7 Jun 2024

School Network Staff School Counselor

Fountain-Fort Carson School District # 8
 Fountain, El Paso County, Colorado, United States

Job Description


1. Master’s degree or higher in school counseling from an accredited institution of higher education.
2. Have successfully completed an approved program in school counseling.
3. Colorado Department of Education SSP license or eligible for at time of hire.

Job Goals:
Develops and implements a comprehensive counseling program for students aligned to national school counseling standards and Colorado Essential Skills; utilizes data to design and deliver skill-based social-emotional-behavioral instruction and mental health services to students at the classroom, small group, and individual level; and serves as key leader and contributor to building-level systems and practices; school counselors work collaboratively with teachers, administrators, and families to meet student needs and support academic, social-emotional, and career growth; and support families by making connections to community resources as needed.  School counselors play a vital role in maintaining student safety by implementing assessments and designing/implementing interventions to support student mental health.

Performance Responsibilities:
1. Design and implement student programming aligned with the three ASCA domains: academic, career/postsecondary workforce readiness, and social-emotional development; and tied to Colorado Essential Skills
2. Utilize evidence-based, trauma-invested practices to plan and deliver direct mental health/social-emotional skill-building services at the classroom, small group, and individual student level based on identified student/group/building needs and data
3. Ensure student physical and psychological safety via response to/support of student behavior as it arises, as well as evaluation, planning, and plan management including but not limited to climate surveys, needs assessments, suicide risk/threat assessments, child abuse reports, safety plans, releases of information, etc.
4. Meaningfully lead/contribute to building-level teams and processes including but not limited to 504, MTSS, mental health, staff professional development, gifted and talented, etc.
5. Collaborate with administrators, educational staff, families and community personnel to create and implement plans for student success, and to meet student/family needs with community resources.
6. Coordinate, implement and evaluate school-wide events and initiatives, including but not limited to suicide prevention efforts, school climate initiatives, month of the military child, Red Ribbon Week, Kindness Week, etc.
7. Plan and Implement effective transition programs between levels to increase student-school connections and increase knowledge of educational opportunities and supports
8. Implement building and district-level crisis response counseling supports.
9. Secondary specific: Coordinate efforts to support students in future planning through efforts including but not limited to: coordinating/supporting student registration, orientation, and course scheduling, postsecondary/workforce planning, career pathway navigation and pre-collegiate programming support, transcript audits/credit monitoring, etc.
10. Perform other duties as assigned.

Technical Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities:
–  Knowledge of the principles and practices of the American School Counselor Association Guidance and Counseling
–  Ability to communicate effectively and resolve conflict with students, parents, and community groups.
–  Advanced organization and communication skills.
–  Ability to organize and lead professional development activities to improve knowledge and skills of colleagues.
–  Ability to maintain confidentiality in all aspects of the job.
–  Advanced knowledge of children with special needs.
–  Interpret student behavior as a skill deficit/communication challenge, and create/participate in intervention problem-solving.
–  Provides leadership and collaborates with other educators.
–  Accurately and appropriately interpret and utilize data.
–  Monitors student academic performance, behavior, and attendance and facilitates appropriate interventions.
–  Accurately and appropriately uses procedures for determining and structuring individual and group counseling services.
–  Advanced knowledge of ethics and standards of professional practice in the delivery of school counseling services and federal,
state, local legislation, regulations, policies, procedures, and laws that govern the practice.
–  Knowledge and use of counseling theories, models of practice, principles, and evidence-based practice to guide
intervention/program decisions.
–  Ability to promote and follow Board of Education policies, Superintendent policies, building, and department procedures.

School Counselors are on the Special Services Provider Salary Schedule and is based upon  years of experience.

Salary Schedule

All years of eligible, verified experience is accepted.

Fountain-Fort Carson School District # 8 provides medical, dental, vision, chiropractic, life, long-term disability, accidental death & dismemberment insurances, and paid time off benefits. There are district and employee contributions to some or most of these benefits.

Employment Period:
196 days per year

How to Apply

APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED ONLINE ONLY AT / Employment Student Support Services

Bureaus: Colorado. Job Categories: Full-Time. Job Types: School Network Staff. Salaries: 60,000 - 80,000.

Job expires in 23 days.