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2 May 2024

Instructional Support Guidance Counselor

Wissahickon Charter School

Job Description

Wissahickon Charter School is looking for a Guidance Counselor for our Awbury site for the 2024-25 school year. The Guidance Counselor’s primary responsibilities include providing individual and group counseling and crisis intervention across grades K-8. The position also includes helping to manage the high school admissions process and teaching guidance classes. The ideal candidate will have a Master’s degree in social work and will have experience working with students in an urban setting.

Key Responsibilities


  • Working with the existing guidance counselor, establish schedules and provide individual, group and IEP-mandated counseling
  • Work as part of the administrative team to determine trends in students’ social and emotional needs across the school
  • Work collaboratively with the existing guidance counselor, school leaders, teachers, learning specialists, and other staff to support students
  • Provide crisis prevention/ intervention, including steps related to child abuse, suicide, bullying and homelessness
  • Support classroom teachers with behavior and emotional concerns of students
  • Act as a liaison for outside agencies as needed
  • Participate in student-focused meetings and hearings
  • Establish and maintain relationships with families through regular communication, updates and opportunities for involvement
  • Track student data to help inform interventions
  • Supervise and monitor the Peace Center, our hub for student-led conflict resolution

Possible Additional Duties

High School Application Preparation

  • Stay abreast of current high school admissions processes
  • Build and maintain relationships with School District of Philadelphia, charter, private, parochial and alternative high schools and admissions staff
  • Coordinate and manage all administrative duties related to the high school admissions process, including hosting events for families and students and working with teachers to provide necessary documentation


  • Plan and teach up to 8 guidance classes a week to 5th-8th graders, including content related to high school admissions, career planning, puberty, sexual education, financial literacy and other topics relevant to students’ needs
  • Consistently implement classroom management and grading practices

Overall Professionalism

  • Exemplify WCS’s CARES values (Collaboration, Academic Excellence, Responsibility, Empathy, Self-Reflection) in interactions with all students, families, colleagues and community partners
  • Seek out and be receptive to feedback from the Middle School Principal, existing guidance counselor, and peers
  • Participate in all professional development and team planning meetings



  • Master’s degree in a position-related field
  • All required FBI & PA clearances
  • Belief that all children can learn and succeed
  • Belief in WCS’s mission and vision
  • Collaborative work style; including maturity, humility, and a sense of humor
  • Strong oral and written communication skills with all constituents
  • High level of personal organization, planning, and follow-through
  • Flexibility to adjust strategies in order to reach goals
  • Receptiveness to feedback, positive attitude, and a desire to continuously improve
  • Willingness to speak openly and honestly about issues of race and equity and to work to dismantle white supremacist culture

Strongly preferred

  • Master’s in Counseling or Social Work
  • Minimum of 2 years counseling experience in an urban school
  • Familiarity/experience with Philadelphia high school admissions process
  • Prior K-8 teaching experience


This is a full time, 10-month position with 100% employer-paid benefits (medical, dental and vision) for the employee and any spouse or dependents.

About Wissahickon Charter School

Wissahickon Charter School’s first campus, Fernhill, opened in 2002 and serves 480 K-8 students from across Philadelphia. Our second K-8 campus, Awbury, opened in the fall of 2014. The mission of Wissahickon Charter School (WCS) is to provide a community of learning that stimulates and builds the child’s intellectual, social, and character development.

How to Apply

To be considered, visit our website at and click on the Apply Now button. Please note that a cover letter and resume are required.

Bureaus: Philadelphia. Job Categories: Full-Time. Job Types: Instructional Support. Salaries: 60,000 - 80,000.