High School Counselor Pool 2023-2024
Location: To Be Determined
Salary: Appropriate Level of Counselor Salary Schedule
Duty Days: 210
Develops and implements a comprehensive developmental guidance program for all students to promote student success and school completion as specified by law in the Texas Education Code Section 33.005.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
- Respects student confidentiality and the integrity of the educational process as evidenced by accurate student transcripts and schedules.
- Provides (2) individual student advisory sessions and transcript audits as outlined in the Guidance Counseling (GC) Framework.
- Engages students in developing, implementing, updating, and completing their postsecondary plan, six-year plan (progression plan), Personal Graduation Plans (for identified students), and student interest inventories.
- Schedules students in coherent sequence of courses aligned to the students’ chosen career pathway.
- Advocates for students, mediates and facilitates on behalf of student interests and needs.
- Engages students in the personalized education, career awareness, and college readiness activities (career day, guidance lessons, Education Go Get It Week, and so forth).
- Communicates effectively to disseminate information about students to other professionals as appropriate for follow up and disposition.
- Assists students with the completion of college, scholarship, and financial aid applications (FAFSA/TASFA); provides financial aid information to students and parents.
- Provides engaging student guidance lessons systematically in the 8 strands as identified in the GC Framework (topics and schedule for all students according to TEC and District Policy).
- Provides responsive, intentional counseling to students identified as needing additional support to address specific student outcomes and identified goals.
- Teaches guidance units effectively as indicated from student and teacher feedback.
- Maintains accurate professional records of counseling and Student Support Services related activities on a daily basis.
- Serves on the Trauma Response Team – Completes Suicide and Violence Risk Assessments of students in crisis.
- Responds to students individually and serves as an active participant in the Response to Intervention (RtI) process; selects and uses counselor interventions appropriate to student needs and circumstances.
- Provides group counseling with specific student outcomes and goals identified; provides referral when appropriate.
- Facilitates student referrals to school/district special programs and/or services.
- Engages parents and provides targeted parent education opportunities related to personalized education, career awareness and college readiness.
- Educates faculty, parents, community, and students about the guidance program and services through public information programs (Open House, PTO meetings, campus website, newsletters, and so forth).
- Interprets assessment data (PSAT 8/9, PSAT, SAT, ACT, AP Potential, and so forth) to students and parents as a student advocate to promote understanding of educational planning options.
- Interprets information and ideas effectively and participates in campus wide staff development as outline in the GC Framework.
- Develops and maintains positive working relationships with representatives from community agencies, mentors and others supporting the counseling program.
- Demonstrates an understanding of data driven decision making as it relates to student development and placement.
- Collaborates and develops data driven program objectives (CEIP/MEASURE) and monitors progress each 6 weeks throughout the year.
- Evaluates the effectiveness of individual activities and the overall program success in meeting desired student outcomes identified in the counseling CEIP/MEASURE to submit year-end report to all stakeholders (SPARC) (Quality Program Indicators).
- Collaborates in the planning and evaluation of student assessment activities.
- Interprets assessment data to school personnel as a student advocate to promote understanding of educational planning processes for individual students.
- Observes ethical standards of the Texas and the American School Counselor Associations.
- Pursues continuous professional growth and development to maintain current understanding of procedures and best practices in the field of professional school counseling.
- Performs counseling related responsibility aligned with the Texas Education Code and the FWISD Guidance and Counseling Framework.
- Coordinates work with counseling aide(s) and clerical employee(s).
Personal Work Relationships
- All Fort Worth ISD employees must maintain a commitment to the District’s mission, vision, and strategic goals.
- Exhibits high professionalism, standards of conduct and work ethic.
- Demonstrates high quality customer service; builds rapport/relationship with the consumer.
- Demonstrates cultural competence in interactions with others; is respectful of co-workers; communicates and acts as a team player; promotes teamwork; responds and acts appropriately in confrontational situations.
Other Duties as Assigned
- Performs all job-related duties as assigned and in accordance with Board rules, policies and regulations. All employees are expected to comply with lawful directives in rare situations driven by need where a team effort is required.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
- Knowledge of comprehensive guidance programs, counseling procedures, intervention skills, student appraisal, career development and post-secondary opportunities.
- Knowledge of pre/post high school program eligibility requirements.
- Knowledge of college/university admissions processes, scholarship programs and other educational opportunities.
- Knowledge of current developments in business and industry regarding career opportunities and employment.
- Knowledge of differentiated instruction based upon student learning styles.
- Knowledge of data information systems, data analysis and the formulation of action plans.
- Knowledge of applicable federal and state laws regarding education and students.
- Skill in interpersonal relationships, including using tact, patience, and courtesy.
- Ability to instruct students and manage their behavior.
- Ability to present information in one-on-one, small group, and large group situations to students, parents, and district staff.
- Ability to maintain confidential student records.
- Ability to use software to access databases, email, and do word processing.
- Ability to organize and coordinate work.
- Ability to communicate effectively, both oral and written forms, with District leaders, students and parents.
- Ability to engage in self-evaluation with regard to performance and professional growth.
- Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with others contacted in the course of work.
- Travels to school district buildings and professional meetings as required.
Physical & Mental Demands, Work Hazards
- Tools/Equipment Used: Standard office equipment, including computer and peripherals; standard instructional equipment such as Promethean Board.
- Posture: Prolonged sitting; frequent standing; occasional stooping, squatting, kneeling, bending, pushing/pulling, and twisting.
- Motion: Frequent walking; frequent repetitive hand motions, including keyboarding and use of mouse; occasional reaching.
- Lifting: Regular light lifting and carrying (less than 15 pounds)
- Environment: Works inside; may work outside; may require occasional irregular and/or prolonged hours.
- Attendance: Regular and punctual attendance at the worksite is required for this position.
- Mental Demands: Maintains emotional control under stress; works with frequent interruptions.
Minimum Required Qualifications
Master's degree from accredited college or university required.
- Valid Texas Teaching Certification required;
- Valid Texas Counselor Certification required.
- 2 years’ classroom teaching experience in a public or accredited private school required.
- Language: Bilingual (English/Spanish) working proficiency preferred in some settings.
This document is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job and is not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties that may be assigned or skills that may be required.