Founded in 1926, Dexter Southfield enrolls 840 students in PK-12 served by 185 faculty and staff on a 36-acre campus 5 miles from the center of Boston. In an upper school of 280, the School graduates 70 seniors and maintains a faculty of 40. The School’s mission is to help students develop their individual talents and build an ethical foundation for life so they will lead with confidence, serve with compassion, and live by the motto, "Our Best Today, Better Tomorrow."
Reporting and Professional Relationships
The Associate Director of College Counseling (“the Associate Director”) reports to the Director of College Counseling and regularly collaborates with a third college counselor and the College Office Manager. The Associate Director collaborates on an ad hoc basis with the Upper School Deans of Students; the Upper School Academic Dean; the Upper School Department Heads; the Upper School Learning Specialists; the School Counselor; the Athletic Department; the School Nurses; and Upper School teachers, advisors, and coaches.
Working closely with the Director, the other college counselor, and the College Office Manager, the Associate Director advises and provides resources for students and parents throughout the college search, application, and selection process. The Associate Director also helps design and implement communication with and programming for students and parents in the School with regard to academic planning, testing strategy, athletic recruiting, and other matters in preparation for the search and application process.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The Associate Director’s primary responsibility is to help students find suitable matches in post-secondary education and to help each student generate the best set of options possible for that student. The Associate Director’s duties include, but are not limited to, those listed below; he or she does the following:
Counsels a portion of each class (average class size: 70 students), determined by the Director, beginning during the junior year; this includes advising those students individually about selecting courses and building an appropriately balanced college list, helping those students write and revise their personal statements, writing the school letters for those students, collecting reference letters written by teachers, addressing relevant disciplinary issues if they arise, informing and advising those students’ parents/guardians as appropriate, and helping those students with any transfers and any other post-graduation college applications
Communicates with groups of students, parents, and faculty at the School with regard to the college process and the admissions landscape
Develops and maintains strong relationships with colleges on behalf of the School’s students, hosting college admissions visitors, visiting campuses, and communicating directly with college officials about applicants in order to advocate for those applicants
Stays current with trends in college admissions
Travels to maintain relationships and current knowledge of the landscape, normally twice per academic year, including trips to college campuses and to national, regional and local conferences, according to plans set forth by the Director
Generates current and historical reports on statistics of college admissions and standardized testing
The Associate Director is available for other duties as assigned from time to time. These may include, and are not limited to, helping manage records and testing such as AP and PSAT, proctoring extended time testing for ACT and SAT, managing and attending events during evenings and weekends, and assisting in other areas of the School. The Associate Director is committed to fulfilling the School’s mission, to supporting its culture, and to supporting its leadership.
Candidates must have the following qualifications: bachelor’s degree (master’s is preferred); strong experience in the field; excellent communication skills, both in writing and speaking; excellent interpersonal skills; proficiency in Microsoft Office suite and college counseling software such as Naviance; excellent organization and time management skills; attention to detail; the ability to work independently; sound judgment; the ability to handle sensitive information with discretion; an inclination to advocate strongly for student applicants; a commitment to professional growth; a sense of humor.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing essential duties of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job, unless those accommodations would impose undue hardship on the School.
This is an indoor environment with interruptions. The employee must be able to work in a two story building without an elevator, and he or she must be physically and mentally capable of performing multiple tasks and able to function in a fast-paced environment. The position requires manual dexterity of hands and fingers to enter data into computer and to operate office equipment; speaking to exchange information and make presentations; sitting or standing for extended periods of time; pushing, pulling or lifting light objects (approximately but not limited to 40 pounds); bending and reaching to store and/or retrieve files; walking across a small campus in varying weather, including walking up and down hills and climbing stairs; travel to a wide variety of college campuses and conference locations with a range of built environments and topography, including hills and stairs, and a range of climates; overnight stays while traveling. A valid Massachusetts driver’s license is required as some travel will be necessary.
The School considers applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, familial or marital status, or any other characteristics protected from discrimination under state or federal laws.
Candidates should complete the employment application found on the School’s website at