Shelby County Schools

  • FY19 - Bilingual Cultural Counselor

    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(6/11/2018 4:54 PM)
    Location Name
    English Second Language
    Salary Min
    USD $50,000.00/Yr.
    Salary Max
    USD $62,550.00/Yr.
    Central Office
    # of Openings
    Close Date
  • Purpose and Scope

    Provides supplemental support training and counseling to students and parents from Non English Language Backgrounds (NELB). Consults and mentors students and parents and collaborates with school staff to maximize NELB students’ educational growth and success in the schools and the community.

    Essential Job Functions

    1. Consults with English as a Second Language (ESL) Director, ESL teachers, and other school staff to assist in the registration and placement of Non English Language Backgrounds (NELB) students into appropriate ESL program schools.


    1. Counsels and assists NELB students in developing personal and educational goals, decision making skills, and understanding new choices and values.


    1. Counsels and supports NELB students individually or in a group setting on personal, social, emotional, educational, and career growth and development.


    1. Provides training to NELB parents and school staff to assist in understanding their child’s/student’s personal, cultural, social, academic, and career development.


    1. Provides training to NELB students and parents, that will assist them with their cultural adjustments to their new environment.


    1. Develops and conducts cultural workshops to school staff, SCS personnel, and American students about different countries and cultural groups represented in SCS.


    1. Provides written and oral translations for NELB parents/students and schools including transcripts.
    2. Collects and maintains accurate records and statistical data on students as mandated by federal, state, and Districts guidelines.


    1. Assists with the planning and operation of the ESL Summer Enrichment Program.


    1. Seeks additional resources and services that benefit NELB students/parents, through internal and external collaborative partnerships.


    1. Serves as a liaison and translator/ interpreter between NELB families and schools during parent conferences, Disciplinary Hearings Authority hearings (DHA), and Individualized Education Plan (IEP) meetings.


    1. Provides training workshops to Bilingual Mentors regarding community resources, school policies, registration processes, academic tools, graduation requirements, and college and career opportunities.


    1. Collaborates with SCS Truancy offices to conduct and translate truancy meetings required by SCS and by referring NELB parents to community resources as needed.


    1. Conducts home visits to NELB parents as needed for students who are chronically out of school.


    1. Assists the Bilingual Mentors by serving as a mediator between school staffs and NELB parents to support school policies.


    1. Follows and applies federal, state and district policies that are related to NELB parents and students.


    1. Performs special projects as assigned by the ESL Director.


    1. Performs other related duties as assigned or directed.


    Minimum Qualifications

    Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and/or foreign language plus an additional two (2) years related experience working with students in an instructional bilingual setting, or equivalent for a total of six (6) years education/experience. Proficient in the use of technology to include video presentation, word processing, database and spreadsheet applications. (PROOF OF EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND/OR EXPERIENCE IS REQUIRED)


    Degree Equivalency Formula:

    Bachelor’s Degree= 4 years plus required years of experience.

    Master’s Degree= 2 years plus required years of experience. Where Master’s degrees are required, years for Bachelor’s Degrees must be included. 


    Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

    • Must possess written and oral proficiency in English and another Language
    • Knowledge and experience of other cultures and/or languages.
    • Must possess the proper interpreting techniques (i.e. able to convey the idea of the source language in the target language on the spur of the moment, utilizing appropriate terminology)
    • Ability to learn and appropriately interpret/translate documents requiring specialized/technical, language
    • Ability to accurately translate and interpret for non-English speaking adults and children, utilizing specific terminology related to special education.


    Physical Requirements and Working Environment

    Physical Demands: Requires sedentary work involving standing or walking for brief periods, exerting up to 10 pounds of force on a regular basis; and some dexterity in operating office equipment; must be able to use hands and fingers for sign language.

    Unavoidable Hazards:  The position is exposed to no unusual environmental hazards.

    Sensory (ADA) Requirements: The position requires normal visual acuity and field of vision, hearing and speaking abilities.



    SCS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  SCS provides reasonable accommodations to qualified persons with disabilities. Prospective and current employees are encouraged to discuss ADA accommodations with management.



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