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Director of Guidance - Cardinal Newman High School

The Director of Guidance is directly responsible to the Principal for the following:

General Administrative Duties:

  • Plans, organizes, and supervises the school counseling (guidance) program:
    • Establishes and reviews annually the major objectives of the school counseling program.
    • Coordinates staff meetings, as needed, to keep school counselors up to date on needed information and to review on going services to students.
    • Prepares written evaluation of each school counselor and learning support specialist for the administration.
  • Monitors frequency of services provided to individual students, with specific attention given to students with academic struggles.
  • Assists the AP for Academic Life in the scheduling of students, review of transfer students, and other duties as assigned by the Principal.
  • Serves as the Director of College Counseling

Testing Program:

  • Plans and supervises the school testing program: PSAT 8/9, PSAT/NMSQT, AP Placement Examinations
  • Shares results of testing with appropriate constituents: administration, faculty (when appropriate), parents, and students.

Guidance and Counseling:

  • Is responsible for students on caseload: academic, personal, and career guidance.
  • Is available to assist other school counselors with individual cases when needed.
  • Works with School Counselors and LSS to ensure the proper storage of student records and their confidentiality.

Public Relations:

  • Coordinates with the AP for Academic Life the selection of graduation awards and special awards for outstanding students.
  • Cooperates with the Director of Admissions in recruitment.
  • Maintains relationships with resources and specialists in the community who are adjunct to school counseling: psychologists, testing services, area counseling services, etc.
  • Coordinates the planning of regular programming for parents to provide information on a variety of guidance related topics

Membership and Professional Development:

  • Keeps current with trends in the school counseling field. Attends workshops and represents the school at professional meeting of school counselors.
  • Participates in curriculum study groups and serves on Academic Council.
  • Serves on the Academic Council with the Department Chairs and Administration.
  • Maintains membership in professional associations.


  • Coordinates the Advanced Placement Program
  • Coordinates the Annual College Fair in October
  • Coordinates the Pathfinder Awards Nomination and Application process

Ministerial Expectations:

  • Upholds and models a moral code which is consistent with the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church and the mission and charism of the school
  • Ensures that all assigned responsibilities reflect the Catholic mission of the school at all times
  • Advocate for student Catholic Christian faith formation on campus through communication strategies and appropriate social, recreational, educational and spiritual programs
  • Foster the involvement of campus students in the life of the Catholic Church, including serving our Catholic community, being involved in parish activities and attending mass.
  • Provide for pastoral needs of students in crisis, illness or bereavement and make appropriate referral to Campus Ministry and/or Administration
  • Promote the Catholic student community on campus
  • Promote Campus Ministry and serve as liaison to Campus Ministry directing students to those programs and resources.
  • Serve as a pastoral role in the care and development of students, bringing together religious, ethical, and psychological perspectives
  • Collaborate with school leadership and Campus Ministry in promoting a faith developmental perspective of student development and advancement


  • A Master’s Degree in School Counseling or a related field is preferred.
  • Applicants must possess a valid Florida Professional Teaching Certificate in the area of School Counselor, or be in the process of certification, with a minimum of 3 years of experience.
  • Preference will be given to the candidate with previous Catholic School counseling experience.
  • Proficiency in MS Office Suite, including Word, Excel, Outlook and Internet.
  • Ability to multi-task, work independently and make responsible judgment calls.
  • Ability to work effectively with Diocesan employees, departments heads, representatives of other agencies and the general public.
  • Excellent written, verbal and public speaking skills.
  • Excellent analytical skills and problem-solving capacity.
  • Ability to stay focused and organized.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to respect confidentiality and consistently exercise discretion and good business judgment.
  • Strong ethical values.

Physical Requirements:

  • Occasional light lifting and carrying of under 15 pounds
  • Occasional moderate carrying and lifting of 15 – 44 pounds
  • Occasional lifting and carrying up to 50 pounds
  • Use of ladders and lifts at varied heights
  • Frequent bending, climbing, stretching and kneeling
  • Frequent use of both hands and fingers
  • Working both inside and outside
  • Occasional moments of minimal and routine hearing

The above is intended to describe the general context of and requirements for the performance of this job.  It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements.

To apply, download and complete the "Employment Application" from the following link:

Please forward the employment application, resume, salary requirements and list of references to the attention of Mrs. Katie Kervi.

Via US Mail:

Cardinal Newman High School

512 Spencer Dr.

West Palm Beach, FL  33409

Via Fax:  561-683-7309

Via Email:

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