School Counselor - Mesa Arts Academy
The position of school counselor prepares all students for academic success through direct and indirect student services. The position is responsible for leadership, advocacy, and collaboration within the school to implement a preventative, proactive school counseling program, using the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) National Model (2012). The position will promote student success through the implementation of a comprehensive school counseling program which addresses academic, career, and social-emotional needs of students. The school counselor also contributes to school wide college and career readiness efforts.
Duties of this position include but are not limited to:
- Develop, Manage and Implement a comprehensive school counseling program based on the current ASCA National Model: A Framework for School Counseling Programs.
- Maintain accountability within a comprehensive school counseling program based on the ASCA National Model: A Framework for School Counseling Programs, including collaboration with the administration and faculty members to regularly make data-informed, evidence-based, counseling decisions.
- Spend 80% or more of documented time on direct and indirect services to students. Direct services to students typically include: group activities promoting academic and social/emotional development, individual student college and career planning, responsive services in individual or small group settings, and crisis response support. Indirect services to students typically include: consultation with parents, teachers, educators, and community organizations; collaboration with educators, parents, and the community in regards to student achievement; and referrals for students and families to school or community resources.
- Spend 20% or less of documented time on program planning and support.
- Assist students in crisis situations and refer community resources when appropriate.
- Remain current with federal laws, state statutes, and district policies related to Arizona standards.
- Support Special Education team on a case by case basis when needed, including attendance at relevant IEP meetings.
- Valid Arizona School Counselor Certification required. Applicants must have on file in the Human Resources Department a copy of the appropriate valid certificate or evidence of eligibility to be appropriately certified by the Arizona Department of Education.
- Valid fingerprint clearance card with IVP number.
- Master’s Degree in School Guidance and Counseling.
- Adherence to the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) standards for school counselors.
- Ability to effectively communicate (verbal and written) with parents and district personnel at all levels.
- Ability to develop and maintain cooperative and effective professional relationships with teachers, administrators, parents, students.
- Ability to work with diverse populations and cultures.
- Thorough understanding of academic requirements that lead to high school graduation.
- Knowledge of college and career readiness strategies and programs as well as postsecondary options.
- Willingness to adapt to change.
- Classroom teaching experience or demonstration of effective classroom instructional practices.
- Prior experience as a school counselor.
- Knowledge of ASCA Mindsets and Behaviors for Student Success
- Experience in college and career readiness work including the knowledge of academic, social emotional, and college and career development.
- Experience with use of technology in research, school counseling program development, management, and delivery.
- Actively involved in school community
The information presented indicates the general nature and level of work expected of employees in this classification. It is not designed to contain, nor to be interpreted as, a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, qualifications and objectives required of employees assigned to this job.