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High School Counselor

North Clackamas Schools
Closing date: 
Sunday, January 29, 2023

High School Counselor, (1.0 FTE), Full-time, Temporary, 2022-2023 School Year

This position is anticipated to start February 6, 2023 and end June 20, 2023.

The North Clackamas School District is a growing district on Portland's east side. North Clackamas is known for its high quality of living. With approximately 2,000 employees, North Clackamas is nationally recognized for outstanding programs supported by the efficient utilization of resources. The North Clackamas community expects, and school leaders ensure, accountable and transparent investments that place funding as close to the student as possible.

The North Clackamas School District strives to create an inclusive environment that welcomes and values the diversity of our staff and students. We foster equity and inclusion to create a workplace environment where everyone is treated with respect and dignity.

Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they meet every one of the qualifications as described in a job description. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may be one who comes from a less traditional background. We would encourage you to apply, even if you don't believe you meet every one of our qualifications described. If you are unsure whether you meet the qualifications of this position, or how this would be determined, please feel free to contact Human Resources to discuss your application. Preference will be given to those applicants with work or lived experience with culturally, linguistically and racially diverse communities.

Job Group: Licensed Wage Placement Table

Annual Salary Range (2022-2023): $50,783- $96,286 (193-Day Contract). Initial placement based on education, experience.

This salary range reflects 1.0 FTE. Actual salary is pro-rated based on FTE and start date.

As a licensed employee, you are eligible to receive:
A stipend of $2,500 if certified by NBPTS (National Board for Professional Teaching Standards).
A stipend of $3,000 if you hold a PhD or EdD.

All Stipends are pro-rated based on 1.0 FTE and start/end dates of position/assignment.

Retirement Plan Contribution:
North Clackamas School District participates in the Oregon Public Employee Retirement System (PERS and OPSRP) on behalf of its employees. The district contributes the employer portion; there is also a mandatory employee portion. Upon eligibility, which is defined as working at least six full calendar months in a qualifying position, the employee is required to contribute 6% as their employee portion, via payroll deduction. Part-time employees working at least six months and 600 hours in a calendar year will qualify.

Position Summary:

The school counselor works with the Principal and school leadership team(s) in carrying out the school’s guidance and counseling program, which is based on the American School Counseling Association model. As a professional educator with a mental health perspective, the counselor understands and responds to the needs of a diverse student population. The counselor provides proactive leadership to engage all stakeholders in the delivery of programs and services to support the students’ social emotional development, academic achievement and career preparation. The school counselor may be assigned at the elementary, middle, or high school level.

Minimum Qualifications:
Must have successful experience in working with culturally diverse families and communities, or have otherwise demonstrated a commitment to strengthening engagement within a diverse community and skills in communicating with a diverse population.
Successful completion of a degree in school counseling and valid state (TSPC) certification(s) as a school counselor.
Evidence of continuous professional learning and a commitment to participate in professional growth opportunities and self-reflection on professional practice.
Ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing with parents, students, and staff.
Demonstrated ability to apply and use effectively a variety of personal and family counseling models.
Commitment to effective collaboration and teaming within a professional learning community.
Strong assessment, analytical, and diagnostic skills
Knowledge of child and adolescent development and ability to apply that knowledge to the selection and application of a comprehensive guidance-counseling program.
Knowledge and skill in the use of strategies necessary to meet the diverse needs of students.
Skill and ability to utilize technology to aid assessment, planning and implementation of the counseling program.
Skills and ability to serve as an educational leader including the ability to plan, organize, and facilitate staff meetings, planning processes, and cultural community projects and events.
Demonstrated understanding of the American School Counseling Association comprehensive school-counseling model.
Any position specific special qualifications indicated in the recruitment process.

