Director of K-12 School Counseling

Alexandria, Virginia
Jul 16, 2019
Aug 01, 2019
Full Time
Job Description:

The Director of K-12 School Counseling provides leadership, oversight and supervision to the development of comprehensive counseling programs aligned with the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) National Model. Through coaching and consultation, this position supports the academic, social emotional and career development services school counselors provide to all students. Ability to integrate school counseling services with other school-wide, division-wide and department initiatives in support of student achievement and overall student success. Highly skilled in setting a vision aligned with the strategic plan goals of the school division, collaborating with diverse stakeholders at all levels, analyzing data to respond to the needs of students, engaging families and the community, and implementing effective strategies that lead to positive outcomes for students.

This job reports to the Chief Student Services Officer in the Department of Student Services, Alternative Programs and Equity (DSSAPE).

  • Education: Master's degree in school counseling required. Doctorate preferred.
  • Certificates & Licenses: Valid Virginia Department of Education Postgraduate Professional or Pupil Personnel Services License with endorsement in school counseling required or eligibility to obtain one. Additional endorsement in Administration and Supervision required or ability to obtain endorsement.
  • Experience: Five years or more of increasingly responsible experience in school counseling required. Comparable professional experiences considered.

Key Competencies:
  • Comprehensive knowledge of school counseling techniques, programs and practices.
  • Knowledge of child psychology and human development.
  • Ability to support, supervise, and evaluate school-based counseling staff and programs.
  • Ability to gain the confidence of students, parents, and professional staff and foster strong collaboration and accountability for student outcomes.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

Essential Functions:
  • Leads the effort to bring all ACPS schools to full ASCA alignment leading to the Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP) designation.
  • Exercises leadership to create, design, implement, evaluate, and revise school counseling programs and activities.
  • Create an environment where creativity and innovative practices amongst school counselors are consistently shared.
  • Provide oversight of academic, social emotional counseling, career education, interpretation of assessment and testing data, social and academic adjustment, and community engagement activities.
  • Serves as the department designee for the Superintendent's Student Leadership Committee.
  • Serves as the Section 504 support to school counselors and provides oversight to the implementation of the 504 process. Manages the first level of the appeal process to problem solve and provide resolutions in Section 504 disputes.
  • Maintain applicable student records to ensure confidentiality, accuracy and consistency.
  • Supports the Department of Curriculum & Instruction in developing the K-12 Program of Studies and vertical integration of School Counseling services to deliver on the ACPS commitment to equity and excellence as demonstrated by the strong academic, social emotional and career readiness outcomes of each and every student.
  • Serves as the ACPS liaison for the Alexandria Mayor's Campaign to End Bullying.
  • Serves on various state, local and division committees to establish partnerships that enhance school counseling services.
  • Develops, in collaboration with others in the Department, quality and differentiated professional learning opportunities to ensure all school counselors have the tools they need to deliver effective and innovative services to students and families.
  • Provides division-wide professional development to staff and community members.
  • Serves as the Central Office point of contact for school based Directors of Counseling and all school counselors.
  • Coordinates monthly meetings with school based Directors of Counseling and all school counselors providing relevant and timely professional learning opportunities.
  • Participates in the selection, supervision, and evaluation of counseling staff, in collaboration with school principals and Directors of Counseling. Support school-based Student Support Team (SST) members.
  • Supports the accurate application of applicable student information system data.
  • Assists with the interpretation of School Board policies to staff and the community, as needed.
  • Directs the School Counseling Intern program, in collaboration with the Human Resources Department and the Community Engagement Office.
  • Performs related duties as assigned by the Chief Student Services Officer.

Please note: This is a 12 month, 240 day position.


Primary Location:
Central Office
Salary Range:
Administrator LAS-E
Shift Type:

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