- Master’s degree and a valid, current Pennsylvania state certification in School Counseling.
- Experience in educational and/or mental health setting.
- Ability to communicate effectively; both written and verbal.
- Other qualifications to the above that the Board may find acceptable and appropriate.
REPORTS TO: Principal
SUPERVISES: Not applicable
JOB GOAL: To prepare all students for future success by removing barriers to learning and creating equitable access to a rigorous education through application of advocacy, leadership and collaboration skills via a data-driven, comprehensive school counseling program based on standards in academic, career and social/emotional development.
- Apply leadership, advocacy and collaboration skills as part of a comprehensive school counseling program to promote student achievement and systemic change.
- Collaborate with teachers and parents on early identification and intervention of children’s academic and social/emotional needs to remove barriers to learning and develop skills and behaviors critical for academic achievement.
- Prepare all students for future success via implementation and evaluation of the district’s comprehensive school counseling program.
- Use the ASCA National Model and the ASCA Mindsets & Behaviors for Student Success to guide work in addressing students’ academic, career and social/emotional development while considering how student standards important to state and district initiatives complement and inform practice. For example, application of the PA State Career Education & Work Standards (CEWs) is relevant to the role of the School Counselor.
- Define and focus the comprehensive school counseling program based on the school’s academic, attendance and behavioral data.
- Use data to identify student needs.
- Provide the following direct services to students:
- School counseling core curriculum via classroom instruction and group activities
- Individual student planning
- Responsive services such as planned, short-term and goal-focused counseling in individual or small group settings; recognize and respond to student mental health needs and assist students and families seeking resources; and crisis response
- Provide the following indirect student services:
- Consultation—share strategies supporting student achievement with parents, teachers, other educators and community organizations
- Collaboration—work with other educators, parents and the community to support student achievement
- Referrals—support for students and families to school or community resources for additional assistance and information
- Maintain the highest standard of integrity, leadership and professionalism based on the principles of ethical behavior specified by the ASCA Ethical Standards for School Counselors.
- Incorporate organizational assessments and tools to manage efficient and effective school counseling practices.
- Maintain confidential student records.
- Maintain and disseminate accurate student records, according to District guidelines.
- Oversee implementation and compliance of Section 504 Accommodation Plans according to District guidelines.
- Conduct home visits.
TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT: Board’s request
EVALUATION: Evaluation will be determined according to the District’s Professional Evaluation Plan – Observation/Supervision/Evaluation
- Sitting for limited periods of time.
- Standing and walking for periods of time.
- Occasional kneeling, bending, crouching, stooping and squatting.
- Managing stress.
- Lifting up to fifteen pounds.
- Interact effectively with school environment.
- Work equally well independently and as a member of a team.
- Independent in maintaining effective work patterns.
- Respond promptly and calmly in emergency situations.
- Respond/interact diplomatically in aggressive or threatening situations.
- Interpret detailed written and verbal communications.
- Extract, manipulate, and evaluate student data.
- Frequent fast-paced, high-pressure situations.
- Normal office environment.
- Exposure to dangerous situations.