Job Posting Description, Middle School Guidance Counselor (Empowerment Zone)
Contact Information
Human Resources Department
215 S. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. (4th Floor)
South Bend, IN 46601
Job Locations
Navarre Middle School
Application Open: 05/07/2020, Filing Deadline: (none)
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504 Middle School Guidance Counselor - Navarre

Navarre  Middle School Teacher

POSITION TITLE: Middle School Guidance Counselor

The Empowerment Zone is hiring a diverse team of dynamic, collaborative, and dedicated individuals with an unyielding belief that every child will succeed. If you are an educator who is passionate about transforming education and ready to join a team that is on fire to make change together, this work is for you.

We are a system of schools that works to eliminate academic and social-emotional opportunity gaps and cultivates the greatness that exists within each child to confidently pursue their dreams in our city, nation, and world.


Selected candidates will work hard to nurture the mind, body, and spirit of each child in their classroom. Provide curriculum and strong instruction to students in the area in which they are hired.The Middle School Counselor is responsible for developing, implementing and managing a comprehensive school counseling program to serve the academic, social, emotional and career development needs of all students in the school. The primary purpose of the comprehensive school counseling program is the support of the instructional and academic goals of the Empowerment Zone.


Development and Management

  • Uses data to develop and inform the school counseling program and evaluates the program’s impact on the school’s instructional goals.
  • Collaborates on the development and management of the comprehensive school counseling program with the school administrator or instructional leader.
  • Communicates and shares the goals of the comprehensive school counseling program to stakeholders including students, families and community partners.
  • Develops and maintains a written plan for effective delivery of the school counseling programs based on the Empowerment Zone goals and aligned with the American School Counseling Association (ASCA) National Standards for School Counseling Programs.
  • Uses the majority of the time (80%) to provide direct services to students through preventive and responsive services, including individual student planning, and uses the remaining time in development and management, system support and accountability.

Preventative and Responsive Services

  • Designs, implements and assesses the guidance curriculum.
  • Utilizes responsive counseling, initiating individual and group sessions for students’ academic, social and personal concerns.
  • Consults with families and staff to appraise student needs and interests and to discuss appropriate recommendations for educational options.
  • Plans, coordinates and provides the classroom guidance sessions to meet the identified guidance and counseling competencies in the areas of academic achievement, career and educational development, and personal and social development to assist students in developing decision-making skills and identifying life goals.
  • Assesses student needs and makes referrals to appropriate school resource personnel, social agencies, community agencies and alternative programs.
  • Intervenes during crisis situations and participates on the school crisis team.
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships and communication with parents
  • Fully participate in meetings, group planning, professional development, and other staff activities

Individual Student Planning

  • Prepares students for the transition to the next level: high school and post high school activities/options.
  • Plans and coordinates programs such as career and high school fairs, test skills preparation, improved/perfect attendance celebrations and other extensions of the counseling program to support students’ knowledge of post-secondary options.
  • Collaborates with parents/guardians and educators to assist students with educational and career planning. Participates in school management teams in order to advocate for students needs and provide guidance for school staff.

System Support

  • Supports school staff in implementing school wide advisory programs.
  • Assists families in obtaining services for their children through an appropriate referral and follow-up process.
  • Provides in-service training on topics related to the school counseling program and supporting student achievement


  • Conducts at minimum a yearly program audit to review the extent and quality of program implementation.
  • Prepares and submits a variety of requested reports and data, to ensure fulfillment of established program requirements.
  • Uses all available data, including academic grades, discipline referrals and attendance data, to identify students in need and to deliver services.
  • Interprets tests, student data and other assessment results appropriately within the counseling environment for the purpose of developing and implementing academic plans for individual students.


Must have a valid Indiana license in Guidance Counseling

Familiarity with the following:

  • Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
  • The ASCA National Model: A Framework for School Counseling Programs
  • ASCA National Standards
  • ASCA School Counselor Competencies
  • ASCA School Counselor Performance Standards
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