School Guidance Counselor
Must hold a certificate issued by Arizona State Department of Education.
The certificate position area must be in Counselor/Guidance.
The certificate must be in one of the following grades: Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th.
The certificate status must be active or about to graduate from a state-approved teacher preparation program.
SUMMARY: The Pendergast District Guidance and Counseling Program is purposefully designed to support the mission of the school district and its goals. The program helps students to understand themselves, to understand their relationships with others, and to acquire the ability to make decisions that contribute to productive, responsible, and culturally enriched lives. It is a cooperative, coordinated, school-wide program involving family, community and staff. A counselor provides a comprehensive guidance program for students in grades K-8. The counselor provides activities to meet the needs of the students, consults with teachers, staff and parents to enhance their effectiveness in helping students, and provides support to other elementary educational programs.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: 1. Guide and counsel preventative and developmental groups and individual students. Conduct guidance learning activities in the classroom and small groups as planned in conjunction with school administration and teachers; consult with/or be a resource person for teachers to facilitate the infusion of guidance learning activities into the regular curricula. 2. Counsel small groups and individual students with problems; conduct structured, goal oriented counseling sessions to meet the identified needs of individuals or groups of students. Session topics at the elementary level may include self awareness, self identity, academic problems, behavior problems, family issues, child abuse and substance abuse. 3. Consult with teachers, staff and parents regarding meeting the developmental needs of students, helping people to more effectively work with others. Helps individuals think through problems and concerns, acquire more knowledge and skill, and become more objective and self-confident. 4. Refer families to appropriate community resources. Consult and coordinate with in-district and community agencies, such as school psychologists, nursed, administrators and community based psychologists, service agencies and physicians. 5. Participate, coordinate or conduct activities which contribute to the effective operations of the school. Establish effective liaisons with all grade levels; act as an advocate for the students as appropriate in conjunction with other staff; assist other school staff in the placement of students with special needs (MET); participate with the administration and faculty as a team member.
6. Participates in evaluating and revising the guidance program. Review periodically with staff and administration the guidance program and evaluate guidance activities. 7. Pursue professional growth. Attend state and local staff development programs and conferences; join professional associations (ASCA and AZSCA, etc.); read professional organizations; take post graduate courses. 8. Perform such other duties and assumes such other responsibilities as may be assigned by the Superintendent/Designee.