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Guidance Counselor / Truancy

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Summary Information:
Employer: Wichita Public Schools
Position Type: Admin./Support
Categories: Counselor
Guidance Counselor
School / Org: Chester I Lewis Academic Learning Center
Location Wichita, Kansas
FTE: 1
No. of Positions: 1
Reference #: EAN12726
Posting Date: 21 December 2017
Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Wichita Public Schools is seeking qualified applicants for the following position(s):

Guidance Counselor / Truancy

Location: Chester I Lewis Academic Learning Center

Position Function: The School Guidance Counselor is primarily responsible to the Principal(s) of assigned school(s) for providing guidance and counseling services to pupils, staff members, and patrons, as directed by the Building Principal. The Counselor is also responsible to the Coordinator of Guidance and Counseling Services.

Essential Performance Responsibilities:
- Designs and implements a building program that provides growth opportunities for all USD 259 pupils through individual, small group, and/or classroom activities as directed by the Wichita Comprehensive Guidance and Counseling Program Curriculum
- Provides individual and group counseling, and classroom guidance for pupils concerning personal, educational, or social problems
- Provides support group activities for pupils with common personal and social needs
- Serves as a consultant for teachers in areas such as career education, classroom climate, learning styles, etc.
- Interprets test results to pupils, parents, and faculties
- Provides information and services in relation to post secondary opportunities in occupations, technical and trade schools, colleges and universities, scholarship opportunities, financial aid, and job opportunities
- Provides consultation and counseling for teachers and parents regarding individual pupil progress and adjustment
- Provides a program of educational career planning activities for pupils
- Assists in a continuous program of pupil orientation/transition
- Participates as a member of Child Study Team, particularly in the phases of screening, pre-assessment, and intervention
- Serves as a liaison between school and community agencies for appropriate referral purposes
- Provides the Principal and staff with descriptive data derived from tests, cumulative records, and interviews to assist in recommendations for curriculum change
- Maintains a record keeping system that describes guidance and counseling services and pupil needs to assist in program development

Additional Duties: Assists with additional duties as assigned by supervisor.

Equipment: This position may require the ability to use SMART boards and iPads in addition to basic office equipment such as computers, copiers, scanners, and fax machine. Must always comply with USD 259’s guidelines for equipment use.

Travel: Limited travel may be required.

Physical and Mental Demands: Works in standard office and school building environments.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing
- Proficient organizational, planning and human relations skills
- Good knowledge of guidance counseling, career education methods, materials, procedures, and practices
- Ability to apply knowledge of guidance and counseling practices to the needs of assigned students
- Ability to develop cooperative working relationships with students, parents, and instructional staff
- Ability to maintain accurate records and confidentiality
- Displays a significant degree of professionalism and confidentiality
- Ability to conform to proper standards of professional dress and appearance
- Knowledge of company's mission, purpose, goals and the role of every employee in achieving each of them

- Contact with personnel within the district and with customers and vendors
- Will be working under the direct supervision of the department supervisor in order to complete day to day tasks
- Will be working with a diverse population requiring the ability to handle all situations with tact and diplomacy
- Must understand and respond appropriately to customer needs and maintain a positive attitude with all customers and colleagues
- Expected to interact with all internal and external customers in a friendly, professional manner and provide quick, responsive customer service

Employee Punctuality and Appearance:
- In order for schools to operate effectively, employees are expected to perform all assigned duties and work all scheduled hours during each designated workday, unless the employee has received approved leave
- Any deviation from assigned hours must have prior approval from the employee’s supervisor or building administrator
- All employees are required to report to work dressed in a manner that reflects a positive image of USD 259 and is appropriate for their position

Qualification Profile:
- Master's Degree in School Counseling
- Teaching certification
- Completion of Praxis II: School Guidance Counseling

FLSA Status: Exempt


Essential Performance Responsibilities:

- Works with severe truant families to set up community support to enable students to attend school
- Conducts home visits to check on student academic progress
- Manages caseloads of 75-100 students (many times multiple kids in one family)
- Serves as a liaison with the core academic team and the families
- Works with WPD and the Juvenile Court System to reduce Attendance Cases

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