HS Social Worker/Counselor
- GOODING JOINT DISTRICT
- Gooding, ID
- CATEGORY: School/Guidance Counselor
TITLE: HIGH SCHOOL SOCIAL WORKER/COUNSELOR
- Holds a Pupil Personnel Services Certificate with a Counselor Endorsement (K-12) or Social Worker Endorsement (K-12)
- Must have the LMSW Certification
- Minimum experience as determined by the Board
- Knowledge of computerized master schedule development
- Broad knowledge of theories of individual and group guidance techniques, secondary school guidance program design, and career educational information and placement
- Strong background in the use of technology
- Relates extremely well to students
- Demonstrated ability to communicate and work effectively with students, parents, staff, and community groups and organizations
- Able to work under pressure and deadlines
- Excellent interpersonal, communication, organizational, and leadership skills
- Maintain confidentiality of staff and students
PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY TO Building Principal or Assistant Principal
JOB SUMMARY To help students overcome problems that impede learning and to assist them in making educational, occupational, and life plans. The counselor will guide, listen, and lend support to students who will need services beyond the scope of the regular classroom.
MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Direct Assistance to Students
- Assist students with education planning, course selection, and adding and dropping courses;
- Interpret grades and test scores for parents and students, as well as permanent record information such as GPA, credit status, class rank, and honors;
- Assist when requested with follow-up on students that are below grade level/failing with weekly progress reports;
- Maintain a close relationship with the child study team following directives and recommendations as needed;
- Assist in the resolution of school-related problems;
- Counsel groups of students and parents regarding social adjustment problems.
- Provide responsive services including consultation, personal counseling, crisis counseling, and referral;
- Arrange for summer work and/or enrollment in summer school programs to make up noted deficiencies;
- Provide for a smooth transition between middle/junior high and high school, which may include orientation programs for students and parents;
- Provide a guidance curriculum consisting of structured developmental experiences presented systematically through classroom and group activities for all students;
- Assist with teacher/student/parent conferences.
- Work to prevent students from dropping out of school, and assist those that do in finding alternative educational programs and/or employment.
- Maintain an ongoing relationship with families for the purposes of sharing information regarding educational planning and programming for the student, assisting the family in utilizing appropriate community resources, and providing counseling to family members and students to facilitate social adjustment
- Initiate, facilitate, and maintain liaison with community agencies and other resources to meet students’ special needs, and refer parents and children to agencies when appropriate
- Consult with the administration and staff regarding social adjustment factors of students in schools, at home, and in the community
- Maintain a professional office environment;
- Provide interim assistance to students or parents with urgent needs;
- Maintain student records and ensure their confidentiality;
- Consult with teachers and other staff regularly to provide information and support to staff and to receive feedback on emerging needs of students;
- Deal with confusion and emergencies in a friendly, supportive, and calm manner;
- Assist agitated or confused students in re-composing themselves during situations where the student has a problem or personal setback;
- Screen and coordinate new student records;
- Assist in the evaluation of current curriculum offerings and in the planning, selection, and implementation of new course offerings;
- Participate in follow-up studies of former students for the purpose of improving services and evaluating the effectiveness of the educational program being offered by the school;
- Use the internet to gather current information about colleges and career programs;
- Compare on-line and published information with first-hand accounts from returning graduates in order to gain a full, current picture of the situation;
- Share research and findings with colleagues and students in order to improve counseling services;
- Research, develop, and write proposals to enhance the guidance curriculum;
- Evaluate the effectiveness of the comprehensive counseling program.
- Serve as a resource person to local community organizations;
- Network and consult with local businesses, industries, and social service agencies on a regular basis;
- Provide information to the community regarding guidance services, GED programs, etc.
- Work closely with the school in interpreting the school’s philosophy and objectives to students and parents;
- Participate in building meetings such as special education meetings and class meetings;
- Assist in arranging education services for hospitalized or homebound student in conjunction with the special services staff;
- Assist with teacher/student and teacher/parent conflicts;
- Provide letters to senior parents informing them of student academic status, including credit checks, reviews, and graduation status;
- Keep immediate supervisor informed of activities and any issues that may arise;
- Assume responsibility for his or her continuing professional growth and development by such efforts as attendance at professional meetings, membership in professional organizations, enrollment in advanced courses, and by reading professional journals and other publications;
- Adhere to The Code of Ethics of the Idaho Teaching Profession adopted by the Professional Standards Commission and the State Board of Education;
- Seek assistance should emergencies arise;
- Represent the school district in a positive manner;
- Know and follow school district policy and chain of command;
- Perform other duties as assigned.
EVALUATION Performance of this position will be evaluated annually by the Principal in conformance with district policy and IDAPA 08.02.02.120. TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT By contract as determined by the Board of Trustees in accordance with federal and state law, administrative rules, and Board policy.
NOTE All certificated and non-certificated employees and other individuals are required to undergo a criminal history check and submit to fingerprinting. Any applicant convicted of any of the felony crimes enumerated in Section 33-1208, Idaho Code may not be hired, and any applicant convicted of any felony offense listed in Section 33-1208(2), Idaho Code shall not be hired.
Legal Reference: I.C. § 33-512 Governance of Schools I.C. § 33-513 Professional Personnel I.C. § 33-515 Issuance of Renewable Contracts I.C. § 33-1210 Information on Past Job Performance I.C. § 33-1212 Elementary School Counselors I.C. § 54-3201 et seq. Social Work Licensing Act IDAPA 08.02.02.027.01 Counselor Endorsement (K-12) IDAPA 08.02.02.120 Local District Evaluation Policy—Teacher and Pupil Personnel Certificate Holders
Equal Opportunity Employer
GOODING JOINT DISTRICT is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws. Additionally, we prohibit retaliation against individuals who oppose such discrimination and harassment or who participate in an equal opportunity investigation.