Elementary Guidance Counselor

Gestalt Community Schools Memphis , TN 38103

Posted 2 months ago


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The Guidance Counselor is responsible for utilizing leadership, advocacy, and collaboration to promote student success, provide preventive services, and respond to identified student needs by developing, managing, delivering and assessing a comprehensive school counseling program that addresses academic, career, and personal/social development for all students. As a Guidance Counselor, you will:

  • Plan and implement, in conjunction with school and network academic leadership, the guidance curriculum for the assigned location;

  • Adhere to and support all federal, state and school guidelines as it relates to school counseling and administration;

  • Provides continuous reporting and updates to key stakeholders regarding the goals and effectiveness of the counseling program;

  • Collects and analyzes data to guide program direction and emphasis;

  • Monitors student academic performance, behavior, and attendance and facilitates appropriate interventions;

  • Understand, evaluate, and interpret academic performance data to ensure that all scholars, parents and staff are receiving the required attention and direction;

  • Manages/Assists with the EIS Management/Powerschool Management (responsibility varies based on school);

  • Advocate on behalf of the student and/or his/her family. Take all necessary and reasonable precautions to protect the well being of scholars.

  • Guide individuals and groups of students through the development of educational, personal, social and career plans;

  • Facilitate and participate in the intervention team process (responsibility varies based on school);

  • Counsel individuals and small groups of children toward social and emotional growth;

  • Consult with and train teachers, parents and staff regarding children's needs;

  • Refer children with problems and their parents to special programs, specialists and outside agencies;

  • Participate in, coordinate and conduct activities that contribute to the effective operation of the counseling program and school;

  • Facilitate outreach efforts to provide services to students, parents/guardians and staff;

  • Assist with scholar recruitment and retention activities;

  • Conducts a yearly audit to review the effectiveness of the guidance program;

  • Other job duties as assigned.


Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and unwavering commitment to Gestalt's mission. A proactive, hands-on strategic thinker who will own, in partnership with the School Principal, the responsibility for the development of effective relationships and engagement within the school.

Must have a minimum Bachelor's degree (Masters preferred) in counseling and have a minimum of 1 year of effective counseling experience.

Must demonstrate keen analytic, organization and problem solving skills. This role must be able to present to and influence all levels and act as a change agent. Must be able to develop and implement initiatives and programs with minimal supervision.

Must be a self-starter with the experience and the ability to frame issues/opportunities for school leaders and senior management. A team player with strong interpersonal and communication skills; experience in effectively communicating key data, including presentations to senior management, board or other outside partners.

Experience and/or knowledge of family resources in the Memphis community is strongly preferred.

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