School Counselor - Manchester Middle School

Richmond, VA, US
Jul 11, 2019
Grade Level
Middle School
General Description

Works with students to address their academic, social/emotional, and career/transition needs through the implementation of the guidance curriculum, individual student planning, group counseling, and responsive services. Consults with parents, teachers, administrators and other professionals to provide students with the resources and services to help them to be the best possible learners. Serves as a liaison between school and community agencies, including post-secondary opportunities.

Essential Job Functions

  • Assists students in achieving school success and develop skills to engage in life-long learning.
  • Counsels students (individual and group) in the areas of academic, career, and social/emotional developmental needs.
  • Provides programs, activities and services which focus on helping children experience healthy growth academically, socially, and emotionally for future success.
  • Publicizes and coordinates information to students and parents regarding student opportunities such as enrichment programs, special programs, post-secondary options, scholarships, etc.
  • Assists students to successfully use interpersonal, intrapersonal and social skills.
  • Serves as an advocate for students and works to promote a safe and supportive learning environment
  • Collaborates/consults with parents, teachers, administrators and community resources concerning student issues.
  • Assists with critical incident intervention, threat assessment protocol, and in identifying and implementing prevention and intervention programs for students.
  • Assists students to become aware of life/career choices and participate in career development activities to prepare for the world of work
  • Offers guidance sessions on problem-solving, decision-making and academic and career planning
  • Assists students with course selection (secondary) relative to their educational pursuits and career goals
  • Coordinates participation in career related activities.
  • Demonstrates commitment to improving professional competence
  • Assesses data from student learning on an ongoing basis and alters instruction to meet group/individual needs
  • Uses the curriculum of the district to plan daily instructional activities
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


Working knowledge of appropriate counseling interventions in a school setting, with special emphasis on the study of interpersonal relationships, facilitative skills, brief counseling, group dynamics and group learning activities, of family systems, multi-cultural and cross-cultural helping approaches, critical incident intervention techniques, threat assessment protocol, and educational and community sources for special school populations. Working knowledge of the concepts, principles and methodologies of instruction. Working knowledge of academic curriculum and methodologies of instruction. Demonstrated ability to communicate with others effectively, both orally and in writing. Demonstrated ability in critical incident intervention, threat assessment protocol, decision making, problem analysis, conflict resolution, interpersonal relationship-building, planning and multitasking.


Must hold or be eligible for a Virginia Teaching License with an endorsement as a School Counselor. Minimum of 18 years of age.
In addition to the on-line application, teacher applicants are required to submit:
  • Transcripts
  • Copy of teaching license
  • 2 References. Applicants may use the Chesterfield County Public Schools reference form or a signed, dated letter of reference .

Applicants considered for employment must successfully complete the following background investigations/tests:
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Criminal History Investigation
  • State Police Criminal History Investigation
  • Child Protective Services ( CPS) Investigation
  • Tuberculosis Screening/Test