Counselor, E

Bartow, FL, US
Jan 13, 2018
The School Board of Polk County

Job Description

Position Title: School Counselor (Guidance) - Elementary

Salary Grade, if non-union:

Pay Grade, if union: Teacher Salary Schedule

Our Mission:

The mission of Polk County Public Schools is to provide a high quality education for all students.

To perform this job successfully, the individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.

The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill and ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The

duties are intended to describe the nature and level of work being performed by the employee assigned to the

position. This job description is not meant to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties,

and skills required of this position. Other duties may be assigned which are not listed. Additionally, when duties and responsibilities of this job change, this job description will be reviewed and updated, subject to

changes and business necessity.

Custom Job Purpose:

This position exists to 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. (The objectives of the guidance program are outlined in the Polk County

Developmental Guidance Plan and include services to students, parents, staff and the community.) The

comprehensive developmental school counseling program provides education, prevention, intervention, and advocacy.

Essential Functions of this Job

The School Counselor aligns with the district's mission to support the academic achievement of all students,

insuring equity and access to all. The counselor implements federal, state and local mandates; facilitates the successful transition and progression of students throughout the system; develops and maintains a written

plan for effective delivery of the school counseling program, communicating the goals to educational

stakeholders. Direct services address guidance curriculum, individual student planning, preventive and

responsive services. The counselor works with students individually and in groups and provides

consultation to teachers and other school personnel regarding students and makes referrals as appropriate.

Non-Essential Functions of this Job

Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Knowledge of the principles and practices of counseling; developmental, physical, social/emotional needs

and abilities of students, and cultural diversity. Complies with legal and ethical standards (American School

FLSA Status: Exempt

Non-Union or Specific Collective Bargaining Agreement: Teacher's Union

Position Title: School Counselor (Guidance) - Elementary

Local Code: 0131


Approval Date: 2012-10-24

Counselor Association ethical standards). Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing;

maintains effective working relationships with others; proficient in current technology and software;

provides leadership and professional learning. Attends to detail and follows tasks through to completion;

organizes and sets priorities; works independently and effectively and meets deadlines. Exercises good

judgment and maintains appropriate confidentiality. Develops and implements data-rich, needs-driven,

research supported programs; and engages in continuous program evaluation activities. Bilingual/biliterate


Education, Experience and/or Certification/License Requirements

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Master's Degree in Counselor Education or

Guidance and Counseling and a valid Florida certification in Guidance and Counseling, K-12.

Work Context:

Physical Environment:

Requires some sitting and standing, walking and moving about to coordinate work. Requires the use of

alternative communication systems, such as electronic mail, telephones and computers. Requires

coordination of work task priorities, setting goals and meeting deadlines. Requires face-to-face discussions

and contact with individuals and/or teams. Requires work with students, internal and external contacts and

with the public.

Requires working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions. Requires sitting for the majority of the

day, and the ability to lift, carry, move and/or position objects frequently weighing up to 20 pounds and

infrequently weighing more than 20 pounds. Requires travel to schools and worksites within the district.

Date Last Revised:

The School Board of Polk County, Florida, prohibits any and all forms of discrimination and harassment based on race, color, sex, religion, national

origin, marital status, age, homelessness, or disability or other basis prohibited by law in any of its programs, services, activities or employment.