The Co-Director of College Counseling will join a College Center team which also includes a Co-Director, an Associate Director, an Administrative Assistant, a Registrar, and two part-time Essay Specialists who work with students during the fall semester.
The co-director works with students and parents. S/he is responsible for shepherding 1/3 of each graduating class (40-45 students) through all aspects of the college process. This includes but is not limited to:
Serving as the student’s advocate through the college search and application process
Working individually with Upper School students and their parents
Advising on course selection
Holding seminars with all grade levels on many different facets of college admissions
Helping plan and deliver presentations to parents on topics related to college counseling
Advising on other issues related to college admissions such as financial aid, scholarships, summer opportunities, etc.
Reviewing all applications prior to submission
Responding in a timely fashion to questions and concerns of both students and parents
Helping to prepare and distribute timely communications on a wide variety of related topics, at times in cooperation with the Office of Communications
The co-director is expected to develop strong working relationships with college representatives on behalf of the school and our students. This includes but is not limited to:
Visiting college campuses each year to gain current, first-hand knowledge of college options around the country
Meeting with college representatives when they visit CLS, along with the other counselors
Attending national and regional conferences
Calling college representatives to discuss candidates during both the EA/ED and RD rounds
Helping gather and disseminate up-to-date information about current admissions policies and priorities at different schools
The co-director works with the faculty, administration and trustees. This includes but is not limited to:
Helping prepare and present a yearly report to the Board of Trustees
Contributing to a variety of committees as requested
Taking the lead in educating teachers about effective recommendations and other pertinent issues
Establishing strong working relationships with the upper school counselor, coaches, teachers, advisors, administrators, and learning resources staff
Creating and improving/updating a variety of handouts, reports, and publications as needed
The co-director shares responsibility with the other co-director to oversee and evaluate the entire college counseling curriculum on a regular basis, to organize college center responsibilities in a way that is fair and effective, to represent the college center at department heads and other administrative meetings, to train, evaluate and support other college center staff, to hold weekly departmental meetings and communicate as needed both face-to-face and through email on a daily basis. The co-director is expected at all times to follow the NACAC Statement of Principles of Good Practice.
Education and Experience
Bachelors degree, masters degree preferred, plus five or more years related experience.
Experience in an independent school college counseling office and/or selective college admission office preferred.
Or combination of equivalent experience, education, and training.
A broad and deep knowledge of college options around the country representing varied levels of selectivity as well as current trends in college admissions
Exceptional writing and presentation skills
Strong communication skills with a wide variety of constituent groups in both formal and informal settings
Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
Well-developed technological skills, including Naviance and the Microsoft Office Suite, and an interest/facility in obtaining new technology skills as needed
A spirit of warm and generous collegiality, not only within the College Center team but also with other Charlotte area independent school counselors and college representatives
Empathy for and understanding of young people; the ability to listen well and establish effective relationships with a wide range of students
The ability to provide both practical and emotional support while encouraging students to take ownership of the process; the sensitivity to determine the approach that will work best for each individual student
An appreciation of the role of parents in an independent day school and comfort communicating with parents
A professional level of sensitivity to different student and family cultures and dynamics
A balance of initiative, leadership and collaboration; the ability to direct and to listen
A desire to continuously evaluate and improve
An eagerness to pursue ongoing professional development, including travel to a variety of colleges and conferences, and to contribute their expertise to professional organizations
An interest in being an active part of a day school community, such as frequently supporting student events and reaching out to develop good working relationships with faculty
Patience, discretion, maturity, flexibility, energy, perspective, sensitivity, keen intelligence, curiosity, and a sense of humor
A willingness to work long and irregular hours, especially during certain peak times of the year, including some evenings and occasional weekends, and to respond to emails outside of regular work hours as needed to support our students and parents
A belief that college counseling should be an individualized process focused on helping each student discover the best fits for his/her unique set of talents, values and interests
Charlotte Latin School values diversity. Charlotte Latin School is an effective learning environment that accepts all people. As a community of learners, the School believes that a deep understanding of differences is necessary to its overall mission. Charlotte Latin School prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability, ve...teran status, or marital status.
Founded in 1970, Charlotte Latin School is a fully accredited, college preparatory, coeducational, non-sectarian, independent day school, serving students in transitional kindergarten through twelfth grade.
Charlotte Latin School is an equal opportunity employer.