Counselor - Middle Level
JOB TITLE: Counselor
DEPARTMENT: Owasso Middle Level Schools
REPORTS TO: Principal
FLSA STATUS: Exempt
CONTRACT STATUS: Full-time / 180-days / Extra Duty 15 days
SALARY SCHEDULE: Certified / Extra Duty 5%
APPROVED BY: Human Resources
APPROVED DATE: 4/2/19
SUMMARY: Focus on the academic, career, and personal/social domains of each child. These domains provide essential skills to help students and parents make decisions and prepare for further education of each child.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: These statements are intended to describe the responsibilities assigned to this position and are not intended to represent an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required.
Assist school staff and consult with parents concerning student class placement.
Identify children at risk and respond to their needs by a referral process for special services.
Assess learning needs and know where to find help through special programs or tutoring.
Work with students to enhance motivation to learn.
Provide guidance activities, which are regular and ongoing throughout the school year.
Work with students on an individual basis in the solution of personal problems related to problems such as home and family relations, health, and emotional adjustment.
Assist students in the development of good study skills, test-taking and organizational skills.
Provide activities to help students become aware of the world of work/career interests.
Counsel students who are unable to resolve conflicts in an acceptable manner.
Provide individual counseling to help students develop solutions to problems.
Assist with activities in the classroom that illustrate the importance of practicing self-control/anger management.
Coordinate activities that encourage communication among student and others.
Provide classroom guidance activities to help students know when to seek the help of an adult.
Inform parents of the state test dates scheduled and distribute the guides from the state department.
Provide guidance activities to motivate and prepare students for the student-testing program.
Complete orientation and transition activities with Kindergarten Klinic and Sixth Grade Center.
Consult with staff and parents concerning student promotion, retention and placement for the upcoming year.
Prepare for the needed resources and testing materials for the special services, gifted, and other forms through the main administration offices.
Consult with the Owasso Community Resources concerning needs in the student population for school supplies, food, and clothing, utility bills, holiday gifts, glasses and other services, which would benefit the child.
Develop a climate of trust between the staff, parent, community and administration concerning the counseling program and counselor.
Administer or monitor group tests.
Assists with special projects.
All other duties as assigned by the administrator.
QUALIFICATION: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The 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 the essential functions.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:
Bachelor’s Degree in Education or related field
Master’s Degree in Counseling or related field
Valid Oklahoma School Counselor Certificate
KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS/ABILITIES: Computer literate; excellent written and oral communication ability; strong knowledge of rules, regulations, policies and laws applicable to education and special education. Ability to follow all district policies and procedures. Ability to work independently, displaying initiative and enthusiasm for the tasks being done. Demonstrating strong communication skills, orally and in writing, with faculty, staff, team members, and administrators. Ability to work without supervision, and work as a team player. Ability to document records accurately. Ability to manage confidential information in a manner that respects students, families, and employees. Ability to listen effectively.
LANGUAGE SKILLS: Ability to read, analyze, and interpret English language including common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents.
MATHEMATICAL SKILLS: Ability to apply advanced mathematical concepts and mathematical operations to such tasks as frequency distribution, determination of test reliability and validity, analysis of variance, correlation techniques, sampling theory, and factor analysis.
REASONING ABILITY: Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out written and oral instructions. Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee regularly is required to stand, sit, and walk.
The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 30 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision and the ability to adjust focus.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Primarily inside working conditions; some exposure to environmental conditions during outside duty. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.