Career Guidance Specialist, Tacoma, Washington

Created 10/14/2021
Reference 470334
Country United States
State Washington
City Tacoma
Tacoma Public Schools

Expected Start Date: November 1, 2021

FTE: 1.00

Hours per day: 7.5

Salary Level: Based on preparation level and experience per TEA Collective Bargaining Agreement

Union/Days per year: Teacher, 180 work days, 10 month

Benefits: This job has the full range of benefits offered by Tacoma Public Schools.

Additional Information: The candidate must possess or be eligible to attain one of the following three Washington State Certificates: 1) School Counselor with the Career Counselor endorsement, 2 ) Career Guidance Specialist, 3) CTE Teacher Certificate with required experience. The position requires direct and in-direct services in supporting students through career development activities to prepare for and access post-secondary education and employment options after graduation options graduation. The position requires collaboration with high school and middle school counselors and school administrators in collecting and using data to support students through high school graduation with emphasis on the High School and Beyond Plan (HSBP), Verified Acceptance to Next Institution (VANI), financial Aid (FAFSA & WASFA Applications), and scholarship applications. The position includes management of all aspects of career centers, including coordination of guest speakers, field trips, career research, and networking with industry partners to connect students with the District's Cooperative Work Experience program and Next Move Internship program. he Career Guidance Specialist collaborates with middle school counselors and guidance to coordinate transition activities and support early development of each student's HSBP.

Additional Information: In accordance with Governor Jay Inslee's announced Proclamation 21-14.1 on August 18th, 2021, all K-12 school district employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by October 18th, 2021. Candidates who are extended a conditional offer of employment with Tacoma Public Schools will be required to submit proof of vaccination status in compliance with Governor Inslee's mandate, prior to official hire with the district. Individuals qualifying for a medical and/or religious exemption outlined under the Governor's directive will be required to provide proof of exemption prior to official hire with the district. Tacoma Public Schools Human Resources will work directly with candidates to finalize proof of compliance with the Governor's mandate prior to official hire.

Additional Resources and Information:
Press Release from WA Governor's Office
Proclamation by the Governor: COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement
OSPI Vaccination Requirement FAQ
Vaccine Mandate FAQs
DOH Vaccine fact sheet

This position supports student achievement in career readiness through planning, organizing, and providing instructional and non-instructional activities for students in career centers and classrooms; assists students comprehensive career guidance experience for exploring individual career interests, locating and reviewing career information, and preparing for post-secondary education and/or employment for entry into in-demand livable wage careers.


  1. Develops and implements the District's comprehensive career guidance curriculum for each student to meet high school graduation requirements and the District's benchmarks for student achievement; focuses on Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses, career pathways, innovative programs, and industry recognized certification; participates in CTE advisory committees, building and District guidance teams; provides input to building and District leadership for career development and curriculum implementation through a comprehensive guidance model.
  2. Collaborates with administrators and staff to incorporate lessons and activities of the High School and Beyond Plan (HSBP) into school calendars and classroom instruction; provides individualized interventions for student completion of the HSBP; coordinates and supervises activities for students to participate, both in-District and out-of-District career development and transition activities, including school assemblies, guest speakers, job-shadows, internships, work-based learning, field trips (college and career fairs, school and college campus visits, business partners, potential employers), and conferences.
  3. Provides direct and indirect services for students to prepare for, and access, post-secondary education and employment opportunities; assists students with completion and submission of applications including apprenticeships, US military, college, and financial aid; culminating with verification of each student's acceptance to their next institution.
  4. Provides technical support to students, families, and staff to access equivalency credit, CTE dual-credit, rigorous courses, and innovative programs for attainment of high school and college credit, work experience, and industry recognized certifications.
  5. Guides, counsels, and supports students as they explore all post-secondary education options with their unique talents and interests; assists students in educational planning, utilizing career and educational pathways, and online tools; facilitates assessment of students relative to learning styles, skills, and abilities to shape their career interests; provides individual, group, and classroom career guidance and career counseling.
  6. Oversees the daily functioning and activity coordination of the career center; participates in follow-up activities and evaluation of career center and career guidance activities; supervises students in lunchroom, in hallways, on school grounds, and in any program held at the school under school district sanction.
  7. Gathers and disseminates current and accurate information for students regarding post-high school education and training opportunities related to each individual student's career pathway; counsels students in job searching skills, job shadowing, and internships.
  8. Disseminates current and accurate information to students and staff regarding trends and opportunities in employment and training; initiates and maintains collaborative relationships with staff to integrate career development activities in middle and high schools of the District.
  9. Provides encouragement, information, and support to parents for their involvement with their students' career exploration, educational pathway planning, and applicable processes.
  10. Develops, encourages, and maintains positive relationships with business, industry, and the community.

  1. Maintains and updates knowledge and skills in comprehensive guidance theories, practices, and related instructional technologies by participating in professional development activities as needed, or as assigned.
  2. Performs related guidance duties as assigned, on a temporary basis.
  3. Regular, reliable, predictable, attendance or physical presence is an essential job requirement & critical to the performance of the work.


Career center environment; frequent travel to District and community off-campus sites; frequent interruptions requiring flexibility; may give presentations or assist instructors in classrooms; may be exposed to childhood diseases; may be exposed to high noise levels; may be required to lift and carry up to 20 pounds, bend, squat, stoop, kneel, crouch, walk, twist, climb, and/or be mobile.

Minimum Qualifications
Other information:


Education and Experience
Bachelor's degree with appropriate educational endorsement; prior counseling experience at the high school level is desired; or any combination of experience and training which provides the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and ability required to perform the work and which meets state requirements.

Licenses/Special Requirements
Must maintain all licenses and certifications as a condition of continued employment.
Valid Washington State CTE Career Counselor or Career Guidance Specialist certification.
Fingerprints and successful WSP and FBI background clearance/sexual misconduct clearance.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Knowledge of childhood social, emotional, physical, and academic development.
Knowledge of business and community resources related to career development and post-secondary training and education.
Knowledge of post high school training opportunities, career information, and resources.
Knowledge of instructional technology used in career guidance.
Skill in obtaining, clarifying and exchanging information.
Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
Ability to adapt and change and provide accommodations as needed.
Ability to manage multiple projects and meet required project deadlines.
Ability to use a variety of counseling strategies to accommodate student needs.
Ability to serve as a role model and treat students as individuals to accommodate student needs.
Ability to act as a liaison with community and business organizations.
Ability to maintain strict confidentiality.
Ability to demonstrate reasonable, reliable and regular attendance.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of people in a multi-cultural, diverse socio-economic setting.
Ability to participate as part of a team.


This job description is not an employment agreement or contract. Tacoma School District administration has the exclusive right to alter this job description at any time without notice. The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the primary functions of this job, the level of knowledge and skill typically required and the scope of responsibility, but should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned including work in other functional areas to cover absences or relief, to equalize peak work periods or otherwise balance the workload.

Tacoma Public Schools does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Civil Rights Coordinator: Lisa Nolan, 253-571-1252,; Title IX Coordinator, Elementary: Christa Erolin, 253-571-1318,; Title IX Coordinator, Secondary: Eric Hogan, 253-571-1191,; 504 Coordinator: Elementary, Elise Friedrich-Nielsen,, 253-571-1096; Secondary, Megan Nelson,, 253-571-1003. Mailing address: P.O. Box 1357, Tacoma, WA 98401-1357., (253) 571-1250

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