K-8 School Counselor

Palouse Prairie Charter School North Central / Lewiston Student Services Not Applicable Full Time Posted 2M ago

About this job

Provide emotional and academic counseling and guidance, individual and group, for students, and consultations, coordination, and information services for students, staff, and parents consistent with district benchmarks for comprehensive guidance and counseling.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
Ability to use effective oral and written communication skills.
Ability to listen and react professionally.
Ability to give and take directions.
Ability to remain flexible to changes in assignments or situations.
Ability to work independently.
Ability to set priorities.
Ability to maintain accurate records.
Ability to maintain confidentiality at all times.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with students, staff, parent, and community.
Ability to deal with staff and others in a warm and confident manner.
Ability to accept responsibility and make decisions.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university, minimum.
Demonstrated communication skills: written with proper format, punctuation, spelling, and grammar, using all parts of speech; speaking with poise, voice control and confidence, using correct English.
Demonstrates high energy and professionalism.
Apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagrammatic form.
Read a variety of materials with understanding.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
Three years counseling experience in public schools.

LICENSES AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS:
Idaho Pupil Personnel Services Certificate endorsed for Counselor K-12.
Must be able to pass all applicable background checks.

WORKING CONDITIONS:
ENVIRONMENT:
Office environment: constant interruptions.

PHYSICAL ABILITIES:
Requires frequent standing, walking, and sitting. Be able to work efficiently while experiencing frequent interruptions and schedule changes. Required to deal with a wide range of situations, behaviors and information.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS, DUTIES, AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Provides individual and group educational and social-personal counseling for all students.
Provide students with mental health guidance.
Implement social and emotional curriuclum in classrooms
Ability to handle high pressure situations.
Communicate effectively with district staff.
Provides for developmental classroom-guidance activities.
Consults with parents regarding parenting concerns and problems that are related to students’ school adjustment and performance.
Works with teachers and principal to create a positive learning environment throughout the school.
Identifies and refers children in need of specialized services and instruction.
Helps with orientation of students involved in grade level changes, transfer, and entry within and outside the district.
Ability to relate in a positive way to the full range of students staff, parents, and community.
Ability to work cooperatively with other staff, administrator, and support personnel in a team approach to solve individual learning problems.
Ability to apply group problem solving and team development skills while working with a variety of groups.
Ability to maintain confidentiality.

Why Teach at Palouse Prairie Charter School?
EL Education schools were founded on the ideals of Outward Bound and organize their curriculum around rigorous, multidisciplinary learning units called expeditions. The PPCS faculty enjoy a high degree of autonomy and responsibility in all aspects of the school program, including team-teaching; caring for students; developing curriculum and standards; leading students in service on and off campus; experiential methods of learning in environments outside the classroom; participating in shared decision-making; and engaging in professional development.



What Makes a Good PPCS Teacher?
Each Palouse Prairie teacher has a profound respect for the life of the child and believes that all young people are capable of great intellectual achievement and profound compassion. Palouse Prairie teachers are familiar with research on the teaching of reading, writing, math, and science, and they are comfortable with collaborative curriculum planning, working with students from various learning backgrounds, team-teaching, and working together with parents to help students achieve academic and personal success. In addition, the Palouse Prairie faculty is creative, innovative, and caring. The school community actively encourages teachers to remain intellectually engaged in their individual content areas as well as creatively inspires faculty to take on new intellectual and social challenges while continuing to hone their practice as teachers.

Teaching Positions at Palouse Prairie Charter School:

PPCS prefers candidates with the following qualifications:
Current K-8 Idaho Teaching Certificate with a focus on Health Enhancement and Physical Education
Appreciation for the life and mind of the child
Sense of humor and a high level of energy, enthusiasm, flexibility, and spontaneity
Teaching experience at the appropriate grade levels consistent with PPCS’s constructivist, project-based educational philosophy
Understanding of how to pinpoint each student’s strengths and weaknesses and then apply differential instructional practices to meet the diverse learning needs of each student
Ability to manage student behavior in a caring, compassionate, effective manner
Strong desire to teach in a demanding, cutting-edge program in which all aspects of school life are open for discussion, reflection, and continuous improvement
Collaborative approach to working with a diverse population of children and adults
Deep and abiding sense of inquiry


Position open until filled.

Compensation
Depends on Experience. Employee benefits include; medical, dental, and optional vision insurance coverage as well as payment into the state employees’ retirement plan (PERSI).

Extensive on-site professional development delivered by EL Education school designers, and opportunities for off-site professional development opportunities at EL Education Institutes, Site Seminars, and Conferences (PPCS pays for courses, airfare, lodging, substitute teacher, and daily per diem).

Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to Jeneille Branen (jbranen@palouseprairieschool.org).

Equal Opportunity Employer Statement

Palouse Prairie Charter School 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.