MS Counselor

Job Description

The School Counselor is responsible for providing comprehensive developmental guidance and counseling services to students in the areas of academic achievement, career and educational decision making, and personal/social development. The counselor acts as a consultant in this regard to staff, parents, and community. The School Counselor reports to the Head of Schools.

Primary Responsibilities:

    • Uses all available data, including academic grades, behavioral and attendance data, to identify students in need and to deliver services.
    • Provides group and individual counseling to improve students’ academic, emotional, behavioral and social functioning.
    • Provides outcome-driven school counseling services that are aligned with the school’s academic, culture and development goals.
    • Ensures school counseling services are aligned with American School Counseling Association (ASCA) National Standards and Competencies for School Counseling Programs.
    • Provides consultation with staff on best practices for providing students with social, emotional and behavioral supports that drives academic success.
    • Provides comprehensive support to teachers to improve students’ social emotional functioning, which includes extensive in class support.
    • Develops individualized behavior and academic plans for students, including Functional Behavior Assessments and Behavior Action Plans.
    • Designs, implements and assesses guidance curriculum that is aligned to the school’s character traits and behavioral data trends.
    • Works as a partner with parents to provide consultation and parent-centered education to support academic success.
    • Provides support to homeless students that align to the McKinney-Vento Act.
    • Assesses student needs and make referrals to appropriate school resource personnel, social agencies, community agencies and alternative programs.
    • Serves as the case manager for all grade level 504 plans.
    • Serves as the grade level liaison for the Student Support Team (SST); which requires intensive collaboration with SSP Chairperson.
  • Works with academic scheduler to ensure all students are placed in the appropriate classes.
  • Provides career counseling to all students; including transitional service beyond high school.
  • Plans and coordinates programs that support academic success, such as test preparation skills, study skills, career day, honor roll celebrations, and data driven behavioral celebrations.
  • Provides in-service training on topics related to the school counseling program and supporting student achievement.
  • Interprets tests, student data and other assessment results appropriately within the counseling environment for the purpose of developing and implementing academic plans for individual students.
  • Collaborates with community partners to provide services to the school.
  • Provides support as needed for school-wide testing.
  • Provides mediation services to students in need.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Washington, DC


Paul Public Charter School offers a comprehensive benefits package and a salary commensurate with experience. This is a 12-month position.


  • Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university in school guidance, counseling or related field (i.e. social work).
  • Possess current and valid certification as a professional school counselor is desired; or must meet the District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education certification requirements for school guidance and counseling.
  • Knowledge of growth and developmental stages of adolescents.
  • Familiarity with the ASCA National Model: A Framework for School Counseling Programs, ASCA National Standards, ASCA School Counselor Competencies and ASCA School Counselor Performance Standards.
  • Ability to analyze data to inform work and decision making, analyze and evaluate available data, assess student needs and develop and implement procedures and policies to support student achievement.
  • Belief that all students can achieve at the highest levels with no excuses
  • Ability to exercise excellent judgment in decision-making
  • Strategic thinker and proactive problem-solver
  • Embodies the highest ethical standards
  • Works independently with little direct supervision and as part of a team

Application Information

Please send a thoughtful cover letter and resume to The subject line should read Application for MS Counselor. Resumes without a cover letter will not be considered and replies will only be sent to qualified applicants.