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School Counselor

Polk County Public Schools
Lakeland, Florida
Starting at $57,446 per year + benefits including free health insurance and 4+ weeks of time off
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Polk County Public Schools is looking to hire several certified school counselors to provide a comprehensive counseling program for students in elementary, middle, or high schools throughout Polk County. School counselors have a significant impact on student outcomes through their support of the academic achievement of all students and ensuring equity and access to all.

Locations include:

  • Auburndale High School - Auburndale, FL
  • Ridge Community High School - Davenport, FL
  • McLaughlin Middle School - Lake Wales, FL
  • Crystal Lake Middle School - Lakeland, FL
  • Lakeland Highlands Middle School - Lakeland, FL
  • Shelley S. Boone Middle School - Haines City, FL
  • Sleepy Hill Middle School - Lakeland, FL
  • Rosabelle Blake Academy - Lakeland, FL
  • Bella Citta Elementary - Davenport, FL
  • Crystal Lake Elementary - Lakeland, FL
  • Eastside Elementary - Haines City, FL
  • Garner Elementary - Winter Haven, FL
  • Griffin Elementary - Lakeland, FL
  • Purcell Elementary - Mulberry, FL
  • Wagner Elementary - Lakeland, FL

You'll be a great fit for this position if you:

  • are a strong communicator - You have the ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • are a people person - You have the innate ability to work cooperatively and effectively with others.
  • know your field - You have knowledge of the principles and practices of counseling as well as the developmental, physical, social/emotional needs and abilities of students, and cultural diversity. You are proficient in legal and ethical compliance standards (i.e., American School Counselor Association ethical standards).
  • are comfortable working with technology - You are proficient in current technology and software and would adapt well to technology used in this role.
  • are not afraid to speak up - You are comfortable with providing leadership and professional learning to staff and colleagues. You embrace the responsibility to advocate for students and provide education, prevention, and intervention appropriately.
  • sweat the details - You use your attention to detail to ensure excellence in your work. This allows you to set priorities and work independently and effectively to meet deadlines.
  • can work well with data - You have knowledge of data collection and analysis and can use those skills to implement data-rich, needs-driven, and research supported programs.

Here's how you'll make an impact in our district:

  • Provide a comprehensive counseling program that addresses academic, personal/social, and career development by designing, implementing, evaluating, and enhancing a program that promotes student achievement.
  • Provide school guidance support based on the Polk County Developmental Guidance Plan and provide services to students, parents, staff, and the community.
  • Implement federal, state, and local mandates pertaining to the field of school counseling. 
  • Facilitate the successful transition and progression of students throughout the system.
  • Develop and maintain a written plan for effective delivery of the school counseling program and communicate the goals to educational stakeholders.
  • Direct services to address guidance curriculum, individual student planning, and preventative and responsive services.
  • Work with students individually and in groups.
  • Provide consultation to teachers and other school personnel regarding students and make referrals as appropriate.

Applicants must meet the following education and certification requirements to be considered for the position:

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Master's Degree in Counselor Education or Guidance and Counseling
  • Valid Florida certification in Guidance and Counseling K-12 from the Florida Department of Education


Polk County Public Schools (PCPS) in Polk County, Florida is among the 30 largest school districts in the nation and the 7th largest school district in Florida.  PCPS currently serves more than 110,000 students in over 150 schools.  PCPS has 20 nationally accredited workforce academies, five Florida Arts Model schools, and a rising number of schools offering Advanced Placement and Cambridge International Programs.  In 2018, PCPS garnered national attention for becoming one of the first districts to launch a school safety guardian program. Developed in conjunction with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, the guardian program ensures every campus has either an armed school district employee or law enforcement officer on site.  As PCPS grows and innovates, it remains true to its mission of delivering a high-quality education to every student … because at PCPS, students always come first.

PCPS is located in the heart of Central Florida.  Polk County offers an unparalleled quality of life and is home to LEGOLAND Florida, Bok Tower Gardens, the spring training home of the Detroit Tigers, Frank Lloyd Wright’s “Child of the Sun” collection, numerous golf courses, more than 500 freshwater lakes, a thriving local arts scene,  and community theaters. It is also located just an hour from Tampa and Orlando, world-renowned beaches and amusement parks, and two international airports.  The area is host to mild winters with plenty of sunshine and the state has no income tax.  PCPS offers opportunities for advancing careers, pay raises and increasing earning potential. 

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