Counselor – Elementary School
BA, step 1: $46,664 – MA, step 1: $54,448 (DOE)
The job of Counselor – Elementary School is done for the purpose/s of providing support to the instructional process with specific responsibility for managing the placement of assigned students; providing information and recommendations to parents and students; providing behavioral education to classes, small groups and individual students; assisting in providing crisis response; and developing goals and plans for student achievement.
This job reports to Principal
Assists in evaluation (e.g. counseling activities, overall outcomes of elementary counseling program, etc.) for the purpose of implementing counseling program assessment.
Consults with teachers and administrators (e.g. behavioral change techniques, test results appraisal, evaluation of student records, case history information, etc.) for the purpose of implementing optimal review, appraisal, learning program recommendations for each student.
Coordinates 504 processes for the purpose of providing implementation of 504 program.
Coordinates with teachers, resource specialists and community professionals (e.g. service clubs, courts, child protective services, etc.) for the purpose of providing/receiving requested information and making recommendations.
Counsels students, parents, guardians, and staff for the purpose of enhancing student success.
Develops a variety of special programs (e.g. career night, financial aid workshops, etc.) for the purpose of providing information to assist students in the successful transition from high school to career, training and/or continuing education.
Maintains records (e.g. pupil data, including attendance, etc.) for the purpose of ensuring accuracy of student information, for transition or transfer.
Monitors students’ progress (e.g. 504’s, homeless status, etc.) for the purpose of identifying issues and taking appropriate action for solving issues and increasing student success.
Participates with community entities for the purpose of providing resolution of issues and enhancement of student welfare.
Presents information (e.g. in class behavior reports, student improvement, etc.) for the purpose of communicating information, gaining feedback, making recommendations, while ensuring adherence to established internal controls.
Researches program eligibility requirements (e.g. financial aid, health services, testing processes, etc.) for the purpose of providing up-to-date, accurate counsel to students.
Supervises assigned programs (e.g. scholarships, peer counseling, special education, ESL, class scheduling guidance, etc.) for the purpose of monitoring performance, providing for student learning growth and achieving overall curriculum objectives.
Performs other related duties as assigned for the purpose of ensuring the efficient and effective functioning of the work unit.
Job Requirements: Minimum Qualifications
Skills, Knowledge and Abilities
SKILLS are required to perform multiple, technical tasks with a need to periodically upgrade skills in order to meet changing job conditions. Specific skill based competencies required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the
job include: applying assessment instruments; preparing and maintaining accurate records; planning and managing projects; communicating effectively with students, parents, staff; and using pertinent software applications;
analyzing data; comparing results; and estimating required resources.
KNOWLEDGE is required to perform algebra and/or geometry; review and interpret highly technical information, write technical materials, and/or speak persuasively to implement desired actions; and analyze situations to define issues and draw conclusions.
Specific knowledge based competencies required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job include: stages of child development; District, State and Federal requirements for graduation; age appropriate activities/behaviors; assessment instruments and techniques;
business telephone etiquette; and practicing cultural competency while working collaboratively with diverse groups and individuals.
ABILITY is required to schedule a significant number of activities, meetings, and/or events; often gather, collate, and/or classify data; and use basic, job-related equipment. Flexibility is required to independently work with others
in a wide variety of circumstances; analyze data utilizing a variety of complex processes; and operate equipment using defined methods. Ability is also required to work with a significant diversity of individuals and/or groups; work
with a variety of data; and utilize specific, job-related equipment. Independent problem solving is required to analyze issues and create action plans. Problem solving with data requires analysis based on organizational
objectives; and problem solving with equipment is limited. Specific ability based competencies required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job include: communicating with diverse groups; maintaining
confidentiality; meeting deadlines and schedules; setting priorities; working as part of a team; working with frequent interruptions; adapting to changing work priorities; solving problems; analyzing issues; and
Responsibilities include: working under limited supervision using standardized practices and/or methods; leading, guiding, and/or coordinating others; tracking budget expenditures. Utilization of resources from other work units
may be required to perform the job’s functions.