Purpose and Scope
The essential function of the position within the organization is to assist in planning, implement and assess the school's guidance program designed to increase the academic, social, emotional and environmental strengths of students. The position is responsible for performing both professional and administrative tasks as necessary. The position works independently, reporting major activities through periodic meetings.
Essential Job Functions
1.Implements a comprehensive guidance and counseling program based on state and District standards; collaborates with supervisor, other counselors, principal, assistant principals, faculty, staff and community resources in the planning, coordination and assessment of the counseling program.2.Counsel individuals and groups of students in setting and developing strategies for the achievement of academic, social/personal development and other identified goals.3.Facilitate crisis intervention as needed to ensure school/student safety.4.Provides peer mediation as needed for students. 5.Works to discover and develop special abilities of students.6.Work to resolve students' educational handicaps. 7.Administers various tests to assess the development and needs of students.8.Provide referrals to various school, District and community services when appropriate.9.Establishes and maintains confidential student case files; prepares and submits required records and reports. 10.Attend meetings with staff and service providers to discuss individual student education plans and progress.11.Conducts conferences with parents to discuss student progress and problems; assists in presenting parent workshops as required.12.Participate with the principal and assistant principal the coordination of student registration, course selection and student scheduling.13.Conduct data analysis of attendance, detention and failure rates and other factors to help determine guidance counseling needs in assigned school.14.May assist in monitoring students during recess and in the cafeteria, and/or during student drop-off or dismissal.15.Receives and responds to inquiries, concerns and complaints in areas of responsibility.16.Performs routine administrative/office tasks as required, including but not limited to preparing correspondence, copying and filing documents, answering the telephone, sending and receiving faxes, entering and retrieving computer data, ordering supplies.17.Attend training, conferences and workshops as appropriate to enhance job knowledge and skills.18.Performs other related duties as assigned or directed.
Requires a Master's degree in School Counseling from an accredited college or university.
Requires state certification in Guidance and Counseling. Requires a valid state driver's license.
Requires (4) four years of related experience; previous classroom teaching experience preferred.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Knowledge of theories, principles, and concepts of guidance and/or counseling or related field; ability to evaluate students; skilled in implementing a comprehensive guidance and counseling program; knowledge of state and district counseling standards; ability to collaborate with staff and peers in the coordination and assessment of programs; skill in counseling individuals and groups; ability to administer tests for assessment of students; skill in writing concise. Logical, grammatically correct analytical reports; ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing; ability to interpret, adapt, and apply guidelines and procedures; skill in encouraging individuals on a personal, caring basis; ability to work with confidential issues and information in a secure manner; skill in data analysis to help determine guidance counseling needs.
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