Middle School Counselor

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Middle School Counselor

Posted date
November 18, 2019
School level
Location

Lafayetter, CO

Employment Type
Full-Time

This is a full time position beginning January 6, 2020 or August 4, 2020. To be considered for this position you must apply via Peak to Peak's online application:
https://www.peaktopeak.org/Page/230

SUMMARY
All employees and volunteers at Peak to Peak work together to fulfill the Peak to Peak mission statement. The thoughts reflected in this description provide structure to the responsibilities and accountabilities for this position; however, Peak to Peak expects to employ professionals who will work beyond job descriptions, creating both a fulfilling career environment and very successful outcomes for our students. Values we hold high are: trustworthiness, honesty, diligence, open communication, fairness, and politeness, and we expect to see them evidenced in our staff, parents, and students.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Carry out the day-to-day activities with Middle School students
Teach classroom lessons tied to curricular and school climate themes and goals
Provide social and emotional counseling for middle school students
Provide academic counseling to middle school students
Maintain student record-keeping in Infinite Campus
Assist with facilitation and progress monitoring of response to interventions
Oversee, maintain, and monitor student 504 plans
Participate in Problem Solving Teams
Actively participate in the MTSS process to support students
Teach ICAP curriculum lessons
Communicate with parents and teachers by phone and email
Assist grades 6-8 with yearly course selection
Assist students with schedule changes
Assists in the WEB organization and days
Attend 6-8th grade team meetings
Attend grade level leader meetings
Attend Service Council meetings
Plan, facilitate and attend special events including OE, Back to School Night, Academic Planning Night, parent-teacher conferences, placement assessment testing, etc.
Participate in master schedule development
Other duties as assigned by the Middle School Principal

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES
This position does not have any supervisory responsibilities.

REPORTING STRUCTURE
The Middle School Counselor reports directly to the Middle School Principal.

QUALIFICATIONS
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or abilities required.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
Master’s degree in school counseling or a related field such as counseling psychology, social work, or within a clinical counseling domain required
School counseling experience strongly preferred
Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain positive and effective working relationships with students, parents, school staff, and administrators
Excellent written and oral communication skills are required
Proficient with a variety of computer programs including Google products, Adobe, and Microsoft Office
Familiarity with Naviance college software preferred
Proficient in the use of Infinite Campus preferred
Demonstrated experience in effectively solving challenging problems through a positive, collaborative approach
Strong organizational and coordination skills
Current familiarity with Peak to Peak operations preferred
Strong self-starter; able to work with limited direction
Excellent interpersonal skills, conflict management skills, and creative problem-solving skills
Ability to apply superb judgment

LANGUAGE SKILLS
Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, policy and expectation documents, and student performance plans. Ability to communicate effectively with students, teachers, and parents. Ability to speak effectively before groups of students, staff, administrators, and parents.

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS
Ability to calculate figures and amounts as it relates to grades, and formulas in Excel spreadsheets.

REASONING ABILITY
Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. The employee frequently is required to sit and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

WORK ENVIRONMENT
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. The hours may be long when specific needs arise, thus some extended schedules may be necessary. This is a key position among the student population that must attend the needs of students, staff, administrators, and parents. Peak to Peak is a dynamic school subject to changing work environments, adaptation of new educational principles and values, and evolving culture. Adaptability to change is essential.