Elementary School Counselor (Guidance)
Must hold a license issued by Virginia Department of Education.
The license must be in one of the following types: Collegiate Professional License, Postgraduate Professional License, Provisional License, Pupil Personnel Services License.
The license position area must be in one of the following areas: Computers, Elementary Teacher, Success for All, Title I, Counselor/Guidance.
Provides a full range of professional pupil/student services activities in the areas of academic, personal, career development, and guidance counseling for students at school to which assigned; organized, and assists with the utilization of educational, occupational, and personal development information; plans, schedules, and organizes sequential counseling activities and assessment activities consistent with students’ academic, career, and personal needs.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
Provides a sequential grade and/or age-appropriate program of academic, career development, and/or personal counseling for an assigned group of students. Counsels students individually or in groups regarding peer/parent relationships, personal problem solving, communication skills, and appropriate social behavior. Provides supportive counseling for students at high risk to develop adjustment problems, e.g., families in crisis, families undergoing separation or divorce, and single-parent families. Works with teachers and administrators to assist with the placement of students in appropriate courses, programs, and grade levels. Assists in the identification of students with special needs and develops appropriate counseling. Participates actively as a member of the Child Study team. Provides activities to help students understand themselves and their relationship with others, and seeks to develop in students increased competency in decision-making and problem-solving. Collects and disseminates to students and their parents current information on educational and vocational opportunities. Assists students in the process leading to appropriate post-secondary educational placement. Provides activities for students to develop job-seeking and job-holding skills. Works with employers, vocational staff, and community and state agencies to assist in the appropriate placement of students in part-time and full-time employment. Assists with the coordination of testing sessions and/or serves as the school test coordinator and assists in the interpretation of standardized tests. Interprets data from the cumulative records for students, their parents, and others who are professionally concerned. Orients parents toward resources available to them, both within and outside the school system, and serves a resource person to parents and staff on the growth and development of children. Participates in school-based and non-school-based staff development and in-service training opportunities. Instructs students on the management of time within a school setting, study skills, and problem-solving techniques. Cooperates with classroom teachers to facilitate student social/emotional growth through activities in the classroom, which foster understanding of self and others, development of friendships, interpersonal relationships, and decision-making skills. Provides parents/families with information, consultation, and management techniques to help provide emotional growth and appropriate relationships. Maintains and coordinates services provided by community resources which can assist and support students and their families. Provides orientations for new students. Performs related duties and responsibilities as assigned.