Georgetown Day School, a progressive PK–12 school committed to academic excellence, educational innovation, and social justice seeks a dynamic and experienced Director of College Counseling who understands the crucial role the office plays in the lives of our students, is committed to maintaining a high level of professionalism, and possesses the ingenuity and imagination necessary to respond nimbly and creatively to the changing college admissions landscape.
Reporting to the High School Principal, the Director of College Counseling supervises two full-time College Counselors and the Registrar, who also serves as an administrative assistant to the office. The Director provides vision and leadership to the college counseling team and empathetic, accurate, and useful advice to GDS students and their parents in all aspects of the college process. As a diverse, inclusive school devoted to preparing our students to live and work in an increasingly globalized and multicultural society, GDS is particularly interested in professionals with demonstrated interest and experience in working in such a school setting.
Key responsibilities include:
Leading the GDS college counseling team in delivering an exceptional, comprehensive and supportive college-counseling program
Understanding and anticipating national trends, and uses them to structure and support the GDS college-counseling program
Staying abreast of new programs and policies at colleges and universities
Maintaining and developing strong relationships with admissions officers at a wide array of colleges and universities
Representing GDS (its curriculum, mission and students) to colleges and universities in a manner that best supports the interests of the school and its community
Developing new programming as needed to effectively address the changing college admissions landscape
Providing leadership in the development and use of new and effective technology in communicating and sharing information with students, parents and colleges
Counseling 1/3 of the GDS junior and senior classes through all stages of the college application process, including college research, application, and selection, as well as athletic recruitment and financial aid application, when applicable.
Writing thorough and compelling letters of recommendation for students, as well as editing and/or writing all other correspondence that is sent by the GDS college counseling office, including letters of recommendation
Communicating clearly and effectively with students, parents and administration on all issues and trends related to college admissions and financial aid
The idea candidate will have an advanced degree, a minimum of 7-10 years of relevant experience in college admissions or college counseling, and at least 3-5 years experience as a director or dean.
A detail-oriented approach to work and outstanding communication skills including being a strong and exacting writer, a compelling speaker and a thoughtful listener.
Organizational and supervisory skills that encourage a collaborative, collegial, supportive and enthusiastic college counseling team
The energy, patience, and sense of humor necessary to work effectively with high school students and their parents.
A demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion
An interest in and openness to professional growth and development
Technical proficiency in a range of platforms and the ability to master additional programs quickly
This is a 12-month position that requires a willingness to work some evenings and weekends as needed.
Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter, resume and, a list of three references using our online application system. Applicants must also complete an application for employment form. This form can be uploaded directly to online application or emailed directly to email@example.com. To apply and to find out more about the school, candidates should visit our website at www.gds.org.
Georgetown Day School does not discriminate in its educational, admissions, and personnel programs and policies or activities on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion or religious creed, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, disability or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state or local law.