Guidance Counselor at SWVGS

Southwest Virginia Governor’s School (SWVGS)

The Southwest Virginia Governor’s School (SWVGS) is seeking a capable, energetic, and enthusiastic individual to serve as School Guidance Counselor beginning August 2017. The selected candidate will be responsible for classroom instruction for study skills and career education courses, supervision and mentorship of students, student counseling, parent-student communication, coordination of student internships, and other teaching and administrative related duties. He/She will need to develop and implement an instructional program that will effectively provide a superior education and address the needs of students who are gifted.

The Southwest Virginia Governor’s school is located on an attractive campus in the Northwood community of Pulaski, Virginia. The core curriculum at SWVGS is designed to meet the needs of students with aptitude and interest in science and mathematics. The Governor's School provides challenges to students who are gifted while cultivating intellectual growth, fostering dedication to academic discipline, and developing skills in research. Our mission is to give intellectually gifted high school students the opportunity to achieve their academic potential by providing an accelerated and enriched science and mathematics learning environment of exceptional quality, setting the pace for excellence in science and mathematics education. Hands-on, problem and research-based learning that is fully supported by technology as well as enriched and differentiated for students who are gifted is emphasized at the Governor’s school.

A Master’s degree OR the equivalent/higher is required. A qualified candidate should have at least 18 graduate credit hours in counseling, gifted education, or a closely related field. The candidate also must hold or be eligible to acquire a Virginia License with an appropriate endorsement as a School Counselor PreK-12. Strong written, verbal, presentation, and interpersonal skills, as well as the ability to work effectively with colleagues, students, parents, and families are essential. Successful candidates will have strong organizational skills, a genuine interest in school counseling, and a desire to invest in continual improvement of their role as a counselor serving students who are gifted. The ability to take responsibility for accomplishing instructional and administrative objectives is mandatory; the individual selected for the position will have a number of responsibilities that extend beyond student counseling, for example, student recruitment, maintaining relationships with participating school divisions, and developing community ties are duties associated with this position.

Desired qualifications include previous college or high school level teaching/counseling experience and/or graduate teaching assistantships/counseling internships, experience and expertise in using technology in education, and commitment to working as part of a team. Previous experience working with students who are gifted is desired, but not required.

To ensure consideration, please complete the online application at and submit a cover letter, resume, and transcripts as soon as possible to:

Southwest Virginia Governor’s School
Attention: Rebecca Phillips
100 Northwood Drive
Pulaski, VA 24301

Questions about the position or application can be sent to Rebecca Phillips: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Review of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Salary will be commensurate with experience according to the SWVGS pay scale.

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