Diversity Coordinator, Division Head/Principal, School Counseling
Major Responsibilities of the Director of Counseling
The Director of Counseling oversees the academic and social-emotional well-being of Prep’s 700+ students who are currently enrolled in 7th-12th grade in New York City independent day schools and boarding schools across the Northeast. The Director of Counseling oversees a team of Post-Placement Counselors, young people of color who are themselves graduates of selective colleges. To monitor our students’ progress, these counselors meet individually on a monthly basis with our day school students and three times a year on campus with our boarding school students. The Director of Counseling seeks to maintain relationships with our students, parents, and partner schools. In addition, the Director of Counseling oversees activities open to all Prep 7th-9th grade students, including cultural and sporting events. These activities foster strong relationships among Prep students and contingents while encouraging personal growth.
The Director of Counseling serves on the Executive Staff and manages a department of twelve full-time staff as well as multiple part-time employees and consultants. The Director of Counseling is responsible for:
Overall: Helping ensure all Prep students thrive in their independent schools.
Programming: Providing opportunities for students to connect with their contingent mates and other Prep students through a range of activities that provide social and academic enrichment.
Outplacement: Overseeing outplacement coordinator’s work with K-8/9 independent schools on the high school placement of Prep students.
Academic Support: Administering Academic Re-commitment program, summer math and English classes for upper school students who need additional support.
Summer Immersion in Residence: Collaborate with the Director of Prep 9 to initiate post-placement counseling support for second summer students
Tutoring and Testing: Coordinating one-on-one tutoring support for students outside of school as needed and facilitating any necessary psychological testing.
Overall: Helping parents navigate the independent school landscape.
Financial Aid: Overseeing provision of assistance to parents with the annual financial aid application process as needed.
Family Services: Liaising to provide support to help with unforeseen circumstances that can affect a student’s success.
Programming/In-Service: Developing workshops for parents on pertinent topics.
Maintaining relationships and working closely with partner schools (day and boarding) including key school administrators.
Responding to schools when they need help/more information to support a student or family.
Providing each school with a Post-Placement Counselor who is engaged and responsive.
Partnering with schools to help support Prep students.
Managing department of twelve to be responsive to students, schools, and parents.
Fostering among the Post-Placement Counseling staff a “customer service” mentality and an appreciation of their critical role in supporting the achievement of Prep students.
Helping the three boarding school counselors plan their travel schedules to visit school campuses, and the eight day school counselors to arrange theirs.
Coordinating weekly consultation meetings and training sessions during the school year in conjunction with the Senior Staff Psychologist.
Developing and implementing a multi-day summer and year-round training schedules for the counselors, drawing on internal and external resources.
Working with counselors to plan an annual retreat for boarding school students.
Managing travel and other expenses to budget.
Ensuring student records are accurately maintained in the database and comprehensive student reports are provided as a matter of record in the database.
Utilizing technology to make department operations more efficient.
Working closely with the Director of Academic Programs, Director of Leadership Development, and Director of Undergraduate Affairs to ensure smooth transitions for students at each stage of their Prep for Prep journey.
Developing and maintaining effective communication and close working relationships with members of the Executive Staff.
Collaborate with other departments within the organization to support Prep’s mission.
Extensive knowledge of independent day and boarding schools; experience with New York City and New England schools preferred.
Demonstrated record of success in strategic thinking, relationship building, and planning.
Experience working closely with high-achieving students and parents of color.
Extensive supervisory experience preferred.
Experience working with school administrators and faculty.
Experience or training in diversity, equity, and inclusion work preferred.
Master’s Degree or equivalent experience.
Effectively manage a team.
Create and maintain good working relationships with independent school partners.
Convey, in word and action, a mission-based commitment to excellence in all aspects of work and to nurture the same in others.
Listen, hear, and empathize with parents, students, schools, and colleagues.
Develop creative, responsive strategies and solutions for a diverse set of stakeholders.
Articulate recommendations parents, students, schools, and colleagues.
Think strategically about student support and organizational needs.
About Prep for Prep
Prep for Prep develops leaders from under-represented communities through access to a superior education and life-changing opportunities. Since 1978, Prep has identified New York City’s most able students of color through a highly selective admissions process and, following 14 months of rigorous academic preparation, placed them at leading independent schools in the City and boarding schools throughout the Northeast. Once placed, Prep offers its students a sense of community, peer support, critical post-placement services, and a host of leadership development opportunities through college graduation. The results are compelling: more Prep students have graduated from Harvard than any other institution, and over 90% of Prep’s 2,694 college graduates have earned degrees from the most competitive colleges in the country; nearly 40% have graduated from Ivy League schools. They are emerging leaders in every field from business and law, to education and the arts, to science and medicine.