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Memphis-Shelby County Schools Professional School Counselor- 11 Month in MEMPHIS, Tennessee

Purpose and Scope

Assist in planning, implement and assess the school’s guidance program designed to increase the academic, social, emotional and environmental strengths of students. The position is responsible for performing both professional and administrative tasks as necessary. The position works independently, reporting major activities through periodic meetings.

Essential Job Functions

  1. Implements a comprehensive guidance and counseling program based on state and District standards; collaborates with supervisor, other counselors, principal, assistant principals, faculty, staff and community resources in the planning, coordination and assessment of the counseling program.

  2. Counsels individuals and groups of students in setting and developing strategies for the achievement of academic, social/personal development and other identified goals.

  3. Facilitates crisis intervention as needed to ensure school/student safety.

  4. Provides peer mediation as needed for students.

  5. Works to discover and develop special abilities of students.

  6. Works to resolve students' educational handicaps.

  7. Administers various tests to assess the development and needs of students.

  8. Provides referrals to various school, District and community services when appropriate.

  9. Establishes and maintains confidential student case files; prepares and submits required records and reports.

  10. Attends meetings with staff and service providers to discuss individual student education plans and progress.

  11. Conducts conferences with parents to discuss student progress and problems; assists in presenting parent workshops as required.

  12. Participates with the principal and assistant principal the coordination of student registration, course selection and student scheduling.

  13. Conducts data analysis of attendance, detention and failure rates and other factors to help determine guidance counseling needs in assigned school.

  14. May assist in monitoring students during recess and in the cafeteria, and/or during student drop-off or dismissal.

  15. Receives and responds to inquiries, concerns and complaints in areas of responsibility.

  16. Performs routine administrative/office tasks as required, including but not limited to preparing correspondence, copying and filing documents, answering the telephone, sending and receiving faxes, entering and retrieving computer data, ordering supplies.

  17. Attends training, conferences and workshops as appropriate to enhance job knowledge and skills.

  18. Perform other duties as assigned or directed.

Minimum Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Master’s Degree in school counseling, plus an additional one (1) years related experience, for a total education/experience of seven (7) years. Requires state certification in Guidance and Counseling.

Degree Equivalency Formula:

Bachelor’s Degree= 4 years plus required years of experience.

Master’s Degree= 2 years plus required years of experience. Where Master’s degrees are required, years for Bachelor’s Degrees must be included.

Physical Requirements and Working Environment

Physical Demands: Requires sedentary work involving standing or walking for brief periods, exerting up to 10 pounds of force on a regular basis; and some dexterity in operating office equipment; must be able to use hands and fingers for sign language.

Unavoidable Hazards: The position is exposed to no unusual environmental hazards.

Sensory (ADA) Requirements: The position requires normal visual acuity and field of vision, hearing and speaking abilities.


Memphis-Shelby County Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer. ADA requires the district to provide adequate accommodations to qualified persons with disabilities. Prospective and current employees are encouraged to discuss ADA accommodations with management.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of theories, principles, and concepts of guidance and/or counseling or related field;

  • Ability to evaluate students;

  • Skill in implementing a comprehensive guidance and counseling program;

  • Knowledge of state and district counseling standards;

  • Ability to collaborate with staff and peers in the coordination and assessment of programs;

  • Skill in counseling individuals and groups;

  • Ability to administer tests for assessment of students;

  • Skill in writing concise, logical, grammatically correct analytical reports;

  • Ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing;

  • Ability to interpret, adapt, and apply guidelines and procedures;

  • Skill in encouraging individuals on a personal, caring basis;

  • Ability to work with confidential issues and information in a secure manner;

  • Skill in data analysis to help determine guidance counseling needs.

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Subject (For instructional/instructional support positions) Professional School Counselor

Posted Date 3 weeks ago (3/28/2024 12:04 PM)

Location Name B T Washington High School

Category School Counselor

# of Openings 1

Close Date 12/31/2024

Position Type (Portal Searching) Regular Full-Time