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Counselor - Bilingual

at Austin Independent School District

Posted: 6/10/2020
Job Reference #: 34056

Job Description

Openings as of 7/5/2020
02 - Professional: Schools

  • Counselor - Bilingual JobID: 34056
  • Position Type:
    02 - Professional: Schools/Counselor: Bilingual

  • Date Posted:
    6/9/2020

  • Location:
    LASA (Liberal Arts/Science Academy) HS

  • Date Available:
    07/22/2020

  • For Fiscal Year:
    2020-2021  

    MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

    This position requires a valid Texas School Counselor certificate. Additionally, this position requires either a valid Texas Bilingual Teaching certificate or a passing score on the TOPT or BTLPT certification exams. Incumbent must have at least two (2) years of successful classroom teaching experience. This position provides bilingual counseling services in English and Spanish directly to students. Therefore, incumbent must be able to read, write, and converse fluently in English and Spanish.

    SKILL REQUIREMENTS:

    This position requires knowledge of counseling techniques, strategies, and the developmental stages of children (e.g., social, cognitive, moral, and emotional). Incumbent just have the knowledge of the opportunities and resources available to students upon leaving school (e.g., job market trends and outlooks, employment agencies, vocational schools, and academic programs). This position also requires the knowledge of State, local, Federal, and school policies and procedures regarding such matters as grade promotion, graduation, and behavior.

    JOB PURPOSE AND RESPONSIBILITY:

    Incumbent assists students in making informed choices regarding educational, vocational, career,
    and personal decisions. Incumbent may have specialization stressing either vocational, social, or
    special education counseling. Work is performed with a variety of guidelines, regulations, and laws requiring interpretation. Judgment is required to protect rights of students and maintain confidentiality. Judgment, diplomacy, and quick thinking are necessary to help the range of students served by incumbent. Errors may result in unmet needs or missed opportunities. The range of student needs is significant, and the incumbent must handle many students and multiple needs simultaneously. Incumbent will be responsible for ensuring the implementation of the Boards results policies while working within the boundaries of the executive limitations.

    ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

    • Provide individual or group counseling to students regarding such topics as course selection, career opportunities, college admissions processes, obtaining a part-time job, adjusting to a new school, life situations, and high school graduation requirements.
    • Serve as communication facilitator between students, parents, and teachers.
    • Obtain, record, and interpret student appraisal test data and student records (e.g., intelligence and general aptitude test data and Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) scores, grades).
    • Provide appropriate vocational or educational materials to students and parents (e.g., job information, college and career information, financial aid information). Consult with parents, students, teachers, and other school and community personnel (e.g., share information, make referrals, etc.).
    • Assist staff with educational placement of students by interpreting assessment data.
    • Maintain professional development by such activities as attending conferences or workshops and belonging to professional organizations.
    • Establish a school guidance plan.
    • Conduct course selection and student scheduling.
    • Ability to communicate effectively with students, parents, and school staff (including the ability to listen).
    • Ability to interpret test data (e.g., impact on current educational placement or long-term career planning).
    • Have knowledge of current mental health issues, assess student needs following Austin ISD policy and protocol, and make appropriate referrals, as needed.
    • Knowledge of resources within the community (e.g., for counseling or job referrals).
    • Ability to maintain and organize student records for assigned caseload.


    OTHER DUTIES AS ASSIGNED:

    Perform other related duties as assigned; however, all employees are expected to comply with lawful directives in rare situations driven by need where a team effort is required.

    PHYSICAL EFFORT AND WORK ENVIRONMENT:

    Services are performed in a standard office or classroom environment. Computer use is required, and prolonged use may result in repetitive hand motion. It is expected that occasional field trips, district wide, and state wide travel may be made. Incumbent should be willing to contribute directly or indirectly to the development of children both inside and outside school, which may include working hours in addition to the regular school day. This position may involve rare exposure to blood or body fluids. Regular attendance is required for this position. On rare occasions, the incumbent may be at a slight risk of personal harm when counseling a violent student.

    PERSONAL WORK RELATIONSHIPS:

    This position reports directly to the Principal. Incumbent will work under the general supervision
    of their supervisor. More detailed instruction may be given in unusual cases or as directed by laws and regulations. The incumbent independently makes daily activities and decisions. Supervisor periodically reviews final work. Work relationships are with students, parents, school staff, and a variety of community representatives (e.g., college representatives, employers, social services agencies, testing companies) to help students identify opportunities and solve problems.

    COMPENSATION:
    Duty Days: 207
    Pay Grade: C1

    Closing Date: Until Filled

    An Equal Opportunity Employer