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Under general direction, to aid in the development and coordination of educational and vocational guidance and counseling and other related pupil personnel services in county offices and local school districts; to conduct special studies and research projects in pupil personnel services; and to do other related work.
Consults with and advises county offices and school districts on the need for educational and vocational guidance, counseling, psychological, and other related pupil personnel services, and the improvement and extension of such services; evaluates operating programs and makes recommendations for improvements and assists in developing plans for future needs; assists school officials in developing in-service training programs for teachers and specialized guidance personnel; consults with co11ege and university officials concerning the need for and content of training programs in pupil personnel services; conducts studies and does special research on counseling, psychological services, and other related pupil personnel services provided by county offices and school districts; maintains regular contacts with local counseling and guidance programs to determine that quality and extent of service is adequate, and makes available to guidance personnel recent literature in the field; contacts other agencies and organizations interested in the fields of guidance and aids in coordinating the pupil personnel programs of the public schools with the activities of other agencies providing counseling, psychological, and social work services for children and youths; dictates correspondence and prepares reports.
Possession of a valid standard designated services credential with specialization in pupil personnel services and a standard supervision or standard administration credential, or a school psychologist credential, or a general pupil personnel services credential, or credentials or life diplomas of equivalent authorization issued under authority of the Commission for Teacher Preparation and Licensing. (Applicants who do not possess the required credential will be admitted to the examination, but must secure the credential before they will be considered eligible for appointment.) (An earned graduate degree in education or subjects related to counseling and guidance, psychology, or social work may be substituted for the credential requirement.) and One year of teaching experience and, in addition, two years of experience in a supervisory or administrative capacity in the field of pupil personnel work on the central staff of a multischool district or county.
Knowledge of: Principles, practices, and trends of public education, including as applied to the problems of individual adjustment; development and trends in the fields of educational guidance, mental hygiene, counseling, and educational and psychological testing; educational research methods; functions and services of existing State, county, local school and community facilities such as placement, rehabilitation, social health, counseling, and psychological and recreational services; occupations and occupational terminology and training and experience necessary to fill positions in these occupations; training facilities and training programs available in California.
Ability to: Formulate and conduct guidance surveys and research studies; communicate effectively; secure the cooperation of school officials and others contacted in the course of the work; analyze situations accurately and take effective action.
Willingness to travel extensively throughout the State.