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Head Counselor (Student and Family Services Division)

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Requisition ID : 11258

Business Unit : Central Office

Job Code : 0796

FTE: 1.00 

Credential : PPSC: School Counseling

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Who We Are

The San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) is the seventh largest school district in California, serving more than 57,000 students who speak more than 44 documented languages across 132 schools in the city of San Francisco every year. We aim for every student who attends SFUSD schools to discover his or her spark, along with a strong sense of self and purpose. Our goal is that all students graduate from high school ready for college and career, equipped with the skills, capacities and dispositions outlined in SFUSD’s Graduate Profile. Every day in our quest to achieve this mission we provide each and every student the quality instruction and equitable support required to thrive in the 21st century.

What It Means to Work Here

When you join our team at SFUSD you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused organization that approaches public education as a social justice movement, requiring broad collaboration across an array of strategic partners. In 2014, SFUSD created an inspiring statement, Vision 2025, which captures our aspirations and vision for the future of public education in San Francisco. Alongside the District’s strategic plan, Transform Learning. Transform Lives.SFUSD is reimagining how public education will change over the next decade to meet the dynamic future of San Francisco. As aCORE district, SFUSD is also a leader in critical systems change for more comprehensive school accountability and innovations that help strengthen the instructional core, which is the foundation of our strategic plan and Vision 2025.

Who We Want

We want talented people with diverse backgrounds and experiences, who are inspired by our mission steeped in equity, and who are motivated to unleash our children’s potential. We want people who are strong collaborators, skilled communicators, and problem solvers comfortable in a community of continuous learning. A head counselor provides a comprehensive counseling and guidance program, based on the ASCA National counseling standards, ensuring that academic, career, and personal/social services are offered to all students. The head counselor assumes a leadership role in the development of an appropriate program of guidance for the school site. The head counselor should be seen as the person who is proactive in attitude and can, working with the school counselors, offer creative solutions to student difficulties prior to the student violating a school rule. The head counselor position should be filled by a master’s level School Counselor, with a Pupil Personnel Services Credential in School Counseling, who can motivate adults as well as students to maximize student potential and academic achievement.

Position Details

The Student and Family Services Division (SFSD) is primarily in service of students and families and are committed to authentic partnership with them to inform and change our systems. It is committed to anti-racist practices which require the practice of cultural humility grounded in self-reflection and the recognition that there is no single story and that we cannot possibly know everything/ anything about our colleagues, students, or families without relational trust. 


As an SFSD Lead Counselor, you will report to the Program Administrator/Supervisors in the Student and Family Services Division. This lead counselor position will focus on college and career readiness within the comprehensive counseling and guidance program, based on the ASCA National counseling standards. In addition, this lead counselor will collaborate with the Lead Counselor team to support and align academic, college/career, and personal/social services with the division coordinated care approach.  The lead counselor assumes a leadership role in the development of supports and services for the school site counselors to ensure students have access to post-secondary options. This position will collaborate with the special education department and provide academic and college/career advising for the district non-public school students.  The lead counselor position should be filled by a master’s level School Counselor, with a Pupil Personnel Services Credential in School Counseling, who can motivate adults as well as students to maximize student potential and academic achievement.

Job Responsibilities

  1. Is an active member of the Student and Family Services Division, School Based Team.

  2. Participates in division initiatives and projects focusing on the alignment of services within the coordinated care approach.

  3. Works with leadership to develop district wide goals and objectives related to college/career readiness that will increase motivation, preparedness and readiness for college and career. Assess, researches and brings forth recommendations to increase academic success, graduation rates, and postsecondary enrollment rates. 

  4. Develops and monitors systems/structures to support CA Education Code and California Assembly Bills related to Cal Grant and Financial Aid Completion (Education Code 69432.9, AB469, AB2015)

  5. Develops and implements college/career lessons and activities within the Comprehensive School Counseling Framework. Co-lead and model lessons with counselors at high school and middle school sites.

  6. Lead professional development, workshops and meetings. Plans, evaluates, and revises the counseling and guidance program: review the counseling and guidance program annually with other district counselors; establish a planning calendar for counseling and guidance program activities; evaluate the site counseling and guidance program.

  7. Provides support and academic advising regarding high school graduation and college preparedness for special populations as non-public school students and non-site special education students.

  8. Collaborates with district leaders supporting non-public schools students to establish best practices to support and complete transcript evaluation when requested. Create materials that support graduation requirements and post-secondary opportunities and provide professional development for SFUSD staff that support non-public school students. 

  9. Attends district and division professional development and training as required. 

  10. Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

SFUSD requires all head counselors to hold a valid California Pupil Services Credential in School Counseling and a Master’s Degree in School Counseling.

Desired Qualifications

What We Offer

SFUSD is committed to attracting and retaining the best educators in the nation. Benefits of teaching in San Francisco include:

  • Competitive salaries determined by experience, education level, and credentials
  • Comprehensive medical, vision, and dental insurance for teachers and their eligible dependents
  • City and state programs for housing assistance:
  • Teacher Next Door Program: https://sfmohcd.org/teacher-next-door
  • MyHome Assistance Program: https://www.calhfa.ca.gov/homebuyer/programs/myhome.htm
  • Additional salary stipend of $5000 for National Board Certified teachers
  • Additional salary stipend of $2000 for credentialed teachers teaching in high potential schools and a $1000 stipend for teachers teaching hard to fill subject areas

How to Apply

  • Go to: https://careers.sfusd.edu/
  • Create an account and complete an application.
  • Go to the “Current Openings” tab to view and apply for specific openings.

Please check back often to connect your application to specific openings as they are posted. Applicants will be contacted based on the needs of the district. For more information about careers at SFUSD, please visit https://careers.sfusd.edu/. For more information about SFUSD’s mission and Strategic Plan please visit www.sfusd.edu. For other questions, contact us at teach@sfusd.edu.

Non-Discrimination Policy

San Francisco Unified School District programs, activities, and practices shall be free from unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, national origin, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression; or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. This policy extends to San Francisco County Office of Education, including community school programs and activities. For more information about the District's non-discrimination policy, please review Board Policy 4030.


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Nearest Secondary Market: Oakland

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