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Full-time MS Guidance Counselor

at Linn-Mar Comm. School District in Marion, IA

Position Type:
Middle School Teaching/Guidance Counselor

Date Posted:

Excelsior Middle School

Position Title: Middle School Counselor

Immediate Supervisor: Building Principal

Job Summary/Goals: Provide effective leadership in developing, achieving and maintaining the best possible educational programs and instructional services to help the middle school students of the District better understand themselves, develop decision-making skills, learn interpersonal skills, and develop positive self-esteem.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: (Other duties may be assigned.)
Work equitably and collaboratively with staff, students, parents and community.
Counsel students individually and/or in groups in the areas of personal, social, academic and career issues as needed.
Counsel with small groups of students who have common concerns.
Provide personal counseling for students, families and groups to help them learn greater self-understanding, acceptance of responsibility and better decision-making skills.
Provide group counseling for interaction, communication and support skill development.
Assist parents, teachers and administration in relating positively to students by improving human relations skills.
Coordinate with administrators, teachers, support staff and outside agencies those activities designed to promote cognitive, affective and behavioral development of students.
Assist principal and teachers in establishing and maintaining appropriate student behavior throughout the school and grounds.
Provide resources for individual staff/classroom/student needs.
Develop and present classroom guidance activities for assigned student population.
Provide support services for students in the areas of academic programs, team teaching, registration, course planning, school rules and other matters.
Assist the Intervention Coordinator with at-risk population needs.
Ensure successful student transition to new grade levels (Elementary to Middle School, Middle School to High School)
Assess and counsel students based on observations, conversations and test results.
Collect and analyze personal, social and educational information.
Interpret personal, social and educational information to the students, parents, teachers, administrators and other professionals in an effort to promote the optimal adjustment and welfare of each student.
Coordinate building testing programs.
Interpret test results to students, parents, teachers and administrators
Participate in staffings when deemed necessary.
Participate in the IDM process to best assist student development.
Articulate the “Guidance Program” to community and staff.
Serve as a referral source to outside agencies.
Participate in in-service training programs relative to guidance programs.
Serve on District committees as directed.
Keep abreast of and share new ideas and developments within the guidance field.
Collaborate with teachers, parents and other staff to enhance their effectiveness in helping students in ways to promote the attainment of the Linn-Mar educational goals.
Regular and reliable attendance.
Other duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities:
Supervise students throughout the building.
Provide input to the supervision of a secretary.
The principal may assign additional supervisory duties according to building need.

Minimum Education and/or Experience:
MA degree required.
Elementary and/or Middle School teaching experience preferred.
Cross cultural experience preferred.

Licensure or Certification:
Valid Iowa license with (7-12) counseling endorsement required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: (To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed here are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.)
Knowledge of young adolescent development and developmentally appropriate practices; appropriate counseling strategies for use with young adolescents; working knowledge of agencies and institutions for support and referral purposes; effective instructional strategies; effective classroom management strategies.
Knowledge of current research in learning; interpretation of a variety of assessment measures; integrated instruction; cooperative learning.
Excellent interpersonal skills; communication skills; teaming skills; flexibility and openness to change; commitment to continued professional growth.
Ability to lead.
Proficient in computer/technology skills.
Ability to work collaboratively with parents, school personnel, and other agencies to meet the needs of students; ability to assess and monitor student progress; ability to teach groups of adults and children.

Physical Demands: (The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.)
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, stand, speak, hear, see, and walk to carry out routine duties. Must be able to bend arms, torso, and neck. Must be able to occasionally lift, move, or push items of 50 lbs such as assisting children or moving/rearranging furniture. Specific vision requirements include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. Must be able to supervise students in all types of conditions, meet multiple demands from several people, and interact effectively with the public and other staff.
Work Environment: (The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.)
Noise level is quiet to loud. Work may be indoors or outdoors. Work may be in non-air conditioned rooms. Tobacco and alcohol-free environment. Fast-paced atmosphere with constant contact with students, staff, or the public. May include evenings. Direct responsibility for the safety and well-being of students.

The statements in this job description are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel in this position. These statements are not intended to limit or in any way modify the right of any supervisor to assign, direct, and control the work of employees under his or her supervision.

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