Counselor, Middle School
BASIC FUNCTION & RESPONSIBILITY: Work with school faculty and staff, students, parents, and community to plan, implement, and evaluate a comprehensive developmental guidance and counseling program at school assigned. Counsel students to fully develop each student's academic, career, personal, and social abilities and address the needs of students in special populations.
CHARACTERISTIC DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES: The essential functions, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the characteristic duties, responsibilities, knowledge, skills, and abilities noted herein; however, this is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by positions found in this job description.
- Consult with school staff, parents, and other community members to increase student effectiveness and promote student success.
- Deliver classroom guidance, group guidance and serve as a consultant to
- Plan, implement, and evaluate a balanced, comprehensive developmental guidance program to serve all
- Advocate for the school developmental guidance and counseling program and counselors' ethical and professional standards with school personnel, parents, students, and the
- Support the implementation, monitoring and/or evaluation of assigned programs for elementary and secondary education, curriculum, and/or instructional support, and ensure that assigned programs are efficiently and effectively
- Support and participate in meeting the objectives of the campus/department improvement
- Advocate for all students and provide professional expertise to help staff, parents, and other community members understand individual behavior and human relationships.
- Assist all students with developing and applying skills for maximum educational, career, personal, and social growth during school years and beyond.
- Intervene with students whose developmental needs, personal concerns, or problems affect their continued educational, career, personal, or social development.
- Make referrals as appropriate in consultation with the student's parent or guardian.
- Coordinate people and resources in the school, home, and community to support achievement to assist parents and staff.
- Guide individuals and groups of students and parents to plan, monitor, and manage the student's social development and educational development, including but not limited to, course selection, high school diploma plans, four-year plans, provision of information regarding post-secondary opportunities and career development accurately and without bias.
- Use accepted theories and effective techniques to provide individual and/or group developmental, preventive, remedial, and/or crisis counseling.
- Facilitate the transition for students between elementary and secondary education.
- Work with students and parents in understanding college and financial aid opportunities.
- Assist with drop out recovery efforts.
- Assist campuses in resolving parent/student issues and concerns in a timely manner.
- Assist in managing student behavior in accordance with Student Code of Conduct and student handbook.
- Manage resources and activities related to campus
- Interpret standardized test
- Maintain collaborative inter-professional
- Commit to current professional and ethical standards of competence and practice.
- Coordinate departmental activities with other District offices and administrators and provide assistance to requesting departments.
- Follow District and department policies and procedures.
- Analyze critical needs in assigned areas and work collaboratively to implement and improve
- Accept responsibility for self-directed professional development through continuous efforts to improve their competence in meeting and exceeding standards in performing job responsibilities.
- Participate in professional development that increases effectiveness and improves District
Texas Academic Performance Indicators and Campus Performance Objectives:
- Support the administration of state-mandated testing at campuses in compliance with state and federal guidelines.
- Monitor and review campus test data and use findings to assist with planning corrective action for the affected group of students and/or
- Forge partnerships with community agencies, businesses, and universities to better serve the needs and interests of all
- Interface with governmental agencies, business and civic organizations, and the community to provide needed information and to promote the District's
- Foster positive morale by participating in team building activities and the decision-making process.
- Communicate and collaborate with campus/department staff to enhance service delivery, program development, and customer
- Comply with policies established by federal and state law, including but not limited to State Board of Education and local Board policy.
- Perform other job-related duties as
SUPERVISION EXERCISED: None.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:
- Knowledge of counseling procedures, intervention strategies and student appraisal
- Knowledge of academic programs, policies, and procedures.
- Knowledge of effective drop out recovery and prevention practices.
- Knowledge of community-based organizations and
- Knowledge of district rules and regulations.
- Skill in interacting effectively with parents and community
- Skill in facilitating campus level
- Skill in communicating effectively, both verbally and in
- Skill in analyzing complex information and data.
- Skill in implementing long-range and immediate
- Skill in operating standard computer and software applications, including but not limited to electronic mail, word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and presentations.
- Skill in communicating and collaborating between and among various areas of the district to support healthy students, high student achievement, and customer
- Ability to organize and prioritize work
ENTRY QUALIFICATIONS: Master's degree from an accredited college or university, valid Texas Professional School Counselor certification (or meets qualifications for Texas Counselor Deficiency Plan), and two years of classroom teaching experience.
PHYSICAL & MENTAL DEMANDS:
- Maintain emotional control under
- Work with frequent interruptions.
- Use computer for prolonged period resulting in repetitive hand
- Sit for extended periods of
- Work occasional prolonged or irregular hours.
- Work is normally performed in a typical interior office work environment with little or no exposure to physical
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