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Temporary Elementary School Counselor - .50 FTE for 191 days/year

Lake Oswego School District

Temporary Elementary School Counselor
.50 FTE for 191 days/year
Palisades World Language School
Bilingual in Spanish preferred 

*** The District will award each newly hired employee a signing bonus totalling $1,500.00 (pro-rated based on FTE) ***

*** Per Governor Brown's vaccine mandate, LOSD is requiring all newly hired employees to be fully vaccinated ***

This position will have a one-way video interview associated with it, you will receive a separate email within 4 hours from "" inviting you to complete this step. It includes time-sensitive information. Please check your SPAM folder as it may end up there. This one-way video interview is a required part of the application process. 

The Elementary School Counselor position coordinates a comprehensive counseling program for all students in the district based on the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) Framework School Counseling Programs and its components (Guidance Curriculum, Individual Planning, Responsive Services, System Support, and Student Advocacy), counsels with students, parents/guardians, teachers, other district personnel and professionals in other agencies regarding students attendance, behavior and discipline, healthy lifestyle choices, appropriate peer and social interactions.
Essential duties of this position include the following tasks. Employees in this position perform some or all of the following tasks. Other duties may be assigned at any time.  
Provide elementary students with a planned and sequential school counseling program which promotes healthy lifestyle choices, appropriate social and peer interactions, and academic achievement.
Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) framework and implements the ASCA model to provide a comprehensive school counseling program.
Provide support to students, parents and other stakeholders with information about district and community resources.
Regularly uses oral, written, and electronic communications to students and parents regarding student behavior and student progress towards the classroom and district education objectives/goals.
Maintains school rules and standards of student behavior for a safe and productive learning environment. Works with the principal, school staff, and parents regarding individual student behavior and discipline issues.
Observes, evaluates, and refers students who need additional services, support, and intervention. Partners with school teams to design supports and to provide direction for at-risk students.
Provides short-term, goal-focused counseling in instances where it is appropriate to include these strategies as a part of the IEP or 504 plan, consults and collaborates with staff and families to understand the special needs of a student and understanding the adaptations and modifications needed to assist the student.
Participate/consult with school and grade level teams for problem-solving to ensure the school and district provide each student with equitable access to high quality academic and social-emotional learning. Assess and interpret student needs, recognizing differences in culture, languages, values, and backgrounds.
Interpret achievement and aptitude test data to assist school staff with curriculum planning. Assist teachers with the integration of guidance activities into the curriculum.
Counsels students individually and in groups concerning social or personal issues, which affect educational progress.
Progress toward professional goals and contribute to school-wide goals through self-reflection and self-reporting, teamwork, parent/student surveys, meetings, record keeping, portfolios, peer collaboration, and other measures and methods.
Works with students, parents, school staff, and the administration in developing and maintaining satisfactory student attendance.
Update and maintain accurate and complete records of student progress and development as required by the school, district, state and federal policies, regulations and laws. Demonstrates knowledge and skill in applying conflict management and dispute resolution techniques.
Maintains accurate, complete, and correct records as required by law, district policy, and administrative regulation.
Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of all district policies and procedures.
Has consistent, daily and punctual attendance.

