K _ 6 Elementary Counselor

Xavier Charter School South Central / Twin Falls School/Guidance Counselor Primary Full Time Apply no later than 8/5/2024Posted 20D ago

About this job

K -6 Elementary CounselorPosition PurposeProvide a comprehensive counseling program for K - 6 grade students by providing education, prevention, and early identification.  The counselor will encourage students to develop social and emotional skills in order to promote academic success.Responsibilities•Acting with Empathy and Compassion: Instills empathy and compassion in the organization’s culture•Exemplifying Integrity: Acts in fair and ethical manner towards others•Planning and Organizing: Plans and organizes group activities•Thinking Strategically: Processes complex information on aspects of an issue•Visioning and Alignment: Aligns team goals and actions•Direct Assistance to Students•Support students with education planning, course selection, and adding and dropping courses•Assist the secondary counselor, as needed, to register students new to the school, provide orientation and information relative to school policies and procedures, schedules, curriculum and extracurricular opportunities•Support the secondary counselor, as needed, to interpret grades and test scores for parents and students•Assist, when requested, with follow-up on students that are below grade level/failing with weekly progress reports•Maintain a close relationship with a child’s educational team following directives and recommendations as needed•Assist in the resolution of school-related problems•Provide responsive services including consultation, personal counseling, crisis counseling, and referral•Support the secondary counselor, as needed, to arrange for summer work and/or enrollment in summer school programs to make up noted deficiencies•Provide for a smooth transition between elementary and middle/junior high, which may include orientation programs for students and parents•Provide a guidance curriculum consisting of structured developmental experiences presented systematically through classroom and group activities for all students•Assist students in evaluating their aptitudes and abilities through the use of teacher comments, interpretation of individual standardized test scores, and other pertinent dataDisplay a positive professional attitude•Identify feelings, symptoms of stress, abuse, addition, depression, and appropriate coping skills•Utilize multiple approaches when learning or teaching new things•Provide short-term-brief counseling for students that will assist them to develop increased personal growth, self-understanding, and maturity•Maintain a professional office environment•Provide interim assistance to students or parents with urgent needs•Maintain student records and ensure their confidentiality•Consult with teachers and other staff regularly to provide information and support to staff and to receive feedback on emerging needs of students•Deal with confusion and emergencies in a friendly, supportive, and calm manner•Assist agitated or confused students in re-composing themselves during situations where the student has a problem or personal setback•Help the secondary counselor with building the master schedule and decide what courses are going to be taught at each grade level•Provide information to the Xavier community regarding guidance services or other relevant programs•Work closely with the school in interpreting the school’s philosophy and objectives to students and parents•Participate in building meetings such as special education meetings and class meetings upon request•Assist in arranging education services for hospitalized or homebound student in conjunction with the special services staff•Assist with teacher/student and teacher/parent conflicts•Keep immediate supervisor informed of activities and any issues that may arise•Assume responsibility for his or her continuing professional growth and development by such efforts as attendance at professional meetings, membership in professional organizations, enrollment in advanced courses, and by reading professional journals and other publications•Know and follow school district policy and chain of commandAdditional DutiesPerforms other related tasks as assigned by the Principal and other central office administrators as designated by the Superintendent.Note: The above description is illustrative of tasks and responsibilities. It is not meant to be all inclusive of every task or responsibility.EquipmentUses standard office equipment such as personal computers, printer, copy and fax machines, and telephone.Travel RequirementsTravels to school district buildings and professional meetings as required.FLSA Status: Exempt

Education required

Have completed (or are in the process of completing) a Master's Degree in Counseling and hold a Pupil Personnel Certification (or intend to apply for certification).

Experience required

Successful prior counselling experience for the appropriate grade level preferred.

Skills required

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:Knowledge of professional and ethical standards of practice.Knowledge of applicable federal and state laws regarding counselling, education and students.Ability to use computer networks system and software applications as needed.Ability to communicate effectively with students and parents.Ability to engage in self-evaluation with regard to performance and professional growth.Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with others contacted in the course of work.


Xavier Charter School follows the Idaho State salary schedule.

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