Elementary School Counselor

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Elementary School Counselor

Posted date
May 24, 2022
Organization
School level
Location

Colorado Springs, CO

Employment Type
Full-Time

THE CLASSICAL ACADEMY
POSITION DESCRIPTION

Title: School Counselor or Social Worker                   Department: Elementary
 
Date: Updated January 28, 2022                                FLSA Status: Exempt
 
Work Year: Academic Calendar
 
Salary*: $40,000- $44,000 Anually*
*depending upon previous relevant experience. Actual starting pay rate will be determined after a review of the work experience provided on the job application and resume.

GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES
Provide a comprehensive counseling program and services to meet the needs of The Classical Academy’s full-time K-6 and Cottage School Program students.
Consult with teachers, staff, and parents to enhance the effectiveness in helping students; and to provide support to other elementary education programs.
Identify barriers that limit a student from receiving full benefit from their educational experience.
Respond to referrals from school administration, parents, teachers, the Student Support Team, the Special Education Committee, and others by providing direct services and by assisting families in accessing appropriate community resources
Work with Tier 2 and Tier 3 RtI interventions and facilitate support groups throughout the day.
Support students with behavioral and mental health needs, and support teachers with data collection regarding intervention strategies.
Frequent collaboration with other service providers to develop behavior plans or identify other needs of students.
 
ORGANIZATIONAL RELATIONSHIP
Reports directly to the Building Principal
 
The following statements are illustrative of the essential functions of the job and do not include other non-essential or marginal duties that may be required.  The description may not include all functions performed by incumbents in various locations.  The Classical Academy reserves the right to modify or change the duties or essential functions of this job at any time.
 
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
Assist students in the areas of emotional and social development
Participate as an active member of the Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Crisis Team
Coordinate 504 plans across all assigned locations.
Collaborate with faculty, staff, and parents to better understand and meet the needs of all students.
Provide individual and small group counseling toward social and emotional competency through RTI or Special Education intervention needs.
Make appropriate referrals of students and parents to outside agencies and specialists when necessary.
Become a visible body in the school by participating in a variety of school and student body activities
Assist in transition to junior high and high school
Continually plan, evaluate, and revise the counseling program. Seek out resources to use.
Upon request, prepare and submit reports to the TCA Director of Student Support Services
Actively participate in the district’s counseling cohort and attend D20 trainings
Establish positive staff relationships
Serve on student support teams and special education committees at assigned schools in the division.
Review student records to identify previous barriers and/or interventions.
Conduct parent interviews to acquire socio-developmental information as needed for special education referrals.
Analyze information gained through record reviews and interviews to determine environmental impacts and appropriate resource needs; integrate gained information into a written report and oral presentation.
Attend and participate in Manifestation meetings as needed or requested.
Interview students and parents to discuss issues related to non-attendance and develop a plan of action.
Provide individual and/or group counseling in response to school-wide crises.
Participate in professional development activities aimed at current trends and best practices for the provision of comprehensive school social work services.
Maintain an ongoing liaison with community agencies and other resources to meet student needs; refers parents and student to agencies when appropriate.
Perform other related work as required.
 
MARGINAL JOB FUNCTIONS
Perform other duties as required
 
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
 
EDUCATION:
Master’s degree from an accredited college or university required
Valid Colorado Special Service Provider license for School Counselor is required
 
EXPERIENCE:
Experience in an education setting preferred
 
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills
Effective student management skills
Student centered; demonstrated success working with students
Excellent collaborative skills
Energetic, creative, innovative, flexible
Skill in the use of multimedia and computer technology to enhance learning
Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing
Ability to care for students to help develop a positive self-image
Knowledge of TCA’s mission and commitment to support it
Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with students, parents, and staff
 
SCOPE OF INTERPERSONAL CONTACTS
Teaches and interacts with students
Serves a continuum of students in a variety of settings
Collaborates with Director of Student Support Services, classroom teachers and other professionals
Works closely with the School Psychologist to plan for student needs
 
Contacts often involve discussing information and issues that are sensitive in nature and require a high degree of professionalism and confidentiality.
 
WORK ENVIRONMENT
Work is performed in both the counseling office and general education classrooms
Required to work normal business hours with occasional additional hours as needed
 
PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
The following are some of the physical demands commonly associated with this position.  They are included for informational purposes and are not all inclusive.
Typical demands require the employee to:
Frequently use eye, hand, and finger coordination to enable the use of a computer, other office equipment, and writing utensils
Frequently be involved in verbal and auditory interaction both interpersonally and through communication devices
occasionally lift/carry burdens weighing up to 30 lbs. and push/pull/maneuver burdens weighing up to 100 lbs.
Stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, and balance while working or helping students
Spend equivalent amounts of the time sitting, standing, and walking while performing job duties
 
COGNITIVE FUNCTIONS:
The following are some of the cognitive functions commonly associated with this position. They are included for informational purposes and are not all-inclusive:
 
The staff member may be required to analyze, communicate, compare, compile, compute, coordinate, copy, evaluate, instruct, negotiate, synthesize, reason, and use interpersonal skills.
 
BENEFITS: 0.5 to 1.0 FTE:
The Classical Academy offers competitive pay and a robust total compensation package including:
-MEDICAL: There are three options for Medical coverage, including an HSA option; as well as access to PeakMed for eligible staff members who elect a TCA Medical plan. The Classical Academy (TCA) makes a monthly contribution toward your medical premiums as an employee.
-DENTAL: Dental insurance is offered through Delta Dental of Colorado. TCA makes a monthly contribution toward the premium for this benefit 
-LIFE/AD&D/LTD: Employees are provided a $25,000 group term life insurance through The Standard Life Insurance Company and offers an Accidental Death and Dismemberment and Long-term Disability policy as well. TCA pays the full cost of this benefit.
-PERA: Administered by Colorado PERA, this is a tax deferred retirement account to which you contribute 10% of your monthly earnings.  TCA contributes 20.9% to the PERA pension trust fund on your behalf. 
-VOLUNTARY VISION: EyeMed is the voluntary vision program available to TCA employees.
-WELLNESS PROGRAM: A voluntary wellness program though Orriant is offered in which employees are eligible to earn an incentive of up to $150 for participation with achievement of wellness activity goals
-RETIREMENT OPTIONS: Employees may elect to participate in deferred income for retirement purposes:  PERA Plus 401 (k)
-MEDICAL and DEPENDENT CARE FLEXIBLE SPENDING ACCOUNT: This account allows employees to save money for unreimbursed medical expenses or dependent care expenses to be used within the plan year (July to June) on a tax-exempt basis.  This reduces your taxable income. 
-TIME OFF COMPENSATION: A 1.0 full-time equivalent (FTE) employee is provided with Staff Leave and Personal Leave. For positions less than 1.0 FTE, your leave time will be prorated accordingly based on FTE. Our leave program is fully compliant with the Colorado Healthy Families Workplace Act.
-PRIORITY ENROLLMENT STATUS: Children of staff members .4 FTE and above receive priority enrollment of their child/children at The Classical Academy.
-Ongoing Professional Development Opportunities
-Staff Appreciation Meals and Events

Conditions of Employment:
Per the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, the selected applicant shall be required to verify, within 72 hours of employment, her/his legal right to be employed in the United States.
 
The Classical Academy does not discriminate based on age, race, religion, national origin, disability, gender, or any other protected status in its educational programs and activities (including employment and application for employment).