Non-essential duties of this position include the following tasks. Employees in this position perform some or all of these tasks. Other duties may be assigned at any time.
Operates various office equipment including audio visual equipment/devices, telephones and photocopy machines.
Attends in-service trainings, staff meetings and other meetings as assigned. Attends professional growth activities related to job responsibilities.
Provides staff development activities for staff during in-service meetings, including positive communication, human relations, adolescent growth and development and student discipline/guidance.
Serves on building and district committees and councils as assigned.
Communicates information about district, school and/or departmental policies and procedures to students, staff, parents and patrons.
Supervises students on school grounds, on field trips and at various school functions.
Assists teachers with guidance units as assigned.
Reports issues to the principal and the appropriate authorities including safety, sanitary and fire hazards, vandalism, thefts and errant wildlife.
Consistently follows all applicable federal and state laws and all district policies, rules and supervisor directions.
Observes ergonomics of sedentary office work including placement of computers and monitors, and sitting alignment.
Observes proper lifting techniques and other strategies to avoid accidents and personal injury while performing job duties.
Performs other duties as assigned.
All school employees have some responsibility for supervising students and assisting in maintaining a safe environment.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Education and/or Experience: Bachelor’s degree in Education required, a Master’s degree is preferred.  A valid Oregon School Counselor license or Oregon School Social Worker license is required.  At least two years of successful experience in an secondary school is preferred.  Demonstrated knowledge of the role of a public school counselor and child and adolescent growth and development is required.
Interpersonal Skills: Works well with others from diverse backgrounds. Focuses on solving conflict, maintaining confidentiality, listening to others, keeping emotions under control, remaining open to others’ ideas and contributing to building a positive team spirit. Demonstrates the ability to remain calm and professional in an environment with frequent interruptions. Interacts with staff and students appropriately.
Language Skills: Ability to communicate in English fluently both verbally and in writing, including proficiency in spelling and grammar. Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from students, parents, staff, regulatory agencies, vendors and members of the community. Ability to read and interpret documents including governmental regulations, safety rules and operating and maintenance instructions/ instruction manuals. Ability to prepare routine reports and correspondence with high degrees of accuracy and professionalism.
Mathematical Skills: Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions and decimals. Ability to calculate rates, ratios, percentages and proportions. Ability to read and interpret various charts, bar graphs and similar visual data depictions.
Reasoning Ability: Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in oral, schedule or diagram form.  Ability to deal with problems involving more than one variable.
Computer Skills: Ability to effectively use office computers and internet access for email, research, word processing, database manipulation, visual presentations and general web-based applications.
Other Skills and Abilities: Ability to exercise good judgment and work effectively in a dynamic environment.
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations: A valid Oregon Driver’s License is required.  Must have or able to obtain various certificates, licenses and/or registrations as required by federal, state or local law(s) and/or determined by the district.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

When performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is required to be able to smell and distinguish smells that may cause a safety hazard including smoke, natural gas, mildew, etc. The employee is frequently required to walk, stand, sit, use fingers and hands for fine manipulation, handle or feel, reach with hands and arms and move around inside and outside of buildings. The employee is occasionally required to run, push, pull, bend, stoop, crawl, kneel, crouch. The employee must lift and/or move up to 35 lbs. The employee may occasionally climb stairs or ladders. The employee must have close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

The employee may occasionally use approved restraint and de-escalation procedures with students.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
The work environment is a standard school office setting. The noise level of the work environment is usually low to moderate, but occasionally high depending upon the location, the student population and current activities. The employee occasionally may be required to supervise students during arrival/departure. The employee is occasionally exposed to wet or humid conditions and outdoor weather conditions, including seasonal heat and cold. The employee may occasionally be exposed to contagious diseases, bodily fluids and blood-borne pathogens.
The employee may occasionally implement crisis prevention/intervention protocols which involve risk of personal injury from students.

NOTE: This is not necessarily an exhaustive or all-inclusive list of responsibilities, skills, duties, requirements, efforts, functions or working conditions associated with the job.  This job description is not a contract of employment or a promise or guarantee of any specific terms or conditions of employment.  The school district may add to, modify or delete any aspect of this job (or the position itself) at any time as it deems advisable.

Equal Opportunity Employer:
The Lake Oswego School District is committed to being an antiracist, Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We are committed to ensuring diversity and inclusion in all aspects of recruitment, selection, and employment without regard to race, disability, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, national origin, ethnicity, religion, veteran or military status, or any other category protected under the law. LOSD is committed to providing reasonable accommodations in our recruitment procedures for individuals experiencing a disability. If you need assistance or accommodation due to a disability, please contact us at 503-534-2000. Speech/Hearing impaired persons may contact the district for assistance through the Oregon telecommunications Relay Service at 1-800-735-2900.

Lake Oswego School District is a Drug-Free/Smoke-Free Workplace