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Hillsborough County Public Schools School Counselor


About Hillsborough Schools

Hillsborough Schools is the nation’s eighth-largest district and our size gives us strength, effectiveness and a great depth of talent to best serve the needs of our students. We have a wide variety of schools in a broad range of locations and we commit to helping teachers find their best fit for their careers and lives. We work hard to guide teachers into the roles best suited to their talents so they can concentrate on what they love – helping students learn.

Hillsborough Schools is recruiting talented, compassionate teachers dedicated to helping every student in the district succeed. Successful applicants will share a commitment to excellence in the classroom and a belief that great teaching is the key to unlocking student success.
In 2018 we introduced Achievement Schools, an effort to focus on students with the highest needs. We seek special teachers for positions at our Achievement Schools. The overarching aim is to give every student a chance to succeed and lead. Our district has had a spike in overall graduation rates to an all-time high of 85.8 percent in the 2017-18 academic year. Our Achievement Schools directive will help guide students to even greater heights.

School Counselors, School Psychologists and Teachers in Achievement Schools are eligible for pay differential up to $13,000 a year including special incentives. This incentive, called Spark, is designed to spark your interest and spark the minds of the children you’ll inspire. Bonus pay and free or discounted child care are part of the incentives. If you have had experience such as an internship or a specialized degree in Urban Education, at a high-needs school, we are especially eager to talk to you!

About You

Do you have what it takes? We’re looking for individuals who:
·        Are committed to igniting a passion for learning in the students
·        Work collaboratively with colleagues and build strong relationships with students and parents
·        Accept no excuses and take responsibility for student growth

QUALIFICATIONS: The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required to perform this job successfully.

Education: A master’s degree in School Counseling is required

Certificates/Licenses/ Registrations: Florida Professional Educator Certificate: Guidance and Counseling (Grades PK-12) is required.

About the Job


The School Counselor is responsible for coordinating and implementing a comprehensive school counseling program to include academic advisement, social/personal counseling, career exploration, and parent/community involvement.

·        Provides an ongoing program of individual, small group, and large group counseling services in the areas of academic advisement and planning, career exploration, and social/personal development per the national standards established by the American School Counselor Association.
·        Consults and works collaboratively with administrators, teachers, school personnel, district personnel, parents, and various community agencies to meet the counseling and educational planning needs of high school students, including school-wide needs.
·        Provides information to parents and students regarding graduation requirements, options, and acceleration mechanisms.
·        Interprets and utilizes school records, including cognitive, aptitude, and achievement tests, for educational planning. Reviews and evaluates student records and transcripts.
·        Addresses individual student needs and refers students to appropriate school and community resources as necessary.
·        Provides preventive and responsive services, including crisis counseling as needed, and addresses student mental health needs as appropriate.
·        Facilitates the involvement of parents in the education of their students, including assisting in parent/teacher/counselor conferences.
·        Assists students in developing self-understanding, self-acceptance, and effective interpersonal skills.
·        Performs any other duties as assigned.

Responsibilities and tasks outlined in this document are not exhaustive and may change as determined by the needs of the district.


Communications: Expresses ideas and thoughts verbally. Expresses ideas and thoughts in written form. Exhibits good listening and comprehension. Keeps others adequately informed. Selects and uses appropriate communication methods.

Job Knowledge: Competent in required job skills and knowledge. Exhibits ability to learn and apply new skills. Keeps abreast of current developments. Requires minimal supervision. Displays understanding of how job relates to others. Uses resources effectively.

Judgment: Displays willingness to make decisions. Exhibits sound and accurate judgment. Supports and explains reasoning for decisions. Includes appropriate people in decision making process. Makes timely decisions.

Project Management: Develops project plans, coordinates projects. Communicates changes and progress. Completes projects on time and, on budget. Manages project team activities.

Planning & Organization: Prioritizes and plans work activities. Uses time efficiently. Plans for additional resources. Integrates changes smoothly. Sets goals and objectives. Works in an organized manner.

Language Skills: Reads, analyzes, and interprets all kinds of documents. Responds to inquiries or complaints from employees, regulatory agencies, or community. Writes speeches and effectively presents to managers, the public, and school board.

Mathematical Skills: Works with math concepts such as probability and statistical inference, and fundamentals of geometry and trigonometry. Applies concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.

Reasoning Ability: Solves practical problems and deals with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Interprets a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

Computer Skills: Microsoft Office


·        Physical Activities: Standing, walking, sitting, handling, keyboarding, talking, and hearing.
·        Lifting Demands: Up to 10 pounds.
·        Reaching Activities: Both dominant and non-dominant hand; overhead.
·        Environmental Conditions: Noise Intensity 3 (moderate).

DISTRICT EXPECTATIONS: All district employees must:

·        Demonstrate regular and predictable attendance. Physical presence is expected as part of a reliable and predictable pattern of attendance.
·        Support the district’s vision, mission, goals, and Strategic Plan.
·        Engage in civility, respect, and professionalism.
·        Maintain the professional knowledge and skills necessary to perform the essential duties and responsibilities of their positions.

See your future in our classroom. Find your home in Hillsborough County.
·        Salaries starting at $39,165
·        Excellent medical plan and benefits from the Florida Retirement System
·        A chance to make a difference in the lives of students who need it most
·        A great place to live that offers museums, art galleries, sports, performing arts, nightlife, and year- round sunshine
Hillsborough Schools is committed to supporting great teaching and developing a world-class workforce.

Every school counselor in HCPS receives the professional support and development they need to build skills in all aspects of education and be the best school counselor they can be. School counselors and principals share a common vision for excellent service, and school counselors can count on regular feedback about their instruction throughout the year.
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The School District of Hillsborough County does not discriminate nor tolerate harassment on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status, genetic information or pregnancy in its educational programs, services or activities, or in its hiring or employment practices; and it will take immediate action to eliminate such harassment, prevent its recurrence, and address its effects. The district also provides equal access to its facilities to the Boy Scouts and other patriotic youth groups, as required by the Boy Scouts of America Equal Access Act.

The district accords preference in selection, retention, and promotion procedures to certain veterans and spouses of veterans who are Florida residents.

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Dr. Pansy Houghton, Executive Officer, Compliance. 813-272-4000;; Office of the Chief of Staff, 901 E. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, Florida 33602. An alternate point of contact for complaints of discrimination or harassment may be directed to the Office of Professional Standards at 813-840-7128.

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Notice of Reasonable Accommodations
Reasonable accommodations are available for persons with disabilities to complete the application and/or interview process. Applicants/individuals with disabilities requesting accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) may contact the District’s ADA Office at 813-840-7139 for assistance.