Saint Mary’s School is an independent, Episcopal, college-preparatory, boarding and day school for girls in grades 9–12. The School is the fourth oldest girls’ boarding and day school in the country. The School is located on a beautiful 23-acre campus which is within walking distance to many restaurants and attractions of downtown Raleigh. Raleigh-Durham, NC is ranked as one of the best places to live in the United States by US News & World Report.
Saint Mary’s School is currently searching for a Director of College Counseling for the 2018-2019 school year to work on our beautiful historic campus. This exceptional location is in the heart of downtown Raleigh in a gated campus with 24/7 security. The Director of College Counseling will be a leader who maintains a deep working knowledge of current and future trends in college admissions. In collaboration with the academic department, this position requires an emphasis on designing engaging important learning opportunities so Saint Mary’s students are educated in college research and planning with the goal of successful admission to college. Reporting to the Dean of Teaching and Learning, the Director will be team oriented and will collaborate with the other college counselors, as well as oversee their work through regularly scheduled meetings and through professional growth plans. The Director will be an active member of various leadership teams, and bring the college counseling perspective to the school/community. The Director of College Counseling will also serve as a liaison with the Admissions Department (including serving on the Admission Committee), and the Dean of Students office.
Provide expertise in college admission and bring research of future trends to light.
Lead, through a collaborative model, members of the college counseling team.
Provide the college counseling perspective when collaborating with other various school leadership teams. Consults and provides information to those teams and other groups and committees where the college admission perspective is integral.
Building capacity in the college counseling team for excellence through the facilitation of ongoing professional learning. Through professional growth plans, actively chart progress with regular conversations.
Prepare and deliver effective communication through various modalities, including public speaking, social media, and ongoing written communication to faculty, parents, alumnae, board of trustees and students. Assist in the positive promotion of college counseling internally and externally.
Develop and update school profile annually.
In collaboration with the Dean of Teaching and Learning, assist in recruiting and hiring Saint Mary’s School faculty.
Conduct individual and group meetings with students and parents; with a goal of assisting students with college searches.
Engage in the seminar program to assist students to think deeply about the progression from high school to college.
Prepare and write school statements in support of college applications, enrichment programs, scholarship applications, and other requisite materials, for all grade levels as needed.
Maintain college counseling web pages, Naviance/Family Connection website.
Facilitate application processing and support training for teachers.
Coordinate college admission representative meetings and special programs.
Develop and produce parent and student college newsletters.
Administer an annual departmental budget in cooperation with the Dean of Teaching and Learning and Director of Finance.
Attend professional conferences, college-sponsored events, and individual campus visits.
Participate in local, regional, and national professional organizations.
Develop relationships with college admission representatives to cultivate rapport and for advocacy.
Scholarship and Enrichment Programs
Coordinate special scholarship and enrichment program application/nomination process (e.g. Morehead-Cain Scholars, Park Scholars, Governor’s School etc.).
Maintain databases of scholarship and enrichment program opportunities.
Coordination of test prep offerings on campus.
Academic Coordination and Support
Academic advising (short and long term academic planning with students).
Attend Parent/Teacher Conferences as needed.
Assist registrar as needed with course registration, scheduling, course conflict resolution, etc.
Serve as advisor to a small cohort of Saint Mary’s School students.
Serve as a resource support for teachers and advisors in their work with students.
Coordinate with Dorm Faculty, Advisors, Health Center, and Deans as needed.
Assist with academic ceremonies such as Honors Convocation and Graduation.
Administrative and other duties as assigned
Perform other duties as assigned by the Dean of Teaching and Learning.
Support Saint Mary’s School and its leadership.
Perform weekend and night responsibilities to support the life of the residential community and the academic program as required by your position or requested by your manager/supervisor.
This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by an employee in this position. Employees are required to follow other job-related instructions and to perform other job-related duties requested by those authorized to give instructions or assignments.
Saint Mary’s School is an equal opportunity employer offering a competitive compensation and excellent benefit package. We cannot respond to every applicant regarding the status of his or her application. Only those whose qualifications most closely meet our requirements will be contacted.
Saint Mary’s School is a drug-free workplace. A background check satisfactory to the school is required.
Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
Capacity to be a forward-thinking leader.
Minimum Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s preferred or equivalent.
Excellent organizational skills and ability to establish priorities.
Ability to use applicable computer programs and databases. Adept at learning new tools as they emerge.
Ability to work collaboratively and diplomatically with students, parents, faculty, staff, and administration in support of the mission of the school.
Substantial experience in the field of selective college admission and/or previous college counseling experience (preferably in an independent school environment), including familiarity with the college admission and financial aid cycles and current/future trends in college admission counseling.
Physical Requirements and Work Environment
Regularly sit, talk, hear and interact with students, parents, staff and visitors.
Generally, work in standard office conditions and climate.
Works in a fast-paced environment dealing with a wide variety of challenges, deadlines and a varied and diverse array of contacts.
Works at a desk on a telephone and/or in front of a computer screen for extended periods of time.
Willingness and ability to travel.
Valid driver’s license.
About Saint Mary's School
Located in Raleigh, N.C., Saint Mary’s School is a college-preparatory boarding and day school for girls in grades 9-12 and is located on a beautiful 23-acre campus. Saint Mary’s School is affiliated with the Episcopal Church and accredited by the Southern Association of Independent Schools and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.