The Benjamin School seeks, for the start of the 2017-18 school year, an experienced Director of College Counseling.
The Benjamin School seeks an energetic, committed professional to support our students’ and families’ transition to post-secondary educational opportunities. The Director leads and manages the college counseling team, which includes two College Counselors and a Registrar. This twelve-month position reports directly to the Head of the Upper School and works in close partnership with other senior administrators.
General Professional Responsibilities:
Creating a supportive, warm, and responsive atmosphere for all families as they move through the college process
Articulating a vision for the college program that is congruent with the mission of the School and implementing its execution
Building, supporting, and evaluating a forward-looking and cohesive team
Writing engaging and comprehensive letters of recommendation for students
Overseeing the School’s ongoing role as an ACT and College Board Test Center
Demonstrating deep knowledge of the college landscape and its current trends
Possessing a robust knowledge of college counseling software, especially Naviance
Maintaining active membership in appropriate professional organizations
Working collegially with other faculty to review and establish academic policy in accordance with college counseling best practices
Maintaining the integrity of all academic transcripts
Providing appropriate and engaging year-round college-related programming for families at all points in the Upper School experience
Acting as a member and/or chair of appropriate committees
Organizing and running weekly department meetings
Representing the School positively to external audiences and visiting college representatives
Creating and maintaining appropriate and timely resources for students and families
Position Requirements: A minimum of 7-8 years of college counseling preferred. The ideal candidate will possess excellent written and verbal communication skills, strong organizational skills, an extensive network of college contacts, and an attention to detail and deadlines, as well as familiarity with Google Docs, Naviance, and other educational software. A healthy balance of empathy, humility, and humor is also highlyrequiredfor this position.
Educational Requirements: M.A. in education, counseling, student affairs or other school-related counseling is required.
The Benjamin School is an independent, non-affiliated day school for pre-kindergarten to 12th grade students in Palm Beach County. The School resides on two campuses; the 14 acre Lower and Middle School campus in North Palm Beach and the 50 acre Upper School campus in Palm Beach Gardens. Approximately 144 teachers and associates are responsible for about 1135 students. The Lower School currentl...y serves 452 students in grades Pre-K 3 through 5; the Middle School enrolls 230 in grades 6-8; and the Upper School has 453 students in grades 9-12. The School’s rigorous and varied program prepares its students for acceptance to 4-year colleges.
The Benjamin School’s core is academics, with a balanced emphasis on athletics and the arts. The Lower School challenges students with an academic program that includes, among other strong elements, highly developed research-based instruction in language arts and mathematics and a strong Pre-K 3 to 5th grade world language program. In the Middle School students are challenged with a wide variety of college preparatory courses including advanced world language instruction, Algebra I and Geometry and advanced science programs. At the Upper School campus, the faculty offers courses on three levels: regular, honors, and AP.
Each May the School administers 449 or more AP examinations to all of the students enrolled in its 24 AP courses. In May, 2015 eighty-two percent of those tests received qualifying scores of at least a 3, and 87 percent of the students taking the tests earned at least one 3 or better. Seventy-four percent of the seniors in the class of 2015, took one or more AP course,. The Upper School also has more than 50 semester electives. Students can study Spanish, French, and Mandarin Chinese to satisfy their language requirement.
In all three divisions, students have many opportunities to be involved in dance, instrumental (including strings) and vocal music, drama, and the visual arts. Students in all three divisions also have a physical education program, and those in the Middle and Upper Schools must participate in one or more team sports.
The School makes extensive use of technology in its programs. Almost all classrooms have an interactive whiteboard (Smartboard or Epson), and all computers on both campuses have internet access via a school-wide Wireless access. The fourth and fifth grade students bring iPads to school each day. The Middle School has a BYOD program, and in the Upper School all students own and use laptops or iPads. The School also provides specialized computers for video editing, digital graphics, desktop publishing, and the language lab.
Please visit our website at www.thebenjaminschool.org for more information about our school.