Full Time Elementary School Counselor - Iron Springs Elementary and Fiddlers Canyon Elementary
ICSD Human Resource Services
Certified Employee Job Description
Department: Elementary School Date Prepared: 02/2021
Job Title: Elementary Counselor
Classification (FLSA Status): Exempt
Lane/Salary Grade: Educator
Location: Fiddlers and Iron Springs Elementary
This position will be split 50/50 between these 2 schools.
Under the direction of the building principal, the School Counselor - Elementary plans and provides appropriate services for students; provides an atmosphere and environment conducive to the intellectual, physical, social and emotional development of all students; and monitors and evaluates student outcomes. They collaborate with teachers, administrators, district psychologists, licensed social workers, school nurses, parents, and community groups to promote the success of each student; develops, selects and modifies guidance lessons and materials to meet the needs of all students, and supports the school PBIS and SEL Programs. They meet with students individually, in small groups, or in classroom sessions. School Counselors - Elementary will also help students transition from elementary to secondary schools.
Job Title: Elementary Counselor
Supervisor’s Title: School Principal
Jobs Reporting to this Title: None
Summary and Overall Objective:
The purpose of the School Counselor in the school setting is to promote and enhance the learning process of every student, and, assist all students academically, socially, emotionally and behaviorally by providing activities to help them become successful global citizens.
Essential Functions Duties and Responsibilities:
Discuss the school counseling program and action plans with the school administrator
Provide services to students in the areas of academic, personal/social, and career development as needed
Counsel students individually and in small groups
Conduct classroom guidance activities
Review school data periodically to ensure that the school counseling program is meeting the academic, career, and personal/social development of all students
Prepare reports, records, lists, and all other required information and data
Encourage teacher/parent communication and community involvement
Assist students in conflict resolution
Manage crises as a member of the school PBIS and behavior team
Assist in the identification of students with special needs
Interpret student records
Initiate student programs
Supports the school PBIS and SEL Programs
Refer students to appropriate school personnel and community agencies
Participate in any required district, child services, 504, or other related meetings
Participate in parent/teacher conferences as needed
Serve as a resource for school personnel and parents.
Maintain a variety of files/records and departmental library of supplementary and reference materials
Collaborate with the school's social worker to determine best placement for a student's case file as needed.
Follow required procedures and practices
Submit monthly time and task reports electronically as requested
Attend district-wide counselor meetings
Participate in professional development activities that relate to counseling and related school programs
Provide leadership and collaborate with other educators in the school-wide integration of USBE’s School Counseling Program model
Implement an effective referral and follow-up process
Use 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
Conduct parent education classes as needed
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 from a college or university.
Preferred Education and Job Related Experience:
Experience working in a K-6 environment.
An ESL endorsement would be beneficial.
Required Licenses and Certifications:
An active Utah School Counselor K-12 License is required.
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:
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 200 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.