Thaden School, a new independent school in Bentonville, Arkansas, seeks its first Director of College Counseling to lead the creation of the Office of College Counseling. Reporting to the Director of Academics, the Director will work closely with Thaden’s leadership and faculty members to develop a college counseling program that is aligned with the school’s mission and goals and that will empower students to think expansively about their educational options after Thaden.
About the School and the Region
A non-sectarian independent school under the direction of its own board, Thaden School offers a challenging and innovative educational program that ignites in its students a passion for discovery and learning, prepares them to succeed in college, and inspires them to lead lives of integrity, purpose and responsible global citizenship. At the core of the school’s mission is a commitment to balance that takes many forms: a curriculum that integrates the sciences and the humanities; indoor and outdoor teaching spaces where sustainability is a tangible part of the lesson; hands-on programs for civic engagement; athletics and physical education programs that build confidence and character through competition and meaningful participation; and a diverse faculty and staff that empower students to think deeply and expansively about their potential and place in the world. The school’s indexed tuition program further supports the creation of a balanced learning community where many perspectives, talents, and interests come together.
Located on a 30-acre campus in downtown Bentonville’s emerging Arts and Market District, the school is walking distance from the town square, Brightwater Culinary Institute, the future site of Crystal Bridges’ center for contemporary arts, and a variety of other educational resources. With the support of the Walton Family Foundation’s Design Excellence Program, the school has engaged a nationally renowned team of architects to design an enduring and innovative campus that will spark curiosity, inspire creativity, and invite reflection. The design and construction of the campus will be complete before the school commences its third academic year in 2020. During its first two academic years (beginning in the fall of 2017), Thaden School will operate in a combination of temporary and permanent structures located on a 5-acre portion of its campus.
The school serves students from all parts of the growing and diverse region of Northwest Arkansas, which also includes Rogers, Springdale, Fayetteville, and a number of other townships. With more than 500,000 residents, the region combines a thriving economy with the natural beauty of the Ozarks and a rich variety of cultural and recreational amenities such as the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the Razorback Regional Greenway Trail System, the Scott Family Amazeum, and the Bentonville Film Festival. Northwest Arkansas is also home to the world headquarters of three Fortune 500 companies (Walmart, Tyson Foods, and J.B. Hunt) as well as the University of Arkansas, the flagship campus of the state’s higher education system. For more information about the region and its resources, see the website for Finding NWA.
Please visit the Thaden website for detailed information regarding its mission, leadership and faculty, educational programs, indexed tuition program, and campus plan as well as recent news releases.
Leading and effectively managing the college counseling office
Advising students and families through the college research, application, and selection process
Writing letters of recommendation
Reviewing, adjusting, and improving the college counseling program each year
Executing on-campus programs and workshops for parents, students, and college admissions representatives
Advising on course selection, registration, and consequences in the college selection process
Preparing regular mailings and electronic communication to parents in tandem with the communications staff
Visiting college campuses to establish and maintain mutually beneficial relationships with college admission staffs
Representing Thaden School at national and regional conferences
Attending weekly faculty and administrative meetings
Attending regular curriculum committee meetings
Advising faculty in their writing of college recommendations
Working with various personnel who support the college counseling process
Establishing and maintaining an annual budget
Engaging actively in the Thaden School community, including attending student performances, athletics events, social activities, and serving as an advisor
Experience and Qualifications
A detail-oriented approach to work and outstanding communication skills including writing, listening, and public speaking
The ability to work collaboratively with the administration, faculty, and other key members of the Thaden community
The energy, patience, and sense of humor necessary to work effectively with high-school students and their families
Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
Proficiency in MS Office and the ability to learn additional software such as Naviance
Extensive experience in selective college admissions and/or college counseling
Applications should include a resume and a vision statement that explains how the candidate would approach the development of the College Counseling office, including illustrative examples of potential programs, projects, and activities. The cover letter should also address salary requirements, if any. Applications must be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by February 9, 2018 for full consideration. The start date is negotiable, but must be no later than July 1.
Thaden is an equal-opportunity employer and complies with all federal, state, and local laws that prohibit discrimination in employment because of race, color, national origin, citizenship, age (18 or older), religion, disability, marital status, veteran status, and sexual orientation.
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
About Thaden School
Opening in the fall of 2017, Thaden will launch with grades 7 and 9 and grow incrementally over the next few years to serve students in grades 6 through 12. Our campus will be located in downtown Bentonville’s Market District, walking distance from a remarkable variety of cultural and educational resources, and we will offer small classes where students can discover joy in learning and cultivate their potential under the guidance of inspiring, masterful educators.
Our mission is to provide a balanced and challenging education that ignites in our students a passion for discovery and learning, prepares them to succeed in college, and inspires them to lead lives of integrity, purpose, and responsible global citizenship.