Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Position: Director: Counseling Services, Level MSE5

POSTING DATE:   08/04/2016
CLOSING DATE:   08/14/2016
POSTING NUMBER:   00024124
POSITION TITLE:   Director: Counseling Services, Level MSE5
JOB DESCRIPTION:   To provide direction, leadership, coordination, supervision and clinical support to school-based counselors and health and wellness team members.  Direct and manage comprehensive PreK-12 counseling programs to promote and support academic success and personal well-being of all students in the district.
  • Master’s degree in school counseling, counseling or related field.
  • 7 years of experience in school counseling, counseling or related field.
  • Directs and manages the development and implementation of comprehensive school counseling programs aligned with the American School Counseling Association (ASCA) National Model in all district schools
  • Responsible for college and career readiness throughout the district including the supervision of the college and career readiness counselors, FAFSA Completion Project and all other college and career readiness activities K-12.
  • Assists with the hiring, supervision and evaluation of all school counselors to ensure implementation of data driven, equity focused comprehensive counseling programs
  • Provides training and support necessary for school counselors.
  • Supervises the activities of the department in accordance with the district’s policies and applicable laws.  Responsibilities include:
  • Hiring, supervising, training and evaluating district-level Counseling Department staff.
  • Ensures departmental compliance with policies established by federal and state law in the area of counseling and guidance.
  • Coordinates the preparation, presentation and distribution of guidance publications and information for counselors, administrators, parents and students.
  • Develops and maintains positive working relationships and collaborates effectively with other district departments, outside agencies and institutions to provide appropriate counseling and guidance programs and services for students.
  • Maintains a communication system that effectively collects and disseminates information about students to other district departments as appropriate.
  • Serves as a district liaison for post-secondary institutions, community organizations, the city and the state, for all counseling related and career/college readiness initiatives.
  • Develops and facilitates role clarification of site-based health care providers in the district.
  • Serves as a member of the leadership team in the Student, Family and Community Supports Division.
  • Oversees Student Led Conferences and Advisory district wide.
  • Plans and coordinates implementation of the Health and Mental Health programs and services district wide.
  • Provides technical assistance to school administrators regarding counseling program development, staff evaluation and effective use of time.
  • Oversee and provides ongoing supervision and training for the district crisis team and serves as the liaison for all crisis with district leadership.
  • Prepares and administers departmental school counselor budget including oversight and expense approval.
  • Maintains current knowledge of exemplary programs, best practice and services in the counseling field.
  • Keeps abreast of developing issues, trends and materials for school counselors and disseminates information to staff and other district personnel.
  • Performs all other tasks and duties as assigned.
  • Valid New Mexico License in School Counseling or related field.
  • Strong background and understanding of the school counselor’s role in college/career readiness, ASCA National Model, school counseling to close the achievement gap, equity and access issues, data and accountability, advocacy, collaboration, leadership for systemic change and the transformed role of school counseling.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of counseling techniques, school counseling programs, student appraisal, career development, cultural diversity and community resources available to students.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the principles of testing and measurement which underlie standardized testing program development.
  • Demonstrated ability to articulate the district’s mission and goals in the area of guidance and counseling to the community and to solicit its support in realizing the mission.
  • Effective communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Flexibility, organization, decision-making and problem solving skills.
  • Interpersonal skills with diverse populations in-person, electronically and on the telephone.
  • Ability to meet deadlines, work on multiple projects, and coordinate the work of others.
  • Knowledge of District policies on immunization, medication, first aid, emergencies and child abuse/neglect.
  • Knowledge of all laws, regulations and guidelines affecting counselors, teachers and students.
  • Knowledge of effective classroom management techniques.
  • Ability to maintain positive relationships with students, parents, community members and staff.
  • Experience in grant writing, management and report.
CONTACT INFORMATION:   WORK YEAR: 260 DAYS/8 HOURS Contact: Kristine Meurer at 505-855-9791 /
APPLY TO:   Apply to Administrative application. A cover letter and resume must be submitted in order for the application to be considered complete.
SALARY:   Starting Annual Salary between $64,539 and $74,220 depending on related, verifiable experience.
DAYS:   260
EMPLOYEE GROUP:   260 days/8 hours
START DATE:   August 1, 2016
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