Elementary School Guidance Counselor

Job title: Elementary School Guidance Counselor

Company: Bentonville Schools

Job description: Utilize leadership, advocacy and collaboration to promote student success, provide preventive services and respond to identified student needs by implementing a comprehensive school counseling program that addresses academic, career, personal and social emotional development for all students.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities (Other Duties May Be Assigned)

  • Provides services to students through individual guidance and small groups to assist them with academic, personal, social emotional and career needs.
  • Consults with teachers, staff and parents regarding meeting the needs of students.
  • Develops a total program of counseling through continued planning and cooperative work with stakeholders, develops goals and continues to evaluate and revise the counseling program based upon data of needs.
  • Disseminates school and community resource information to students and families and networks with the district social work team and outside agencies to provide for the needs of students.
  • Consults with teachers to facilitate the infusion of counseling activities into the regular education curriculum.
  • Counsels/guides students and parents by using and interpreting assessment results.
  • Attends or facilitates informational, parental involvement and/or course registration meetings during the school day or in evening as necessary.
  • Assists in the administration and facilitation of student assessments and evaluations.
  • Completes required documentation per the Arkansas Department of Education.
  • Attends 504, Special Education, Response to Intervention (RTI) and other meetings as appropriate.
  • Is available to students and parents for education-related purposes during the instructional day and extended hours when necessary.
  • Plans and coordinates work for volunteers and parents as guided by building administrator.
  • Assists in the orientation of new students and families to the school.
  • Maintains student records as applicable and protects their confidentiality.
  • Attends and participates in faculty meetings and professional development activities.
  • Supports and participates in extra-curricular activities, such as PTO, sporting and cultural events, etc.
  • Takes all necessary and reasonable precautions to maintain a safe and orderly environment to protect students, equipment, materials and facilities.
  • Communicates regularly with various internal and external stakeholders to develop and maintain a positive school/community relationship.
  • Perform school assigned duties.

Supervisory Responsibilities

Supervises Counseling Program, Students and Volunteers

Qualifications Requirements

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 ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Minimum Education and/or Experience

Masters Degree in Counseling

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

  • Valid Teaching License and Counseling Endorsement for Grade Level Assigned
  • Meets requirements for Arkansas Qualified Teacher Designation

Language Skills

  • Ability to read, analyze and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures or governmental regulations.
  • Ability to write reports, business correspondence and procedure manuals.
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of student, administrators, staff and the general public.

Mathematical Skills

  • Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference.
  • Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios and proportions to practical situations.

Reasoning Ability

  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.
  • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, table or schedule form.

Other Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to apply knowledge of current research and theory to the instructional/counseling program.
  • Ability to plan and implement guidance lessons based on district and school objectives and the needs and abilities to whom assigned.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with students, peers and parents
  • Skill in oral and written communication.
  • Ability to perform duties with awareness of all district requirements and Board of Education policies.
  • Ability to analyze test data for use in making curricular decisions.
  • General computer skills, including Internet research skills, and data entry.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of these 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 frequently required to stand, talk, hear, sometimes walk and/or sit. While performing the duties of this job, the employee may occasionally push or lift up to 50 pounds such as a box of books. The employee is directly responsible for the safety, well-being or work output of other people. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision such as to read handwritten or typed material and the ability to adjust focus. The position requires the individual to meet multiple demands from several people and interact with the public and other staff.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is moderate to loud. Duties are performed indoors and occasionally outdoors. The information in this job description is for compliance with the Americans for Disabilities Act (A.D.A) and is not an exhaustive list of the duties performed for this position. Additional duties are performed by the individual(s) holding this position and additional duties may be assigned.

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Location: Arkansas

Job date: Thu, 12 May 2022 07:38:38 GMT

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