Yuma School District One

Yuma , AZ

Job Details

Job Description

School Year:
2018 - 2019

Working Calendar Days:
189 Days

Salary Range:
See Certified Placement Schedule

Benefited Status:
Benefited Position - Tier 1

Purpose Statement
The job of Counselor is done for the purpose/s of providing support to the instructional process with specific responsibilities for impacting students' academic, personal, and/or social success;  instructing, supporting, training, coaching, and mentoring students; managing the schedules and placement of assigned students; providing guidance, curriculum, information and recommendations to students and parents; and assisting in the development of goals and plans for achievement.

This job reports to Principal

Essential Functions

  • Administers tests (e.g. teacher designed tests, AIMS, DIBELS, etc.) for the purpose of assisting teachers in assessing the level of student competencies.
  • Conducts meetings (e.g. Student Assistant Team meetings, etc.) for the purpose of disseminating and receiving information and ensuring service delivery in compliance with established guidelines.
  • Coordinates assigned programs (e.g. truancy, homeless students services, gifted services, etc.) for the purpose of delivering services in a timely fashion and achieving overall objectives of the program.
  • Coordinates with teachers, resource specialists and/or community (e.g. service clubs, courts, child protective services, CIA, food bank, etc.) for the purpose of providing/receiving requested information and/or making recommendations.
  • Counsels students, parents, and guardians for the purpose of enhancing student success in school.
  • Instructs students in developmentally appropriate personal-social issues (e.g. bullying, character building, hygiene, social skills, etc.) for the purpose of improving their interpersonal and daily living skills through a defined course of study.
  • Intervenes in potential conflicts and emergency situations for the purpose of managing student behavior, diffusing situations and minimizing disruptions.
  • Maintains a variety of confidential and non-confidential manual and electronic lists and records (e.g. program participation, contact sheets, agency referrals, etc.) for the purpose of providing required information and/or documentation.
  • Monitors students in a variety of educational environments (e.g. classroom, playground, assigned duties, school events, etc.) for the purpose of providing a safe and positive learning environment.
  • Monitors students' progress for the purpose of identifying issues and taking appropriate action for increasing student success.
  • Prepares a wide variety of materials (e.g. lesson plans, behavior plans, 504 plans, etc.) for the purpose of documenting activities, providing written reference, and/or conveying information.
  • Presents information to teachers and/or parents (e.g. positive behavior strategies, differentiated instruction, etc.) for the purpose of enhancing students' academic and social success.
  • Researches program eligibility requirements (e.g. gifted and talented, special education, 504, sports, community programs, etc.) for the purpose of providing up-to-date, accurate counsel to students and/or parents.

Other Functions

  • Performs other related duties as assigned for the purpose of ensuring the efficient and effective functioning of the work unit.
Job Requirements:  Minimum Qualifications

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities
  SKILLS are required to perform multiple, technical tasks with a need to periodically upgrade skills in order to meet changing job conditions. Specific skill based competencies required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job include: applying assessment instruments; preparing and maintaining accurate records; planning and managing projects; using pertinent software applications; analyzing data; facilitating meetings; and using curriculum and instructional techniques.
  KNOWLEDGE is required to perform algebra and/or geometry; review and interpret highly technical information, write technical materials, and/or speak persuasively to implement desired actions; and analyze situations to define issues and draw conclusions.  Specific knowledge based competencies required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job include: stages of child development; assessment instruments and techniques; cultural differences of student population; knowledge of community resources; methods of instruction and training.
  ABILITY is required to schedule a significant number of activities, meetings, and/or events; often gather, collate, and/or classify data; and use basic, job-related equipment. Flexibility is required to independently work with others in a wide variety of circumstances; analyze data utilizing a variety of complex processes; and operate equipment using defined methods. Ability is also required to work with a significant diversity of individuals and/or groups; work with a variety of data; and utilize specific, job-related equipment. Independent problem solving is required to analyze issues and create action plans. Problem solving with data requires analysis based on organizational objectives; and problem solving with equipment is limited. Specific ability based competencies required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job include: communicating with diverse groups; maintaining confidentiality; meeting deadlines and schedules; setting priorities; working as part of a team; and working with frequent interruptions.

Responsibilities include: working under limited supervision using standardized practices and/or methods; leading, guiding, and/or coordinating others; operating within a defined budget. utilization of resources from other work units may be required to perform the job's functions. There is a continual opportunity to impact the organization’s services.

Working Environment
The usual and customary methods of performing the job's functions require the following physical demands: significant lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling, some climbing and balancing, frequent stooping, kneeling, crouching, and/or crawling and significant fine finger dexterity. Generally the job requires 20% sitting, 40% walking, and 40% standing.  The job is performed under some temperature extremes and in a generally hazard free environment.

Experience       Job related experience within a specialized field is required.

Education        Masters degree in job-related area.
                                                                      Continuing Educ./Training
Arizona School Guidance Counselor Certificate               Maintains Certificates and/or Licenses

Criminal Justice Fingerprint/Background Clearance

FLSA Status                                                                                             


  • Job Category : Student Services > School/Guidance Counselor
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