Classification: Regular Full-Time, Exempt, 12-month Instructional Support
Reports To: Director of College Counseling
The Urban School of San Francisco seeks an experienced and dynamic Associate Director of College Counseling to join our staff. Urban is an independent high school that strives to ignite a passion for learning and to inspire its students to become self-motivated, lifelong participants in their education and active citizens in their communities. For further information about Urban’s mission and programs, please visit our website at http://www.urbanschool.org.
The Associate Director of College Counseling works with the Director of College Counseling to counsel and support students and families in all phases of the college search, application, and decision-making process. The Associate Director collaborates with faculty, staff and administration, develops programs, analyze data, makes presentations, communicates information and develops relationships with college admissions professionals.
The Associate Director will report directly to the Director of College Counseling. The Associate Director of College Counseling is a full-time, 12-month position. A comprehensive benefits package is provided, which includes medical, dental, life and long-term disability insurance and the TIAA retirement plan. The start date for this position is August 1, 2018.
Duties and responsibilities
Serve as the primary counselor for approximately half of the junior and senior students and write the school reports for those students (~50 students).
Meet with Juniors, Seniors and parents in a series of formally scheduled and informal meetings throughout the school year.
Provide guidance to students and families applying for need-based financial aid.
Help plan and lead evening presentations for sophomore, junior and senior parents around the college counseling process.
Help organize and facilitate grade level meetings and student workshops.
College Office Events and Communication:
Publish an Electronic Bulletin and other resources to inform students and parents about testing dates, scholarships, college visits both inside and outside of school, and general information about the college admissions process.
Help maintain and update the college counseling web page.
Meet with college representatives who visit Urban.
Visit colleges and universities to learn about options and programs for students and to further educate these institutions about Urban.
Record and analyze college-related data (such as applications, acceptances, grade point averages, test scores, and the correlations between them).
Lead annual junior college trip for small subset of junior class.
College-related Programming and Professional Development:
Oversee the administration of PSAT and AP tests on campus, and other school-based college admissions testing.
Coordinate Bay Area Case Studies program.
Keep informed and up to date about college admissions issues, trends and best practices.
Attend professional development workshops.
Actively engage with professional organizations, including NACAC, WACAC, ACCIS and BAISCC (Bay Area Independent School College Counselors).
Work closely with administration and faculty to coordinate academic program and college admissions.
All-school engagement and miscellaneous duties:
Actively participate and engage in Urban faculty/staff committees.
Help with institutional data collection and analysis and external communication.
Chaperone dances, attend school trips, and support other student life endeavors.
Occasionally substitute classes on an emergency basis.
Bachelor’s degree required; MA desirable.
Substantial experience with high school college counseling, or considerable experience working in selective college admissions.
Outstanding skills in listening, counseling, written and oral communication, public speaking, and technology.
Enthusiasm and passion for working with high school students.
A demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusion, and experience working with a diverse student population.
Successful candidates must be able to work occasional evenings and weekends to support college counseling programs, to write recommendations, and to travel to colleges.
This job operates in a professional educational environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets.
This is largely a sedentary role; however, some filing and lifting is required. This would require the ability to lift files up to 40 lbs., open filing cabinets and bend or stand as necessary.