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College Counselor $70k – $90k

Bishop Garcia Diego High School (Santa Barbara)






Job Description:
Bishop Garcia Diego High School seeks a talented college counselor, who will focus on the individualized, personal development of our students and strive to educate the entire person. This employee will support the school’s mission and Catholic values-based curriculum.

The primary purpose of the position of the College and Career Counselor is to provide college and career readiness support to students and families. Under the general supervision of the School Principal, the College and Career Counselor provides guidance to students and their families and identifies the coursework and preparation needed to be college competitive and career ready.

The College and Career Counselor serves as the main source of information and counseling for students and their families in the college application and financial aid processes, as well as vocational training and career preparation.

The Counselor exercises responsible judgment and discretion in performing duties according to established school and state procedures and codes. The College and Career Counselor holds a key role in creating and maintaining a college-going and career ready school culture that extends to the feeder middle school and elementary schools.

Distinguishing Characteristics:
The primary responsibility of the College and Career Counselor is to assist students and their families in identifying colleges, universities, majors, mentorships, internships, scholarships, financial aid, and career opportunities that meet the particular needs and goals of each student.

The College and Career Counselor works with the Guidance Counselors to support all students. By implementing a College and Career Service Plan, the College and Career Counselor will provide direct services to students; organize, maintain, and operate a high school College & Career Center; provide comprehensive college and career information and materials; and communicate with students, staff, families and community representatives concerning career planning and college preparation.

Exemplary written and verbal communication skills and customer service skills are required.

Supervision Received and Exercised:
The Director of Curriculum and Instruction provides administrative direction and supervision.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

This job description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee assigned to the position. Depending on the area of assignment, duties may include, but are not limited to, those listed below. This description is not an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, knowledge, skills, abilities, and work ethics associated with the position. Incumbents may be required to perform any combination of these duties. All requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities.

  1. Commits to honoring Bishop Garcia Diego Mission, Vision, Core Values, Commitments, and Indicators of Student Success.
  2. Collaborates with academic counselor to meet with each 9th-12th grade student at the school site to discuss academic goals and post-secondary plans, select courses to meet A-G requirements, and identify extracurricular activities to align with interests and talents.
  3. Collaborate with high school counselor on secondary planning for incoming students
  4. Collaborate with high school counselor to develop and implement a College and Career Service Plan which includes Academic Enrichment, Test Preparation, Academic Advising, College Financing, College Awareness activities, and Career Exploration activities for students and families.
  5. Collaborate with high school counselor to plan and coordinate college representative meetings, Career Days, Career Month, Job Fairs, College Fairs, and field trips; arrange guest speakers from the local business community, college and university representatives, and military service recruiters.
  6. Coordinate with school site administrators and school counselors to maintain and update the University of California A-G course list.
  7. Collaborate with high school academic counselor to assist students and families, individually and in small groups, in the college admission process, including college selection and application, major selection, financial aid and scholarship application, and transitioning to colleges and universities.
  8. Sign and issue standard work permits for students as appropriate in support of work readiness and creating job experiences.
  9. Collaborate with high school academic counselor to provide specialized assistance and information concerning career exploration and planning to students, parents/guardians, and school staff.
  10. Assist students and families with assignments and record keeping, College Board website research and test registration, and ACT website research and test registration.
  11. Assist K-12 counselors and teachers with records to use for advisory with students
  12. Provide professional development to school staff using best practices to create a college going and career-ready culture and to prepare students for college access and persistence and prepare students to enter the workforce at a high level.
  13. Organize, maintain and operate a high school College and Career Center.
  14. Develop and provide information and materials to students, families, and counselors related to career and college opportunities for high school students.
  15. Use Aeries to produce, evaluate and audit student transcripts, including verification and calculation of various GPAs (UC, CSU, graduation, weighted, etc).
  16. Prepare career education and instructional materials and college materials and resources for use by teachers, counselors, families, and students; assist students in locating and using college/career information as needed for research, assignments and post-high school planning Q. Collaborate with the Career Technical Education (CTE) department on providing information and guidance to students and families regarding career pathways and readiness.
  17. Collaborate with high school academic counselor to plan, organize, develop and implement career events and publications; prepare letters, flyers, mailers, and other materials to publicize College and Career Center services, resources and speaker programs.
  18. Collaborate with high school academic counselor to provide information about admission tests, such as SAT, ACT, and PSAT; assist students with applications and scheduling; distribute test results and counsel students and families about interpreting results. Inform students and parents/guardians about the importance of taking Advanced Placement classes and understanding test results.
  19. Attend meetings, conferences, professional development, and seminars regarding career trends, college admission, and financial aid.
  20. Utilize, monitor, and analyze data from district data systems to perform the crucial functions of this position. Those systems would be inclusive of, but not limited to, National Student Clearinghouse (NSC), SchoolZilla, Aeries, CALPADS, Naviance, etc. Prepare and present reports to inform faculty, parents and guardians on progress and trends in college and career readiness.
  21. Advocate for student educational rights and resources and provide personalized support to at promise student populations, including foster youth, English learners, students from low income families, students experiencing homelessness, and students with special needs. Include post-secondary training, college opportunities, scholarship opportunities, transitional programs, and independent living programs and resources.
  22. Perform other duties as assigned that are appropriate within the professional capacity of the College and Career Counselor.

