model.
Other Duties - 
• Creating and maintaining timely updates to student records according to federal, state, and District laws, policies, and procedures.   There is some level of administrative duties and the employee provides reporting and data and requested.  In addition Counselors hold an expectation to assist teachers to recognize the contributions of diverse groups and how to foster success for all students regardless of gender, sex, and/or disability
   
• Using data to analyze the current status of student learning and behaviors and to use this data as a catalyst for, benchmark of growth and continuous improvement.
• Working with Instructional Coaches, the Professional Learning Director, and site leaders to assess the professional learning needs of new teachers in the school/district.
• Coordinating with the Coordinator of School Counselors to align professional learning for the continuous improvement of all our instructional staff. 
• Leading and/or participating in meetings, workshops and seminars with responsibilities to remain up to date on research based counseling practices and current trends.
Other Duties - 
• Creating and maintaining timely updates to student records according to federal, state, and District laws, policies, and procedures.   There is some level of administrative duties and the employee provides reporting and data and requested.  In addition Counselors hold an expectation to assist teachers to recognize the contributions of diverse groups and how to foster success for all students regardless of gender, sex, and/or disability
   
• Using data to analyze the current status of student learning and behaviors and to use this data as a catalyst for, benchmark of growth and continuous improvement.
• Working with Instructional Coaches, the Professional Learning Director, and site leaders to assess the professional learning needs of new teachers in the school/district.
• Coordinating with the Coordinator of School Counselors to align professional learning for the continuous improvement of all our instructional staff. 
• Leading and/or participating in meetings, workshops and seminars with responsibilities to remain up to date on research based counseling practices and current trends.
Other Duties - 
• Creating and maintaining timely updates to student records according to federal, state, and District laws, policies, and procedures.   There is some level of administrative duties and the employee provides reporting and data and requested.  In addition Counselors hold an expectation to assist teachers to recognize the contributions of diverse groups and how to foster success for all students regardless of gender, sex, and/or disability
   
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
• Master’s degree in counseling plus additional Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP)     coursework required for certification or licensure*
* (Acceptable education and experience equivalent will be at the sole discretion of the District)
LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS or CERTIFICATIONS:
•  Current valid Colorado Special Service Provider License with School Counselor’s endorsement or ability to obtain licensure as outlined below;
  1. Individuals meeting all three of the following may qualify for an interim authorization with a school counselor endorsement:
  2. Minimum of a Master’s degree in clinical counseling domain (e.g. mental health, clinical counseling, etc.), 
  3. Valid LPC counseling license issued by the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA),
  4. Minimum of three years documented experience as a licensed clinical counselor.


 

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Mesa County Valley School District 51

2115 GRAND AVENUE, GRAND JUNCTION, CO 81501-8063
 
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Compare with State

Amount per Student

$8,735 (USD)

State Average: $10,278 (USD)

% ELL Students

3%

State Average: 12%

Student Teacher Ratio

17.16

State Average: 17.36

% IEP Students

State Average: 11%

FTE

2,685

State Average: 415