TITLE: High School Career/Guidance Counselor
1. Holds a valid Illinois Teaching Certificate
2. Holds a certificate as a guidance counselor
3. Bachelor's Degree
4. Possesses good human relations skills
5. The ability to function effectively as a member of the school staff.
The Principal or Designee
MAINTAINS LIAISON WITH:
Parents, Staff, and Administration. Communicates on a regular bases or as requested by parents, staff, or administration.
JOB GOAL: To assist students in making educational, occupational, and life plans that holds promise for their personal fulfillment as mature and responsible men and women.
(The following are the essential fundamentals to include but not limited to the following job duties.)
I. MANAGEMENT AND COORDINATION OF STUDENT SERVICES:
A. Assists students in evaluating their aptitudes and abilities through the interpretation of individual standardized test scores and other pertinent data, and works with students in evolving education and occupation plans in terms of such evaluation.
B. Remains readily available to students so as to provide counseling that will lead each student to increased personal growth, self-understanding and maturity.
C. Supervises the preparation and processing of college, scholarship, financial aid and employment applications.
D. Initiates, assembles, maintains, interprets, and protects the confidentiality of information and data such as health records, attendance records, academic progress records, activity records, Individual Career Planning Folder (ICP), and transcripts for assigned students.
E. Registers students new to the school and orients them to school procedures and the schools varied opportunities for learning.
F. Counsels and assists students in course and subject selection.
G. Works to prevent students from dropping out of school.
H. Encourages students to participate in school and community activities.
I. Counsels students who express or exhibit problems in or out of school.
J. Provides information regarding admissions for trade schools, special skills schools, programs, colleges and universities.
K. Arranges and organizes conferences between students and college/career/vocational representatives.
L. Reviews students' academic performance and confers with students and parents as needed.
M. Recommends placement and counsels students who are enrolled in
alternative schools and other programs such as Lamb, Teen, and Alternative II.
N. Makes provisions for being available to students and parents for
O. Makes occupational and college information available to all students.
P. Assists students with college and vocational plans Through the use of the Individual Career Planning Folder.(ICP)
Q. Refers students for part-time job placement to appropriate work/study coordinators and/or career consultants.
R. Conducts follow-up of students new to the school to determine their academic and social adjustment to school.
S. Identifies students with special needs and refers them for special services, including psychological evaluation.
T. Explores alternative educational opportunities with students.
II. ASSISTANCE TO INSTRUCTIONAL STAFF:
A. Assist in the orientation of new faculty members.
B. Works cooperatively with other school personnel in the identification, diagnosis, and remediation of individual students with specialized needs.
C. Meets with appropriate department chairperson regarding that department's course offerings and curriculum changes as a preliminary step to registering students for the following year.
D. Assists in the planning for and supervision of all standardized testing programs.
E. Arranges for conferences with parents and teachers as needed.
F. Participates in multi disciplinary staffing as needed.
G. Works with teachers, special service personnel, administration, and staff to develop new programs and explore innovative developments in the total school program.
H. Uses grammatically correct English in verbal and written communications.
III. STAFF AND PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES:
A. Takes an active role in interpreting the school's objectives, rules, and policies to students, parents, and the community at large.
B. In cooperation with local agencies, develops and implements Career Awareness Programs.
C. Provides Material for press releases and/or newsletters.
D. Maintains and submits accurate and timely records/reports as required by law, Board policy, and administrative guidelines.
E. Follows building and district rules, procedures, and policies.
TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT:
Salary is based upon Schedules A&B, of the collective negotiated Agreement.
Each employee in contractual continuing service shall be evaluated at least once every two (2) years. Each employee not in continuing contractual service shall be evaluated once every year.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential responsibilities and functions of the job and are not meant to be all inclusive. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential responsibilities and functions of the job.
Unless reasonable accommodations can be made, while performing this job the staff member shall:
· Use strength to lift items needed to perform the functions of the job.
· Sit, stand and walk for required periods of time.
· Speak and hear.
· Use close vision, color vision, peripheral vision and depth perception along with the ability to focus vision.
· Communicate effectively in English, using proper grammar and vocabulary.
· Reach with hands and arms and use hands and fingers to handle objects and operate tools, computers, and/or controls.
The Site Coordinator will have to manage a number of requests and tasks at one time and must be prepared to deal with emergencies and stressful situations at any time.
The environmental demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential responsibilities and functions of the job and are not meant to be all inclusive.
· Exposure to a variety of childhood and adult diseases and illnesses.
· Occasional exposure to a variety of weather conditions.
· Exposure to heated/air conditioned and ventilated facilities.
· Exposure to a building in which a variety of chemical substances are used for cleaning, instruction, and/or operation of equipment.
· Exposure to paper dust, normal office noises and road vibrations while driving an automobile.
· Function in a workplace that is usually moderately quiet but that can be noisy at times.
Approved March 27, 2007
(Modified July 2007)