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School Counselor

Anchorage School District-1
Aurora, CO, US

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Position Type:
Licensed - Counselor/School Counselor

Date Posted:

AWCPA - Aurora West College Prep Academy

Closing Date:

2022-23 School Year
Job Title: School Counselor Work Year: As designated by the school. - Days: 187 day position (new teachers 190 day position) Salary: See the teacher salary schedule at
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Aurora Public Schools Compensation and Benefits

General Description
  • Comprehensive school counseling as defined by the American School Counselor Association provides developmental, preventive, remedial, and responsive services.
  • Promotes and enhances the learning process for all students through an integration of academic, social/emotional, and postsecondary development.
  • Contributes to and/or manages the School Counseling Program using the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) National Model.
  • Delivers and evaluates data driven counseling services relevant to student outcomes and achievement through classroom lessons, small groups, and individual counseling.
  • Effective school counselors in the state of Colorado have the knowledge, skills, and commitments needed to provide excellent and equitable learning opportunities and growth for all students.
  • School counselors strive to support the whole child's growth and development, close achievement gaps and to prepare diverse student populations for postsecondary and workforce success.
  • Effective school counselors utilize root cause analysis to employ and adjust evidence-based strategies and approaches for students who are not achieving mastery of standards and students who need acceleration.
  • Develop students skills, interests and abilities necessary to be lifelong learners, as well as for democratic and civic participation.
  • Communicate high expectations to students and their families and utilize diverse strategies to engage them in a mutually supportive teaching and learning environment.
  • Engage in collaboration, continuous reflection, on-going learning and leadership within the profession.
  • Provide proactive leadership that engages all stakeholders in the delivery of programs and services to help students achieve school success
  • Establish a rapport with families, students and colleagues.
  • Responsible for using effective counseling techniques.
  • Professional School Counselors align with the school's mission to support the academic achievement of all students as they prepare for the changing world of the 21st century.
Direct student services
  • Support academic achievement, career exploration, and social/emotional developmental needs of all students through individual counseling, small groups, and classroom lessons.
  • Assist with transitions
    • Elementary School primarily assists grades ECE to Kindergarten, Kindergarten to 1 st grade and 5 th to 6 th grade.
    • K-8 primarily assists grades ECE to Kindergarten, Kindergarten to 1 st grade, 5 th to 6 th grade and 8 th to 9 th grade.
    • Middle School primarily assists grades 5 th to 6 th and 8 th to 9 th grade.
    • High School primarily assists 8 th to 9 th grade and 12 th to post secondary.
  • Counsel students to encourage and support student achievement in all ASCA domains (social/emotional, academic, and career-readiness)
  • Counsel students regarding educational issues such as course and program selection, school adjustment, study habits, attendance and college and career readiness planning.
  • Counsel individuals to help them understand and overcome social/emotional or behavioral problems affecting their educational or vocational situations.
  • Provide crisis intervention to students when difficult situations occur at schools.
  • Identify root causes affecting students' development.
  • Work with families to discuss their children's progress and to determine priorities for their children and resource needs.
  • Support students' future thinking and goal development to prepare students for later educational experiences by encouraging them to explore learning opportunities and to persevere with challenging tasks.
  • Uphold ethical standards as outlined by ASCA such as maintaining the confidentiality of all students.
Indirect student services
  • Observe and evaluate students' performance, behavior, social/emotional development, and physical health in collaboration with other professionals and stakeholders
  • Assist families to identify and access community-based services as needed and requested
  • Contribute to and/or manage the School Counseling Program using the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) National Model by collaborating with building administration
  • Utilize the ASCA National Model to evaluate and interpret data for school counseling program modification to determine programming which support student needs.
  • Use data to design counseling services which support student achievement, analyze data results and use results to inform stakeholders and continuously improve programs.
  • Create and update accurate and complete student records as required by laws, district policies, and administrative regulations.
  • Confer with families, teachers, other counselors, and administrators to resolve students' behavioral, academic, and other problems.
  • Advise teachers and other school personnel on methods to enhance school and classroom atmosphere to provide motivating educational environment.
  • Collaborate with teachers, staff, and families regarding meeting the needs of students.
  • Advocate for equitable educational access and opportunity, and collaborate efforts enhancing students' educational experiences.
  • Participate in ongoing professional development and engage in leadership opportunities.

Education and Licensure
  • Master's or higher degree in School Counseling
  • Holds a Colorado Special Services Provider license or is currently eligible for one with the appropriate endorsement for this positon
  • A completed Human Resources file including transcripts, student teaching verification and previous work experience
Endorsement Category
  • School Counselor
Condition of Employment
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