HS Counselor for Idaho Technical Career Academy - an online school

Idaho Technical Career Academy Southwest / Boise Career Technical Education Not Applicable Posted 2M ago

About this job

PROFESSIONAL SCHOOL COUNSELOR
When you join the team at Idaho Technical Career Academy (ITCA), you join a team of dedicated professionals working all over the state in a virtual environment to ensure the success of our families and students who are using the K12 curriculum to meet their educational needs and goals, grades 9-12. We are committed to our mission statement of providing Idaho students with an excellent education, grounded in high academic standards, which will help them achieve their full academic and social potential.
The core philosophy of the Idaho Technical Career Academy is that all young people can achieve academic excellence if they are provided rigorous instruction, high standards, informed guidance, and individual attention. Although we use the computer as a learning tool, we believe that education is primarily a human endeavor that relies on caring individuals, involved parents, and committed teachers.
We are excited that you are considering joining the ITCA staff, and we present this job description to you in an effort to communicate openly and honestly about the requirements and benefits of being on the ITCA team.

OVERVIEW
The professional school counselor’s role is to provide support for the school’s comprehensive guidance plan. The counselor helps students and teachers resolve problems that impede student learning. The counselor counsels students to acknowledge and manage personal conduct and helps students identify goals and make appropriate choices. The counselor helps develop and implement the school’s career guidance program. The counselor works with the teachers to maintain a positive learning experience and encourage parent involvement in the student’s education.

School Mission
The Idaho Technical Career Academy which opened its virtual doors for the first time in the fall of 2014. IDCCRA is a virtual career technical education charter school. It is designed to provide an occupational sequence of instruction that will prepare Idaho students to obtain the necessary technical skills needed to succeed. The essential design elements of the school are:

• Provide academic core curriculum aligned to state standards
• Provide a sequence of instruction in career-technical pathways
• A pathway is defined as a three year sequence of focused coursework in a particular career cluster
• All students will be continually enrolled in career technical coursework
• Each student will be placed with an advisory teacher
• The School will attempt to foster industry involvement


JOB DESCRIPTION
• The successful candidate for the Professional School Counselor position with ITCA will possess a current & valid Idaho Educational Credential with a Pupil Personnel Services & #7020-Counselor, K-12 endorsement.
• Because of Board Policy, only candidates currently living in or willing to relocate to the State of Idaho in time for the first all school Professional Development and in time to obtain the necessary licensing and educational credential/endorsement will be considered.
• Report to Academic Administrator, grades 9-12
• Develop positive relationships with Idaho colleges and universities to further the interests of ITCA students for post-secondary transition – Explore Test, ACT #
• Facilitate post-secondary transition services (college visitations, college application, scholarships, etc.) for junior and senior students
• Facilitate a plan (information services to students and parents, testing dates, sites, registration, marketing) to promote the participation of ITCA students in testing initiatives for college entrance (PLAN, PSAT, AP, ACT, SAT, ASVAB, etc.) – suggestions for improving attendance through marketing and messaging
• Manage the implementation of statewide “SAT Day” initiative (distribute information to juniors and parents, administer SAT training to proctor’s, set up testing locations, supervise student registration)
• Provide for student orientation to students, grades 9-12
• Oversee the development and maintenance of student transcripts
• Coordinate Care Team meetings and the implementation of Section 504 plans
• Participate in IEP meetings and work with the special education department on developing transition plans for juniors and seniors
• Serve as a resource for implementing drug-free initiatives at the high school level, participate on the school Safe and Drug Free advisory committee, and attend the regional SDFS meetings
• Help teaching and administrative staff address student concerns (e.g. excessive absences, at-risk behavior, mental/physical health, family/peer relations, etc.)
• Manage K12 Pathfinder Connect account for the school and train staff and students on the ways that it can be used at various levels
• Communicate high expectations and show an active interest in student progress, which includes checking student progress weekly and initiating red flag escalations
• Develop individualized learning plans for students on an alternate graduation path
• Consult with parents, licensed professional counselors, and service agencies as needed in accordance with confidentiality regulations
• Report evidence of suspected child abuse as required by law
• Participate in professional growth opportunities to remain current with innovative guidance strategies – K12, Elluminate, Time Management, Fall Inservice, local and state counseling organizations and trainings (COSAC, ISCA, ICGA)
• Work with the placement team to decide on appropriate student placement within the high school K12 curriculum
• Serve as the IDLA site coordinator and schedule students for summer school and correspondence courses
• Become knowledgeable of the high school curriculum in order to make sound academic placement decisions
• Travel throughout the state for various testing, promotional purposes when needed
• Perform other specific job related duties as directed

Compensation includes competitive salary commensurate with background and experience, and other similar programs, and a benefits package. The school will only consider top candidates with relevant experience, a proven track record and the necessary licensing & credential. Interested candidates should send a letter of interest, a copy of his/her current resume and a copy of his/her Idaho Educational Credential to: Mike Groshong, Human Resources Manager (mgroshong@k12.com).

Education required

minimum of a master's degree - see job description

Experience required

prefer that the successful candidate have at least 3 years of H.S. counseling experience

Skills required

Must be very computer literate - Microsoft Word, Office Products; see job descriptions

Benefits

This is a fulltime position with full benefits, health, dental & vision, PERSI etc.

Equal Opportunity Employer Statement

Idaho Technical Career Academy is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws. Additionally, we prohibit retaliation against individuals who oppose such discrimination and harassment or who participate in an equal opportunity investigation.