Counselor, Middle/High School

Category:  Certified Support
Job Function:  Certified Support Staff
Department:  Mcnair, Ronald E. Middle


Utilizing leadership, advocacy and collaboration, School Counselors promote student success, provide preventative services, and respond to identified student needs by implementing a comprehensive school counseling program that addresses the academic, career and personal/social development for all students

Essential Duties

  • Develops and maintains written ASCA aligned plan for effective delivery of the comprehensive school counseling program
  • Develops and maintains written plan for activities, programs and services for each of the NOSCA 8 Components of College and Career Readiness (5 components for elementary program)
  • Communicates the plan and goals of the comprehensive school counseling program to stakeholders
  • Spends approximately 80% of time providing direct services through the Guidance Curriculum, Individual Planning and Preventive/Responsive Services and approximately 20% of time in program management, system support and accountability
  • Maintains current and appropriate resources and effectively communicates to stakeholder groups
  • Uses all available data to develop programs and services that meet students’ needs
  • Implements developmentally appropriate and prevention-oriented group activities that meets students’ needs
  • Incorporates into counseling program life skills that students need to have in order to be successful in the 21st century
  • Provides comprehensive college and career guidance and ensures compliance with all Bridge Law and CCRPI requirements
  • Assists all students, individually or in groups, with developing academic, career and personal/social skills, goals and plans
  • Interprets and utilizes student data accurately and appropriately
  • Collaborates and communicates with parents, guardians and teachers in the development of educational, career and life plans
  • Develops and implements an appropriate student referral process and follow-up process as needed
  • Provides individual and group counseling to students with social and emotional needs
  • Implements school wide prevention/intervention programs to support the emotional, social and behavioral needs of students
  • Assists teachers, parents/guardians and students and others in interpreting and understanding student data
  • Utilizes all available technology resources effectively, including Student Information System, in the implementation and monitoring of comprehensive school counseling program
  • Conducts annual program review to evaluate extent of program implementation and effectiveness
  • Measures results of comprehensive school counseling program activities and shares results with Principal and other relevant stakeholders, as appropriate
  • Monitors academic performance and other relevant performance data and utilizes data to provide appropriate interventions for students in need
  • Ensures students are appropriately advised and registered for courses in order to meet on track (4 year) graduation requirements, career cluster/pathways, college entrance/access and other post-secondary goals
  • Collaborates with Graduation Coach and other support personnel to ensure students receive appropriate remediation, test prep, content recovery, credit recovery and other supports to attain on track graduation
  • Accurately reviews and appropriately maintains student records related to counseling and advisement 
  • Participates in professional development activities to improve knowledge and skills
  • Promotes positive relationship with students, parents, school staff, and community
  • Communicates effectively and often with parents about program, activities, and services to support academic, college/career and personal goals of students
  • Utilizes technology and effective communication tools (email/newsletter, website, school messenger, social media, parent nights, etc.), as appropriate, to inform students, parents and other relevant stakeholder groups about programs, interventions, activities and supports
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the appropriate administrator


Required Education

Master’s Degree in School Counseling


Must hold or be eligible for S-5 certification in school counseling; S-6 or S-7 preferred

Experience Qualifications

Two (2) years of experience in counseling students as individuals and in groups and experience interpreting standardized testing results preferred


  • Ability to plan, implement, and evaluate a guidance and counseling program based on student needs
  • Proven skill in counseling/advising individuals and groups
  • Ability to convey accurate information regarding academic and career guidance
  • Ability to consult with teachers, staff, and parents regarding the needs of students
  • Knowledge of available school, system and community resources
  • Awareness of cultural diversity and its implications for school counseling
  • Must be able to successfully manage multiple tasks, projects and responsibilities
  • Ability to apply critical thinking skills in rendering solutions to various issues
  • Must be able to collaborate effectively with District personnel, the general public, and work with diverse groups of people
  • Knowledge of current counseling practices across the academic, career and personal/social domains
  • Knowledge of current career and college entrance requirements
  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal

Working Conditions

  • Normal office environment

Physical Demands

  • Routine physical activity associated with normal office environment
Posting ID:  28400

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