College Counselor (Temporary Position; Begins as Soon as Possible through June 2018)
Francis W. Parker School
February 28, 2018
Temp to Full Time - Administration
Other, School Counseling
4 Year Degree
Francis W. Parker School is a renowned JK-12th grade independent day school. Founded in 1901 on the tenets of progressive education, the School currently enrolls 940 students and employs 200 dedicated faculty and staff members who, in addition to assistant teachers, substitute teachers and coaches, work together to ensure that the School lives up to its Mission to “educate students to think and act with empathy, courage and clarity as responsible citizens and leaders in a democratic society and global community.”
We are seeking a temporary College Counselor to cover for a temporary leave of absence. This individual works both individually and collaboratively to meet the needs of the office, the students, their families, college representatives, faculty and administrators. The successful candidate is someone who is an effective communicator, meticulous record-keeper, good collaborator, who is able to prioritize and juggle responsibilities in a high energy, high-demand, high-traffic environment while remaining calm, never losing sight of the big picture, and enjoying this work. This position begins as soon as possible and will end sometime after the school year ends in June 2018.
Assist the College Counseling office in all aspects of our successful, mission-driven college counseling, search and application process.
Collaborate on internal aspects of the office operations, particularly with regard to our Naviance software system and electronic uploading and submission of application materials.
Work with the College Counseling staff to prepare and present large-group meetings throughout the spring (sophomore, junior, senior parent & student meetings, etc.)
Serve as primary counselor for a portion (approx. 40 each) of the junior and senior class. Advise students and parents throughout the search and application process: utilize previous professional knowledge of colleges and universities, search engines and other research methods to help identify appropriate colleges, provide information on colleges and visits, facilitate family and individual meetings, assist with essay editing (waitlist letters), fee waivers, scholarships, and financial aid policies and package comparisons as needed.
Be a collaborative, responsible, and responsive member of the College Counseling team as we advise and assist all students and parents through small and large group sessions and workshops throughout the spring (essay writing, interviews, extracurriculars, testing).
Collaborate on test administration of practice tests, continue our efforts to provide test prep options, communicate with students and families, and collaborate with Parker’s learning services personnel on issues involving testing with accommodations.
Additional duties as assigned.
Please submit cover letter with resume and salary requirements by mail, email or fax to (no telephone inquiries please):
The faculty, staff and administration of Francis W. Parker School are integral parts of the School's community. Through their passion, dedication and commitment to the School's mission, they create and support an environment where exceptional child-centered learning can occur.
Francis W. Parker School is committed to cultivating a community of dedicated students, parents, faculty and staff, trustees, administrators and alumni, who acknowledge, respect, and esteem diversity in our school; and who reflect, through their presence, the diversity of Chicago communities and the wider world.
Francis W. Parker School is an equal opportunity employer.
3-5 years of experience in College Admissions, College Counseling or a related field; preferably with some experience in College Admissions
Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s in related area a plus
Proven record of, or capacity to understand, connect with, work effectively with and enjoy high school students from a wide range of backgrounds (socioeconomics, educational achievement, interests, aspirations, ethnic, racial, and religious)
Ability to communicate successfully and work effectively with faculty, staff, administration, colleagues and parents for the common good of each student
Knowledge of colleges and universities throughout the country
Exceptional time management, organization & follow-through
Trustworthy managing of confidential information
Excellent communication skills: writing, editing, public speaking & computer competency
Understanding of the workings of a non-profit organization and/or school
Flexibility, positive attitude, strong work ethic, patience and good humor
Ability to take initiative, and problem solve; capacity to work independently as well as a contributing member of a team
Proficiency in Naviance, MS Office, specifically Word and Excel, and additional software such as Blackbaud
Additional Salary Information: Commensurate with background and experience; this position is not eligible for benefits.