Counselor (Grade: 6-8)

Location
Dallas, TX, US
Salary
Competitive
Posted
Apr 07, 2021
Ref
RTP20210405-001
Description

BASIC FUNCTIONS:

Student & School-Wide Support

  • Provide consultation to school administrators, teachers, staff, students and parents regarding personal social and emotional needs of students
  • Conduct a needs assessment and evaluation of bullying, violence, and risky behaviors
  • Provide individual/group counseling for at-risk students
  • Refer students who need intense or specialized services to district or outside agencies
  • Provide support for new and returning students
  • Coordinate or assist the campus-based counseling team in facilitating interventions or strategies to remove barriers to student success
  • Prepare and deliver a minimum of ten guidance lessons to all students to develop life skills, promote good character, develop resilience, and emphasize the importance of higher education and goalsetting
  • The SEL counselor oversees and helps determine SEL policies, monitors staff needs and issues, and solicits feedback from staff about what is and what is not working. She/he is a good listener, providing support and training as needed to continue a strong and positive experience to meet student social and emotional learning requirements.
  • The SEL counselor recognizes shifting cognitive and emotional needs of students within their school, looking for trends before they emerge and are established.

Staff Support & Coaching

  • Raise the level of understanding among all staff about the importance of SEL as well as SEL-based approaches for working with individual students, classrooms and incorporating a SEL-focused school culture
  • Coordinate or assist in implementing schoolwide activities related to healthy student development including Anti-bullying initiatives
  • Coordinate staff-focused SEL and general self-care activities and information sessions
  • Organize and facilitate staff training at monthly meetings, which could continue during the summer months (as needed)
  • Participate in all staff meetings and trainings

Community Engagement & Outreach

  • Conduct parent workshops, training, and general outreach to educate parents on the importance of positive environments and SEL, and enhance parents' ability to support their children's success
  • Recruit community agencies as a resource to meet student and school needs


Special Projects

  • Coordinate other activities that foster bully prevention and social and emotional and academic well-being of all students
  • Perform all other tasks and duties as assigned
  • Federally funded personnel must comply with time and effort reporting requirements through personnel activity reports or periodic certifications, as appropriate.
  • Regular and punctual attendance at the worksite is required for this position


WORK ENVIRONMENT:

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Travel throughout the district is integral to this job. A remote working environment /alternate work arrangement is not an option for campus-based employees/campus-based positions because regular and punctual attendance at the worksite and performing all duties at the worksite are essential job duties for all campus-based personnel.

Qualifications

  • Master's degree in Guidance Counseling; valid Texas counseling certificate; valid Texas teacher certificate
  • A minimum of five years counseling experience
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with diverse groups
  • Effective interpersonal skills to interact with all levels of employees, staff members, and the general public
  • Competence with the use of technology required in a professional office
  • Ability to promote a positive, caring climate
  • Process all levels of work on assignments from beginning to end
  • Effective and efficient decision-making skills
  • Ability to coordinate multiple projects and assignments; high degree of flexibility required
  • Knowledgeable of counseling procedures, student appraisal, and facilitating student growth
  • Knowledgeable of social and emotional learning competencies, restorative practices, and positive behavior interventions
  • Ability to interact and communicate effectively with students, staff, and parents
  • Demonstrated ability to coach school staff and provide support with implementing SEL-based approaches (at the student, classroom, and school-wide levels)
  • Demonstrated ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish preferred
  • Demonstrated flexibility to cope with the challenges of a rapidly changing world
  • Demonstrated willingness to remain current with the latest developments in the profession


Selected individuals for Dallas Independent School District positions will be placed according to compensation guidelines. A campus-based employee may not assume a new position for which he/she was selected based upon the posting process until the end of the current semester, unless approved by the chief officer - Human Capital Management.

A security check and disclosure of family relationship information is required for all positions.

No telephone calls please.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER M/F/H

If interested apply online at www.dallasisd.org

Dallas Independent School District, is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by law. The District is required by Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, The Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended, as well as board policy not to discriminate in such a manner (not all prohibited bases apply to all programs).

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