High School Counselor

Employment Type

: Full-Time


: Education - Excluding Post Secondary

General Purpose:

Utilizing leadership, advocacy, and collaboration, the school counselor promotes student success, provides preventive services, and responds to student needs. The school counselor provides support to all students through a comprehensive school counseling program aligned with the American School Counselor Association’s framework, focusing on academic, post-secondary, and social emotional needs, helping all students to develop the skills necessary to be productive members of society.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The following statements regarding this  exempt level position  consist of duties, responsibilities, frequency, and percentages are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. These statements are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities required of all personnel within this position. Actual duties, responsibilities, frequency, and percentages may vary depending upon location assignments and other factors.

Essential Responsibilities

Counseling Program Implementation and Evaluation

  • Academic: Academic Advising, Individual Career and Academic Plans, Graduation Planning and Academic Skill Development
  • Career: Post-Secondary Planning and Transition and Career Development
  • Social/Emotional: Communication, Conflict Resolution and Preventative Skill Development
  • Major Duties

    All Domains

  • Designs, delivers, evaluates and revises an effective and comprehensive high school counseling curriculum to all students focusing on ASCA’s Academic, Career, and Personal/Social Domains.
  • Collects and reviews evaluative data to ensure a successful counseling program which links the school counseling program to student academic progress.
  • Measures results of the school counseling program activities through data analysis and yearly audits and shares results as appropriate with key stakeholders. 
  • Establishes and maintains an annual agreement and monthly/yearly planning calendar in accordance with ASCA.
  • Adheres to laws, policies, procedures, and ethical standards of the school counseling profession. 
  • Advocates for and articulates the role of school counselor to school and community in a professional manner.
  • Engages in professional development. 
  • Academic

  • Systematically develops, delivers, and evaluates student planning addressing academic goal setting and transition plans to post-secondary endeavors.
  • Informs students and parents about pertinent test results, academic programming, intervention strategies, and their implications for overall academic success.
  • Utilizes ICAP data and assessment data (STAR, Accuplacer, Work Keys, ect) and transcripts to determine student program placement, facilitate Success Plan meetings, and graduation progress.
  • Identifies at-risk students and track student progress towards graduation through transcript audits.
  • Participates with regional teams to plan and coordinate graduation ceremonies.
  • Career Readiness

  • Conducts planning and advisement Success Plan meetings to determine student’s post-secondary Thrive Path (military, career, or college).
  • Provides advisement on post-secondary learning opportunities (concurrent enrollment in college, industry certification programs, career specific programs) and assist in enroll students in statewide programs. 
  • Provides enrichment activities to prepare students for college and career plans
  • Partners with community agencies to provide workplace learning opportunities
  • Social/Emotional

  • Counsels with high school students to promote self awareness, self – identify, and positive social and academic skills.
  • Provides individual and group counseling to students with identified concerns and needs in accordance with ASCA's behaviors and mindsets.
  • Implements a referral process and follow up process to in school and outside counseling agencies and support agencies.
  • Collaborates with region’s social work team to support the social/emotional wellbeing of all students.
  • Provides information to staff and parents to assist them in crises related issues that may affect student success.
  • Consults and coordinates with professional and community agencies, such as school social workers, administrators, community based counselors, service agencies, and physicians.
  • Minimum Requirements:


  • Master’s degree in school counseling, required.
  • Colorado Department of Education License or endorsement in School Counseling required.
  • Experience:

  • Two years of experience working as a high school counselor.
  • Two years of experience working with at risk youth preferred
  • Or other background demonstrating application of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Advanced knowledge of School Counseling.
  • Advanced knowledge of Career pathways.
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, time-management, verbal and written communication skills.
  • Knowledgeable and comfortable working with technology. ?Able to competently and persistently apply problem solving skills towards technology issues. ?
  • Advanced conflict resolution skills. ?Superior ability to mediate conflicts (e.g., between students, staff, parents, or community members) while promoting the core values of GOAL effectively among all stakeholders. 
  • Willingness to travel regionally as required.
  • Understands the benefits of continuous learning and takes personal responsibility for professional development.
  • Ethical, honest, and good-humored.
  • Strong work ethic to achieve both school and personal goals.
  • Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality with regard to students and families.
  • Willingness to travel regionally as required.
  • * The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.

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