School Counselor - Elementary
Guidance Counselor – Elementary School
Under the general supervision of the building Principal, to provide students, parents, administrators, and other teaching staff with information on career and or educational opportunities; develops and implements effective programs for all students; monitors and evaluates student outcomes; communicates and interacts with students, parents, staff and community; provides an atmosphere and environment conducive to the intellectual, physical, social and emotional development of all students; develops, selects and modifies guidance lessons and materials to meet the needs of all students.
Essential Performance Responsibilities:
- Develops and provides an effective comprehensive school counseling program to serve the needs of all students.
- Demonstrates knowledge of national, state, and local school counseling standards.
- Provides students and families with immediate and long-range educational planning and course selection as appropriate.
- Collects, analyzes, and uses data to develop, implement, and evaluate the school counseling program. • Provides individual and group counseling for students as appropriate.
- Works cooperatively with school personnel to foster more effective learning climates for students.
- Provides information to parents and families to assist them in acquiring an understanding of students and techniques and strategies essential for academic and personal/social growth.
- Provides consultation and in-service to give teachers and administrators in the school information, strategies, and approaches for maximizing the total development of students.
- Makes appropriate referrals to assist parents/families and students to obtain the benefit from needed special school and/or community services.
- Maintains accurate and appropriate records.
- Provides classroom guidance for students and assists teachers with appropriate follow-up.
- Coordinates the registration process for students and assists with the transitional process for students. • Initiates career awareness activities within the school.
- Provides transitional counseling for students transferring into the school to facilitate a positive adjustment.
- Participates in faculty committees and student activities.
- Models nondiscriminatory practices in all activities.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Must possess thorough knowledge of current trends and best practices for providing a comprehensive school counseling program; thorough knowledge of counseling theories and skills, group dynamics and small group processes, as well as, the ASCA Model; the ability to motivate others to reach their fullest potential; an in-depth knowledge of child development, group and individual counseling techniques, conflict resolution techniques, and community resources; the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with school officials, parents, students, teachers, support staff and associates; excellent oral and written communication skills; expertise with internet and computer programs.
Note: The above description is illustrative of tasks and responsibilities. It is not meant to be all inclusive of every task or responsibility.
Must possess a Master’s degree in education or a related field and meet the Virginia Department of Education guidelines for School Counselor. Must be eligible for or possess appropriate Virginia license with endorsement as School Counselor.
Successful prior counseling experience for the elementary level preferred.
FLSA Status: Exempt