Charleston County School District is currently seeking a highly qualified and effective leader to join us, as a Director of Guidance and Counseling Services. This position will provide leadership toward the implementation of the comprehensive school counseling program at the school, district and state levels. The primary responsibilities will include: providing leadership in the process of hiring qualified, diverse professional school counselors, advocating for programs and services that lead to student academic, social and career success for all students, and articulate and advocate the connections between strong guidance programs and school improvement.
SC Certification in School Counseling;
Five (5) years experience as an Elementary, Middle or High School Counselor, school based administrator or central office administrator;
Strong visionary and leadership skills
Demonstrated strength in written and oral communication skills
Knowledge of current trends and research in the area of responsibility
PRIMARY POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES:
Provides leadership and supervision in planning, implementing, and evaluating the Comprehensive School Guidance program for the school district as aligned with national and state standards.
Supervises research and data analysis to determine the effectiveness of academic and instructional support services in the areas of Professional School Counseling.
Work collaboratively to provide guidance, support and leadership with the district's leadership teams and the Executive Directors of Elementary, Middle School, Secondary & Post Secondary Schools Learning Communities. Also attends the Secondary & Post Secondary Schools Learning Communities meetings.
Develops, monitors, and maintains program budgets and expenditures for student support service programs, scholarships and financial aid reports.
Provides leadership and guidance to professional school counselors by direct consultation with counselors and through school principals.
Collaborates with Curriculum & Instruction, Career & Technology Education, Services for Exceptional Children Department staff which includes School Psychological Services, and other offices as identified by district administration.
Collects data and prepares reports regarding counseling services, high school graduates, and post secondary student options and outcomes.
Supervises, supports and coordinates with the Guidance Coordinator the Crisis Intervention Plan and Team, the SEL initiative, Bullying Prevention, and Suicide Prevention for the District and schools in collaboration with School Psychologists, School Nurses and external partners.
Supervises, supports and coordinates with the Federal GEAR-UP Grant Coordinator to monitor program effectiveness.
Supervises, supports and coordinates with the Career Specialist to monitor and manage career plans.
Provides leadership and supervision to ensure district compliance with regulations and laws concerning school attendance, child abuse/neglect reporting, suicide protocol and training.
Provides ongoing leadership and professional development to leadership teams, principals, and guidance counselor in the evaluation process to ensure school counselor performance appraisal is aligned with the appropriate role of the professional school counselor.
Provide individual and group supervision to school counselors in practice by planning, scheduling and facilitating monthly professional school counselor meetings.
Monitoring MS and HS to ensure the completion of Individual Graduation Plans and the vertical articulation from MS to HS with guidance services.
SECONDARY POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES
Coordinates school-based and district-wide professional development on subjects related to Professional School Counseling.
Develops, revises, and maintains system level manuals, handbooks and operating guidelines relevant to provision of Academic Support and School Counseling services a comprehensive K-12 guidance and counseling program.
Collaborates with community agencies that provides counseling, mental health, mentoring, career, and scholarship assistance.
Works cooperatively with community agencies and departments at local and state levels and serves as a resource to the district and school counselors.
Ensure regularly scheduled professional development for school counselors and for the continuous improvement of the school counseling program.
Collaborate in the supervision of school counseling interns/fieldwork students from accredited colleges and universities.
Use and analyze data to assist counselors in developing and establishing school based interventions and programs.