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Counselor/Education Specialist

Organization: 
Cove School District
Closing date: 
Monday, March 8, 2021

Quick Facts
Location: Cove, Oregon (10 miles East of La Grande)
District Enrollment: 320 students
Salary/Benefits: Per Negotiated Agreement
Contract Days: 168 days
School Week: School is on a 4-day school week
Closing Date: March 8, 2021 (but open until filled)
Start Date: August 9, 2021

The Cove School District is requesting professional applications for a Counselor/Education Specialist position beginning August 9, 2021.
The Counselor/Education Specialist (Counselor) will deliver short term individual and small group counseling to students. In addition, this position also provides consultation and collaboration with staff and parents on psychoeducational evaluation and effective prevention activities. The counselor’s major activities include leading the evaluation planning process, conducting comprehensive special education evaluations, analyzing and interpreting evaluations results, supporting school teams to make databased decisions and guiding staff and parents regarding the educational, emotional, behavioral and developmental needs of students.

QUALIFICATIONS:
• To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each responsibility and essential function satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

EDUCATION / EXPERIENCE:
• Master’s Degree in School Counseling and TSPC licensure in School Counseling and/or Special Education.
• Training and experience in providing school age counseling services. Selecting, administering and scoring appropriate diagnostic procedures and assessment tools including intellectual, academic and behavioral measures

SKILLS:
• Ability to work well with others; Focuses on resolving conflict; Maintains confidentiality; Listens to others without interrupting; Keeps emotions under control; Remains open to others’ ideas and contributes to building a positive team spirit
• Ability to communicate fluently in English, verbally and in writing; Ability to verbally respond effectively to the most sensitive inquires or complaints from students, parents, regulatory agencies or members of the community;
• Ability to read, analyze and interpret technical procedures, governmental regulations, and legal documents;
• Ability to write evaluation reports
• Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw conclusions
• Proficient in the use of computer, Internet based applications and variety of software, including but not limited to Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint), Google, and Power School (TIENET)
• Ability to maintain the integrity of confidential information relating to school records and data, student families, colleagues, or district patrons; Use or relay personal and school information only in the course of performing assigned responsibilities and in the best interest of the individuals involved
• Exhibit cultural competency and sensitivity with the ability to communicate and work effectively with all cultural groups

RESPONSIBILITIES and ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
Planning and Preparation:
1. Determine from a variety of assessment tools to assess academic skills, cognitive ability, psychological processing, adaptive skills, social skills, emotional/behavioral status and mental health status
2. Coordinates all counseling sessions, special education evaluations, and three year re-evaluations for all students.
3. Maintains accurate, complete and confidential records as required by law, district policy and administrative regulations
4. Consult with staff and student, and review files/records to determine developmental history, current academic and functional levels
5. Collaborate with mental health, state and county agencies for supporting students

Implementation:
1. Provide consultation, short-term counseling or social skills services to individuals or small groups
2. Plans, prioritizes and organizes counseling, evaluations, and projects with a minimum of supervision
3. Uses a wide variety of assessments techniques to evaluate students’ academic skills, learning aptitudes, personality and emotional development, adaptive behavior, and social skills
4. Uses technology fluently to manage all components of the job requirements
5. Participates in the development of Individual Education Plans as needed or requested
6. Participate in manifestation determinations and support behavior intervention development as needed or requested
7. Maintains compliance with state and federal rules for establishing special education eligibility and completing evaluations

Assessment and Use of Assessment Information:
1. Complete special education evaluations and re-evaluations within state-mandated timelines under the eligibility categories: Autism Spectrum Disorder, Emotional Disturbance, Intellectual Disability, Other Health Impaired, Specific Learning Disability and Traumatic Brain Injury
2. Conduct functional behavior assessments and/or observations of students in a variety of school settings
3. Interprets evaluation data, progress monitoring data, psychological reports, psychiatric reports, and special education documents
4. Writes necessary assessment summaries and recommendations in a clear, informative and timely manner
5. Develops, selects and uses appropriate assessment tools and interprets results effectively

Communication:
1. Integrate evaluation data into a clear, organized and educationally relevant evaluation report
2. Abide by all HIPPA laws and maintain confidentially of students and services provided at school
3. Communicates clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing, in a variety of situations, including difficult ones, with students, district staff and the public

Professional Leadership and Conduct:
1. Exercise tact, diplomacy, independent judgment and aptitude for handling and processing privileged information with professional integrity
2. Identifies professional strengths and limitations and sets and meets performance goals
3. Strives to improve professional competence through an ongoing program of reading, workshops, seminars, conferences, classes and other professional development activities
4. Creates a positive work environment by; a. Tolerating others’ points of view b. Soliciting input from others c. Resolving conflict at the lowest level possible d. Responding effectively to crisis situations e. Demonstrate sensitivity to issues related to gender, sexual identity or orientation, social and economic status, ethnicity, race, language and religion

TO APPLY:
Detailed Letter of Interest
Updated Resume
District Application available at https://5il.co/h04g
Two letters of reference

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
Earl Pettit
Superintendent, Cove School District
541-568-4424
https://www.cove.k12.or.us/

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