How to write a Guidance Counselor job description

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What does a Guidance Counselor do?

A Guidance Counselor serves as an administrative staff member who has a hands-on role with students outside of the classroom. Guidance Counselors work with students dealing with stress from school, social pressures, and/or family life in order to improve their classroom performance and overall wellness. Guidance Counselors also assist with post-secondary school planning and work one-on-one with students to do so.

Guidance Counselor job title

A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimize your job title to show up in a general search for jobs of the same nature. The level of experience will help you attract the most qualified applicants by outlining the amount of responsibility and prior knowledge required. And if your position is specialized, consider including the specialization in the job title as well. But avoid using internal titles, abbreviations or acronyms to make sure people understand what your job posting is before clicking.

Examples of Guidance Counselor job titles

  • Guidance Counselor
  • Certified School Counselor
  • Guidance Counselor (High School)
  • Guidance Counselor (Part-Time)
  • School Counselor

Guidance Counselor job summary

A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so job seekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

Example of a Guidance Counselor job summary

Our private college preparatory school needs a Guidance Counselor to join our administrative staff. The successful candidate will divide his or her time equally between administrative tasks and providing students with guidance and support. He or she must always be available to students who need help with school work, social stress or other issues that might emerge during the school year. We run a supportive environment with low educator turn-over and high employee satisfaction. If you want to join an educational environment that truly values its students and employees, we are excited to talk with you.

Guidance Counselor responsibilities and duties

The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organization and who the job reports to.

Examples of Guidance Counselor responsibilities

  • Implement and oversee a high school guidance program that provides students with a safe and non-judgmental way to voice their concerns or worries
  • Assist school administrators and educators with planning and carrying out school-related programs and events
  • Analyze student performance in the classroom to provide guidance and identify potential problems
  • Learn students’ names, career objectives and other details so you can better serve them
  • Help students develop academic plans in accordance with their skills, talents and strengths
  • Work collaboratively with the school nurse and other supportive staff
  • Facilitate crisis intervention and prevention programs
  • Communicate with teachers, parents and administrators on an ongoing basis about behavioral and academic problems

Guidance Counselor qualifications and skills

Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful hire. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

Examples of Guidance Counselor skills

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work or related field
  • Ph.D. in Social Services or Social Work preferred but not required
  • 3+ years’ experience in a Guidance Counselor role
  • Experience working with secondary students a plus
  • Excellent communication and organization skills
  • Ability to balance administrative and support services efficiently

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