Summary: The Guidance Counselor is responsible for working with elementary school students to promote and guide individual development of student’s well-being socially, emotionally, academically, and mentally to become positive and contributing members of their community. The school guidance counselor helps students prepare for the future by addressing social problems, academic planning, college planning, and career planning. The Guidance Counselor guides student success in personal and professional goals. This position is a full-time position and follows the School teacher schedule with an additional two weeks – one week before school starts and one week after school ends.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Decision Making and Problem Solving
Problems are often not well defined, but may bear some resemblance to problems encountered at an earlier time. Precedent, policy, and regulations offer some guidance, but some latitude and judgment is required in determining the appropriate course of action. Creativity and resourcefulness are often required to produce effective solutions. This position, under limited supervision, performs duties within the scope of normal responsibilities.
Healthy decisions may have a long-term effect on Tribal member children and their ability to achieve educational understanding and necessary living skills. Typical decisions include:
- Working with students who are homeless or have family coming out of incarceration.
- Planning, development and implementation of a student’s individual life and career plan.
- Decisions concerning resolving conflict resolution and disputes between students. Provides assistance with career oriented directions, Including:
- Assists students with developing a plan of study that meets their potential and future goals.
- Oversees state standardized testing for all grades.
- Administers aptitude and vocational test to assist student with career plan.
- Prepares students for graduation to make sure graduation requirements are met.
- Helps students prepare for college, technical school, world of work, and military.
- Prepares student’s class scheduling and input in the School’s student registration data system.
- Work to build relationships with parents to identify and address personal issues that the school is aware of such as bullying, family situations, legal issues that may affect a student’s performance at school.
- Prepares yearly class schedules working closely with administration.
- Works closely with school social worker, probation officer, and Band agencies such as mental health counselors as referrals may be necessary.
- Works closely with students, teachers and parents to identify developmental needs and develop prevention or intervention activities to guide students to becoming positive members of their community.
- Attends school sponsored activities as scheduled.
- Understands and honors student and family confidentiality.
- Represents Anya itpak Elementary School at community forums and events.
- Assists in planning of secondary school preparatory curriculum designed to prepare students for middle school education.
- Input the academic progress of all students on the School’s student registration data system.
- Participates in School student events.
- Works closely with school administrator to communicate with parents and teachers to keep them informed of the student’s progress, as well as academic and behavior needs.
- Coordinates college/technical school visits.
- Plans the graduation exercises.
- Effective exchanges may require motivating, directing, or otherwise exerting control or influence on another. Such exchanges may have a substantial impact on the employees, children, family and/or community
- Compromise and concession making may be required to accomplish the desired objectives.
- Must be able to represent the Fort Mojave Indian Tribe in a positive fashion.
- Must be able to establish relationships with individuals built on trust and confidence.
- Must maintain strict confidentiality of all employees, children, families, and program information.
- Work is exclusively in doors in a controlled climate area.
- Minimal threat of personal danger or risk.
- Hours are typically 8-4:30, but extra hours may be necessary to meet deadlines and maintain workload.
- Local travel is required; travel outside the state is very limited.
- Position Qualifications:
- Loves young people, can whole-heartedly engage in working with and for them.
- Master’s degree in Guidance Counseling and licensed with the states of Arizona or California.
- Willingness to maintain a high level of competence, exercise discreet judgment and honor confidentiality.
- Ability to interact with and maintain positive working relationships with individuals of varying social and cultural backgrounds.
- Compliance with Fort Mojave Indian Tribe drug and alcohol policy.
- Compliance with federal background check.
- Must have a current valid driver’s license.
- Must be insurable under FMIT’s driver’s insurance policy.
- Must satisfy health requirements as defined by the Tribe/state/federal program standards for care of children:
- Successfully pass a pre-employment drug test, upon hire.
- Successfully pass a physical exam, upon hire, to meet the physical demands required in the position.
- Successfully pass a tuberculosis test, upon hire.
- Current immunization verification upon hire see attached immunization requirement (see attached immunization requirements Caring for our Children: Health & Safety Performance Standards).
- Project an image of service and professionalism with a positive attitude.
- Interacts easily as an integral part of the faculty and staff.
- Understanding of the relationship of the Anya itpak Elementary School to the Fort Mojave Indian community, and values and supports the mission of both.
- Experience, familiarity and the ability to work with the diverse constituencies of Anya itpak Elementary School.
- A minimum of three years successful elementary teaching experience.
- Licensed in CPR and First Aid.Computer Skills and Business Equipment
- Be able to effectively use a computer, with Microsoft Office software, and a SmartBoard.
- Be able to operate a fax machine, printer, cutter, shape cutter, digital camera, and laminator.
- Supervises and provides guidance and direction to teaching assistants, aides, parent volunteers, and summer youth workers. Maintains professional knowledge by attending mandatory meetings, professional development workshops, and conferences.
- While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and talk and hear. The employee frequently is required to stand, run, walk for long periods of time, sit, climb or balance, and taste and smell. The employee must lift and/or move up to 25 pounds or more. Please review occupational hazard (Caring for Our Children: National Health & Safety Performance Standards).
Anya itpak Elementary School offers: Competitive Wage/Salary; Medical/Dental/Vision Benefits; 401(k) Retirement opportunity; paid sick and personal leave, and paid federal holidays; free breakfast and lunch for all students and employees.
The Indian Preference Act will be enforced. FMIT is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by people assigned to this work. This is not an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities associated with it. The Fort Mojave Indian Tribe reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities to meet business and organizational needs.