San Domenico School, a K-12 independent school in San Anselmo, is seeking a dynamic professional for the role of Co-Director of College Counseling. The Co-Director is part of an expanding team and is responsible for guiding students through all aspects of the college search and admissions process. The addition of this new position will allow San Domenico’s College Counseling office to institute a more comprehensive advising program which will support and guide students throughout all four years of high school. This is a full-time, 12-month position.
The job responsibilities are those expected of a college counselor at an academically rigorous independent school, including:
Working with a caseload of maximum 40-50 students in each class, guiding them and their families through every aspect of the college search and application process, and writing Secondary School Report recommendations for their senior college applications.
Serving as a key member of the College Counseling team to develop and implement thoughtful, effective college counseling strategies, innovative programming, and best practices in the context of San Domenico.
Serving as an integral member of the Upper School Admissions Committee by assessing applicants, conducting interviews and attending meetings related to prospective enrollment
Staying abreast of current admissions and counseling trends through reading and research, maintaining membership in and attending professional associations and conferences, participating in campus visits and tours, and networking extensively with college admissions and college counseling colleagues.
Developing and presenting educational programming to our 10th-12th grade students and families on the college search and admissions processes with the Co-Director of College Counseling
Maintaining a professional level of sensitivity to different family cultures and dynamics; embracing the international student profile and family expectations.
Helping students self-assess and research higher education and other post secondary opportunities
In collaboration with the school counselor, addressing the social and emotional pressures on students and families as associated with the college search, application, and admissions processes
Responsible for planning the Senior Transitions" program.
Writing official school letters of recommendations for approximately 40-50 seniors
Meeting with college representatives who visit the San Domenico campus and serving as a liaison with college admissions offices throughout the academic year
Visiting colleges and universities throughout the academic year and attending national and regional college admissions counseling conferences and forums
Maintaining a personalized approach to counseling and working with students and families to reinforce the philosophy that "fit" in the college process is different for every student
Working with the Co-Director of College Counseling in the preparation of reports for the Head of School and greater San Domenico community
Advising families on the financial aid application process
Ensuring the integrity of San Domenico’s academic records with the Registrar, who also serves as the College Counseling Office's assistant
Other duties as assigned, all within the context of being an integral member of and contributor to a dynamic, vibrant College Counseling team and Upper School community of educators, including some weekend and evening responsibilities
In addition to the above responsibilities, the Co-Director of College Counseling is expected to engage in multiple facets of student and faculty life at the school. This involves serving as a Class Dean or teaching one class (or equivalent), serving as a mentor to approximately 10-12 students, attending weekly faculty meetings, and other duties as needed, such as advising or sponsoring a student club or organization.
Possess excellent communication skills
Ability to work independently
A desire to work with a diverse group of students and parents
Ability to assess students’ academic progress to meet requirements of specific colleges and college programs
Ability to assist students with finding out about scholarships and other supportive programs
Maintaining working relationships with various colleges and universities
Understanding financial aid requirements for students of varying needs
Master’s degree strongly preferred and a minimum of five years of experience in selective college admissions and/or college counseling
It is important that candidates possess the flexibility, sense of humor and commitment to teamwork that life in an independent day/boarding school requires. We seek someone who possesses both an appreciation for adolescents and a collaborative spirit.
Additional Salary Information: Compensation:
Salary commensurate with experience, plus benefits package, including: medical, dental, AD&D, Life, 403(b) plan with match, daily lunch
About San Domenico School
At San Domenico, we believe that what students do with their education is as important as their academic performance. Everyday we encourage our students to not just study, but also to reflect on their learning, find their purpose, and celebrate in community, because an exceptional education, where values and academics join together, creates more than just great students – it develops great people. San Domenico is a K-12, co-ed school, with international boarding and day students in our Upper School.