High School Counselor
ICSD Human Resource Services
Certified Employee Job Description
Department: High School Date Prepared: 02/2021
Job Title: Secondary Counselor
Classification (FLSA Status): Exempt
Lane/Salary Grade: Educator
Location: Canyon View High School
School counselors help students make decisions that affect their personal and academic development. Often they can be found working with classroom teachers, school psychologists, Licensed Social Workers, school nurses, parents, and community groups. They meet with students individually or in group sessions. Counselors help students choose courses that will affect their later careers. They also provide students with scholarship information, training manuals, and college catalogs. The School Counselor is responsible for providing comprehensive developmental guidance and counseling services to students in the area of academic achievement, career and educational decision making, and personal/social development. The Counselor acts as a consultant in this regard to school personnel, parents, and the community.
Job Title: Elementary Counselor
Supervisor’s Title: School Principal
Jobs Reporting to this Title:
Summary and Overall Objective:
The purpose of the School Counselor in the school setting is to promote and enhance the learning process and career path of every student.
Essential Functions Duties and Responsibilities:
Discusses the comprehensive school counseling program and action plans with the school administrator.
Plan and maintain an effective Comprehensive School Counseling Program.
Develop and maintain a written plan for effective delivery of the school counseling program based on USOE’s Comprehensive Counseling and Guidance Program model.
Communicates the goals of the comprehensive school counseling program to education stakeholders.
Maintains current and appropriate program data for education stakeholders.
Uses at least 80% of time providing direct services through the Guidance Curriculum, Individual Student Planning and Preventive and Responsive Services and most remaining time in program management, system support and accountability.
Provides leadership and collaborates with other educators in the school-wide integration of USBE’s Comprehensive Counseling and Guidance Program model.
Implements developmentally appropriate and prevention-oriented group activities to meet student needs and school goals.
Assists all students, individually or in groups, with developing academic, career and personal/social skills/behavioral, goals and plans.
Collects, organizes, and analyzes information about individuals through records, assessments, interviews, and professional sources, to appraise their interests, aptitudes, abilities, and personality characteristics, for vocational and educational planning.
Compiles and studies occupational, educational, and economic information to aid counselees in making and carrying out vocational and educational objectives.
Refers students to placement service.
Assists individuals to understand and overcome social and emotional problems.
Engages in research and follow-up activities to evaluate counseling techniques.
Accurately and appropriately interprets and utilizes student data.
Collaborates with parents/guardians and educators to assist students with educational and career planning.
Provides individual and group counseling to students with identified concerns and needs.
Consults and collaborates effectively with parents/guardians, teachers, administrators and other educational/community resources regarding students with identified concerns and needs.
Implements an effective referral and follow-up process.
Accurately and appropriately uses assessment procedures for determining and structuring individual and group counseling services.
Provides appropriate information to staff related to the comprehensive school counseling program
Assists in the facilitation of school tests, i.e. Advanced Placement, ACT, Aspire., etc.
Assists teachers, parents/guardians and other stakeholders in interpreting and understanding student data.
Participates in professional development activities to improve knowledge and skills.
Uses available technology resources to enhance the school counseling program such as websites, interest surveys, career explorations, and links to community resources.
Work with the administration to create, coordinate and implement student orientation programs for incoming students.
The counselor will act as a consultant as the administration creates, coordinates and implements student/teacher schedules. The counselor is active in presenting the registration materials to the students, adjusting changes with students’ registration as it relates to individual student planning.
Supervises all aspects of student records including obtaining and forwarding records, academic, testing, etc., maintained by counseling personnel.
Monitor students’ progress towards graduation, identifies credit deficiencies, and facilitates post secondary plans.
Manages and participates in placement, including jobs for students, military organizations, colleges, vocational schools, apprenticeship programs, scholarships, etc.
Advocates for the students of the school.
Conduct parent education classes as needed
Promote and support students in attaining ASCA National Standards for School Counseling Programs.
Join and participate in appropriate professional organizations, and continue to further their academic involvement.
Is responsible for understanding and adhering to laws, district policies, and procedures.
Predictable and reliable attendance.
During times of state or district emergency, all employees may be required to perform additional duties that are not required on a normal basis in support of educational and operational priorities. e.g. Performs general cleaning and sanitizing of work areas, provides remote assistance to students and staff, and any other reasonable duty as needed.
Teachers are expected to dress in good taste and be well groomed, befitting to members of a respected profession. Cleanliness of self and attire, neatness, and attractive grooming are stressed and expected. Teachers should always dress in a manner that professionally sets them apart from students. Exceptions to the dress limitations are school approved special events or activities.
Competencies (Knowledge, skills, abilities):
Requires strong oral and written communication skills with students, parents, and staff
Requires strong computer and educational technological skills
Requires effective problem solving, organizational, multi-tasking, and time management skills
Ability to implement effective counseling strategies
Ability to create and engage students in guidance curriculum in small groups to large assemblies
Ability to establish and maintain a positive learning environment
Ability to calmly handle crisis issues
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with pupils, parents, school staff, district staff, and patrons
Ability to work as a member of a team as well as the ability to work independently with little direct supervision
Ability to read, write, and communicate effectively in English at a level required for successful job performance.
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret technical journals and legal documents.
Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from parents, community, and staff members.
Ability to effectively present information to parents, community, and students.
Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.
Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.
Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out essential duties of this position.
Ability to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form.
Ability to troubleshoot and solve problems involving concrete variables situations.
Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
Ability to apply knowledge of current research and theory to instructional programs
Ability to plan and implement lessons based on grade level objectives and the needs and abilities of students to whom assigned.
Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with students, peers and parents; skill in oral and written communication.
This description should not be construed to contain every function/responsibility that may be required to be performed by an incumbent in this job. Incumbents are required to perform other related functions as assigned.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the education, knowledge and experience requirements; the machines, tools and equipment used; and any licenses or certifications required.
Required Education and Experience:
Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from four-year college or university.
Preferred Education and Job Related Experience:
Experience working in a K-12 environment.
Required Licenses and Certifications:
An active Utah School Counselor K-12 License is required. An ESL endorsement would be beneficial.
Iron County School District expects all employees to practice high standards of moral and ethical conduct which are consistent with the values taught in our schools.
All employees are expected to be law abiding, ethical and honest; and demonstrate respect for the dignity of all students, colleagues, parents and members of the community.
All employees are expected to adhere to all district policies while employed.
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.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works in outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to handle, or feel, and talk or hear.
The employee frequently is required to stand, walk, and reach with hands and arms.
The employee is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and taste or smell.
The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
Machines, Tools, Equipment Used:
Classroom Technology Tools (i.e., projector, document camera, etc.)
Contact with dissatisfied individuals
Expected Work Hours:
7 hrs/day during regular school hours
Some local and out of town travel may be required
Personal transportation to and from work is required
Terms of Employment:
Full-time 190 Contract Days
Performance of this job will be evaluated in accordance with provisions of the board’s policy on Evaluation of Certified Personnel.
The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the American with Disabilities Act (A.D.A) and is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change or new ones may be assigned at any time with or without notice.
Iron County School District is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity and does not discriminate in the terms, conditions, or privileges of employment on account of race, age, color, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, religion, or otherwise as may be prohibited by federal and state law.