The Branson School is a co-educational, independent, college-preparatory day school with 320 students in grades 9 to 12. The mission of the Branson School is to inspire excellence in a nurturing, vibrant educational community based on personal and intellectual integrity. At the heart of Branson is the trusting, dynamic relationship between dedicated teachers and students. Branson believes that diversity of people and thought enriches us all and promotes responsible leadership in the global community.
The College Counseling Associate must be fully versed in the college application process and be able to cultivate strong relationships with university and college representatives. While the Associate must be able to work with all constituencies at the school, he or she must particularly build trusted relationships with the college counselors, college admission representatives, Branson families, and outside community organizations. He or she maintains the student records for the College Counseling department and supports the college counselors in the performance of their duties. This person must also maintain deep knowledge of the financial aid process and have experience guiding families through the financial aid and scholarship processes.
The College Counseling Associate must be able to adapt to changing situations and priorities and possess the ability to work with confidential information in a careful and detailed way. He or she must demonstrate strong attention to detail, along with the ability to see the big picture. Most importantly, the College Counseling Associate must have the flexibility to respond to the changing needs and duties of the department and the students.
This role requires extreme sensitivity to the emotional and confidential nature of the college admissions process.
A high level of maturity and judgment, as well as expert-level written and verbal communication skills, is crucial to this role, as this person must respond effectively to the needs of a diverse and demanding student and parent population. The College Counseling Associate must enjoy the independent school environment and interacting with teenagers. A positive attitude and sense of humor are key components of a successful candidate.
Responsibilities of the College Counseling Associate
Critical features of this job are described below. They may be subject to change at any time due to reasonable accommodation or other reasons.
Functions & Responsibilities
School Records, Reports, and Processes
Serve as the main contact for Branson’s College Counseling Department, which includes answering phone calls and responding to emails from students, parents, college admission personnel, and members of the community.
Provide administrative support for both college counselors.
Schedule campus meetings with visiting college admission representatives and coordinate meetings between the college representatives and students.
Serve as a liaison to college and university admission offices throughout the year.
Update and manage information in Naviance: updating the college representative database, maintaining and entering data, and assisting families with registration/navigation of the site.
Counsel students and families on the financial aid process and provide guidance for scholarship opportunities and general financial aid options for college.
Assist students and families in completing financial aid forms and applications, ensuring that they receive prompt and efficient delivery of services and information they need to navigate the financial aid process.
Assist eligible students with SAT, ACT, NACAC, and WACAC fee waivers.
Act as AP and PSAT Test Coordinator.
Responsible for updating the College Counseling department website, office space, school profile, department collateral with standardized test dates, and other information as required.
File and organize electronic and paper documents and maintain student files.
Work closely with the Rand Center to determine and implement testing accommodations for students as needed.
Establish and maintain partnerships with local high schools, community agencies, and businesses.
Manage the professional development registration and expense reimbursement process for everyone in the College Counseling Department.
Provide and organize college resource material and testing information on a regular basis.
Manage the logistics of all College Counseling-related events and meetings.
Stay abreast of current developments in the college counseling arena by attending conferences and workshops and reviewing professional publications.
Perform other duties as required.
High School diploma or equivalent required, Bachelor’s degree in Education or related field preferred.
3 – 5 years of experience working in a high school setting.
Must have knowledge of colleges and universities and their academic programs and policies.
Able to work successfully with a diverse population.
Able to work well independently and as a team member.
Able to adapt to changing situations and priorities.
Solid technology skills and comfortable learning new software programs.
Strong interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
Strong attention to detail and the ability to organize efficiently and effectively.
Willingness to work flexible hours involving occasional evening work.
Lift supplies and materials weighing up to 30 pounds.
Specific vision abilities that include close vision, distance vision, and peripheral vision.
Able to sit or stand for extended periods of time.
Use strength to lift items needed to perform the functions of the job.
Must be able to push and pull supplies and equipment.
Must be able to bend, kneel, crouch, and reach.
If interested, please provide a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org and indicate COLLEGE in the subject field. No recruiters, please.