Counselor (Secondary)

Blaine County School District No. 61 South Central / Twin Falls School/Guidance Counselor Secondary Full Time Posted 1M ago

About this job

TITLE: School Counselor
PAY GRADE: Certified Salary Schedule
FLSA: Exempt
SUPERVISOR: Building Principal and Assistant Principals
TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT: Days as designated per Negotiated Contract. Works on-site according to Principal's designated schedule.

Implements a preventative, proactive, and comprehensive school counseling program based on the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) National Model. Works with high school students to promote student success by implementing a comprehensive school counseling program that addresses the academic, career, and social/emotional needs of students. Reports to the Building Principal and Assistant Principals.

Master's Degree or higher. One (1) year of related experience. Hold a valid Idaho Pupil Personnel Services Certificate endorsed for Counselor K/12 or Advanced Counselor K/12. Spanish Language proficiency or bilingualism preferred.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: (This list of essential duties is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by positions in this class. It does not imply that all positions within the class perform all of the duties listed, nor does it necessarily list all possible duties that may be assigned.)
* Participates, as part of the counseling team, in the development and management of a comprehensive school counseling program based on the ASCA National Model.
* Plans, organizes, and implements the comprehensive program.
* Delivers and implement the guidance curriculum using effective instructional skills and careful planning of structured classroom lessons and small group sessions.
* Implements the individual student planning component by guiding individuals and groups of students and their parents through the development of education and career planning.
* Implements responsive services through the effective use of individual and small group counseling, consultation, and referral skills.
* Implements systems support through effective guidance program management and support for other educational programs.
* Meets with Administration at the beginning of each school year to discuss the counseling department management system and the program action plans using a yearly counselor/principal agreement to ensure accountability of the counseling program.
* Demonstrates current awareness of trends related to post-secondary opportunities for all students.
* Monitors students on a regular basis as they progress in school.
* Develops, maintains, and implements an annual calendar and weekly calendars to have an efficiently run counseling program.
* Provides social, emotional, and academic support to students and their families.
* Provides family and parent counseling.
* Develops a results evaluation for the counseling program.
* Conducts an annual audit of the school counseling program.
* Uses data to establish goals and activities to close the achievement, opportunity, and information gap.
* Uses data and develops strategies to effectively address policies, practices, and procedures leading to successes, systemic barriers, and areas of weakness.
* Meets with the Counseling Advisory Committee throughout the school year to share the results of the counseling program.
* Serves as a system change agent and uses the skills of leadership, advocacy, and collaboration to create systemic change to improve the academic and career outcomes for all students.
* Initiates, assembles, maintains, and interprets accurate records, including cumulative progress records and uniform transcript records of assigned students.
* Develops, implements, and communicates 504 plans for individual students and collaborates with families and staff to establish support and understanding of the 504 plan.
* Attends various evening meetings.
* Travels between schools in Blaine County and to meetings/conferences as assigned.

Knowledge of current principles, theories, methods, techniques, research, and strategies pertaining to the ASCA National Model. Knowledge of current technology. Ability to plan, organize, develop, and conduct a comprehensive counseling/guidance program for students at the high school level. Ability to work with diverse populations and cultures. Ability to teach school counseling competencies in a classroom. Ability to advocate for school counseling programs to all stakeholder groups. Ability to participate in school counselor best-practice training at the local, state, and/or national level. Ability to use data as a guide when deciding school counseling program direction and emphasis. Ability to effectively present information to, regularly interact with, and respond to questions from staff, students, parents, and the public. Ability to work effectively with peers, administrators, and others. Ability to work under limited supervision using standardized practices and/or methods and tracking budget expenditures. Ability to use small office equipment and computers. Ability to perform duties with awareness of all District requirements, Board of Education policies, and applicable State and Federal laws.

The job is performed in a generally hazard free environment under minimal temperature variations. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, sit, and walk; use mental acuity and repetitive motion; use hands to hold, move, feel and manipulate objects; reach with hands and arms. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. Specific speaking and hearing abilities required by this job include expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word and receiving detailed information through oral communication. Performs light work exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects.

Education required

Master's Degree


Equal Opportunity Employer Statement

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