Desired Qualifications:
Bilingual skills.
Successful experience in a diverse student environment
Successful experience working in a team
Successful experience at the level of assignment.
School Counseling with High School experience preferred.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

Implements the district’s counseling and intervention program and serves as a resource for building staff and parents in working with students to promote a positive school climate, and helps students develop a positive self-concept.Consults with district administration and building staff to develop curriculum meeting the identified needs of students.Participates in or leads development of positive behavior support systems and development of intervention strategies. Uses the majority of time providing direct services through the guidance curriculum, individual student planning and preventive and responsive services, and most remaining time in program management, system support, and accountability.

At the elementary level, provides for early identification of students’ academic and personal/social needs to help remove barriers to learning, promote academic achievement, and create a foundation for future success.

At the middle and high school level, provides a comprehensive developmental school-counseling program to create a supportive climate and atmosphere wherein young adolescents can navigate the passage from childhood to adolescence and achieve academic success.The middle school counselor helps students explore a variety of interests; connect their learning in the classroom to its practical application in life and work; search for their own unique identity as they begin turning more frequently to peers for ideas and affirmation.

At the high school level, assists students in the transition into adulthood and the world of work as students begin to separate from parents and explore and define their independence.Helps students evaluate their strengths, skills and abilities, explore career choices, and develop decision-making skills.Provides programs and support to students as they face increased pressures regarding high-risk behaviors.High school counselors enhance the learning process and promote academic achievement by helping students acquire positive social skills and values, set appropriate career goals and realize full academic potential to become productive, contributing members of the world community.

Provides school orientation to new students and plans for and assists students in grade level transitions.Participates in developing and managing both school and individual student schedules through utilization of a student information system.Determines student placement and, at the secondary level, guides students in course selection. Coordinates or participates in the process for identification of students with unique educational needs and reports these to the appropriate district personnel: for example, 504 plan development, multidisciplinary and care team meetings. Consults and collaborates with parents/guardians, teachers, administrators, and other educational/community resources regarding students with identified concerns and needs. Provides academic, vocational, and personal counseling to students. Assists students at the secondary level in post-secondary planning and applications.

Works directly with students to help them learn how to manage themselves, friendships, family change, emotional regulation skills, improve study and test-taking skills, organize information, make decisions, and deal with change.Guides and assists students in peer relationships and in developing effective coping/personal safety skills necessary to refuse participation in substance abuse, physical violence, or other at-risk behaviors.Provides individual and small-group counseling to support individual and peer group intervention.

Coordinates the effort necessary for the referral of families to special in-district and out of district services.Assists with staff training, including training in the identification of high-risk youth and effective interaction with those students in the school setting.Provides referrals for students and their families related to use, misuse and abuse of drugs, alcohol and tobacco. Provides appropriate information to school personnel related to the comprehensive school counseling program.

Makes class, family and community presentations in areas deemed to be developmentally appropriate. For example, bullying prevention, problem solving, study skills, goal setting, career awareness and the world of work, substance abuse education, parenting, school-to-work, and inclusivity.

Initiates and maintains adequate student and office records and school data for the coordination of a student’s total program. Uses available technology resources to enhance the school counseling program. Monitors student academic performance, behavior, and attendance and facilitates appropriate interventions.

Please refer to the attached job description for more detailed information.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Drug Free Workplace.

North Clackamas School District policy provides veterans and disabled veterans with preferences as required by law.

The North Clackamas School District does not discriminate on any basis protected by law, including but not limited to, an individual’s perceived or actual race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, marital status, age, mental or physical disability or perceived disability, pregnancy, familial status, economic status, veterans' status. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding discrimination: Michelle Riddell, Title IX Coordinator, 12400 SE Freeman Way, Milwaukie, OR 97222. For these Title lX inquiries, please contact 503.353.6000.

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As a condition of employment, you must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. "Fully vaccinated" is defined as 14 days after receiving all required doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccine (currently two shots of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or one shot of Johnson & Johnson vaccine). You must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Exceptions may be made only for eligible medical or religious reasons. OAR 333-019-1030.