Employment Standards:

Knowledge of:

  • Career and occupational resources, trends, and opportunities.
  • College admission requirements including A-G eligibility, financial aid requirements, and preparation necessary for future careers.
  • College and University applications, including two-year and four-year, public and private colleges.
  • Financial Aid and Dream Act applications.
  • College essays and personal statements.
  • Job shadowing, internships, and work experience opportunities.
  • Career and Technical Education (CTE) pathways
  • California Codes (Education, Welfare and Institutions, Labor, Penal, etc.) and school policies and procedures related to the wellness, mental health, welfare and attendance of students.
  • Trauma-informed practices
  • Restorative justice practices
  • Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS)
  • Social and emotional teaching and learning

Ability to:

  • Create a performance-driven, student-centered culture
  • Plan and administer complex technical operations involving coordination of efforts of multiple specialized units
  • Analyze present problems, identify potential problems, and develop and evaluate possible solutions
  • Communicate effectively in writing and orally with persons at various levels of understanding
  • Coordinate personnel management activities and resolve immediate and long-range problems
  • Maintain, through subordinates, the accuracy and currency of records and reports, while meeting regular and special demands for data
  • Make effective public presentations of complex data and plans



  • Any combination of training and experience, which would indicate possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities, listed herein.
  • Education: Possession of a Master of Arts/Science or higher degree in educational administration, instructional supervision, curriculum, or closely related field.
  • A degree in business administration is preferred but not required.


  • Five plus years of experience or equivalent as a school level (9-12) college counselor including demonstrated leadership in providing student support services, youth work, community activities, student information system support, complaint procedures, school safety/climate leadership; and managing large scale projects in a school

Required Licenses and/or Certificates:

  • A valid Pupil Personnel Services Credential

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to walk, sit, use hands, reach with hands and arms, talk and hear. The employee frequently is required to stand. The employee is occasionally required to stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

To Apply:
Interested candidates are encouraged to review our school and curricular philosophy at To apply for the position please provide the following to the physical mail or email address below. No phone inquiries please.

  • Cover Letter
  • Pupil Personnel Services Credential Copy
  • Current Resume
  • Letters of Recommendation (3 recent)
  • Copy of Transcripts signed letters of recommendation required)

Attn: Mrs. Jacqueline Sienkowski, Principal
Bishop Garcia Diego High School
4000 La Colina Road · Santa Barbara, CA 93110

Bishop Garcia Diego High School provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability.

Wage Range
The rate of pay offered to the selected candidate is based on internal pay policy and budget. New hires are commonly paid at the minimum of the wage range or within the lower part of the range. We consider a number of factors when making compensation decisions including, but not limited to, skill sets, experience, training and other department needs.

Information/Application Contact

Bishop Garcia Diego High School (Santa Barbara)

4000 La Colina Road

Santa Barbara, CA 93110