MTSS/PBIS Elementary Counselor

Friday, May 17, 2019
Portland Public Schools
Position Details: 



POSITION:       MTSS/PBIS Elementary Counselor  


LOCATION:    Oakwood and Westwood Elementary Schools




The MTSS/PBIS Elementary Counselor will work within the district’s MTSS (Multi-Tiered System of Supports) and PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports) system to provide social and emotional support to students in grades PK - 5.  



  1. Bachelor’s degree in Education, Teaching, Counseling, or related field
  2. Master's in Counseling and a K12 School endorsement from the State of Michigan
  3. Experience as a teacher or counselor in a K-12 setting.
  4. Experience with MTSS and PBIS.
  5. Michigan Drivers License
  6. Other qualifications as the Superintendent and Board of Education may find appropriate.
  7. Must have fingerprints scanned electronically and submitted to Michigan State Police prior to hire.



This position works within the counseling department at Portland Public Schools and is directly responsible for ensuring the district meets the social and emotional needs of students within the districts MTSS system.

  1. Provide whole class and small group instruction based on the social and emotional needs of student population.
  2. Facilitate universal screenings for student behavior.
  3. Collect and analyze student behavioral assessment data to determine student and building needs (SRSS/SWIS).
  4. Participation in Child Find meetings.
  5. Work with Behavior Coach and teaching staff to provide training and support for students who have social and emotional needs.
  6. Provide training and support to staff on educating students who have experienced trauma.
  7. Maintain a community resource list and build school/resource relationships in order to assist students and families in need.
  8. Analyze student attendance data and provide support to families of students with high absences and/or those that are truant.
  9. Develop, deliver, and support those delivering a Career Readiness program for elementary schools.
  10. Provide classroom guidance and scheduling to deliver 2nd Steps curriculum.
  11. Regular attendance at MTSS meetings and an active member of elementary MTSS teams.
  12. Active member of the crisis response team that will provide assistance to families in an emergency.
  13. Use of WillSub system, or other system as directed by district, for absences.
  14. Maintain accurate records and confidentiality.
  15. Position will require some before and after school meetings and some evening and weekend activities.
  16. Other duties as assigned.


  1. Has a strong attention to detail and is well organized.
  2. Is a self starter and proactive problem solver.
  3. Regular and predictable attendance and punctuality.
  4. Works well with others from diverse backgrounds. Focuses on solving conflict; maintaining confidentiality; listening to others; remaining open to others’ ideas and contributing to building a positive team spirit.
  5. Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions. Ability to communicate fluently both verbally and in writing. Ability to read and interpret documents. Ability to prepare general correspondence.
  6. Ability to understand school policies, rules, and procedures and apply them properly in the context of repetitive and new situations.
  7. Possess basic knowledge of modern office methods, practices, procedures, basic computer word processing applications, e-mail and internet software. Ability to type accurately and proficiently.
  8. Ability to work effectively in a school office setting.
  9. Ability to respond sensitively to common inquiries or complaints.
  10. Ability to multi-task and exercise good judgment while working in a dynamic environment.



Note: This is not necessarily an exhaustive or all-inclusive list of duties, responsibilities, knowledge, skills, abilities, requirements, efforts, functions or working conditions associated with the job. The school district may add to, modify or delete any aspect of this job (or the position itself) at any time as it deems advisable.




  1. Contractual Year: A minimum of one week before and one week after the school calendar
  2. Compensation: Based on candidate certification and/or PEA Master Agreement




Send letter of application, resume, copy of transcripts, certificate(s) and credentials to:


William Heath


Portland Public Schools

1100 Ionia Rd

Portland, MI 48875




Until Filled.


No person applying for employment at Portland Public Schools shall, on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, or disability, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination during any program or activity or in employment.  We are an equal opportunity employer.


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