ABOUT PREP FOR PREP From their first orientation meeting, Prep students are taught the motto: Excellence, Integrity, Commitment, and Courage. Underpinning the four words of the motto is the theme of Community. The motto becomes a touchstone—values that shape students’ actions and the Prep for Prep Community as a whole. Prep students and alumni strive to embody these words in everything they do.
Since 1978, Prep for Prep has identified New York City’s most promising students of color and prepared them for success at independent schools throughout the Northeast. Once placed, Prep supports the academic and personal growth of its students through college, creating a network of diverse leaders.
Prep for Prep students come from modest backgrounds and go on to excel at the most prestigious colleges and universities in the world. Many are the first in their families to graduate from college. Nearly 3,000 of Prep’s college graduates are now leaders in every field imaginable, from business and law, education and the arts, to science and medicine.
Founded by South Bronx school teacher Gary Simons with the support of Columbia University’s Teachers College, Prep for Prep opened its doors in 1978 with 25 students and three teachers. Eleven independent schools committed places in their seventh-grade classes.
Today, nearly 80 schools enroll over 700 Prep students each year. The Prep Community includes over 4,500 students and alumni.
Prep for Prep’s College Guidance team works closely with our families to help them navigate every step of the college application process. We build strong relationships with undergraduate admissions offices, as well as with the college counselors at our partner independent schools, to work most effectively on behalf of our students. We assist students in finding the best fit and match to develop a balanced college list and encourage them to explore colleges where they have the most significant chance of having their full demonstrated financial need met. Nearly 90% of Prep's 2,992 college graduates earned their degrees from the most competitive colleges in the country; 34% graduated from Ivy League schools. The Assistant Director reports to the Director of College Guidance and will provide Prep for Prep students with integrated college counseling to support admission to highly selective institutions.
Provide comprehensive college counseling for a docket of up to 50+ Prep for Prep seniors (i.e., college lists, application review, essay editing).
Foster and maintain contact with college admissions representatives and independent school counselors to support the applications of appropriate candidates.
Assist students and parents with forms and policies relevant to the financial aid process and assisting them, where appropriate, in negotiating financial aid packages that do not meet their demonstrated need.
Maintain contact with seniors during the months in which they weigh their options and decide which offer of admissions to accept; advise students during this period regarding the relative merits of their various options.
Effectively track dates for follow-up calls, appointments and submission of materials from students to adhere to the steps in Prep’s college guidance process.
Write recommendations for those candidates applying under the early and regular application deadlines.
Assist in assembling and recording relevant data on the college placement process in a timely fashion, i.e., SAT/ACT scores, student academic records; up-to-date ranked college lists, “Brag Sheets,” and student and family contact information.
College Visits and Panels Planning
Organize the Fall visits and Spring College Trips for high school juniors, including distributing student assignments, creating trip itineraries, arranging all accommodations, meals, transportation for each trip; and any other tasks related to the success of each week-long trip. The Assistant Director will chaperone some college trips.
Plan and organize the summer College Panel Series during which rising senior gain exposure to over 30 colleges during six evening panels. Manage all aspects of the planning process, including collaboration with college admissions representatives to develop summer panel schedule, notify students and track registration.
Maintain an up-to-date roster of college admission contacts.
Ensure that adequate planning is employed such that all reports prepared for the Chief Executive and Director of Leadership Development Opportunities are presented in a timely manner.
Along with Director of College Guidance, update workshop materials and co-facilitate workshops throughout the year, including but not limited to, introduction to College Guidance workshops, financial aid workshops, and essay writing workshops.
Pursue appropriate professional development opportunities, including attendance at annual conferences in counseling and admission professional organizations.
Candidate must be flexible to work evenings and most Saturdays during the peak season(summer and winter)
HOW TO APPLY
Please email a cover letter and resume with the subject line “Assistant Director of College Guidance” to
BA/BS from a competitive college
Compelling college guidance or college admissions experience
Significant experience working with high achieving students of color
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (especially writing)
Strong organizational and time-management skills
Sound judgment and discretion
Strong work ethic and attention to detail
Bilingual (English/Spanish) a plus
Fluency in Microsoft Office applications including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Google Docs, and Naviance
Commitment to Prep for Prep’s mission
About Prep for Prep
Prep for Prep develops leaders from under-represented communities through access to a superior education and life-changing opportunities. Since 1978, Prep has identified New York City’s most able students of color through a highly selective admissions process and, following 14 months of rigorous academic preparation, placed them at leading independent schools in the City and boarding schools throughout the Northeast. Once placed, Prep offers its students a sense of community, peer support, critical post-placement services, and a host of leadership development opportunities through college graduation. The results are compelling: more Prep students have graduated from Harvard than any other institution, and over 90% of Prep’s 2,694 college graduates have earned degrees from the most competitive colleges in the country; nearly 40% have graduated from Ivy League schools. They are emerging leaders in every field from business and law, to education and the arts, to science and medicine.