The Lead School Counselor is responsible for the planning, implementation, and evaluation process of a comprehensive counseling program for schools as aligned with the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) national model. The Lead School Counselor must be able to manage, analyze, and utilize data from district databases to support counseling work and meet school improvement goals and students’ academic career, and social-emotional needs.
Organizes, manages, supervises, and evaluates effective and clear programmatic procedures for the operation and functioning of counseling services, consistent with the philosophy , mission, values, and goals of the district, including counseling services for educational, college and career planning, social and emotional development, and coordination of specialized services for students.
Coordinates the delivery of services in the school counseling department at the district level.
Provides program support for elementary schools, middle schools, or high schools, as well as the corresponding level at the WS/FCS Virtual Academy.
Assists in establishing department objectives and develops a plan for the implementation and evaluation of those objectives.
Provides appropriate information to school and district staff related to the comprehensive school counseling program.
Defines and interprets the professional functions of school counselors to administrators, teachers, students, parents, and the public.
Conducts department meetings and attends relevant school, district, and professional meetings as needed or required.
Assists counselors in the handling of day-to-day activities and problems, and acts as a resource person for them.
Integrates school counseling programs with the total education curriculum of the district.
Ensures the school counselor performance appraisal process is aligned with the appropriate role of the school counselor.
Serves as a liaison to school and district staff and with various offices and agencies within the community that may provide specialized or professional help to students and their parents.
Observes and /or evaluates programs in designated school(s) and assists the school administrator in developing professional development plans (PDP) with counselors.
Ensures regularly scheduled professional development, consultation, and supervision for the continuous improvement of the school counseling program.
Assists school administrators in interviewing and hiring qualified, diverse school counselors.
Collaborates with college and university personnel in the supervision of school counseling interns/fieldwork students.
Performs related duties as assigned.
Knowledge of the American School Counselor Association national model.
Knowledge of best practices in counseling in a school setting.
Knowledge of school counseling as it applies to the elementary, middle, and high school levels.
Knowledge of state and federal statutes, district policies, and regulations pertaining to school counseling services.
Knowledge of adult learning styles
Ability to provide leadership in the implementation of a comprehensive school counseling program.
Ability to manage multiple projects, to meet deadlines, and to maintain high quality service while meeting goals.
Ability to problem solve.
Ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing, and to prepare written and electronic documents and reports.
Ability to present information in a comprehensive manner for a wide variety of audiences.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with departments, school staff, parents, and students.
Ability to facilitate training/group activities.
Ability to be self-directed, responsible, and complete work within established timelines.
Ability to maintain confidentiality and discretion.
Ability to adapt to changing demands and priorities.
Ability to interact with all levels of staff and management with diplomacy and tact.