Purpose: Utilize leadership, advocacy, collaboration, the Guidance Counselor promotes student success, provides preventive services, and responds to identified student needs by implementing a comprehensive school counseling program that addresses behavioral and personal/social development for all students. The incumbent will exercise independent discretion in the leadership and management of the counseling program and have authority to hire, transfer, suspend, layoff, recall, promote, discharge, assign, reward, or discipline staff in the counseling services programs or to make effective recommendations about those actions.
The major functions of the Guidance Counselor job description incorporates both the Maryland State Board of Education and Rochambeau’s priorities of high student performance, healthy students safe and caring schools, quality teachers, administrators and staff, strong family, community and business support and effective and efficient operations.
DUTIES AND RERSPONSIBILITIES
Management of a Comprehensive School Counseling program
Discusses the comprehensive school counseling program with stakeholders
Develops and maintains a written plan for effective delivery of the school counseling program based on current school data.
Communicates the goals and appropriate resources for education stakeholders.
Uses the majority of time providing direct services through guidance curriculum, individual student planning and preventive and responsive services. Uses most of the remaining time towards program management, system support and accountability.
Collaborate with other educators, administrators, family members and external resources to assist students with educational planning to ensure students’ behavioral and social success. Develop, coordinate and implement programs and activities to enhance students’ successful transition from school to school and/or other related programs (elementary to middle school, middle school to high school and high school training, or educational programs).
Provide information, feedback and recommendations to staff, parents, and/or students for classroom placement and course selection. Participate in school committees and initiatives to provide system support.
Maintain student files and ensure confidentiality
Delivery of a Comprehensive School Counseling Program
Guidance curriculum – provides leadership and collaborates with other educators in the school-wide integration of the guidance curriculum. Implements developmentally appropriate and prevention-oriented group strategies and activities to meet student needs and school goals.
Individual Student Planning – Assists students, individually or in groups, with developing behavioral health skills, goals and plans. Accurately interprets and utilizes student data. Collaborates with parents and educators to assist students with educational and personal/social planning. Implements developmentally appropriate prevention programs and activities to meet students’ needs and to support school goals. Provides information/resources, referrals and consultation to teachers, families and community agencies and organizations.
Preventive and Responsive Services – Provides individual and group counseling to students with identified concerns and needs. Consults and collaborates effectively with parents/guardians, teachers, administrators and other educational/community resources regarding students and identified concern and needs. Implements an effective referral and follow-up process. In coordination with campus director, may observe students in classroom setting and or during recess periods in order to identify any weaknesses, strengths, behavioral issues, and possible special needs. Accurately and appropriately uses assessment procedures for determining and structuring individual and group counseling services.
System Support – Provides appropriate information to staff related to the comprehensive counseling program, assists teachers, parents and other stakeholders in interpreting and understanding student data. Participates in professional development activities to improve knowledge and skills. Uses available technology resources to enhance the school counseling program. Adheres to laws, policies, procedures, and ethical standards of the counseling profession.
Conducts a yearly program audit to review extent of program implementation.
Collects and analyzes data to guide program direction and emphasis.
Measures results of the school counseling program activities and shares results as appropriate.
Monitors student academic performance, behavior and attendance and assists with appropriate interventions.
Master’s degree in school counseling, psychology or related field or National Certified Counselor credential issued by the National Board for Certified Counselors or current Maryland licensure as a licensed clinical social worker, licensed clinical professional counselor or licensed clinical psychologist.
Minimum 1 year experience in a school setting and/or related USA counseling experience preferred.
Knowledge of the American educational systems and French Education programming.
High level of organization and resourcefulness.
Fluency in English and French and excellent communication skills with families and faculty and exemplary oral and written communication skills.
Commitment to Rochambeau’s vision, mission, values and strategic aims.
Note: As a condition of employment, all employees hired as of August 1, 2021 are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and able to provide proof of such vaccination. To make application for a medical or religious exemption, please contact Ike Relacion, Human Resources Manager at (301) 798-4802.
Rochambeau, located in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, is an independent non-profit school, accredited by the French Ministry of Education and operating within the convention with the Agency for French Teaching Abroad (AEFE). As a member of this unique network of nearly 500 schools in 135 countries worldwide, we offer the best of an education system acclaimed for the breadth of its program and its teaching of skill, providing its students with critical thinking, discipline and rigor. Rochambeau is the only school in Washington DC and its surroundings to provide preschool through 12th grade education based on a unique combination of the French programs and a high quality English program.