Director of Guidance Counseling Services


Title: Director of Guidance Counseling Services

Contract/Agreement Period:  12 months

Reporting Relationship: Reports to Upper School Principal


  • Must be a mature evangelical Christian who agrees with the school’s Statement of Faith and whose lifestyle is consistent with the school’s Declaration of Moral Integrity.
  • Must be a member in good standing of a local evangelical church.
  • Must be able to articulate a deep understanding of a biblically informed philosophy of Christian education.
  • Must possess strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Should have demonstrated experience in working effectively on teams of Christian professionals in meeting high academic and spiritual standards and goals.
  • Education:
    • Must have a minimum of a Master’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in guidance and counseling representing coursework in the principles and practice of educational guidance or the equivalent
    • Must be eligible for a valid teacher’s certificate with endorsement in counseling and guidance

Scope of Responsibilities:

  • Implements the high school counseling and guidance program curriculum
  • Guides and counsels groups and individual students through the development of educational and career plans
  • Counsels with small groups and individual students
  • Consults and collaborates with teachers, staff, and parents in understanding and meeting the needs of students
  • Refers students with struggles and their parents to appropriate specialists, programs, or outsideagencies
  • Participates in activities that contribute to the effective operation of the school
  • Pursues professional growth
  • Performs all other duties as assigned by the Principal

Illustrative Key Duties

  1. Implements the high school counseling and guidance program curriculum: Conducts counseling learning activities in the classroom during the year in collaboration with the teaching staff, consults with and is a resource to teachers to facilitate the infusion of counseling content into the regular education curriculum.
  2. Guides and counsels groups and individual students through the development of educational and career plans: Collaborates with middle school personnel to assist students in making a smooth transition to high school, provides orientation activities for incoming students and their parents; informs students and parents of tests results and their implications for educational and career planning, guides students in updating their high school four year educational plans, assists with planning and coordination of the registration and scheduling of students, coordinates career assessments and interprets results for students to assist in their career and educational planning, guides all students to develop educational/career plans through the teaching and or supervision of career development activities, provides for the systematic and efficient dissemination of current, accurate information needed by students and/or parents as they develop their educational or career plans; provides individual assistance to students regarding personal, social, educational, and career issues and plans.
  3. Consults with small groups and individual students: Conducts structured, goal-oriented counseling sessions to meet the identified needs of individuals and groups of students.
  4. Consults and collaborates with teachers, staff, and parents in understanding and meeting the needs of students: Facilitates conferences with teachers and/ or parents and/or students, plans and conducts or facilitates with implementation of parent education programs, assists families with school-related problems and issues, develops newsletter for parents.
  5. Refers students with struggles and their parents to appropriate specialists, special programs, or outside agencies: Consults and collaborates with specialists such as clinical psychologists, social workers, service agencies and others.
  6. Participates in activities that contribute to the effective operation of the school: Cooperates and collaborates with other professionals in enhancing the education of students, establishes and maintains effective relationships with instructional departments and administrators, cooperates with other school personnel in placing students with special needs in appropriate programs, assists with interpreting group test results to faculty and administration for use in enhancing instruction, communicates with administrators, teachers, staff, students, parents and the community regarding the counseling and guidance program and its role in the educational program.
  7. Pursues professional growth: Attends local, state, and national staff development programs, joins professional counseling and guidance associations, attends local, state, and national workshops and conferences sponsored by professional organizations, reads professional journals, completes postgraduate courses.

Spiritual and Lifestyle Requirements:

Briarwood Christian School employees are to conduct themselves in private and in public consistent with the doctrinal and lifestyle standards of Briarwood Presbyterian Church, Briarwood Christian School and as stated in church and school contracts, agreements, and handbooks and manuals.

Briarwood Christian School is a Christian ministry of Briarwood Presbyterian Church representing Jesus Christ throughout the local community. As a ministry of Briarwood Presbyterian Church, BCS employees are called to minister to students and parents.  Because every subject is integrated with biblical truth, there is no secular/sacred division in the work that teachers and school staff perform. Consequently, Briarwood Christian School requires its employees to be born-again Christians who live their lives as Christian role models and to integrate biblical truth in everything they teach and do. Employees will conduct themselves in a way that will not raise questions regarding their Christian testimonies. A Christian lifestyle should reflect the biblical perspective of integrity and of appropriate personal and family relationships, business conduct, and moral behavior. An employee is expected to demonstrate a teachable spirit, an ability to share love for others, and a willingness to live contentedly under authority.

Briarwood Christian School expects all of its employees and volunteers to model the same Christian values and lifestyle that it seeks to inculcate in its students. Employees must be able to declare (a) that they have not engaged in, (b) that they are not engaging in, (c) that they will not engage in, and d) that they will not condone or advocate in personal, teaching or professional standards during the term of their employment or volunteering: any marriage relationship, civil union, or other union replicating marriage, other than between one man and one woman, or inappropriate sexual conduct. Inappropriate conduct includes, but is not limited to, such behaviors as the following: heterosexual activity outside of marriage (e.g., premarital sex, cohabitation, extramarital sex), homosexual, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, questioning (one’s gender or sexual orientation), other aberrant sexual activity or other sexual misconduct, sexual harassment, use or viewing of pornographic material or websites, and sexual abuse or improprieties toward minors as defined by Scripture and federal or state law. They must understand and agree that this position is firmly rooted in the inerrant and infallible Word of God as expressed in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments. Example applicable verses include but are not limited to Hebrews 13:4; Luke 6:40; Romans 1:21–27; Romans 10:9–10; I Timothy 4:12, and 1 Corinthians 6:9–20.