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.
- 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