High School Counselor

Full-time. 575 students, Grades 9-12. EOE

Purpose:                     The Middle and High School Counselor helps students attain an optimum level of personal and social adjustment.  In order to coordinate a comprehensive counseling program, the middle and high school counselor must work closely with the other staff and administration of U.S.D. #490.


Responsible to:          Principal         


Payment rate:            According to negotiated agreement.


Minimum Qualifications:


1.     High school diploma or equivalent.

2.     Masters degree from an accredited college/university.

3.     Two years accredited teaching experience.

4.     Current Kansas State Teaching Certificate on file in the Central Office.

5.     Health and Inoculation Certificate on file in the Central Office.

6.     Desire to continue career improvements.

7.     Health and Inoculation Certificate on file.

Essential Functions:

1.     Helps students attain an optimum level of personal and social adjustment.

2.     Consults with parents, teachers, administrators and supporting agencies concerning the needs and abilities of students.

3.     Ensures that all activities conform to district guidelines.

4.     Communicates effectively with all members of the school district and community.

5.     Works effectively with community organizations.

6.     Reacts to change productively and handles other tasks as assigned.

7.     Supports the value of an education.

8.     Works cooperatively with the other district counselors to develop and implement district curriculum and outcomes.

9.     Supports the philosophy and mission of U.S.D. #490.

General Responsibilities

1.     Provides individual counseling and group guidance to help students cope effectively personal, social, academic, career and family concerns.

2.     Consults with parents, teachers, administrators, and supporting agencies concerning the needs and abilities of students.

3.     Implements a comprehensive appraisal process by:

a.     selecting and administering appropriate ability, achievement, and interests tests,

b.     visiting with students and interviewing interested adults, and

c.     interpreting results to students, teachers, administrators, and parents.

4.     Updates and maintains confidential student records, including cumulative transcripts and student files.

5.     Aides in the identification of students with special needs and make appropriate recommendations and referrals.

6.     Implements an effective program of educational and career planning.

7.     Schedules opportunities for students to visit with resource persons and recruiters about academic and career choices.

8.     Maintains a current library of career and college information, and assists students in using the information effectively.

9.     Provides information regarding financial aid and scholarships for college and vocational training.

10.  Assists with enrollment to ensure that students complete courses appropriate to their needs and which lead to graduation.

11.  Assists in a continuous program of student orientation.

12.  Assists in making recommendations for school curriculum and instructional practices.

13.  Assists when necessary with the activities of student organizations.

14.  Attends and assists when necessary with school events such as musical programs, athletics, student recognition ceremonies, graduation, and open house.

15.  Sees that district policies are observed during all activities.

16.  Keeps abreast of new information, innovative ideas and techniques.

17.  Obtains advance approval of the Principal for all activities and expenditures.

18.  Adheres to all district health and safety policies, including all precautions of the Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control Plan.

19.  Other duties as assigned by the principal or other administrative staff.


Physical Requirements/Environmental Conditions

  1. Requires prolonged sitting or standing
  2. Occasionally requires physical exertion to manually move, lift, carry, pull, or push heavy objects or materials.
  3. Occasional stooping, bending, and reaching.
  4. Requires some travel.
  5. Must work in noisy and crowded environments.

Apply online at www.applitrack.com/eldorado/onlineapp. Upload cover letter, resume, transcript copies, proof of certification and letters of reference. Unsubmitted applications will not be considered. Health, life, disability insurance. Section 125 Plan. $100 a year toward YMCA membership. Commensurate with degree and experience.
Job Start Date: August-5-2019
Applications Due By: June-31-2019

Job Contact Information

Kevin House - usd490@eldoradoschools.org - 316-322-4810

Employer Information

El Dorado USD 490 www.eldoradoschools.org





Unified School District 490, El Dorado Public Schools, serves students and families throughout 128 square miles in the city of El Dorado and the surrounding rural area of Butler County with a comprehensive educational program including vocal music, band, orchestra, fine arts, physical education, art, foreign language, and technology. The district has been recognized nationally for excellence in technology and takes pride in providing tools that support equity for educational access.

Students attend one of three elementary schools, a middle school serving grades 6-8, and El Dorado High School, a 4A school serving students in grades 9-12. Pre-K students are served through a State Four-Year Old Preschool grant and Early Childhood Special Education. The district also sponsors a Parents As Teachers program through a state grant providing parenting education and support from Birth through School Age. The district has provided free all-day kindergarten for twelve years. The high school provides alternative and virtual programs for students who experience success in non-traditional settings or for those who need to recover credits in order to stay on track for graduation at an off-site campus located in the District Performing Arts Center. A drop-out recovery program for adults is provided through partnership with ORION Service Center. In addition, the district is a member of the Butler County Special Education Cooperative, serving students in all nine Butler County school districts. A free district shuttle bus system ensures the safety of students required to cross two highways intersecting the city and is also supplemented by an activity route shuttle to better support student engagement in after-school extracurricular activities. A full-range of summer programs is provided including driver’s education, exploratory summer camp for grades K-5, course completion and credit recovery. Each program is supported by free transportation and access to other community support services such as the YMCA and City Recreation programs. The remainder of the summer the district supports a partnership with Kids Need 2 Eat, a non-profit organization that provides free summer meals.

The Board of Education has developed a comprehensive strategic plan with goals in Student Achievement, Staff Retention & Recruitment, School Climate, Communication, and Infrastructure. As a result of this planning over the course of three strategic cycles, three new facilities were opened in the fall of 2018 finalizing a goal to improve every educational facility in the district to better meet student learning needs. The capstone project, renovation of the Historic 1937 El Dorado High School/Middle School, celebrates a century of public education and a district area of excellence, the performing arts.

Community support enhances district services through a number of initiatives: 

  • Adopt-a-Class Mentoring Program, matching local businesses with graduating classes
  • Dolly Parton Imagination Library, providing a free book each month to preschoolers
  • I Can Read, one-on-one reading volunteers for second grade students
  • Kiwanis Health & Rotary ACT, Dictionary, Playground Map, and Social Skills Grants
  • Staff Wellness Partnership with local hospital, YMCA, and a private donor
  • Partners In Education, a foundation supporting special projects and scholarships
  • Kids Need 2 Eat, a community philanthropic organization combatting hunger
  • The Eldorado Sports Foundation, supporting school athletic needs
  • Communities in Schools, wrap-around social services for at-risk middle school students 2
  • Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG), working to increase graduation rates through engagement in vocational and service activities
  • YMCA SPLASH and Middle School After School providing second grade water safety and after school wellness
  • Right At School after-school enrichment programs at all district elementary schools
  • District fitness trail located at El Dorado Middle School

Employer Address: 124 W. Central El Dorado, Kansas

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