The British International School of Chicago, South Loop
March 15, 2018
Full Time - Faculty
4 Year Degree
The British International School of Chicago, South Loop is searching for an experienced College Counselor to join our team to provide our students and parents with the necessary leadership and guidance that is essential for an effective college search, application and selection process. This position will begin August, 2018.
Core duties and responsibilities
The role of the Director of College Counseling involves the oversight and collaborative development and implementation of school initiatives in years 10 through 13 that foster a clear, solid sense of self that is essential for each student to establish and focus on realistic and age-appropriate personal, academic, career/vocational and college-focused goals. This includes staying well informed and disseminating relevant information and instruction about the ever-changing college testing, admissions, scholarship and financial aid processes.
A critical component of this position is the effective integration, delivery and continuous attention to proactively engage, advise and work with students and their families in a transparent, communicative, candid and tactful manner.
Key Director Responsibilities
Prepare, keep and maintain the college counseling yearly calendar
Establish and maintain a yearly budget for the college counseling department
Create and maintain the annual BISC High School Profile
Plan, organize and manage BISC annual college fair
Plan, organize and manage international college fairs hosted at BISC
Work with College Counseling Parent Committee and high school parent representatives on a regular basis
Write a letter(s) of recommendation for each senior student
Maintain the college counseling webpage through the school’s website
Collaborate with senior leadership team, secondary department heads and other integral members of staff as needed
Working with Students, Parents, Faculty and Staff
Counsel high school students from years 10-13 individually, in small groups and through classroom guidance
Plan and conduct age-appropriate college informational sessions for all school year groups and parents (Years10-13)
Plan and conduct workshops and meetings for faculty as needed
Advise students, teachers, and parents on high school course selection, registration and curricular implications as they move through the college research, application and selection process
Manage and monitor overall high school credits, classes, and college preparation of each high school student
Host occasional individual and group meetings for middle school parents
Advise faculty in their writing of college recommendations
Coordinate with the Learning Resource Team to communicate information, policies, procedures, application deadlines and submissions for non-standard testing and accommodation(s) requests for qualifying students for college admissions testing
Communicate with students, parents, and the faculty about PSAT, SAT, ACT and other testing involved in the college process
Oversee students’ progress through the process of finalizing their list of colleges and sending off applications
University and Community Relations
Establish and nurture mutually beneficial relationships with university admission officers in the US, UK, Canada and other international colleges and universities on behalf of the School and the students
Visit college and university campuses regularly to establish and maintain university relationships
Schedule all college day visits (US, UK, European and Canadian) and meet with each admissions counselor who visits the school
Facilitate college seminar sessions and workshops (i.e. college personal statement workshops, interview workshops, ACT prep courses, college visit field trips, etc.)
Invite and receive college visitors to campus each fall
Bring in experts from the community and various universities to present to our students and parents on various college and financial aid related topics
Attend after school staff meetings as requested and teacher inset days
Attend and present at two week induction period prior to the start of the academic school year
Attend and present at BISC open houses and other weekend and evening school events throughout the school year
At least 3 years of experience in university admissions or high school college counseling is required. Bachelor's degree required; advanced degree preferred.
Preferred Skills and Qualifications
Possess an understanding of current selective college admissions and financial aid processes
Thorough understanding of the IGCSE and International Baccalaureate curriculum and process as it relates to US, UK, Canadian and other international college and university admissions
Dynamic ability to provide assurance and counsel to students experiencing the typical highs and lows associated with the college search and selection process
Excellent written and verbal communication skills, strong organizational ability, proven ability to succeed and consistently meet deadlines
Outstanding public speaking skills
Familiarity and proficiency in MS Office, Excel, PowerPoint, Naviance and other progressive forms of technology tools and resources
The Director of College Counseling will work in a professional office environment and uses a computer, telephone and other office equipment as needed to perform their duties. The noise level in the work environment is quiet, and the work is mostly sedentary.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk, and sit for extended periods of time.
Nord Anglia Education provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Nord Anglia Education complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.
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