Southwest Open School
School Counselor – Job Description
Work hours/weeks: 24 hours per week; 39 work weeks Start Date: August 7, 2017 (178 days) – 12 months
Position Summary: To provide substance abuse and behavioral health care to all SWOS students and assist with academic development, career development and social/character development as per the American School Counselor Association standards.
- Have/work toward s Master’s degree in school counseling/school psychology/social work from an accredited college or university.
- 2 Options for licensing requirement as a school counselor:
- Currently licensed
- Actively pursuing licensing requirements/temporary authorization from the Colorado Department of Education within 60 days of employment.
Major Responsibilities and Duties:
- Employ systematically developed substance use education and prevention strategies working with at-risk students, including the “Continuum of Care” model
- Provide staff training around substance use prevention and promotion in the classroom and in the MTSS process
- Work collaboratively with the SWOS staff to implement Alternatives to Suspension for substance use and meet SBIRT AND CRAFFT requirements
- Support use of SBIRT on all screenings done during initial student physicals
- Support the following goals and objectives as detailed in the approved grant proposal:
- Goal 1 Obj. 1a – Increase the ration of health care professionals to students
- Goal 2 Obj. 2 a, b, c – 47% Reduction in discipline for drugs (especially marijuana); increased CRAFFT usage by 30% from baseline of 49%; SBIRT response to all CRAFFT screenings
- Goal 3 Obj. 3 a – Support implementation of protocols/procedures for ATS in student handbook
- Goal 4 Obj. 4 a – 60% increase in student-identified awareness of education and prevention around substance use
- Support the Assistant Director and the ACE Team by:
- Providing direct support service to individual students, small groups, and classrooms in the areas of academic development, career development, and character development as per the ASCA standards.
- Assisting with the completion of Individual Career and Academic Plans (ICAP), Individual Plans for Success, and other academic and career planning.
- Consulting with other professional staff, outside agencies and organizations to enhance postsecondary workforce culture and opportunities.
- Organize and administer referrals and counseling with students and families.
- Refer students and their families to outsides agencies and specialists, as appropriate.
- Promote a caring, positive environment that illustrates an understanding and appreciation for diverse populations.
- Complete reports as needed or as requested/required by Federal, State and local agencies.
- Promote the principles of SWOSology (character skills).
- Participate in continuous professional development and growth.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Working Conditions: Maintain emotional control under stress. Work with frequent interruptions. Occasional travel. Occasional prolonged and irregular hours. Maintain physical, mental, and emotional balance.
This is a CDE grant-funded position; we are currently in year 2. Employment beyond year 3 is contingent on additional funding.
For more information, please call Dr. Charlotte Wolf, 970.565.1150 x 6015.