Middle School Counselor - Omak School District

Status: Full-time position

Location: Omak, WA

Deadline Date: 6/14/13

Date Available:

Job Summary: Professional school counselors deliver a comprehensive school counseling program encouraging all students' academic, career and personal/social development and helping all students in maximizing student achievement. Professional school counselors serve a vital role in maximizing student achievement and continuously seek out professional development opportunities to increase their capacity to meet evolving students needs. Incorporating leadership, acvocacy and collaboration with administration and staffe, professional school counselors promote equity access to opportunitiesand rigorous educational experiences for all students. Professional school counselors support a safe learning environment focused on student needs and work to safeguard the human rights of all members of the school community. Collaborating with other stakeholders to promote student advocacy and achievement, professional school counselors address the needs of all students through prevention and intervention programs that are a part of a comprehensive school counseling program and work in close collaboration with school administration to find solutions to the barriers of student success.

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities
The counselor shall possess the knowledge, skill and experience necessary to develop a career assessment and occupational information system that supports exploration and promotes students building connections between school, home, community and future career possibilities. He/she shall possess the knowledge, skill and experience to create opportunities for students within the school system and the community that support and intergrate academic learning and the development of a post-secondary plan. He/she shall possess the knowledge, skill and experience in developing articulations with post secondary instiutions and strong communication skills between feeder schools and our community business partners.

Working independently under broad organizational policies to achieve organizational objectives. Providing information and/or advising others. Utilization of significant resources from other work units is sometimes required to perform the job's functions. There is continual opportunity to significantly impact the Organization's services.

Working Environment
The usual and customary methods of performing the job's functions require the following physical demands. Occasional lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling. Significant fine finger dexterity. Generally the job requires 40% sitting, 30% walking and 30% standing. This job is performed under minimal temperature variations and a generally hazard free environment.

Experience and Education (Minimum Qualifications)
ESA Certificate
Teacher certification 4-12 and teaching experience, multiple endorsements preferred
Prior experience working with middle school students
Prior experience in building community partnerships to meet school and students goals
OIS (Occupational Information Specialist) vocational certification preferred
Work-based Learning (D.O.) vocational certification and prior experience in this area preferred
Prior experience in developing school programs and community partnerships
Prior experience in career guidance, career center development, and organization of career fairs
Prior experience in registration of students, credit and transcript evaluations

Job related experience within specialized field is preferred.

Master's Degree in job related area.

ESA Certification in School Counseling.

Continuing Education/Training
CEU Requirements
National Guidance Model Traning

Criminal Justice Fingerprint Clearance
TB Clearance

Duties: Assist students with issues involving problems (grief, counseling, friendship development, academic improvement, involvement in activities, etc.).
Help in the development of the master schedule.
Schedule all students in the Skyward system.
Coordinate and implement state and district assessments (MAPs and MSP).
In collaboration with administrative and navigation team, develop and coordinate Navigation 101, student learning plans and portfolios for middle school students.
Coordinate and implement a middle school transition program to high school and transition program from intermediate elementary to middle school.
In collaboration with administrative team, implement the National Guidance Model as the standard for middle school counseling services. Switch emphasis from service-centered for some of the students to program-centered for every student. Requires school counselors to respond to the question, "How are students different as a result of what we do?"
Participate in school and professional meetings and communicate and participate in regular administrative/guidance meetings.
Collaborate with administration in registration, credit evaluations, and areas of school wide needs.
Assist other staff as may be required for the purpose of supporting them in the completion of their work activities related to scheduling, Navigation 101, and the scholarship program.
Primary responsibilities will be focusing on 6th-8th grade students.
Compose a wide variety of materials or report generation regarding student data at OMS including but not limited to student achievement data, scholarships, progress reports and grades, college entrance requirements for purpose of enhancing student success.
Monitor students progress (district and state assessments, specifically MAPs and MSP, registrations, transcripts, home school experience) for the purpose of identifying issues and taking appropriate action for increasing students' success.
Supervise struggling students in their completion of state and local academic requirements.
Counsel students, parents/guardians individually or in group settings (academic, vocational, crisis, personal, etc.).
Develop and implement a variety of special programs (Career Fair/Career Night, parent workshops, orientations).
Develop, coordinate, and facilitate the implementation of Navigation 101 (advisories, student-led conferencing).
Supervise students during lunch, assemblies and other events as needed.
Stay abreast of current professional counseling trainings, conferences, workshops, and guidelines published by ASCA.
Demonstrate the effectiveness of the school counseling program in measurable terms. Professional school counselors report on immediate, intermediate and long-range results showing how students are different as a result of the school counseling program.

The Omak School District complies with all federal and state rules and regulations and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, or disabled or Vietnam verteran status. This holds true for all district employment practices.
The organization complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Persons who may need some accommodation in the hiring process should contact the personal office.
This organization is a drug and tobacco free workplace.
This organization requires a successful applicant to provide employment eligibility and verification of legal right to work in the United States in compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act.

To Apply: Application due Friday, June 14, 2013 at 4 p.m. or until filed. This position is open to any qualified person. Please submit a Letter of Interest and Resume to LeAnne Olson at the Omak School District Superintendant's Office by the closing day listed above. A committee will conduct screening and interviewing of applicants.
FOr more information contact
LeAnne Olson
PO Box 833
Omak, WA 98841
Phone 509.826.7687
Fax 509.826.7689
Email lolson@omaksd.wednet.edu


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