Openings as of 12/13/2017High School Teaching
Secondary (9-12) Professional School Counselor
Job Description & Qualifications
Due to retirement, Grinnell High School is seeking outstanding candidates for a High School (9-12) Professional School Counselor.
Candidates having the following qualifications will receive priority:
Previous Middle School or High School teaching experience.
A valid certification/license as a professional school counselor.
A master’s degree representing intensive coursework in the principles and practice of educational guidance; academic testing & measurement; socio-emotional counseling; the organization and administration of counseling services; post-secondary planning; & the psychology of learning.
Knowledgeable in counseling techniques, strategies, student assessment procedures, familiar with the state and district’s testing procedures, individual and group counseling, facilitate appropriate positive and professional relationships with at-risk students, parents, school faculty and the community.
The following attributes are highly desirable but not required:
Previous school counseling experience
Professional experience implementing the ASCA Mindset & Behavior Standards into curriculum frameworks, activities, and assessments
Previous experience working with student information systems (JMC, Infinite Campus, Power Schools, etc.)
Previous experience working with students to develop 4 year plans using a career information system such as IHAPI, Navigator, Naviance, Career Cruising, or MAP.
RESPONSIBILITIES & ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
1. Meeting with students who are struggling academically and, if appropriate, formulating a plan of action for success involving the student and the parent;
2. Assist in the process of identifying and addressing the needs of the exceptional student through enrichment opportunities, acceleration, advanced coursework, etc.
3. Planning and/or promoting programs which enhance the academic, socio-emotional growth, & post-secondary success of students, e.g., College/Career Fair, Seminar Program, Senior Awards Program, Graduation, ACT Registration, Respect Retreat, FAFSA registration, opportunities for student enrichment and/or remediation, scholarship opportunities and parent informational programs;
4. Meeting with Junior & Senior students to discuss graduation credit status & post-secondary planning options & opportunities;
5. Working with students who have discipline, attendance, and academic problems and are referred by teachers, parents or administrators;
6. Working with students who need additional socio-emotional support and linking students and parents with community resources to ensure that students have the option of accessing services outside of the school day.
7. Ensuring that students are aware of requirements for graduation and college admission, as well as any NCAA requirements that may be necessary for athletic participation;
8. Guiding each student to choose courses consistent with his/her interests, abilities and career plans;
9. Helping students develop post-secondary educational plans in accordance with their interests, abilities and Individual Career & Academic plans;
10. Assisting students with the completion of college admissions applications; 11. Assuring that appropriate, accurate information is maintained in each student’s permanent, cumulative record;
12. Making necessary schedule changes for individual students that are both appropriate for their abilities and aligned with their educational and career plans.
13. To facilitate small groups for individual students with identified, common needs
14. To consult with and serve as a resource for students, staff and parents regarding developmental needs of students, which may include:
Identification and referral of students for Problem Solving Meetings;
Creation and oversight of 504 plans;
Active participation in Special Education meetings
Conference with individual students who have experienced major life changes impacting their academic progress and notification of their teachers.
Work with teachers to better help them understand students with physical or emotional challenges.
15. To participate in, coordinate, conduct activities which contribute to the effective implementation of the high school component of the K-12 guidance curriculum;
16. To evaluate and revise the building guidance and counseling program;
17. To assist in the development of a District Assessment Program and the interpretation of testing and assessment results related to career guidance;
18. To continue personal & professional growth and development;
19. Other duties as assigned by the administration.