TITLE: Middle School Counselor
LOCATION: D.D. Eisenhower Middle School
JOB GOAL: To provide counseling services that support the social- emotional- academic- and
developmental needs of middle school students.
Ability to work a 9 hour duty day in the locations assigned. This position may require work to be performed in more than one building.
After receiving training- provide interpretation of test data and grades for students- parents- and staff.
Coordinate and facilitate assessments
Physical and emotional ability to perform required work and move about as needed in the fast-paced- highly intensive school environment.
Ability to use technology- i.e.- internet- e-mail- Microsoft Word- Student Data Management Software.
Demonstrate an understanding of the academic and instructional goals of the District Improvement Plan.
Teach guidance lessons through Character Education activities- in collaboration with theclassroom teachers that teaches the expectations of the student Code of Conduct.
Collaborate with building administration on an appropriate plan to address school culture and climate- specifically bullying
Facilitate Support Groups based on the results of a Needs Assessment.
Facilitate and Coordinate the SIT (Student Improvement Team) meetings for students who have behavioral/social/ emotional concerns.
Attend monthly SIT/Second Step Coordinator meetings.
Gather behavioral data on students who have behavioral concerns- using different observation tools- providing strategies for classroom teachers.
Collaborate with administrators to identify trigger behaviors that result in frequent office referrals and impede instruction; and to reduce the number of referrals through prevention strategies.
Consult and work with parents regarding behavioral and academic interventions
Refer students and parents to appropriate community resources effectively with Student Services.
Communicate effectively with students- staff- and parents.
Demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills and professional judgment
Participate in staff development (school and department) meetings to update skills and improve knowledge – as well as to satisfy recertification/re-licensure requirements
Demonstrate knowledge of guidance techniques
Maintains confidentiality and professionalism
Participate in IEP meetings as requested
Collaborate with other staff or service providers to problem solve issues and assist in developing programs that will meet the needs of students.
Consult and collaborate with school staff regarding the orientation of new students- kindergarten roundup and collaborate with middle school counselors on the transition of students going to middle school.
Guide students through career awareness and planning.
Maintain a neat and appropriate appearance
Other duties as assigned
Meets the employment qualifications set forth by the Kansas City- Kansas Board of Education and the Kansas State Department of Education
Valid Kansas School Counselor License at the middle school level
Maintains communication with teachers- other school personnel- and parents/guardians to enhance cooperative action which will meet the educational needs of students.
Provides health services- information- and counseling in an effective and positive manner to enhance the health and wellness of the school community.
Completes accident/incident reports for students/staff.
Compiles data for statistical purposes.
Maintains confidentiality regarding educational records.
Maintains a daily log of school/staff visits and documentation.
Maintains the daily environment of the health office facility and supplies.
Utilizes existing technology effectively in the performance of duties.
Performs other related work as required.
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- or schedule form.
LANGUAGE SKILLS: Ability to read and analyze and interpret general professional journals- technical procedures- or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports- general curriculum and learning theories- correspondence- and protocols. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of administrators- staff- parents- students- and the general public.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those 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 regularly required to sit- walk- stand and talk or hear. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. The employee must occasionally push items of 50 pounds such as pushing on a bike ore wheelchair- or moving/rearranging furniture. While performing the duties of the job the employee occasionally may visit a child’s home. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision- distance vision- and depth perception.
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 usually loud and is a standard acceptable level for this environment. Is directly responsible for students’ safety- work output and well-being.
OTHER SKILLS and ABILITIES: Ability to apply knowledge of current research and theory to instructional program; ability to plan and implement lessons based on division and school objectives and the needs and abilities of students. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with students- peers- parents and community; ability to speak clear and concisely in written or oral communication.
TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT: 186-196 days Full time
SALARY: Based on KCKPS salary schedule
FLSA STATUS: EXEMPT
REPORT TO: Assistant Director of Student Services / Building principals at each assigned building.
EVALUATION: Performance evaluation will be conducted in accordance with Board of Education policy.
This job description has been approved by all levels of management:
Employee signature below constitutes employee’s understanding of the requirements- essential functions and duties of the position.
Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools (KCKPS) is an exceptional urban system using an array of innovative teaching strategies to meet the diverse needs of our students with a vigorous professional development program designed to support our teachers.