Director of Guidance and Counseling

Job category: Professional
Exemption Status/Test: Exempt
Reports to: Chief Academic Officer
Date Revised: February 1, 2019
Dept./School: Guidance and Counseling

Primary purpose

Direct, manage and evaluate the district’s comprehensive developmental guidance and counseling program that promotes academic success, personal/social growth, and college and career readiness for all students.



Master’s Degree

Guidance and Counseling Certification

Principal/Mid-Management Certification


Ten years counseling experience with increased levels of administrative responsibility in counseling

Special knowledge/skills


Knowledge of the comprehensive guidance and counseling program

Knowledge of the state graduation requirements

Knowledge of the state assessment requirements

Knowledge of the academic, social and emotional needs of students

Knowledge of college and career opportunities for students

Ability to communicate with community agencies

Ability to communicate with department leaders and school personnel

Ability to implement policies and procedures

Ability to manage budget and personnel

Strong organizational skills, communication and interpersonal skills

Major responsibilities and duties

Instructional/Program Management

  • Oversees the development and delivery of the district’s comprehensive guidance and counseling program.
  • Direct the district’s student assistance program (LIGHT program) to ensure programs and services are provided at all campuses.
  • Collaborates with staff to develop, maintain and revise guidance curriculum based upon a systematic review and analysis.
  • Oversee and monitor the implementation of the Naviance College and Career platform.
  • Support directors, coordinators and other central administrators in the implementation of special programs at the campus and district levels.
  • Monitor the solicitation and administration of scholarships.  Prepare an annual report for review by administration.
  • Manage and support programs that provide alternative ways for students to earn credits toward graduation.  (i.e. Credit by Exam, Edgenuity)
  • Consult with principals to ensure an effective guidance and counseling program exist on each campus.
  • Oversee and monitor the Academic Achievement Record (transcript) for accuracy.  Work with the technology department for transcript design.
  • Direct the Crest (Counselors Reinforcing Excellence for Students in Texas) Award application process at all campuses.

Student Management

  • Demonstrate support for the district’s student management policies and procedures.

Policy, Reports, and Law

  • Support and follow local, state and federal rules and policies.
  • Recommend policies and procedures that enhance the guidance and counseling program.


  • Develop and administer the guidance and counseling budget and ensure that operations are cost effective and funds are managed within district guidelines.

Personal Management

  • Prepare, review and revise job descriptions for the guidance and counseling department.
  • Select, train, supervise and evaluate staff and make recommendations relative to assignment.

Communication and Community Relations

  • Establish and maintain a professional relationship and open communication with principals, staff, parents, and the community.
  • Serve as a district liaison to community agencies providing services to students and their parents.
  • Articulate the district’s mission and Strategic Plan goals in the area of guidance and counseling to the community and solicit its support in realizing the mission.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • Supervise and evaluated guidance and counseling coordinators, elementary and middle school specialists, director’s secretary.
  • Supervise student assistance counselors, registrars and Drug Intervention Specialist GAEC.

Mental demands/physical demands/environmental factors

Tools/Equipment Used: 
Personal computer and peripherals; standard instructional equipment
Prolonged sitting; frequent standing, kneeling/squatting, bending/stooping, pushing/pulling, and twisting
Frequent walking
Regular light lifting and carrying (less than 15 pounds)
Work inside, may work outside
Mental Demands: 
Maintain emotional control under stress; may work prolonged or irregular hours

This document describes the general purpose and responsibilities assigned to this job and is not an exhaustive list of all responsible and duties that may be assigned or skills that may be required.