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Company: Washoe County School District

Location: Reno, NV

Date Posted: October 16, 2014

Source: TopSchoolJobs

Under direction of the school principal, the counselor will implement a comprehensive guidance and counseling program by creating programs and activities to support the State of Nevada's School Counseling Program. The program, comprehensive in scope, preventative in design and developmental in nature focuses on what all students K-12 should know, understand and be able to do in three domain areas: academic, career and personal/social. The focus is on academic success of all students, not just those students who are motivated, supported and ready to learn. School counseling programs help all students achieve success in school and develop into contributing members of our society. The counselor performs counseling activities which includes helping all students develop specific skills, establishing the school counseling program, working with the community, and networking with all professionals at the school and within the counseling community. Performs other duties as assigned. REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION Any applicant who ...
Under direction of the school principal, the counselor will implement a comprehensive guidance and counseling program by creating programs and activities to support the State of Nevada's School Counseling Program. The program, comprehensive in scope, preventative in design and developmental in nature focuses on what all students K-12 should know, understand and be able to do in three domain areas: academic, career and personal/social. The focus is on academic success of all students, not just those students who are motivated, supported and ready to learn. School counseling programs help all students achieve success in school and develop into contributing members of our society. The counselor performs counseling activities which includes helping all students develop specific skills, establishing the school counseling program, working with the community, and networking with all professionals at the school and within the counseling community. Performs other duties as assigned. REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION Any applicant who needs reasonable accommodation in any step of the selection process to assist him/her in demonstrating his/her qualifications to perform the duties of the job for which he/she is applying, should notify a representative in the Human Resources Division. Notification may be made in person or by calling (775) 348-0321. EXEMPLARY DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES Helps all students develop skills in the areas of academic-personal-social growth, educational planning, and career and vocational development; establishes the school counseling program and develops activities and resources to implement and evaluate the program; works with the community to assist students and families in need of services outside the school's resources; and networks with all professionals at school and within the counseling community to monitor and assess needs of students at the site. Assist students with developing skills that support academic achievement and lifelong learning; assists students with investigating career opportunities; assists students with acquiring skills that maximize their personal and social development; maintains confidentiality, facilitates and /or participates in conferences with teachers, students, and parents; consults with and serves as a resource for the community; maintains student records and uses SASI appropriately, participates in on-going professional development, complies with school and district policies and state and federal laws; attends trainings and ongoing professional development, participates in the school improvement process and supports staff progress towards educational goals. EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS Education/

Experience:
 Any combination of education and experience in teaching that would provide the required knowledge and skills are qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and skills would be:
1. Master's Degree or a more advanced degree in school counseling from a regionally accredited college or university with student teaching experience. OR
2. Master's degree or more advanced degree conferred by a regionally accredited college or university, and a specialty credential as a national certified school counselor issued by the National Board for Certified Counselor; OR
3. Master's degree or a more advanced degree with a major in counseling conferred by a regionally accredited college or university; AND have completed at least 280 hours of a practicum, internship or field experience in school counseling at any grade level in kindergarten through grade 12; and at least 36 semester hours of graduate credits in school guidance and counseling in each of the following areas of study: The process of individual counseling; The process of group counseling; Testing and educational assessments; Legal and ethical issues in counseling; Career counseling; Organization and administration of school counseling programs; Multicultural counseling; Child and family counseling; and two of the following: The use of technology in education; Exceptional children; Human growth and development; or Substances abuse counseling. OR
4. Hold a master's degree or a more advanced degree conferred by a regionally accredited college or university and have at least 2 years of teaching experience or at least 2 years of school counseling experience; AND have completed at least 280 hours of a practicum, internship or field experience in school counseling at any grade level in kindergarten through grade 12; and at least 36 semester hours of graduate credits in school guidance and counseling in each of the following areas of study: The process of individual counseling; The process of group counseling; Testing and educational assessments; Legal and ethical issues in counseling; Career counseling; Organization and administration of school counseling programs; Multicultural counseling; Child and family counseling; and two of the following: The use of technology in education; Exceptional children; Human growth and development; or Substances abuse counseling. Knowledge of: Child development; behavior and characteristics of students; interpersonal relations; effective instructional practices; federal education school law; national counseling model and state counseling program standards; legal and ethical standards of counseling; career development models; application of local resources; use of technology in education; and signs and symptoms of substance abuse Skill at: Listening and communicating; implementing and supporting collaborative decision making; working with culturally diverse backgrounds; establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with teachers, administrators, and other staff members; working with school age children and parents; collecting and analyzing data and drawing logical conclusions; and effective instructional methodology in the classroom. Licenses/

Certificates:
 Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid State of Nevada driver's license with a driving record acceptable to the District and possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid Nevada school counselor endorsement. THIS JOB SPECIFICATION SHOULD NOT BE CONSTRUED TO IMPLY THAT THESE REQUIREMENTS ARE THE EXCLUSIVE STANDARDS OF THE POSITION. INCUMBENTS MAY BE REQUIRED TO FOLLOW ANY OTHER INSTRUCTIONS, AND TO PERFORM ANY OTHER RELATED DUTIES AS MAY BE REQUIRED BY THEIR SUPERVISOR.   Additional Job Information The individual selected into this position must be Highly Qualified for this assignment or complete a plan of action to achieve ASAP Highly Qualified status.
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