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Elementary Guidance Counselor (K-5)

Elementary Guidance Counselor (K-5)
Quincy Public Schools
Quincy, Massachusetts
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Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
Starting Date: Immediately
Job Description
Elementary Guidance Counselor (grades K-5)
1. Candidate must hold a Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) license in School Guidance or School Adjustment or School Counseling
2. Knowledge of the organizational structure and elements of a successful school counseling program, in alignment with the MASCA Model
3. Understanding of leadership theories and principles, developmental theory, social justice theory, learning theories, multiculturalism and career counseling theories
4. Knowledge of the full continuum of mental health care services, such as prevention and intervention
5. Thorough understanding of barriers to student learning and the use of counseling strategies to eliminate those barriers
6. Knowledge of individual counseling, group counseling and classroom instruction that promote academic achievement
7. Understanding of the legal, professional and ethical issues that affect Massachusetts schools


1. Work to remove barriers to student success
2. Increase equity in access to school counseling services and interventions leading to increased enrollment and completion of rigorous coursework
3. Fulfill all I.E.P. Chairperson Responsibilities
4. Support and training for teachers in school counseling principles and strategies to address learning and behavioral problems in the classroom
5. Provide programs and services that develop essential attitudes, knowledge and skills for student success
6. Organize program coordination with staff, parents/caregivers and community resources
7. Data analysis of school counseling variables and outcomes for school improvement planning
8. Plan, organize and deliver the school counseling curriculum to address the developmental needs of students while supporting the school mission
9. Support learning and close the student achievement gap
10. Foster a safe and supportive school climate by demonstrating and promoting positive interpersonal relationships with students, staff, parents/guardians, and community partners
11. Implement individual planning interventions in collaboration with partners (e.g., teachers, parents, mentors) to: develop students’ planning and decision making skills
12. Develop educational plans for students, individually and in groups to promote accurate and appropriate interpretation of assessment data and relevant information
13. Provide responsive services in consultation with administrators, teachers and student support services and through referrals to external organizations/agencies to: address students’ identified needs and concerns individually and/or in small-group counseling
14. Involve parents/guardians, teachers, administrators and support services staff as needed
15. Utilize school and community agencies and organizations for providing long-term responsive and support services
16. Monitor student progress on a regular basis to: ensure equity in access and delivery modify or develop curriculum and interventions as needed
17. Track students’ progress with their education
18. Manage and use time effectively in order to: ensure adherence to a master calendar for program implementation
19. Distribute and post a calendar of events and services for timely access by students, parent/guardians, administrators and teachers
20. Collect and analyze school counseling data to: establish goals and activities that work to close the student achievement gap
21. Ensure that students are taking appropriate yet rigorous courses
22. Performs other duties that may be assigned by the Superintendent or his/her designee.

Quincy Public Schools strives to create an inclusive and racially affirming environment that welcomes and values the diversity of our staff and students. We foster fairness, equity, and inclusion to create a workplace environment where everyone is treated with respect and dignity. Join the team and be part of a dynamic multicultural community. Thank you for your interest in joining our professional team.
  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Positions Available: 1
Job Categories : Classroom Teacher > Elementary
Student Services > School/Guidance Counselor

Equal Opportunity Employer

Quincy Public Schools is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws. Additionally, we prohibit retaliation against individuals who oppose such discrimination and harassment or who participate in an equal opportunity investigation.

Job Requirements

  • Please send resume and cover letter to Allison Cox, Senior Director of Human Resources and Educator Develpoment:


  • Please include position in email subject line.
  • At least 1 year of relevant experience preferred
  • Bachelor degree preferred
  • Citizenship, residency or work visa required