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Guidance Counselor

  • Certificated

Salary range: Placement on the teacher's salary schedule

Reports to: Site Principal or Assistant Principal


The Guidance Counselor advises students (grades 6-8 or 9-12) on their educational program, citizenship, scholastic and vocational aspirations, and their relationships with teachers and other students for students.

  • Ability to pass a Department of Justice (DOJ) fingerprint clearance
  • Completion of a Bachelor's degree
  • Legal authorization to work in the U.S.
  • Possession of a valid California Pupil Personnel Services Credential: School Counseling as required by the California Education Code.
  • Within 60 days of hire, provision of TB (tuberculin) clearance, as mandated by the California Education Code
  • Advise students on their educational program as it relates to promotion, graduation, and future academic success; take attendance records of advisory periods.
  • Confer with pupils, parents, and teachers on an individual student's progress or lack of progress in scholarship and citizenship.
  • Establish and maintain standards of pupil behavior needed to provide an orderly and productive counseling environment.
  • Assist students in maintaining satisfactory relationships with their teachers and other students.
  • Recommend psychological testing and other District services as appropriate.
  • Provide some vocational guidance and assists students in finding information on occupations.
  • Handle minor discipline referrals and refers serious ones to school administration.
  • Assist in the articulation program with feeder schools.
  • Plan and supervise class parties and other extracurricular activities.
  • Administer and interpret group aptitude and achievement tests.
  • Perform appropriate follow-up studies.
  • Contact parents, following school policies, for students with consistently failing grades (3 or more) or if there is a sudden drop in grades for a student from one reporting period to another.
  • Attend all required meetings and advisory, including TA and parent meetings and Back to School events.
  • Maintain professional competence through participation in professional growth activities.
  • May supervise the work of other counselors and the school's guidance program.
  • May plan and coordinate the work of aides, teacher assistants, and other paraprofessionals.
  • Perform other specific duties as directed

Specific Duties will include such things as:

Academic Planning:Explain and monitor graduation requirements (reviewing transcripts, course selections, and class schedules) and approve schedule changes as necessary. Provide information about course selections. Guide advisees and explore their academic or other post-secondary school plans.

Build Advisee Relationships:Serve as primary contact person. Build a personal relationship with the students--learn their strengths, areas of growth, hobbies and interests. Help advisees to become academically and socially oriented to middle school or high school. Refer advisees to career center and career or college advisors as needed. Collaborate with other teachers or counselors in identifying at-risk students and referring students for appropriate support.

  • Ability to work comfortably with students, staff, parents, and the community
  • Ability to promptly return calls and emails, including parent emails, within 48 hours or less
  • Ability to thoroughly understand school policies and procedures, and to explain them to students and parents
  • Demonstrable understanding of the importance of academic planning in the context of a rigorous academic environment
  • Effective interpersonal, communication, conflict resolution, time management, and record keeping skills
  • Knowledgeable about course offerings, school promotion and general college requirements and extracurricular opportunities
  • Positive, successful record as a secondary-level educator, preferred
  • Pro-active demeanor, responsive to the needs of students, parents, teachers and administrators
  • Proficiency in a second language preferred

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. Duties

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception. Employee will frequently work at a computer and travel to attend meetings.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works in outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Work environment includes working directly with children.

The job entails potential for exposure to adverse weather conditions and temperature extremes; exposure to blood-borne pathogens and communicable diseases; and for interaction with disruptive and/or unruly individuals.

Work Year: 187 days

Revision Date: 11/01/2016

Initial date: 03/17/2017

Equal Opportunity Employer in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and all other applicable federal, state, and local laws.