Job Description Template: Guidance Counselor

How to Use This Template: Expertly craft a post for the open Guidance Counselor position at your organization using this BambooHR job description template as a guide. Simply work with your hiring managers to customize each section to fit your company’s vision for this role.

Guidance Counselor Job Description

Full-Time | Onsite | Location

$39,000 - $84,000 (Suggested salary range for this role per Payscale)

Why [Organization]?

Introduce your organization in 3–5 sentences. This is the perfect place to explain what you do and why your organization is a great place to work! For example, here's our bio:

Our mission is simple: we want to set people free to do meaningful work. People love our software—and it turns out that people love working here, too. BambooHR has been recognized as a "Best Company to Work For," and we're proud of our team for creating software that makes an impact in the lives of HR pros and employees all over the world.

About Your Role

Give a general overview of what this person will do at your organization. For example:

As a Guidance Counselor, you’ll ensure the physical and mental well-being of the enrolled youth. You’ll establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with students, their families, staff, and administrators. You will collaborate with the school’s leadership team to develop, enhance, and implement new policies and procedures for the students’ mental health and well-being.

What You'll Do

List specific job responsibilities. For example:

  • Foster a safe, positive, and supportive environment for the enrolled youth, with a focus on their intellectual, social, emotional, and physical well being
  • Engage actively with the enrolled youth in all daily interactions
  • Spread awareness of all available internal and external resources, as needed
  • Accommodate all student needs by implementing a comprehensive school counseling program, including academic planning, preparation, guidance, and intervention
  • Collaborate with educators to understand how to work with each individual student and their family
  • Provide counseling to all mandated IEP students
  • Conduct and document parent conferences
  • Serve as a positive role model for students
  • Motivate youth to achieve their highest level of ability
  • Write and manage 504 plans

What You'll Need to Get the Job Done

List what a qualified candidate needs to do their job effectively. For example:

  • Master's degree in education, psychology, or school counseling
  • State certification as a guidance counselor
  • 2+ years of previous counseling experience working with youth
  • Proven data collection and advocacy skills
  • Proficiency in more than one language
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite
  • Familiarity with truancy programs

What Will Make Us Really Love You

List the soft skills or "nice-to-haves" that will help your candidate be successful. For example:

  • Youth advocacy experience
  • Excellent judgment and communication skills
  • Skill in coordinating with outside support agencies as needed

What You'll Love About Us

Describe your company's benefits, culture, work environment, and anything else that makes your organization stand out. For example:

Our company's mission and values are rooted in integrity and guide every aspect of our organization, from how we serve our community to how we interact as a team. As we've grown throughout the years, our employees remain at the heart of our success. To show our appreciation, we offer a generous compensation package that includes the following:

  • Retirement: 401(k) plan with employer matching
  • Healthcare: Medical, dental, vision, and mental wellness coverage
  • Life insurance: Group life insurance through our partner
  • Charitable giving: Donation matching to a charity of your choice
  • Time off: Flexible PTO policy with floating holidays
  • Career development: Professional development reimbursement program
  • Family care: Parental leave for all new parents

More About Our Company

Add your equal employment opportunity (EEO) statement, a note about required background checks, and other things a candidate may want to know before applying.

We're committed to providing equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all candidates, without discrimination based on race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Following the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, all new hires must verify their identity and eligibility to work in the United States.

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