Murfreesboro City Schools
Guidance Counselor SCHOOL PERSONNEL
CREDENTIALS: Holds Tennessee teaching license with appropriate endorsement(s). Administrative or supervisory experience in accordance with state law and State Board Rules and Regulation, based on the minimum of a master’s degree.
OTHER QUALIFICATIONS: The guidance counselor must work cooperatively with children and adults; be able to successfully manage student behavior, follow directions; protect the confidentiality rights of parents and children; support child safety and good self-esteem; model appropriate grammar usage; communicate effectively; possess, use and continue to develop teaching skills which result in expected student achievement. The guidance counselor must be punctual and consistent in attendance.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Must be able to see, hear and move quickly enough to provide for the safety and instructional needs of children. Must be able to articulate clearly. Must be physically active and interactive throughout the school day (i.e., be able to stand for extended periods of time, stoop, bend, do light lifting, push, pull, step and have good finger dexterity, etc.). Must have emotional coping skills appropriate for the management of student behavior. Must tolerate environmental smells and substances commonly associated with children and educational institutions.
PRIMARY DUTIES: To help students overcome problems that impede learning and to assist them in making educational, occupational, and life plans that hold promise for their personal fulfillment as mature and responsible adults; to contribute to the successful operation of the total school and system program; and to appropriately represent the system and the profession to parents and the community.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
To provide counseling to students about adjustment to school and transition from grade level to grade level.
To provide counseling to students about coping with difficult personal and family problems.
To manage behavior in ways that maximizes learning and the development of good self-esteem.
To provide consultation to students about decisions and goals.
To provide counseling to students who are referred as having problems with attendance, discipline, etc.
To provide counseling in educational planning and placement.
To provide enhancement instruction in areas such as self-concept, interpersonal relations, and decision making appropriate to student development.
To organize, coordinate, and evaluate learning environments most suited to the developmental needs of the students.
To participate in school and system sponsored activities (i.e., parent clubs, fund raisers, field trips, extra-curricular, etc.).
To consult with parents, colleagues and other appropriate individuals or agencies concerned with student achievement, behavior and development.
To faithfully serve on study, planning and advisory committees as assigned.
To maintain accurate and current student records including but not limited to on-going documentation of progress and cumulative records.
To attend required meetings and accurately complete required reports in a timely manner.
To stay abreast of current trends in the profession and maintain a flexible attitude toward the implementation of new ideas.
To comply with applicable local, state and federal policies and procedures.
In addition to essential job functions listed above, perform other duties assigned.
STAFF RELATIONSHIP: Directly responsible to the School Principal.
TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT: 200 days. Local rate for salary and benefits negotiated annually by Board and Association. Exempt.