Sample guidance counselor job description

Guidance counselors play a pivotal role in ensuring students feel supported at school. In addition to providing college and career advice, they can act as a sounding board and source of support for students who are struggling with mental health, discrimination, or other challenges. [School X] wants to foster an environment where students can grow as people in addition to developing academic knowledge. That’s why we’re searching for a dedicated guidance counselor who will support our diverse student body every day.

Objectives of this role

  • Create a supportive environment for students
  • Manage and respond to parent concerns
  • Balance academics with emotional development in student life
  • Promote a school-wide culture of support and care
  • Ensure the student body models maturity and respect
  • Lead as many students as possible to graduation


  • Assess student interests and abilities through individual planning
  • Advise students on college and career paths
  • Lead conversations and conflict resolution between students, teachers, and parents
  • Provide counseling and resources to at-risk students
  • Organize events to develop student sensitivity to social issues
  • Report on student well-being to the administration

Skills and qualifications

  • Highly empathetic demeanor
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills, especially listening
  • Thorough knowledge of best teaching and counseling practices
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Strong problem-solving attitude
  • High emotional intelligence

Preferred qualifications

  • Extensive knowledge of universities and careers
  • Comfortable leading conflict resolution and crisis management sessions
  • Collaborative, inspirational mindset
  • Ability to lead and advise
  • Understanding of youth psychology
  • Capacity to assess academic achievement and capability