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 School Academy Director.

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

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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 School Counselor. Resumes without a cover letter will not be considered and replies will only be sent to qualified applicants.









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