The Assistant Director of College Guidance will work with and guide Upper School students and their parents in all aspects of the college search and admission process. The ideal candidate will have familiarity with the goals, objectives and mission of an independent college preparatory school; the ability to coordinate tasks in a deadline- driven environment; a strong sense of ethics; the ability to write compelling recommendation letters, and a willingness to spend some evening and weekend hours in job-related duties. The candidate will have the ability to respond effectively to the needs of a diverse, highly motivated, all-girl population. Knowledge of all aspects of college admission processes, practices, financial aid and scholarships is also required. The Assistant Director of College Guidance should expect to be appropriately involved in state and national professional organizations and plan to visit college campuses each year. She or he will be expected to keep current with admission and financial aid trends.
Duties and responsibilities include:
Writing comprehensive letters of recommendation for students and advocating for each girl’s candidacy
Educating parents about all aspects of the college search process through comprehensive parent programs grades 9-12
Working with the Director of College Guidance to modify and teach the College Guidance Seminars to juniors and seniors
Forging positive relationships with college and university representatives through visits and membership in regional and national organizations
Assisting in the development of departmental publications
Compiling and disseminating scholarship and summer program information
Supporting divisional and school-wide initiatives through committee work as appropriate
Participating in faculty and staff meetings
Laurel School seeks an applicant with experience in either selective college admission or college counseling. The successful candidate ideally holds a Master’s degree, possesses excellent writing and oral communication skills and has appropriate knowledge of education and adolescent issues. She or he must have a supportive, approachable demeanor as well as an ability to build strong connections with students and their families. She or he must possess a positive attitude, solid organizational skills and proven success within a work setting that requires collaboration, cooperation, and collegiality. This individual should have experience with computer database operations, especially an ability to work with Naviance.
Additional Salary Information: Laurel offers competitive compensation and a comprehensive benefits package.