School Counselor, Achievement Schools

About the Achievement Schools:

Our goal is ambitious: move the bottom 5% of Tennessee's Schools into the top 25%. We cannot do this without outstanding people leading our classrooms and schools.

The ASD is a people powered, student driven organization. We need people who are not only excited about the mission to transform the bottom 5% of schools, but who are also committed to it. The work is exciting, the work is challenging, and it may be for you.


Achievement Schools in Memphis, Tennessee:

  • Corning Achievement Elementary
  • Frayser Achievement Elementary
  • Georgian Hills Achievement Elementary
  • Whitney Achievement Elementary
  • Westside Achievement Middle

Position Description:     

An Achievement Schools School Counselor is a licensed and experience practitioner to support the social, emotional, and academic development of our students to ensure their long-term personal success. Achievement Schools Counselors are well-versed in the Tennessee School Counseling Model and Standards and Practice and are able to execute on those with fidelity. Counselors also fill an important role in fulfilling student IEP requirements. In this way, they work closely with our network Academics team and Special Education team.

Specific Position Responsibilities:

Establish a strong counseling program

  • Identify and develop program beliefs, vision and mission statement aligned to school and district goals Utilize school and student data to set specific and measurable goals for the counseling program
  • Use school counseling standards to assess student growth and development
  • Consult the school counselor competencies and ethical standards to guide decision making, professional growth, and ensure students have access to a high quality counseling program

Effectively manage the school counseling program

  • Conduct an annual counseling program assessment to ID strengths and opportunities for program growth
  • Utilized advisory councils, program management agreements, school data, and action plans to asses and deliver school needs
  • Deliver a strong school counseling program
  • Deliver large group, classroom, and school-wide curriculum to help students achieve mastery of counseling standards
  • Utilize individual student appraisal and advisement to help all students plan, monitor, and manage their own learning
  • Promote individual and group counseling to address students' immediate needs and concerns to resolve academic, social and emotional, or college and career issues that are interrupting learning
  • Provide support and assistance to students and the school community to navigate critical and emergency situations
  • Make students and families aware of school and community resources that can provide additional information or assistance to help students be successful
  • Share strategies that support student achievement with parents, teachers, other educations, or community organizations through consultation
  • Collaborate with other educators, parents, and the community to support student achievement and advocate for student equity and access

Ensure that the comprehensive school counseling program is accountable and effective

  • Analyze school achievement, attendance, and discipline data to identify the impact of the counseling program on student development and growth
  • Examine program results data and stakeholder feedback to determine the extent of change in student learning and behavior and mastery of counseling standards
  • Evaluate school counseling program for areas of strength and opportunities for program improvement, including a yearly review of annual program goals
  • Communicate accountability results with stakeholders

Provide direct services to 100% of students as required by student IEPs and demonstrated need



  • Bachelor's Degree from an accredited four-year institution required
  • Tennessee educator license with an endorsement in School Counseling required

Work Experience

  • 1-3 years minimum experience working as a School Counselor in an urban community
  • Experience working with youth in an historically underserved community

Skills and Mindsets

  • Hard worker; willingness to do what it takes by and for the students we serve
  • Deep-seated belief in the potential of students in low-income communities to achieve on an absolute scale
  • Strong ability to build relationships across lines of differences

Successful candidate will exhibit the following

  • Excellence
  • Optimism
  • Sound Judgment
  • Courage
  • Teamwork

Salary and Benefits:

Salary range is $45,000 - $60,000. Pay will be commensurate with qualifications. The benefits package includes medical, dental, vision, life, disability, flexible spending accounts, and a retirement/pension plan through the Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System (TCRS).

To Apply:

Please e-mail your resume, copy of teacher license (if licensed), and contact information for three professional references to

Pursuant to the State of Tennessee's policy of non-discrimination, the Tennessee Department of Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, or military services in its policies, or in the admission of, access to, treatment, or employment in its programs, services, or activities.