Lawrence Academy seeks an Assistant Director of College Counseling to begin mid-August, 2018. Founded in 1793, Lawrence is a boarding and day independent school with approximately 400 students in grades 9 through 12. Candidates should be eager to work in a collaborative office setting that includes four college counselors. The most competitive candidates will have the willingness to participate fully in all that is associated with a vibrant boarding school community.
Essential Functions of the Position:
Student Counseling. Work in collaboration with the College Counseling Office in continued development of our college counseling program by: 1) Counseling students individually on the college search and application process, including self-exploration, academic planning, goal-setting, self-advocacy, and application review; and, 2) Leading monthly college counseling classes and workshops for juniors and seniors
Constituency Education. Assist the College Counseling Office in educating parents, students, faculty, administrators, and trustees regarding all aspects of the college application process, through presentations, conversations, and written communications, including the use of Naviance, our web-based counseling software.
Project Leadership. Direct specific programs, projects, and initiatives as identified by the Director of College Counseling, including research and communications efforts.
Relationship Building. Consult regularly with college admissions representatives on current practices and admissions trends and advocate on behalf of student applicants through phone conversations, email interactions, attendance at conferences, participation in campus visitation programs/fly-ins, and hosting college admissions representatives on campus.
Professional Development. Pursue opportunities for professional growth and school exposure through participation in professional organizations such as the Association of College Counselors in Independent Schools (ACCIS), the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), the New England Association for College Admission Counseling (NEACAC), the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS), the Boston-area Independent School College Counseling Association (BISCCA), The College Board, the ACT, Naviance, and the like.
Community Participation. Meet the requirements and expectations for a faculty member at a boarding school, possibly including advising, dorm duty, dorm leadership, teaching, coaching, or supervising clubs.
The position is a 10 month, full-time position. Some weekend hours are required for college-related programming in addition to normal boarding school weekend duties. Standard school vacations are offered. Must be willing to be part of a boarding school community.
Bachelor’s Degree required
Experience in using Naviance helpful
3-5 years experience in college admissions at a selective college or university preferred or as a college counselor at an independent school.
Preferred Skills & Qualities: organized, out-going, service-oriented, strong communication skills, attention to detail, outstanding writing skills, strong work ethic and a sense of humor.
Lawrence Academy is seeking candidates with a commitment to cultural competence which enables individuals to work and communicate across social and cultural differences. Candidates from traditionally underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. Especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through their teaching, coaching, advising, and/or residential responsibilities.
To apply for this position please email a single PDF with resume, cover letter, and list of references to Colin Igoe, Dean of Faculty, at email@example.com. The subject line of the email should read “Assistant Director of College Counseling.” No phone calls please.
About Lawrence Academy
Lawrence Academy, serving almost 400 students in Groton, Massachusetts, is a residential and day school, and faculty are fully involved in the curricular, co-curricular (primarily athletics), and extracurricular programs at the school. Interested candidates should expect to live in a dormitory, but on-campus (non-dorm) or off-campus housing might be an available alternative. All members of the faculty are part of our residential program and have regular weeknight duties and some weekend duties.