Miami Country Day School was founded in 1938 as a residential proprietary boarding school for boys through eighth grade and has evolved remarkably over the past 77 years. The School has become a coeducational, nonprofit, interdenominational day school with approximately 1350 students representing approximately 44 countries in Pre-Kindergarten-3 year old through grade 12. The school emphasizes the education of the whole person through the core values of honor, respect, wisdom, and compassion.
Reporting to the Director of College Counseling, the Associate Director joins a collaborative team of colleagues in a newly created position. All job responsibilities revolve around providing personalized college admissions and financial aid counseling to all students and their families. The Associate Director is responsible for writing letters of recommendation for assigned students, participating in and improving dynamic group presentations for students and parents, meeting established deadlines, handling confidential materials with discretion, and contributing to the planning and management of office programs and policies. The Associate Director works closely and collaboratively with Miami Country Day School faculty and staff and represents the Miami Country Day School to college admissions representatives. In addition, the Associate Director of College Counseling is responsible for visiting college campuses and actively participating in professional conferences, engaging in school community life, and educating all Miami Country Day constituents on the landscape of both national and international college admissions. The Associate Director is also responsible for supporting new and effective methods for helping admission offices understand the high caliber of the Miami Country Day School, its curriculum, and its students.
Essential Functions and Tasks:
Counsel students and their families through all aspects of the college process.
Actively contribute to all office programs, presentations, and initiatives; report directly to the Director of College Counseling.
Develop and maintain close professional relationships with students, parents, faculty/staff, and college admission personnel.
Write the Counselor Letter of Recommendation and act as advocate for each counselee.
Travel to regional and national professional development conferences and to individual colleges and universities.
Serve as an Upper School advisor for approximately 10-12 students.
Knowledge, Skills, and Physical Requirements:
Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree and three to five years of experience in selective college admission or independent school college counseling.
Excellent organization and communication skills, both written and oral.
Strong ability to listen, reflect, and connect with students; to collaborate with energy and creativity as a team player; and to think strategically — both as it relates to the admission process and to the efforts of the office as a whole.
Thorough understanding of the application process at public and private colleges and universities, current trends in admission, and financial aid.
Facility with technology.
Demonstrated interest in working with teenagers and in valuing diversity and the accomplishments of different learners and the whole child.
A good sense of humor, enthusiasm, and a strong work ethic.
Work in a fast-paced, time-sensitive environment dealing with a wide variety of challenges, deadlines, and constituencies.
Strong organizational and time management skills.
Ability to multi-task and prioritize work.
Ability to work independently and in a team environment.
Proficient in basic office administration, including working knowledge of Microsoft Office Tools.
May work long hours for extended periods of time.
Be able to lift up to 30 pounds.
Work in varied and changing weather conditions, including extreme heat.
The above describes the general nature and level of work. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required as they are ever changing in a dynamic work environment.
Miami Country Day School is an independent, college-preparatory, day school founded in 1938, dedicated to the development of The Whole Child. The school is committed to providing a uniquely diverse and enriching educational experience that is designed to prepare each student for success in college and to make a difference in life. In rigorous pursuit of excellence, Miami Country Day School provides a caring learning community focused on unleashing the potential of every student, every day.
Location: 601 Northeast 107 Street, Miami, FL 33161
Our Students & Faculty: 900 students representing diverse backgrounds and cultures; Lower School, PreK3 through 5th grade; Middle School, 6th through 8th grade; Upper School, 9th through 12th grade; 123 full-time faculty, 56% hold advanced degrees; 21% represents over thirty-two countries