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13 Mar 2024

School Network Staff Secondary (7-12) School Counselor

Elbert County School District C-2
 Kiowa, Elbert County, Colorado, United States

Job Description

Position Purpose
Under the general Supervision of the Principal, School counselors are educators uniquely trained in child development, learning strategies, self- management and social skills, who understand and promote success for today’s diverse students. They implement a school counseling program to support students through this important developmental period.

American School Counselor Association

Knowledge of basic counseling skills, management, and leadership; ability to work with individuals, small groups, classroom groups, and collaboratively with stakeholders; ability to communicate effectively; demonstrated skills in oral and written communication; demonstrated skills in organization and problem solving; ability to analyze existing processes and identify areas for improvement; and ability to act as a representative of Kiowa Schools.

Primary Responsibility
Provide support and leadership in the implementation of a comprehensive, data-driven school counseling program aligned with the Kiowa School District’s mission and vision to promote academic, social-emotional, and college/career development, while ensuring equity and access for all students.

Essential Functions

  • Provide relevant student learning experiences supporting academic achievement, postsecondary readiness and social emotional growth.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the comprehensive counseling program components in accordance with the district’s 21st century comprehensive counseling framework.
    • Utilize the district’s standards and competencies in comprehensive school counseling program planning that support student mindsets and behaviors.
    • Creates annual, data driven goals that advance student outcomes in areas of academic achievement, postsecondary readiness, and social emotional development.
  • Demonstrates the ability to design, implement, analyze and document outcomes of a comprehensive school counseling program aligned to district, state and national standards.
    • Delivers responsive services such as crisis response as needed.
    • Coordinate with school staff to provide supportive instructional classroom activities that relate to student academic achievement, postsecondary goals and social emotional needs.
    • Conduct individual and group counseling with students to support their academic, postsecondary readiness, and social emotional needs.
    • Design and implement a data driven school counseling program for all students to address student learning barriers and close the achievement/opportunity gap.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to school counseling, professional ethics and professional growth opportunities.
    • Maintains appropriate confidentiality of student information and records.
    • Adhere to legal and ethical guidelines and professional standards of the school counseling profession.
    • Attend and participate in faculty and district level meetings and other staff development, in addition to professional growth activities as needed and/or supported by the principal.
    • Apply newly acquired knowledge and skills in the planning and implementation of a comprehensive school counseling program.
  • Communicate effectively with students, parents/guardians, district, school personnel, and other stakeholders.
    • Model correct use of oral and written language.
    • Interact in a professional manner with students, parents, and staff.
    • Demonstrate punctuality, maintain regular attendance, and make necessary arrangements for absences.
    • Create a climate of accessibility for parents and students by demonstrating a collaborative and approachable style.
  • Promote a safe, positive learning environment, which is inclusive of all students.
    • Demonstrate belief in the capacity of all students to be successful.
    • Facilitates access to appropriate educational learning experiences for all students to reach their educational goals.
  • Fosters school and family collaboration to support positive student outcomes.
    • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional Duties
Performs other related tasks as assigned by the Principal.

 Note:  The above description is illustrative of tasks and responsibilities.  It is not meant to be all inclusive of every task or responsibility.

Uses standard office equipment such as personal computers, printer, copy and fax machines, and telephone.

Travel Requirements
Travels to school district buildings and professional meetings as required.

Physical and Mental Demands, Work Hazards
Works in standard office and school building environments.

Fringe Benefits (Reference School Board policy GCBD/GDBD)

  • Eight (8) Discretionary Days renewing annually July 1.
  • Discretionary not used by June 30th will be moved to sick bank days up to a total of 40 days. Once 40 days have been accumulated additional days will be paid out in August at a rate of half the daily rate of a certified substitute.
  • One (1) weeks paid vacation will be granted after one year of service.
  • Two (2) weeks paid vacation will be granted after two years of service.
  • Vacation may be accumulated up to 16 days, any days not used over 16 days will not be paid out or banked.
  • Eligible for School District’s benefits plans.

How to Apply

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Bureaus: Colorado. Job Categories: Full-Time. Job Types: School Network Staff. Salaries: 40,000 - 60,000.