School Counselor

Greater Nashville Area, TN
School Support – Counselor
Full Time
LEAD Public Schools grows both students and staff. We are expanding high-quality education throughout the Nashville area, and we need thoughtful, growth minded staff members to do that work. LEAD Public Schools employees are a rare bunch: driven to go the extra mile in driving student success, collaborative to the core, always striving to become a better educator, and finding ways to infuse fun and joy into the work environment. We are always on the lookout for how to make LEAD Public Schools a better place for our scholars and our families. #whyILEAD 

LEAD Public Schools is a network of six public charter schools in Nashville, Tennessee. From 5th through 12th grades, our schools serve predominantly minority and low-income populations who are likely to be first-generation college attendees. The first five graduating classes of LEAD Academy High School -- the first in the school's history -- all earned 100 percent acceptance to college. Our academic success is rooted in the foundation of social-emotional learning programs and practices, including a commitment to Crew and our five Ethos: our students and staff members LEAD because they are COMMITTED, COURAGEOUS, DISCIPLINED, SELF-RELIANT and, above else, they always SERVE OTHERS.

There are many public charter schools and many models. LEAD Public Schools prides itself on being different. We balance rigor and love, taking head on the challenges that make a person academically successful and building the relationships that make them emotionally independent.

School counselors with LEAD Public Schools play a large role in establishing a positive school culture while supporting the diverse needs of our students within the school.  Counselors work as mediators for student issues and help prevent potential future behavioral, emotional, and education needs by partnering with teachers, deans, assistant principals, and school directors to come up with solutions that are in our students’ best interests.       


    • Coordinate and lead school-wide efforts to implement and monitor RTI and S-Team processes
    • Coordinating and consulting with appropriate grade level teams, teachers, and parents/guardians to address and support student issues
    • Providing direct services to students and families through individual and group support
    • Providing crisis counseling and consultation to students and adults as needed
    • Conducting in-service trainings on pertinent topics to support the abilities of our teachers and staff
    • Conducting home visits as necessary
    • Option to supervise counseling interns
    • Staying up-to-date with state and national trends and policies as they relate to counseling
    • Implement a school-wide student needs assessment and analyze responses to plan data-driven interventions that incorporate all school stake holders.
    • Performing other job related duties as assigned

School Culture

    • Work directly with student behavior teams to create initiatives and strategies
    • Support and provided insight into the setting of the vision and associated goals for school culture
    • Build buy-in from teachers, staff, and students while building positive culture, and model positive relationships with all members of the school community
    • Develop positive school spirit by supporting the planning and executing of Student-Led Conferences, College Trips, Spirit Week, awards ceremonies, and other events
    • Build positive relationships with students and support teachers in their development of student relationships both in and out of the classroom
    • Collaborate with the Family Engagement Coordinator to support family involvement in student learning and support 

School Support

    • Providing supporting information for school based teams in monitoring trends based on student data (e.g. GPA, attendance, behavior).
    • Provide support to help refine, and implement school-wide behavior systems (e.g. merit and demerit/mark system, detention/mark time, suspensions).
    • Lead analysis of and develop teachers’ ability to analyze student data to identify strategies that will help students improve behavior.
    • Help teachers meet the social and emotional needs of students within the school 

Data Analysis

    • Analyze student support data to determine if there are any trends within the school environment

Qualifications and Education Requirements

    • Minimum of 2 years-experience working within a school based environment (K-12 setting, preferably with urban schools)
    • Previous experience leading RTI and S-Team processes in a school setting is preferred
    • Master’s degree in school counseling, passed praxis exams, and school counselor licensure is preferred
    • Master’s degree in counseling/social work accepted if candidate has experience working in a K-12 environment
LEAD Public Schools offers competitive salary and benefits packages commensurate with experience.

LEAD Public Schools is an equal opportunity employer. We seek applicants of diverse background and hire without regard to color, gender, religion, national origin, citizenship, disability, age, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by law.