School Counselor

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Start Date
12/02/2021
Position Areas
Pupil Services

Description

TITLE: GUIDANCE COUNSELOR
 
QUALIFICATIONS:                        
1. Master’s degree from an accredited educational institution.
2. Certified as a Guidance Counselor by the state of Florida.
3. Such alternatives to the above qualifications as the board may find appropriate and acceptable.
 
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
Subject to the requirements of particular grade level configuration, the following will apply: Knowledge of child development and especially of characteristics of children in the age group assigned. Knowledge of current educational research, especially in the field of guidance and counseling.  Basic understanding and knowledge of use of current technology in the field.  Knowledge of varied learning styles and skill in using varied methods to counsel students with different learning styles.  Knowledge and skill in crisis prevention, intervention and arbitration techniques.  Knowledge of and skill in career counseling.  Knowledge of student referral procedures for special assistance.  Knowledge of graduation requirements, college admission requirements, scholarship opportunities for students, requirements for Bright Futures Scholarship Programs.  Skill in oral and written communication with students, parents, and others.  Ability to plan and implement activities for maximum effectiveness.  Ability to effectively assess levels of student ability and achievement, administer a variety of standardized tests, analyze and explain test results and prescribe actions for improvement.  Ability to work effectively with students, peers, administrators, community agencies, parents, and others.
 
REPORTS TO:                                  Site Principal
 
JOB GOAL: To provide guidance and counseling services to students, parents, and teachers so that students are able to reach their greatest physical, emotional, psychological, and behavioral potential.
 
SUPERVISES: Staff as assigned
 
PERFORMANCE RESPONSIBILITIES:
 
1. Develop guidance programs based on developmental needs of students, needs assessments, and school and district priorities.
2. Establish long and short-range plans based on student needs, as well as school, district, and state priorities.
3. Participate in child Study/Collaborative Problem Solving, eligibility, and IEP committees, as assigned, to help meet the needs of identified students.
4. Establish priorities and an implementation schedule for counseling and student service programs.
5. Communicate goals and services of the counseling programs to school administration, staff, students, and parents.
6. Participate in multi disciplinary conferences concerning individual cases of special need, including academic, social, cultural, emotional, and economic.

7. Review, evaluate, and select a variety of materials to support a well-balanced counseling program.
8. Implement, coordinate, and monitor school-wide counseling services and activities.
9. Establish and follow procedures for appropriate intervention in accordance with school, district, and state laws, rules, and policies.
10. Maintain student records according to established guidelines.
11. Contribute to the effective operation of the school, including participation in school-wide events, committees, and supervisory responsibilities to assure student safety.
12. Establish an environment for an effective counseling program.
13. Use technology resources effectively.
14. Demonstrate knowledge of theories, techniques, and instruments used for assessment.
15. Administer tests, interpret scores, and communicate results.
16. Explain nature and purpose of assessment in an understandable manner, including its uses and limitations, and provide feedback to appropriate individuals.
17. Exercise confidentiality in the sharing of test results.
18. Use relevant assessment data to make recommendations to students, parents, teachers, and other professionals.
19. Evaluate counseling program objectives, including using feedback from students, parents, and staff.
20. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of guidance and counseling principles, programs, and services.
21. Provide personal/social growth counseling, including individual and group, concerning academic success, understanding of self and others, communication skills, decision making, relationship skills, conflict resolution, goal setting, and effective coping skills necessary to refuse participation in substance abuse and physical violence.
22. Recognize, appreciate, and serve the cultural differences and special needs of individuals and families.
23. Recognize overt indicators of student distress or abuse and take appropriate intervention, referral, or reporting actions.
24. Provide crisis intervention services, including follow-up services as appropriate.
25. Develop transitional services by orienting new students and their parents and assisting students moving from grade to grade or school to school.
26. Provide interventions for at-risk students and those with special learning and behavioral needs.
27. Provide students with programs for career awareness and development of work/study skills.

28. Develop with each student (at the secondary level) a comprehensive educational/career plan which targets high school completion, exploration and requirements of post-secondary opportunities, criteria for scholarships, and financial aid information.
29. Consult with students, parents, teachers, and other school staff to assist in meeting needs of students.
30. Work effectively with parents.
31. Serve as an advocate for students.
32. Establish an effective working relationship with outside services and make appropriate referrals for psychological, social work, health, or community services.
33. Provide information and/or inservice to teachers, administrators, and other school staff.
34. Keep abreast of current trends in counseling and guidance.
35. Engage in continuing improvement of professional knowledge and skills.
36. Maintain professional and ethical standards as outlined by the American School Counselor Association and the Code of Ethics and Principles of Conduct of the Education Profession in Florida.
37. Keep abreast of student/school legal issues and follow established procedures.
38. Perform and fulfill professional responsibilities.
39  Ensure that student growth/development is continuous and appropriate for age group and/or student program classification.          
40. Performs other incidental tasks consistent with the goals and objectives of this position.
41. All other such job related duties as shall be assigned by the immediate supervisor, the Superintendent of Schools, or the Board.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Light work:  Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 10 pounds of force as frequently as needed to move objects.
 
TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT: Salary and benefits shall be paid consistent with the district’s board-approved salary schedule.  Length of
the work year and hours of employment shall be those established by the district.
 
EVALUATION: Performance of this position will be evaluated by the immediate supervisor.
 
ADOPTED: 9/22/98

Posted By

Hendry County School District

P.O. Box 1980 , LaBelle, FL 33975
 

At the following locations

Clewiston Middle School

601 W. Oscelo Ave , Clewiston, FL 33440