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School Counselor

Company: Milford Public Schools
Location: Milford
Posted on: June 6, 2024

Job Description:

Position Type:
Student Support Services/School Counselor

Date Posted:
5/31/2024

Location:
Joseph A. Foran High School

Date Available:
08/26/2024

Closing Date:
06/14/2024
School Counselor needed at Joseph A. Foran High School for the 2024-2025 school year.

Current CT School Counselor certification (068) required.

Salary and benefits per MEA contract.

Interested applicants must apply online through this job posting in order to be considered for a position.

No phone calls please.

SUMMARY/GOAL OF POSITION:

To facilitate the learning process, as well as personal and career development, through the effective application of guidance and counseling skills

ESSENTIAL TASKS OF THE POSITION:

  • Provides guidance and counseling to individual students and groups, assisting them to gain knowledge of their academic strengths and weaknesses and make appropriate academic and career choices;
  • Assists individual student and groups in the development of social skills, decision making and problem-solving skills, conflict resolution, family issues, and making healthy choices;
  • Provides guidance and counseling to individual students and groups to help them improve academic progress, attendance problems and interpersonal relationships;
  • Provides crisis intervention as appropriate;
  • Assists parents in addressing school-related problems and issues; refers students and their families, as needed, to appropriate specialists, special programs, and/or outside agencies;
  • Assists in the transition to middle school, high school and post high school options;
  • Systematically develops and evaluates annual individual planning for high school and post high school, including career path, academic progress, high school program of studies, and post-secondary educational options;
  • Arranges and participates in case conferences on individual students;
  • Maintains case files and records of ongoing case activities;
  • Promotes gender equity and advocates for equal access to programs and services for all students;
  • Takes a leadership role in the infusion of counseling content into the curriculum, staff development, and parent educational programs;
  • Coordinates parent education programs on issues relating to personal and academic development, making a smooth transition from elementary to middle school, middle school to high school, and planning post high school options;
  • Provides individual counseling in response to student and/or parent requests. ORGANIZATION:
    • Administers achievement and aptitude tests to individual students and groups;
    • Assists in the administration of the citywide testing program;
    • Interprets and provides test information and student data to students, professional staff, parents, agencies, and outside professional personnel as appropriate.
    • Designs, delivers, evaluates and revises a planned, sequential, and developmentally appropriate school counseling curriculum to include lessons in academic success, career awareness and planning and personal/social growth and understanding;
    • Plans and coordinates programs such as career and college fairs, scholarships, and other extensions of the counseling curriculum;
    • Facilitates the instructional process in collaboration with school and community resources;
    • Reviews and evaluates the school counseling program annually with other district counselors and administrators; establishes a planning calendar for activities;
    • Plans, implements, maintains and evaluates the systems necessary for the support, maintenance, and improvement of the school counseling program;
    • Contributes to a program of positive public relations;
    • Articulates the school counseling program to students, parents, teachers, staff and community;
    • Assists teachers in coordinating subject matter with vocational information;
    • Consults with teachers about the relationship between learning issues and school adjustment problems and student instructional needs;
    • Attends team meetings to confer with teachers and offer suggestions to address individual student problems;
    • Collaborates with teachers on the relationship between teaching styles and learning styles;
    • Participates on early intervention teams, student assistance teams and child study teams;
    • Coordinates annual review and performs other necessary consultation with teachers and counseling for 504 students;
    • Provides an orientation to the guidance and counseling program for new staff members;
    • Participates in school decision making and in activities which contribute to the effective operation of the school;
    • Cooperates and collaborates with other professionals in enhancing the education of students; communicates with administrators, teachers and staff, parents and students as to the role of the school counseling program in the overall educational process of the school;
    • Assists in the development of policies and procedures for scheduling, course selection, registration, placement and grade reporting, using technology to perform these responsibilities effectively and efficiently;
    • Develops and maintains skills needed to utilize technology for the acquisition and dissemination of information to assist students and staff;
    • Demonstrates knowledge of post-secondary programs and institutions;
    • Assists students and parents individually and in groups with post-secondary admission requirements, procedures, financial aid information, etc.;
    • Fosters and maintains positive relationships with post-secondary institutions;
    • Counsels students and parents with regard to entry level career opportunities;
    • Promotes and implements programs to provide appropriate skills training and experience to non-college bound students, including apprenticeships, work study, shadowing, internships and actual on-the-job training;
    • Receives and processes referrals from school personnel, community agencies, families, and students and refers them to the PPT process;
    • Refers to the PPT those students whose issues appear to significantly interfere with school performance;
    • Is a member of the Planning and Placement Team and serves as case manager when appropriate;
    • Understands and facilitates compliance with all laws, procedures, and requirements related to the PPT process;
    • Maintains copies of records, minutes, Individual Education Plans, master ISSIS (PCI) lists and related paper work as required by law and Pupil Personnel Services Department;
    • Counsels assigned students as mandated through the PPT process;
    • Monitors implementation of programs recommended by the PPT when assigned as case manager. PROFESSIONAL:
      • Adheres to the ethical standards of state and national school counselor associations;
      • Adheres to the preferred practices prescribed by state and national school counselor associations;
      • Implements Board of Education and school policies and rules governing student life and conduct;
      • Promotes and upholds district and school goals and objectives;
      • Provides for appropriate student and parent advocacy;
      • Takes necessary and reasonable precautions to protect students, equipment, materials and facilities;
      • Cooperates with colleagues, administrators and other staff members;
      • Demonstrates an on-going interest in educational concerns and professional learning to keep up with new trends and programs and state requirements;
      • Maintains confidentiality regarding personal student and family information;
        • Promotes the educational program to the community and contributes to a program of positive public relations;
        • Maintains high standard for attendance and punctuality so that student achievement is not adversely impacted;
        • Performs other tasks and responsibilities as delegated by the principal and/or Director of Pupil Personnel Services.

          KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

          Thorough knowledge of subject(s) taught; thorough knowledge of elementary, secondary or special education principles, practices and procedures; thorough knowledge of the principles and methodology of effective teaching; thorough knowledge of school division rules, regulations and procedures; ability to establish and maintain standards of behavior; ability to deliver articulate oral presentations and written reports; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, students, administration, and parents.

          QUALIFICATIONS:

          TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE:
          • Must have a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university;
          • Prior job related experience required. LICENSES AND CERTIFICATIONS:

            Valid Connecticut Teaching Certificate for appropriate level of instruction and/or subjects, which must satisfy the definition of "Highly Qualified" status for content area assignment.

            OTHER REQUIREMENTS:
            • Background check required
            • Screening for Tuberculosis (TB) required

              REPORTS TO:

              Principal or designated Administrator

              WORK YEAR:

              Per Teacher Contract

Keywords: Milford Public Schools, Milford , School Counselor, Other , Milford, Connecticut

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