School Counselor at Lake County High School
Reports To: Principal and/or Assistant Principal
Length of Assignment: 189 days per year; follows this LCSD Calendar for 2024-2025 school year
Salary: Subject to Certified Teacher Salary Schedule. Full benefits provided including PTO, Health, Dental and Vision insurance. This position is grant-funded for three years through the School Counselor Corps Grant with possibility of continuation through the school district’s work on sustainability. If an employee holds Counseling SSP, placement will be based from MA, Row E. If an employee doesn’t hold Counseling SSP credentials, then they are placed on a certified schedule following typical rules. Salary is prorated to 189 days.
Primary purpose: Are you passionate about making a positive impact in the lives of young people? Do you thrive in a dynamic environment where no two days are the same? If so, we invite you to join our team as a High School Counselor.
As a High School Counselor, you will work collaboratively with students, parents, teachers, administrators, and community to promote student success and well-being. You will work collaboratively with students, parents, teachers, and administrations in supporting students in the areas of career and college readiness, social/emotional development, and academic success; serving as a resource; and delivering services within the framework of the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) Mindsets and Behaviors for Student Success.
Duties of this job include, but are not limited to:
- Provide individual and group counseling to students on a wide range of issues, including academic performance, personal development, mental health concerns, and college/career planning.
- Assess and group students to provide appropriate group therapeutic interventions.
- Collect and maintain evidence of student progress toward identified skills (evidence may include examples of student work, data tracking documents, discipline data, and student self-reflection).
- Participate in data collection and evaluation activities to measure the impact of interventions and supports, and to demonstrate the impact of the School Counselor Corps Grant.
- Serve as a member of the BERT (Building Emergency Response Team).
- Utilize evidence-based and best practices for the delivery of prevention and intervention strategies.
- Continually assesses qualitative and quantitative data to identify student support needs and measure the impact of interventions, in collaboration with school team members.
- Facilitate workshops and presentations with students and families on topics such as study skills, stress management, conflict resolution, and college and/or career readiness.
- Serve as a 1st Responder for student mental/behavioral health and social/emotional concerns, including performing suicide risk assessments as needed.
- Follows referral, intervention and support protocols to meet the most significant needs of all students, building upon common social/emotional, behavior, and academic goals to deliver services as appropriate.
- Provide coordination or delivery of mental health minutes as designated on IEPs.
- Supports staff at team meetings to ensure that services are communicated and that teams deliver consistent structures and support for students.
- Provides professional development to promote school-wide SEL initiatives including Collaborative Problem Solving and trauma informed discipline practices.
- Maintain records of contacts and actions taken with each student.
- Participate on the District Counseling / Social Work team through monthly meetings.
- Participates in family engagement efforts that support the social, emotional, and behavioral health of LCHS students, including collaborating with parents for intervention and placement options.
- Supports care coordination services and family outreach for students in need of or receiving outside therapeutic services.
- Participate in school-wide initiatives, committees, and events to promote a positive school climate and foster a culture of student success.
- Assists in the promotion of a positive school climate and follows school norms and expectations.
- Develop, implement and monitor student 504 plans on a regular basis.
- Promotes a positive professional and ethical image of the school district, social emotional and behavioral-mental health supports, and special education services.
- Student scheduling, Coordinate Pre-collegiate program, assessments/testing, college visits/fairs, CEPA program, internships, scholarship night, college/SPWR culture, college application process, scholarships, FAFSA, career fair, and other events that are scheduled.
- Manage and facilitate various support groups.
- Identifies student needs and cooperates with other professional staff members in assessing and addressing students’ health, attitude, and learning challenges.
- Creates an effective environment for learning through functional and attractive displays, bulletin boards, and interest centers.
- Maintains professional competence through in-service education activities provided by professional growth activities.
- Participates in all aspects of the Colorado (District-adopted) certified employee evaluation process.
- Supervises students in out-of-classroom activities during the school day, as requested and within contract/policy allowances.
- Oversee all group standardized tests in accordance with the state testing program. Collaborate with the Assistant Principal in this process.
- Participates in faculty committees and the sponsorship of student activities, as appropriate.
- Supervise/chaperone student activities within the school day.
- Develop strong relationships with students that both hold expectations high and support students to achieve high results within a calm, safe and supportive environment.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- Preference to candidates will be given in the following order: Colorado Counseling SSP license holder, Master’s Degree in School Counseling (and SSP Authorization applied for), Teacher Certificate (alternative license or TEE is acceptable) and actively enrolled in Counseling SSP program, for completion within three years.
- Bachelor’s Degree and Colorado Teaching certificate required; must be actively enrolled in Counseling SSP program, and completed within three years.
- Colorado Department of Education Counselor Endorsement (SSP) or actively enrolled in Counselor Master’s Degree program. Candidates can apply for Special Services Provider Stipend program if they wish.
- Must be eligible for employment in the US and pass all background checks as required by LCSD.
- Experience working with and counseling students in a school setting is preferred.
- Experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and a variety of family situations is preferred.
- Experience with educational systems and practices are preferred.
- Bilingual (English / Spanish) preferred.
- Flexibly adapts to the needs of the school, students, and concern
- Contract work day will consist of 8 hours with a minimum of 30 continuous minutes per day of a duty free lunch
- 225 minutes per week for planning
- A work space will be provided; it may be shared, if needed
- Evaluated using CDE School Counseling Rubric
How to apply:
External candidates, please submit a Certified Employee Application. In addition to completing this application, please submit a resume, transcripts, credentials, three letters of recommendation and a copy of your Colorado Teaching Certificate/License if available to Scott Carroll, Principal and Kathleen Fitzsimmons, HR Director.