We are seeking a collaborative, inspirational, compassionate and knowledgeable colleague to join our College Counseling team. This position reports directly to the Director of College Counseling and expands our current College Counseling team to provide additional college guidance support to our Upper School students, primarily for the 10th and 11th grades. The Assistant Director of College Counseling will also work closely with the Upper School Administrative team.
- Provide Upper School students and parents with advice appropriate for each grade level, individually and in groups, helping them explore interests and identify college or university communities and careers that match the students’ talents and aspirations. In addition to 1:1 meetings, also participate in several evening parent meetings each year and periodically teach relevant skills-based classes such as time management, study skills and the college search process.
- Maintain an open, proactive, collaborative, inspirational, and professional dialogue with students, parents, and faculty, such as the Director of the Freshman Academy, Director of Guidance, Upper School Deans, and Maclay Academic Resource Center (MARC) teachers to maximize the academic advisement and success of students (primarily 9-11th grade).
- Craft thoughtful letters of recommendation that capture the talents, personality, and promise of each student. Letters for senior applications to college will not be required until the 2018-19 school year.
- Coordinate standardized test (such as the PSAT) and career interest survey administration and feedback to 9-11th grade.
- Supervise Duke TIP program with 7th grade students, staff and parents.
- Stay knowledgeable about college applications, scholarships and financial aid processes.
- Engage in ongoing professional development and maintain positive relationships with colleges.
- Effectively utilize technology to maximize advisement efficiency.
- Serve as a Designated School Official (DSO) for our small International student population (approximately 15 students) in support of the Director of College Counseling, who is the Principal DSO (PDSO).
- Participate in the full life of the school, build relationships with faculty, students and parents, and attend school events regularly, to include chaperoning evening and weekend class trip events.
- Perform other functions as assigned in support of school operations.
Desired Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Exceptional listening, speaking, and writing skills.
- A joyful, kind, and passionate devotion to serving a great diversity of students and parents; eagerness to help others.
- A collaborative, team-oriented professional style.
- Inspiration, empathy, flexibility, and a sense of humor appropriate to the setting.
- Patience and focus during chaotic times.
- Professionalism: knowledgeable and confident, yet curious to learn and improve; energetic, organized, innovative, deadline and detail-oriented, hard-working, efficient, and respect for confidentiality
- Firm understanding of current trends in college admissions and familiarity with a broad range of universities and colleges.
- Commitment to participating in professional organizations, conferences and college visits.
- Bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree preferred.
- Experience in college counseling and/or admissions at a selective college/university preferred.
The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this position. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements.
Monday, August 1, 2017 (commences orientation and training program before start of classes on August 14th).
Note that contract is for 10 months beginning August 1, 2017 and ending at the end of post planning week on June 1, 2018.
How to Apply
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, two letters of reference and a writing sample to Chad McClellan, future Director of College Counseling, Maclay School (firstname.lastname@example.org) and complete the on-line application at www.maclay.org/employment. Candidates with college counseling experience should provide a Counselor Letter of Recommendation as the writing sample. Applications will be accepted until Monday, January 30, 2017.