Bargaining Unit: Rochester Teachers Association (RTA)
Job Location: TBD
Job Title: School Counselor
Hours: 35 hrs/wk
Salary/Range: $48,500 - $70,119 (Starting pay range, depending on experience)
The Rochester City School District (RCSD), located in vibrant Monroe County on the beautiful shores of Lake Ontario serves over 26,000 students, of whom more than 85% are students of color, in 46 schools and 10 alternative programs. The RCSD Board of Education and Superintendent believe that each student has recognizable and untapped potential that we all strive to discover and fulfill. In a partnership of family, school, and community, our mission is to provide all students equitable access to a high-quality education and graduate students who are prepared to become productive members of society. The Rochester City School District’s vision is to provide a high-quality education that fosters the development of the individual talents and abilities of our students in a nurturing environment of equity. Students are our first priority and will drive each decision. Our work is centered in respect, trust, integrity, and accountability.
FUNCTIONAL DESCRIPTION OF UNIT:
The counselor will counsel and support students and advance the program design for students. The school seeks to graduate students prepared to become good citizens, future leaders and meaningful contributors to society. Students will grow and learn in a safe and positive environment.
Provide Counseling Services
- Counsel students.
- Deliver instruction at each grade level in career planning to assigned students.
- Assist students in implementing personal goals with the planning of an appropriate high school program and an annual review of the high school educational plan.
- Help students understand their academic record, including test results, marks, and educational plan.
- Provide programs and information which will make transitions for students as smooth as possible.
- Monitor the progress of at-risk students.
- Provide crisis intervention for such issues as, but not limited to: grief and loss, child abuse, substance abuse, harassment, pregnancy, and behavior management.
Provide Coordinating Services
- Have a strong knowledge base of school and community resources, services and programs and access these for their students.
- Facilitate students’ educational, social and emotional development.
- Assist pupils to make plans beyond high school.
- Develop techniques for disseminating educational and career information and relate it to school curricula.
- Keep data on individual students.
- Collaborate with other counselors to increase individual effectiveness in meeting student needs.
Provide Consulting Services
- Encourage and support active parental involvement in planning student programs.
- Communicate on a regular basis with students, parents, community, staff and administration.
- Consult with parents, teachers, and other specialists.
- Are active members of the student support team and interact on an on-going basis with student support staff and transition team for students with disabilities.
- Recommend to the administration changes in the curriculum, methods, rules, and policies when such changes are indicated as the result of counseling.
- Engage in Professional Development
- Keep up-to-date on sources of career information.
- Pursue continuous professional growth through in-service workshops, conferences and professional meetings.
- Adhere to the ethics of the counseling profession.
EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, AND CERTIFICATION:
- New York State Certification
- Master’s degree