The Benjamin School seeks, for the start of the 2017-18 school year, an experienced College Counselor.
The Benjamin School is looking to add an energetic, committed team member to support our students’ and families’ transition to postsecondary educational opportunities. The college counselor, reporting to the Director of College Counseling, will join a team that includes the Director, an Associate Director, and a Registrar.
General Professional Responsibilities:
Creating a supportive, warm, and responsive atmosphere for all families as they move through the college process
Supporting and facilitating the College Office’s program of year-round college-related programming for students and families at all points in the Upper School experience
Writing engaging and comprehensive letters of recommendation for students
Demonstrating deep knowledge of the college landscape and its current trends
Possessing a solid knowledge of college counseling software, especially Naviance
Maintaining active membership in appropriate professional organizations
Organizing and administering ACT and College Board tests
Working collegially with other faculty to review academic policy in accordance with college counseling best practices
Maintaining the integrity of the School’s academic transcripts
Taking an active role in weekly department and School 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 Bachelor’s degree is required and a minimum of 3-4 years of college counseling or college admissions experience preferred. The ideal candidate will possess excellent written and verbal communication skills, strong organizational skills, a large and growing network of college contacts, and an attention to detail and deadlines, as well as familiarity with Naviance, Google Docs and other educational software. A healthy balance of empathy, humility, and humor is also highly desired.
Please email a resume and letter of interest to
If we wish to discuss the position further, we will respond to your inquiry; otherwise, you may not receive a response. Please no telephone calls.
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.