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  • 509801
  • Full-time

Arizona Department of Education

The Arizona Department of Education's mission is to advance equity and excellence for all students by serving school leaders, educators and staff, collaborating with communities, and leading with data-driven best practices. Our vision is equity for all students to achieve their full potential!

School Counselor Director

Career & Technical Education (CTE) Section

Job Location:

Phoenix Location

Posting Details:

Salary: $78,000-$87,000 

Grade: 21

Closing Date: Open until filled

Job Summary:

• This position will serve as the Arizona State School Guidance Counselors Coordinator and will provide professional development and overall support to K-12 counselors.
• In-state and out-of-state travel is required for this position.

Job Duties:

• Work closely with various stakeholders to provide professional development, collaboration, training, and overall support to K-12 counselors and Arizona's students
• Provide social-emotional support activities for all tiers of intervention (all students, small groups, in-depth assistance), career explorations, and Education Career Action Plans (ECAP)
• Partner with AzSCA (AZ School Counselors Association) and ASCA (American School Counselors Association)
• Collaborate with CTE to provide resources for career exploration for all grade levels
• Promote awareness of and availability of CTE programs as a viable option for student academic and career success
• Collaborate with ESS transition specialists, special populations specialists and CTE program staff to promote options for student postsecondary success for students with disabilities
• Assess the needs of school counselors; promote the role of the school counselor in all grade levels
• Provide support, technical assistance, and collaboration to LEAs personnel to ensure that all students have access to quality school counseling services
• Provide post-secondary ready support; collaborate with AZ School Counselors Association to provide support and technical assistance
• Coordinate My Future AZ online college and career system used for all Arizona students (grades 5-12 for ECAP; Pre-Cap; ESS-Transition Plans; Secure Care; Adult Education; and College Level users, and CTE POS)
• Assess needs, develop, and implement support and resources, including workshops and trainings for stakeholders
• Work with educators on the ECAP and special education transition planning process and awareness of available resources

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Please note: For those selected for interviews, skills assessments may be administered as part of the interview process.
• CTE and special education
• Considerable knowledge of learning and teaching styles, assessments and evaluations
• Appropriate accommodations and modification used to support a diverse student population in reaching performance goals
• Knowledge and understanding of career and post-secondary counseling
• AZ School Counselors Association (ASCA) model of delivery accountability, management, and foundation system and how to support implementation at the school level
• Applicants must hold a current AZ PreK-12 School Counselor Certificate and have school counseling experience.
• A Bachelor’s degree in education, counseling, CTE, special education, or a related field is required.
• Present to large and small groups of stakeholders
• Facilitation skills to deliver training, workshop sessions, and other professional development opportunities
• Critically think and problem-solve
• Intermediate skill in using Microsoft Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.
• Design needed materials, resources, and other needed items
• Interpret federal and state guidelines and rules as appropriate
• Collaborate with diverse groups of educators to accomplish identified tasks

Selective Preference(s):

• Preference will be given to those applicants with a master’s degree, teaching certification, and classroom experience in a school district.

Pre-Employment Requirements:

• Position requires possession of and ability to retain a current, valid state-issued driver’s license appropriate to the assignment. Employees who drive on state business are subject to driver’s license record checks, must maintain acceptable driving records and must complete any required driver training (see Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12.).
• Offers are contingent upon successful completion of all background and reference checks, required documents and, if applicable, a post-offer medical/physical evaluation.


ADE’s comprehensive benefits package includes:

• Affordable medical, dental, life, and short-term disability insurance plans
• Tuition reimbursement program available for education/professional development advancement
• Hybrid schedule (combination of telework and in-office) may be available for some job roles
• Top ranked retirement and long-term disability plans
• Deferred compensation plan
• Accrued sick leave and vacation leave
• Ten paid holidays per year
• Wellness plans

For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page


You will be required to participate in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) upon your 27th week of employment, subject to waiting period. On or shortly after, your first day of employment you will be provided with enrollment instructions and effective date.

Contact Us:

The Arizona Department of Education is an EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer. During all phases of the selection process, people with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation, such as a sign language interpreter, by contacting the ADE Human Resources office at (602) 542-3186 or via e-mail at HumanResourcesGroup@azed.gov.


All Arizona state employees operate within the Arizona Management System (AMS), an intentional, results-driven approach for doing the work of state government whereby every employee reflects on performance, reduces waste, and commits to continuous improvement with sustainable progress.  Through AMS, every state employee seeks to understand customer needs, identify problems, improve processes, and measure results.  
State employees are highly engaged, collaborative and embrace a culture of public service.

The State of Arizona is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.