Rock Hill Schools

K-12 Virtual Academy Guidance Counselor

Minimum Qualifications:

SC certification in School Counseling required with a strong GPA in relevant course work

Nationally Registered or Certified Career Development Facilitator (or willingness to complete the certification process within two years)

Strong record of home/school and community coordination

Knowledge of effective counseling techniques

Knowledge and understanding of human growth and development

Skill in diagnosing learning and behavioral problems

Proficiency in 21st century literacies and skills

Outstanding verbal and written communication skills

Experience working with elementary and secondary students preferred

Knowledge of instructional technology and its applications to the guidance field

Skill in developing interpersonal relationships with pupils, parents, teachers, staff and the general public

Outstanding references from current and former supervisors

Satisfactory SLED (SC Law Enforcement Division) report


Salary Range: Teacher Salary Schedule


Length of Contract:      210 days


Starting Date:      2020 – 2021 School Year


College transcripts, three references, and a copy of appropriate credentials should also be submitted during the application process.


Prior to employment, the District will request a criminal record history check for past action of crimes.  For this reason, information about date of birth, gender, and race is requested as a part of the application process.


The district reserves the right to make changes to the job posting/description as necessary to meet the district’s needs.







Purpose Statement:

The job of Rock Hill Schools Virtual Academy Guidance Counselor is a hybrid position split between a home-based office and district sites for the purpose/s of providing both in-person and remote guidance services for students, school staff and parents through counseling, consulting and coordinating; managing the schedules and placement of assigned students; providing course curriculum, information and recommendations to students; developing plans and/or providing information regarding students’ goals; and ensuring completion of students’ applications within a designated time frame.


This job reports to the Virtual Academy Coordinators for Elementary and Secondary


Essential Functions

  • Coordinates services between home school counselors and mental health professionals.
  • Documents guidance and counseling services provided by the home school and the virtual academy.
  • Counsels (academic, personal/social and/or behavioral) students, parents, and guardians for the purpose of enhancing student success in school.
  • Utilizes small group and 1 on 1 counseling services to support social and emotional learning goals.
  • Partners with teachers to integrate social and emotional learning experiences into the taught curriculum.
  • Regularly attends in-person meetings and other engagements in district schools and offices.
  • Schedules and/or reschedules student classes for the purpose of securing appropriate placement and meeting their graduation and college eligibility requirements.
  • Monitors students’ progress for the purpose of identifying issues and taking appropriate action for increasing student success.
  • Supervises assigned programs (e.g. scholarships, peer counseling, special education, ESL, etc.) for the purpose of monitoring performance, providing for professional growth and achieving overall curriculum objectives.
  • Coordinates with teachers, college and university personnel, resource specialists and/or community (e.g. service clubs, courts, child protective services, DSS, DJJ, etc.) for the purpose of providing/receiving requested information and/or making recommendations.
  • Composes a wide variety of materials (e.g. quantity reports, student activities, correspondence, audits, etc.) for the purpose of documenting activities, providing written reference and/or conveying information.
  • Develops a variety of special programs (e.g. career night, financial aid workshops, etc.) for the purpose of providing information to assist students in the successful transition from high school to career, training and/or continuing education.
  • Prepares applications for students (e.g. scholarships, college, financial aid, etc.) for the purpose of ensuring completion of application processes within designated time frames.
  • Researches program eligibility requirements (e.g. financial aid, college eligibility, etc.) for the purpose of providing up-to-date, accurate counsel to students.
  • Presents information for the purpose of communicating information, gaining feedback and ensuring adherence to established internal controls.
  • Coordinates parent/teacher conferences for the purpose of providing/receiving information to the parents.
  • Participates in a variety of meetings and conferences (e.g. SIT, etc.) for the purpose of conveying and/or gathering information required to perform functions.
  • Performs other related duties, as assigned by the Principal, for the purpose of ensuring the efficient and effective functioning of the school and supporting the Guidance Department.
  • Other duties as assigned.



Job Requirements: Minimum Qualifications


Skills, Knowledge and Abilities


SKILLS are required to develop interpersonal relationships with students, teachers, administrators, parents and community agency and service contacts; perform multiple, technical tasks with a need to periodically upgrade skills in order to meet changing job conditions. Specific skills required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job include: applying assessment instruments; preparing and maintaining accurate records; planning and managing projects; and using pertinent software applications.


KNOWLEDGE is required review and interpret highly technical information such as test results, write technical materials, and/or speak persuasively to implement desired actions; and analyze situations to define issues and draw conclusions.  Specific knowledge required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job includes: knowledge of counseling techniques, student evaluation techniques, adolescent growth and development and school curriculum.


ABILITY is required to identify potential problem areas as soon as possible; provide appropriate counseling, consulting and coordinating of services; assist students to develop his/her potential, understand his/her strengths and limitations, widen his/her interests, adjust to his/her environment, meet demands of society and begin to define goals for his/her future; schedule a significant number of activities, meetings, and/or events; often gather, collate, and/or classify data; and use basic, job-related equipment. Flexibility is required to independently work with community agencies and services and others in a wide variety of circumstances; analyze data utilizing a variety of complex processes; and operate equipment using defined methods. Ability is also required to work with a significant diversity of individuals and/or groups; work with a variety of data; and utilize specific, job-related equipment.  In working with others, independent problem solving is required to analyze issues and create action plans.   Problem solving with data requires analysis based on organizational objectives; and problem solving with equipment is limited.  Specific abilities required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job include: communicating with diverse groups; maintaining confidentiality; meeting deadlines and schedules; setting priorities; working as part of a team; and working with frequent interruptions.



Responsibilities include: working under limited supervision using standardized practices and/or methods; leading, guiding, and/or coordinating others; and operating within a defined budget. Utilization of resources from other work units may be required to perform the job’s functions. There is a continual opportunity to impact the organization’s services.


Working Environment

This role will be based at the employee’s home office with the expectation of regularly reporting to school sites and central office facilities to coordinate necessary services. The usual and customary methods of performing the job’s functions require the following physical demands: some lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling; and significant fine finger dexterity.  Generally the job requires 60% sitting, 20% walking, and 20% standing. The job is performed under minimal temperature variations.



Job related experience within specialized field is required.



Masters degree in job related area.


Required Testing                                                              

Pre-employment TB Test


Certificates & Licenses

South Carolina certification in the appropriate area as required with a strong GPA in relevant coursework.


Continuing Educ. / Training                                          

120 credits every 5 years to renew a professional certificate and Global Career Development Facilitator Training.



Satisfactory SLED (SC Law Enforcement Division) report; outstanding references from current and former employers.


FLSA Status                          




Salary Grade

Teacher Scale

Education / Training

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