Visions In Education is seeking a counselor to support students in grades 9-12 with academic goals to attend UC/CSU or community college after graduation. This counselor will provide both academic and personal support to help students successfully graduate from high school.
Candidates with familiarity with Independent study, charter schools, community college resources and non-site based instructional models, technology and virtual tools is preferred. Candidates should also be very familiar with transcript review for both A-G and NCAA eligibility, CSF, and College Board testing procedures (PSAT, SAT, ACT).
Under general supervision, provides counseling services for parents, staff, and students in grades K-12 in the areas of education and career planning, student performance, personal and social relations, and parent and family relations; serves in a liaison capacity between teachers, parents and students; and performs other duties as assigned.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS Any one position may not include all the duties listed nor do all the listed examples include all tasks that may be found in positions of this class.
Utilizes policies and procedures to plan and implement a counseling program to teach decision-making, problem-solving, motivation and coping skills.
Provides counseling sessions individually and/or in groups to meet the needs of students in educational and career planning, student performance, personal and social relations, and parent and family relations.
Works with students to plan class schedules, change programs, and articulate curriculum.
Reviews student records; interviews students and uses various assessment techniques to determine placement in appropriate instructional levels.
Identifies pupil needs and cooperates and collaborates with other professional staff members in assessing and helping pupils solve attitude and learning problems.
Counsels students with discipline and attendance problems.
Refers students and parents to community agencies for additional counseling services.
Attends Individual Educational Plan (IEP) meetings, and Student Success Team (SST) meetings when appropriate.
Provides transcript evaluation and monitoring, articulation and class scheduling.
Facilitates Regional Occupational Program (ROP) enrollments, high school exit examinations, work permits and acts as liaison with other public, charter and private schools.
Communicates with parents through telephone conversations and individual or group conferences at the office, home visits, learning centers, libraries and other locations.
Maintains effective communication systems and processes.
Forms partnerships and develops teamwork with peers and other school staff to support and enhance school and student success.
Plans, coordinates and prioritizes work activities to meet established objectives and deadlines.
Prepares and maintains student related information, files and/or reports.
May assist with special projects, special school programs or events.
Attends staff meetings, in-service training activities, workshops, conferences and other training.
Facilitates student conferences for academic planning, goal setting and strategies to be academically successful.
Performs other duties as assigned.
QUALIFICATIONS EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
Possession of a valid California Pupil Personnel Services credential with specialization in school counseling.
SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:
Knowledge of or ability to learn, interpret and apply Visions In Education’s objectives, policies, procedures, rules, regulations and operations.
Knowledge of or ability to learn and use applicable sections of the California Education Code, Charter Law and other pertinent laws.
Ability to maintain positive and professional interactions with students, parents, peers, other staff and the public, and to work in sometimes stressful situations.
Skill and ability to work with flexibility, efficiency and diplomacy, both individually and as part of an instructional team.
Skill and ability to use self-restraint and professional judgment and develop strategies to deal with a variety of people under varying situations and conditions.
Familiarity with numerous curriculum options and resources.
Ability to act as liaison between the program and the family.
Skill and ability to use written and oral communication requiring clarity and diplomacy in communication with a broad and diverse audience.
Effective communication skills initiating individual and group discussions, listening and facilitating interaction with students and peers.
Ability to establish and maintain effective work relations with those contacted in the performance of required duties.
Ability to work independently and in a team environment, and be held accountable for results.
Ability to maintain a professional attitude and a strong customer service focus at all times, with a strong desire to succeed and solve problems.
Ability to work confidentially.
Skill and ability to motivate students to achieve educational success.
Knowledge of the developmental processes of students;
Knowledge of counseling techniques to facilitate decision making, problem solving and coping skills;
Knowledge of the total school curriculum;
Knowledge to facilitate educational and career planning for students;
Knowledge of interpersonal communication techniques and behavioral management techniques;
Ability to understand and accept individual differences in children, parents and staff members.
Knowledge, skill and ability to use a wide variety of office equipment including, but not limited to: personal computers, associated software programs (including Windows, word-processing, desktop publishing, spreadsheets, database and web based applications including document sharing), e-mail, Internet, copiers, faxes and phones.
Possession of a valid California driver’s license.
Willingness and ability to travel locally and to the surrounding counties.
WORK ENVIRONMENT AND PHYSICAL ABILITIES
The physical requirements below are necessary to perform the essential functions. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable a person with a disability to perform these functions.
Work environment is an office setting with occasional travel. Requires willingness and ability to work effectively and move about in an office and travel on an occasional basis to local locations and to surrounding counties.
Physical, mental and emotional stamina to work up to an eight-hour shift under sometimes-stressful conditions, with frequent distraction and interruptions and deal with angry/upset people in a calm and professional manner.
Sufficient hand/eye coordination and manual dexterity to use a wide variety of office and computer equipment, to keyboard and write, file, and maintain records and reports.
Sufficient hearing to conduct in-person and telephone conversations.
Ability to speak in an understandable voice with sufficient volume to be heard in normal conversational distance, on the telephone and in addressing groups.
Sufficient visual acuity to see and read small print.
Ability to sit for extended periods of time, up to an eight-hour shift (with the exception of lunch and breaks).
Sufficient mobility to bend, stoop, push/pull, lift, stand, and walk on an occasional basis to file, move equipment or supplies or take work from one location to another.
Sufficient mobility to enter/exit a vehicle and drive to various locations locally and to surrounding counties.
This position requires a PPS credential in school counseling.
REQUIRED: Applicants are required to submit a written response to the following questions:
1) In an independent study environment that is not seat based, what strategies would you use to support remote students who are struggling academically?
2) Describe your involvement and familiarity with the community colleges/universities and community resources for high school students in San Joaquin County and surrounding communities.
3) Why would you be a good fit as a counselor for Visions In Education?
************Individuals who are fluent in Spanish or Russian/Ukrainian should clearly denote this experience on their cover letter and language section of the application.***************
Answers to Supplemental Questions
Letter of Introduction
Additional Salary Information: We have a very generous, competitive benefits package that includes 100% employer-paid Medical/Dental/Vision (single), Retirement (STRS), Vacation, Sick and Holiday - with 2 weeks time off over the holiday season.
About Visions In Education
Visions In Education has successfully supported students and families for over 19 years and is a growing, thriving organization.
We have built our organization based upon hiring the most qualified people and helping them acquire the skills and knowledge they need to succeed. Our students and families choose us as their school because we provide great teachers, systems and technology to achieve their educational goals.
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