Director of Counseling and Student Advocacy

Job | Posted 12 days ago
Position Areas
State Education Agency


Norman Public Schools
Director of Counseling And Student Advocacy

Job Title: Director of Counseling and Student Advocacy


Credentials: Current Oklahoma Teaching Certificate; School Counseling Certificate.  Administrative Certification preferred


Education: Master's Degree or Certification in School Counseling


Training or experience required: Minimum of five years school counseling and/or administrative experience.


Site: Administrative Services Center


Reports to: Executive Director of Student Services


Contract: 260 days


FLSA Classification: Exempt


Essential Job Functions:


  • Provides school counselor leadership and coordination for student academic achievement, Pre-K - 12th grades.

  • Focuses on secondary achievement that leads to high school graduation and post-secondary education. 

  • Stays actively involved in all practices and/or policies that affect student enrollment and graduation including but not limited to: concurrent enrollment, Advanced Placement courses, transcript process, NCAA Clearinghouse, OSDE/legislative changes and accreditation. 

  • Implements the school counseling program district-wide, in all schools, by working directly with the school counselors and their administrators to develop a comprehensive counseling program aligned with the District's mission, vision and values.

  • Supervises school-based counseling programs and practices for students

  • Approves all school-based counseling programs and practices prior to implementation

  • Maintains a School Counseling Program which is a multi-tiered approach addressing accurate academic enrollment and career advisement at all levels

  • Coordinates with Career Tech programs to assist all types of learners.

  • Includes in the school counseling domain the basic physical needs and community resources available to students, evidence-based prevention curriculum for Pre-k- 8th grade, social/emotional programing for elementary and secondary students, crisis response for students and staff sufferimg personal loss, suicide intervention, mental health services for students and resources for staff

  • Leads the Student Advocacy Program

  • Leads the district's Crisis Response Team

  • Oversees and implementation of the Alternative to Suspension Program  .

  • Manages the Alternative to Suspension Program, per board policy, created for students who have been suspended for school drug/alcohol violations. Provides school consultation and parent/ student conferences to coordinate with educational support classes to reduce suspensions.

  • Educates and consults district-wide regarding Department of Human Services and mandatory reporting/DHS investigations.  Maintains district employee DHS reporting and investigations.


Additional areas of responsibility: 

  • Approves therapy and service dogs/animals per board policy

  • Implements prevention curricula

  • Maintains data on high risk behaviors/interventions of students including collaborative work with other district leaders and school-based counseling staff on Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS)

  • Consults on bullying behavior incidents and assists with collection of site reporting documents

  • Coordinates a variety of community services directly related to NPS

  • Completes of the annual OSDE Behavior Incident Report in June.

  • Coordinates Operation School Bell and all partnership activities with Assistance League of Norman

  • Coordinates Regional Food Bank Backpack Program with the elementary schools

  • Coordinates Junior League of Norman's Middle School Backpack Program

  • Oversees the distribution of the Norman Board of Realtors donations to assist families in need and maintain documentation.

  • Oversees the assignment and implementation of social work practicum and school counselor internship students.

  • Annual writes/reviews the Department of Justice's Victims of Crime federal grant (VOCA)

  • Supervises and evaluates support personnel assigned to counseling/advocacy office.


Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

An employee in this position must be able to communicate clearly both orally and in writing. They must possess the ability to utilize and promote participatory management techniques/collaboration. Must possess personal characteristics including, but not limited to collaboration, inclusion, integrity, poise, perspective, humility, flexibility, empathy, sound judgment, and professionalism necessary for success as an administrator in the Norman Public Schools district.


An employee in this position must work collaboratively with students, parents, school counselors, advocates, administrators, staff and community partners.  They must be able to handle conflict and utilize problem solving strategies. 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. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to handle or feel and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to fifty (50) pounds.. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.  The employee in this position must be available for contact beyond standard work hours should an emergency or crisis occur.

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Norman Public Schools

131 South Flood , Norman, OK 73069

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131 S FLOOD AVE , NORMAN, OK 73069