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School Counselor

Job Summary
The school counselor works as part of a team with school staff, parents, and the community to create a caring climate and atmosphere through a comprehensive developmental school counseling program. By providing education, prevention, early identification and intervention, school counselors help all children achieve academic success. The counselor reports to and is evaluated by the site principal.

The annual salary for this position is $55,168 - $97,238, depending on education and experience. The work year is 182 days.

Job Requirements
The following are required:
  1. A valid Alaska type C special services certificate with endorsement as a school counselor, guidance and counseling, or school social work.
  2. Completion of a school-based counseling internship with school age children.

The following are preferred:
  1. Experience in providing behavioral and academic interventions with youth.
  2. School guidance counseling experience.

Essential Job Functions
  1. Schedules students into appropriate academic course placements.
  2. Utilizes appropriate counseling techniques to accommodate a variety of functioning levels.
  3. Provides career and educational counseling.
  4. Acts as a student advocate.
  5. Implements the prevention guidance curriculum through delivery of classroom lessons and infusion in content areas.
  6. Supports and reinforces the key role of the classroom teacher.
  7. Serves as a consultant to staff and parents.
  8. Counsels individuals and small groups toward social and emotional resiliency.
  9. Consults with parents and other family member on individual student needs.
  10. Acts as a liaison among school staff, parents and public or private agencies.
  11. Conducts parent group meetings and workshops.
  12. Provides in-service training to all staff to assist them with planning and implementing interventions for adolescents in order to maximize the developmental benefits in all students.
  13. Devises and implements appropriate counseling techniques to accommodate a variety of functioning levels.
  14. Is accessible to all students for career, educational, and personal counseling.
  15. Consults with staff to increase students' awareness of the relationship between school and work.
  16. Participates in counseling and guidance program development, maintenance, evaluation and enhancement.
  17. Consults with school staff concerning early identification, remediation and the use of an effective referral process for assisting students and other in using special programs and services.
  18. Assumes a leadership role in promoting a positive school climate.
  19. Pursues continuous professional growth.
  20. Assists with the intake and exit process as a member of the team, as necessary.
  21. Assists with establishing positive behavior plans.
  22. Consults with and provides parenting training as needed to all parents of transitioning students to further ensure student success.
  23. Assists with completion and collection of all data needed for program evaluation.

The Anchorage School District is an equal employment opportunity employer.