Norman Public Schools
Elementary School Counselor Job Description
Job Title: Elementary School Counselor.
Credentials: Current Oklahoma Teaching Certificate as an Elementary/Secondary School Counselor.
Education: Master’s Degree.
Training or Experience required: Classroom teaching experience as required by Oklahoma State Department of Education.
Reports to: Building Administrator; Director of Guidance and Counseling.
Contract: 190 days.
FLSA Classification: Exempt.
Essential Job Functions:
Coordinate and gather information for Special Services (referrals, eligibilities, interventions, IEPs, and auxiliary services.
Perform applicable job junctions of Classroom Teacher.
Lead guidance activities with regular classrooms.
Conduct small groups for guidance/counseling.
Aid students’ course and subject selection.
Obtain and disseminate career information to students and classes studying occupations.
Assist students in evaluating their aptitudes and abilities through the interpretation of individual standardized test scores and other pertinent data and work with students in evolving education plans in terms of such evaluation.
Work to discover and develop special abilities of students.
Facilitate interventions and adaptations for students with academic or learning problems.
Register new students to the school and orient them to school procedures and the schools’ varied opportunities for learning.
Conduct dropout prevention activities (drug and alcohol education, violence prevention, AIDS education etc.)
Help students evaluate career interests and choices.
Remain readily available to students so as to provide counseling that will lead ach student to increase personal growth, self-understanding, maturity, and academic growth.
Work with students on an individual basis in the solution of personal problems related to such areas as home and family relations, health, and emotional adjustments.
Plan guidance and field trips to schools, colleges, and industry for interested students.
Maintain student records and protect their confidentiality.
Coordinate district standardized testing programs.
Networks with counselors at other school sites.
Coordinate screening for students in vision, hearing, scoliosis, and other disabilities.
Attend job-appropriate professional meetings.
Consult with teachers and parents about student progress and needs.
Plan and implement in-service activities for school staff regarding guidance matters.
Facilitate Operation School Bell and other community opportunities for students.
Work with administrator to coordinate crisis intervention procedures.
Perform other duties as assigned by your Supervisor.
Personnel – Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations, and personnel information systems.
English Language – Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language, including the definition and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Mathematics – Knowledge of arithmetic, and basic computations regarding addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division using whole numbers, fractions, decimals, and percentages.
Customer and Personal Services – Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes when a customer needs assessment and meeting the quality standards for services and the evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Communication Skills: Employees must possess and demonstrate effective communication skills as he/she exchanges information, gives and receives instructions, respond to inquiries, complete forms, and prepares correspondence. Employees must have the ability to write legibly. An employee must also demonstrate an excellent knowledge of grammatical structure, spelling and vocabulary. Employees must communicate in a clear and grammatically correct manner at all times.
Performance Measures: An employee performs skilled, professional leveled tasks under limited supervision to provide the appropriate teaching strategies and environment for student learning. This includes but is not limited to; developing lesson plans, teaching, evaluating student progress, assigning grades, accomplishing curriculum objectives, meeting with parents and staff to enhance the learning process and growth of the students, utilizing discretion, ingenuity, and independent judgment to meet the challenges of the job. Employees must establish guidelines/syllabus with the appropriate instructional objectives, maintain classroom discipline, encourages learning with effective teaching techniques, and promotes acquisition of skills and knowledge to apply principles, theories, and other learning objectives. Employees must also monitor student progress (grading, feedback, behavior. etc..), provide an environment that encourages independent thinking and demonstrate a care and assistance for students with special concerns or needs.
Contact with Others: An employee has regular contact with patrons, students, and staff. Employees must; interpret and translate facts and information; explain situations and issues; identify alternative courses of action; and maintain confidentiality of sensitive information.
Oral Comprehension – The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented to you through spoken words and sentences.
Oral Expression – The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Written Comprehension – The ability to read and understand the information and ideas presents in writing.
Written Expression – The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Problem Sensitivity – The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing one is there.
Speech Clarity – The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
Speech Recognition – The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
Deductive Reasoning – The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Near Vision – The ability to see details at a close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Mathematical Reasoning – The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates – Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephones, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
Getting Information – Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
Analyzing Data or Information – Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
Making Decisions and Solving Problems – Analyzing information and evaluation results to choose the best solution and solve the problem.
Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships – Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
Interacting with Computers – Using computers and computer systems (including software and hardware) to program, setup functions, and enter data or process information.
Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge – Keeping up-to-date technically and applying knowledge to your job.
Organizing, Planning and Prioritizing Work – Developing specific goals and plan to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
Processing Information – Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating auditing, or verifying information and data.