State of Washington Classified Job Specification
RESIDENTIAL/STUDENT LIFE COUNSELOR
Provides training, counseling and guidance to Washington State Center for Childhood Deafness and Hearing Loss students for the purpose of facilitating student self-sufficiency; designs, implements, assesses and modifies student development instructional programs; and creates and maintains a safe and secure environment for students.
Provides safe, nurturing care and may serve as an advocate for student;
Develops and implements programming to meet physical, intellectual, emotional and social development needs (such as assessments, IEP, behavior management and intervention);
Incorporates and uses principles of orientation and mobilities in all aspects of student care;
Assesses situations regarding student behavior; recommends programming, discipline or crisis intervention as needed;
Monitors, counsels and assists students with their daily schedule and routine duties in an effort to facilitate student self-sufficiency;
Maintains ongoing communication with parents, staff, community and organizations;
Documents and maintains student and staff reports, records and communications;
Assists in teaching daily living skills with education staff present;
Instructs students in personal hygiene;
Transports, supervises and interacts with students during scheduled on- or off-campus recreational activities or appointments;
Supervises meals; assists and instructs students in food preparation, table setting and proper manners;
Assists students in personal laundry and light housekeeping as needed;
Picks up and distributes mail;
Serves on committees and participates in meetings with other departments;
Performs other duties as assigned;
May supervise or direct the work of others.
Knowledge and Abilities
Knowledge of: behavior management strategies and the fundamentals of developing programs; principals and practices of instruction in the care of children; safety and health practices.
Ability to: exhibit conversation and comprehensive skills for social and work environment; maintain a safe and secure living environment; identify an individual’s needs and develop goals and objectives to address them; analyze a situation and take appropriate action; prepare and review written reports; write clearly and concisely; carry out written and oral/manual instructions.
There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.
Two years of college (equivalent of 90 quarter credit hours) with major emphasis in interpreter training, education, child development, social work, psychology, sociology, recreation or related subjects
one year of experience working in an instructional group setting with children.
Note: Proficiency in sign language is also required for positions working with students in the School for the Deaf.
In the School for the Blind, positions will be required to successfully obtain and keep current a functional knowledge of (Unified English Braille) UEB Braille code through a residential department approved course or courses, within 2 years of hire date.
Class Specification History
New Class, consolidates 36600 Residential Life Counselor, 36640 Student Life Counselor; adopted May 10, 2007, effective July 1, 2007.
Revised definition; adopted November 13, 2014, effective November 14, 2014.