Federal Way, WA, US
Mar 06, 2021
Position Type:
*21/22 Cert Pool Postings/Specialist: Librarian, Counselor, Dean, PE, ELL

Date Posted:

To be determined

As a member of the district school counseling staff, a counselor contributes to student success in visible and meaningful ways. The counselor provides activities and services that develop the academic, career and personal/social competencies of students, consults with teachers, staff and parents to enhance their effectiveness in helping students, and advances the mission of the school/district.
This position requires working with children of various ages and a variety of disabilities (preschool to 12 th grade). This position has no official supervisory or budgetary responsibilities. Work location is an office that includes a locking file; cabinet, telephone, computer, printer and the software needed to fulfill their responsibilities in order to improve student learning. There will also be consistent access to a room suitable for staffing and small group sessions.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. This list is meant to be representative, not exhaustive. Some incumbents may not perform all the duties listed while in other cases related duties may also be assigned. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
1. Curriculum -
  • Implement effective guidance program addressing the identified academic, personal/social, and career needs of students.Provide in-service to staff to support district-learning expectations.Provide career information to students and parents.
2. Individual Student Planning
  • Help students identify their skills, abilities, achievement, and interests through counseling and guidance activities.Assist students with forming basic values, attitudes, and interests regarding their future world of work.Provide transitional activities between the current and next educational level.Consult with parents, teachers and other support personnel to support student performance, encourage academic challenge and promote rigorous plans of study.
3. Responsive Services
  • Provide individual and small group counseling dealing with barriers to learning.Consult with teachers, families, administrators, and other school personnel concerning the welfare of students.Make appropriate referrals for students and families to services within school and/or community. Implement suicide intervention policies and CPS procedures.
4. System Support
  • Communicate and exchange academic, personal and career information with parents/guardians.Communicate counseling program components to student, staff, and parents.Remain current in counseling content, theory, practice and research. School Counselors will attend meetings, district counselor and relevant district trainings.Promote and support a school climate that enhances safety, academic, personal/social, and career development.Demonstrate support for building, district, and state standards.Plan with Administrators the distribution of the counselor's time following the general guidelines recommended by the Washington State Counseling Association.Contribute to a Pre-K - 12 guidance curriculums that integrate the Washington State Learning Goals, Essential Academic Learning Requirements, state graduation requirements, and competencies for academic, career and personal/social development.
5. Use of extended time (Supplemental contract)
  • Examples include: Discipline re-entry conferences, harassment training, new student enrollment, secondary scheduling, promotion/retention conferences, graduation verification, case management, program and calendar planning, transition liaison.
  • Elementary counselors - one per diem dayMiddle School counselors - three per diem daysHigh School counselors - seven per diem days

6. Professionalism, Ethics, and Legal Mandates
  • Certified school counselors develop a professional identity congruent with knowledge of all aspects of professional functions, professional development, and state and national school counselor organizations. They adhere strictly to the profession's codes of ethics, especially those that have been established by the American Counseling Association (ACA), the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) and other relevant codes of ethics. They are familiar with district, state and federal policies, laws, and legislation relevant to school counseling.Solicit feedback from students, staff, and parents for the purpose of evaluating and improving the Guidance and Counseling Program at both the building and district levels.


The preceding list of responsibilities is not exhaustive and may be supplemented as necessary.

Education and Experience
Possess current Washington Educational Staff Associate School Counselor or Social Worker certificate or Washington State Licensed Social Worker.
If Washington State Licensed Social Worker, must be actively pursuing Washington State ESA Certificate.

Work scheduled hours on a consistent basis

Experience with a comprehensive school counseling program
Demonstrates understanding of the American School Counselor Association framework for School Counseling programs.

Criminal background clearance
Willing to learn job related computer skills
Maintain a current ESA Certified Washington State Teacher's Certificate

School board policies and procedures

Organize and perform job responsibilities efficiently and independently without close supervision and able to pay strict attention to detail
Speak, read and follow written or verbal communications
Practice effective safety and security within individual work routines
Develop and maintain positive customer relations with staff and service providers
Work collaboratively with District staff and promote teamwork with co-workers
Practice ethical and professional standards of conduct including the requirements of confidentiality
Relate effectively with parents, staff, students and the public in a multicultural and multiracial community
Perform job responsibilities with or without reasonable accommodations

Knowledge/awareness of own cultural identity and how this influences behavior, and desire to learn about the cultural identity of others.
Ability to establish and nurture an environment that promotes cultural competence and equitable treatment of staff, students, and patrons of the District.
Ability to understand and hold self and others accountable for promoting the Federal Way Public Schools' commitment to "Each Scholar: A Voice. A Dream. A Bright Future."
Ability to recognize that each person is a unique individual even as we celebrate their group cultural heritage.

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. The employee frequently is required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, and ability to adjust focus.

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.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works in indoor conditions and regularly works near video display. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

This position typically works Monday through Friday, 180 days per year and most often 7.5 hours/day.

This position reports to, and is evaluated Director of Student Support Services.

Federal Way Education Association

Current state salary schedule

The preceding list is not exhaustive and may be supplemented as necessary. The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the principal functions of this job, the scope of responsibility and the level of knowledge and skills typically required, but should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements, skills or duties so classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside their normal responsibilities from time to time as needed.

All employment open positions are made available on a nondiscriminatory basis without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, gender, age, disability or veteran status.

Update 07/2015

Job descriptions are written as a representative list of the ADA essential duties performed by the entire classification. They cannot include, and are not intended to include, every possible activity and task performed by every specific employee.

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