Assistant Director of College Counseling – 8th and 9th grades
Saint Mary's Hall
March 5, 2018
San Antonio, Texas
Full Time - Faculty
Position Title: Assistant Director of College Counseling – 8th and 9th grades
Available Starting: 2018/2019 Academic Year
Date Modified: January 31, 2018
Reports To: Director of College Counseling
Summary: The ideal candidate will have a strong desire to work closely with students and parents, with a particular focus on the 8th and 9th Grade populations, as well as in a collaborative capacity with the College Counseling Team and the greater Saint Mary’s Hall community; ability and eagerness to be a visible and active member of the school community; candidate should have a positive personality, a good sense of humor, strong writing and presentation skills, and knowledge of current educational trends at both the secondary and the collegiate levels.
Meet frequently with 8th and 9th grade students, both one-on-one and in small groups, to give advice on academic and extracurricular choices and raise questions that encourage self-reflection and self-exploration
In collaboration with SMH’s Wellness Coordinator and Division Heads, further develop wellness strategies to assist students in having a successful four-year high school experience
Encourage underclassmen in a limited capacity, advising them as necessary but allowing them the freedom to grow and develop their academic and extracurricular interests and passions organically rather than through the lens of “what looks good for college”
Create and maintain comprehensive documentation of 8th and 9th grade students’ experiences at SMH to provide robust dossiers on each student to 10th, 11th, and 12th grade College Counselors
Along with the Dean of Students, the Middle and Upper School Counseling staff, and the Wellness Coordinator, guide students through the important academic and social transitions that occur in 8th and 9th grade
Work closely with parents, providing a key point of contact between home and school, and serve as a designated point person for all Form Level-specific college admission-related questions
Provide individualized academic advising, and assist students in crafting a tentative Four-Year Academic Plan with each incoming 9th grade student that will serve as the framework for that student’s academic schedule; serve on the Student Schedule Review Committee
Throughout the school year, the 8/9 Counselor will work closely with the College Counseling staff to develop new and execute existing programming, including, but not limited to, grade-level parent coffees, College Application Bootcamp, Form 8 Step-Up, Taste of SMH, essay writing workshops, and standardized test administration
Other applicable duties as assigned by the Director of College Counseling
Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree in applicable field preferred
2-5 years of experience in counseling, college counseling and/or college admission required; knowledge of and experience working with middle school students preferred
Familiarity with college preparatory schools
Strong public speaking and written communication skills
The ability and desire to engage with a diverse, high-achieving student body and their parents
Knowledge of colleges, their academic programs, admission policies and procedures
Strong interpersonal and organizational skills
Adept at working with sensitive and confidential information
Technologically proficient, including familiarity and experience with Naviance
Ability to work both autonomously and as part of a team to achieve departmental and school goals
Willingness to travel to and attend state and national workshops and conferences as applicable
Physical Requirements and Work Environment:
Able to work in a highly stressful environment dealing with a wide variety of challenges, deadlines and a varied and diverse array of contacts.
Able to work at a desk and computer for extended periods of time.
Be able to occasionally lift up to 30 lbs.
Work primarily in a traditional climate controlled office environment.
Work intermittently in outside weather conditions, including extreme heat and cold.
Interested candidates are invited to submit electronically a cover letter expressing the reasons for their interest in the position and a current résumé.