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Vacancy Title:    Director

Job Order Number:   10314055


Domicile Location:   Jefferson City

Section/Office:  Guidance Counseling / Office of College and Career Readiness

Salary:   $48,552

Deadline:   April 18, 2014





Master’s Degree in Guidance and Counseling from an accredited institution.


Valid teaching certificate and guidance/counseling certificate.


Minimum five years experience as a practicing school counselor.


Minimum two years experience in guidance program management and supervision.


Two years cumulative paid work experience other than teaching preferred.


(Other qualifications and experience, which in the opinion of the Commissioner of Education meet the requirements of the position may be accepted in lieu of the above.)






Travel is required and reimbursed at the approved rate.


Proficient in Microsoft Office software.


Thorough knowledge and understanding of the organization and administration of Comprehensive Guidance and Counseling Programs at all grade levels.


Knowledge of the organization and administration of  CTE  guidance and placement programs at area career centers and community colleges.


Knowledge of federal, state, and Department rules and regulations.


Ability to supervise and direct section staff.


Knowledge of how professional school counselors coordinate with related programs.


Ability to express ideas clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.


Ability to establish and maintain effective professional working relationships with Department and Division staff; school district personnel; higher education institutions; state organizations, associations, and agencies to further enhance educational opportunities for all students.


Ability and experience in the development and coordination of professional development activities including conferences, workshops, and on-line delivery.







The director is responsible for the statewide initiative to fully implement comprehensive guidance and school counseling programs in all school districts.   Responsibilities include the development, implementation, evaluation, and improvement of comprehensive guidance and counseling programs within the state.  Essential functions include:


Reviewing programs/information relevant to professional school counselors and determines needs on a statewide basis.


Coordinating and assuring the provision of technical assistance to LEAs relative to improvement of school guidance and counseling programs.


Developing, planning, and coordinating section budget and fiscal responsibilities consistent with Department, state, and federal policies and regulations.


Working with the state advisory council and counselor educators statewide to enhance and improve guidance and counseling program development, implementation, and evaluation.


Developing and coordinating in-service professional development activities for professional school counselors serving local districts and area career center, administrators, and others as needed to insure that consistent training and technical assistance is being provided to meet the needs of professional school counselors and public schools in the state.


Coordinating the work of the section with other initiatives of the state department of education as appropriate, i.e.: Career Education, High Schools That Work, Pathways to Prosperity, etc.


Working with other state agencies as needed to further enhance educational opportunities for all students.


Reviewing programs/information relevant to professional school counselors and shares with them as appropriate.


Serves on various committees as assigned.


Oversees  the implementation of the state guidance and counseling evaluation model, “Program +Personnel=Results”.


Organizes, develops and manages on-line learning opportunities related to the implementation of comprehensive guidance and counseling programs.


Works with the nine College and Career Consultants in the implementation of career guidance activities.


Completing other work as assigned.






All applications MUST be submitted electronically to be considered for the review process.  Complete the employment application at http://www.dese.mo.gov/divadm/humanres/documents/Employment_Application_2005.pdf.  It is recommended to save the application before attaching to an email.  Attach a scanned copy of college transcripts (if applicable for position) with the application.  An e-mail confirmation will be sent once the application is received electronically.  


NOTE: If a college degree is a requirement for this position, transcripts MUST be submitted with the application in order to be considered for employment.  Failure to include transcripts (when required for the position) with your application will eliminate the application from the review process.


We do not keep applications on file to submit for other vacant positions.   You must submit an application for each vacant position you are applying for. 


BENEFITS (For a Full-Time Position)


ANNUAL LEAVE:  Accrue 10 hours per month for new full-time employees, longer term State employees can earn more. Prorated leave for part-time employees in eligible positions.


SICK LEAVE:  Accrue 10 hours per month.  Prorated leave for part-time employees in eligible positions.


HOLIDAYS:  12 holidays per year.


RETIREMENT:  Coverage provided through the Missouri State Employees Retirement System (MOSERS).


LIFE INSURANCE:  Term life insurance coverage, equal to one times employee's annual salary, through the Missouri State Employees Retirement System.


OPTIONAL LIFE INSURANCE:  Optional term life insurance available with maximum coverage of six times member’s annual salary.  Plans are also offered for spouse and dependents. Premiums paid by employee.


CAFETERIA PLAN:  Easy tax savings on employee’s cost for qualified payroll-deducted insurance plans, medical care, and dependent care.


HEALTH PLANS:  Employer-paid/subsidized plans available the first day of the following month after employment.


DENTAL PLANS:  Delta Dental insurance coverage is available.


VISION PLAN:  Vision Service Plan (VSP) is available. 


DEFERRED COMPENSATION:  A payroll deduction deferred compensation plan available to defer taxes until retirement by investing in mutual funds and a fixed income account is currently provided.




Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer


Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is an Equal Opportunity Employer. If you have special needs addressed by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), please contact Human Resources at (573) 751-9619, through Missouri Relay System at (800) 735-2966, or via email at hr@dese.mo.gov.    

To Our Applicants with Disabilities:  For assistance with any phase of the Department process, please notify the Director of Human Resources at (573) 751-9619.  Reasonable attempts will be made to accommodate special needs.

TTY/TDD users:  Relay Missouri service (800) 735-2966.






The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, or disability in its programs and activities. Inquiries related to Department employment practices may be directed to the Jefferson State Office Building, Human Resources Director, 8th floor, 205 Jefferson Street, P.O. Box 480, Jefferson City, Missouri 65102-0480; telephone number (573) 751-9619 or TYY (800) 735-2966.