School Counselor



Job Title:

School Counselor

Salary Scale:

Scale 1.0 Teachers 

Salary Range:


Work Days:


Reports To:

School Principals or Designee

FLSA Status:

Exempt (Professional Staff Position)


Provides a comprehensive guidance and counseling program for students at the secondary or elementary level. Provides services to promote the social and emotional development as well as the academic and career development of each student. Consults with teachers, parents and staff to enhance their effectiveness in helping students’ educational, social, personal, and career development; provides appropriate support to the total school program.


Education Required:

Master’s Degree (M.S./M.A./M.Ed) or higher from an accredited college or university; must possess or be eligible to acquire appropriate license(s) and/or endorsement(s) for the position as required by the Virginia Department of Education


This person must possess thorough knowledge of the educational process, elementary and special education principles, practices and procedures; thorough knowledge of the principles and methodology of effective teaching and counseling of elementary students; thorough knowledge of school division rules, regulations and procedures; ability to establish and maintain standards of behavior; ability to deliver articulate oral presentations and written reports; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, students and parents. Candidate must possess good moral character and is expected to be a role model, in and out of the school.

Essential Duties:

  • Maintains and respects confidentiality of student and school personnel information, while maintaining the safety and welfare for all students and staff members;
  • Follows federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and policies regarding children’s educational welfare;
  • Reports any pertinent information to the proper authorities in cases of child endangerment, neglect, or abuse;
  • Meets and instructs the students(s) in assigned locations and at the designated times;
  • Provides individual, school-related counseling to students who refer themselves or are referred by parents, teachers, or administrators;
  • Provides small group counseling as needed for all grade levels on developmental or problem-centered issues;
  • Designs coherent instruction  based upon knowledge of subject matter, current instructional practices, students, the community, and Character Education curriculum goals;
  • Prepares for classes assigned and shows evidence of lesson preparation upon request of the building administrator(s);
  • Understands that students differ in their learning styles and differentiates instruction to meet diverse student needs;


  • Provides new student orientation and assists with adjustment problems/concerns as requested by building administrator;
  • Consults regularly with administrators, teachers, and parents regarding the needs of students;
  • Attends Child Study meetings and offers suggestions for intervention plans, as requested by building administrator;
  • Serves as a referral source to parents and students who need specialized services beyond those provided by the school;
  • Assists with providing mediation services for student conflicts;
  • Provides information and training for parents concerning parenting skills and to educate parents about available resources for handling family crises, as requested by building administrator;
  • Consults with the teachers of students with whom the counselor is working regarding that student’s needs and/or concerns;
  • Works in conjunction with teachers and the receiving counselors to prepare students for the transition to middle school;
  • Consults with the teachers of students with whom the counselor is working regarding that student’s needs and/or concerns;
  • Promotes effective public relations through communication with parents and community members about the counseling program and by offering opportunities for input and review of materials;
  • Assists students by appraising their interests, aptitudes, abilities, educational achievements, and personality development;
  • Submits and/or reviews referrals to the school psychologist, visiting teacher, and health organizations, as requested by the building administrator(s);
  • Assists in referrals, in collaboration with the building administrator(s), and the psychologist, for specialized services beyond those provided by the school;
  • Assists in group sessions with teachers, parents, community resource personnel, and administrators;
  • Participates in sessions with teachers and other personnel relative to individualizing instruction;
  • Confers with parents, in group or individual sessions, concerning the total school program as it relates to the educational, vocational, and personal development of their children;
  • Evaluates the following on a continuous basis:
    • the nature and scope of the guidance services as outlined above;
    • the functioning of guidance program as an integral part of the total educational program;
    • the effectiveness of guidance services;
  • Maintains a positive discipline policy that fosters a safe and positive environment for all students and staff;
  • Ensures the adequate supervision of students;
  • Manages classroom procedures to maximize academic learning time during instruction;
  • Establishes and maintains rapport with students;
  • Motivates students to achieve maximum potential;
  • Creates a supportive learning environment for all students that encourages social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self-motivation;
  • Takes all necessary and reasonable precautions to protect students, equipment, materials, and facilities;
  • Works collaboratively with staff, families, and community resources to support the success of a diverse student population;
  • Works in a collegial and collaborative manner with peers, school personnel, and the community to promote and support student learning;
  • Models professional, moral, and ethical standards as well as personal integrity in all interactions;
  • Provides service to the profession, the division, and the community;
  • Complies with and supports school and division regulations and policies;
  • Maintains proper boundaries with students at all times, assuring respect for the ethical and legal duties in the staff-student relationship and the essential duty to serve as a role model;
  • Provides a good role model of an educated professional in appearance, demeanor, dress and behavior;
  • Participates in curriculum development programs, faculty committees and student activity sponsorship as required;
  • Assumes responsibilities outside the classroom as they relate to school;
  • Maintains licensure at the state and/or national level; assumes responsibilities for professional growth and keeps materials, supplies, and skills up-to-date;
  • Models non-discriminatory practices in all activities;
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the administration in accordance with the school/system policies and practices.


Supervisory Duties:

Limited supervision over guidance support staff

Physical Demands:

Duties performed typically in school settings to include: guidance office/classroom, regular classrooms, gymnasium, auditorium, and recreational areas.  Frequent walking, standing, stooping, lifting, up to approximately 30 pounds, and occasional lifting of equipment and/or materials weighing up to approximately 40 pounds may be required. Other limited physical activities may be required.  Occasional travel with students on field trips may be necessary. Vocal communication is required for expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word; hearing is required to perceive information at normal spoken word levels; visual acuity is required for preparing and analyzing written or computer data, determining the accuracy and thoroughness of work, and observing general surroundings and activities; the worker is subject to inside and outside environmental conditions, noise and hazards. Occasional movement of students by wheelchairs and other mechanical devices may be required.  Regular instruction to special needs children may be necessary.  Daily personal and close contact with children to provide classroom management and learning environment support is required.  Regular contact with staff members, administrators, and parents is required. Contact with parents by phone and in person may be necessary. Contact with medical professionals may be required.


Job Evaluation:

Performance will be evaluated on the ability and effectiveness in carrying out the above responsibilities by building administrator(s).



Rockbridge County Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, religion, political affiliation, handicapping conditions, or gender in its educational programs or employment. No person shall be denied employment solely because of any impairment which is unrelated to the ability to engage in activities involved in the position or program for which application is made. The Superintendent is designated as the responsible person regarding assurance of non-discrimination. The Superintendent may be reached at the School Board Office.