The Director of College Counseling is a full-time position, reporting to the Associate Head of School and Upper School Head. In 2019-20, the Director will serve as a co-Director in anticipation of the upcoming retirement of the current, long-time Director of College Counseling. The ideal candidate will be a team-oriented, effective manager and leader with a demonstrated interest in and capacity for working with high school students, their families, college representatives, faculty, and administrators.
Duties and Responsibilities
Leading and effectively managing the college counseling department and process
Counseling approximately 45-50 seniors and their families through the college application process beginning in the junior year
Working in collaboration with the college counseling team in the continued development of a comprehensive college counseling program that meets the needs of the Newman community
Writing letters of recommendation
Working collaboratively with Upper School administrators and advisors on the upper school course selection process
Communicating regularly and effectively with parents regarding the college admissions process
Keeping abreast of current trends in college admissions by attending national and regional conferences and visiting colleges to ensure mutually beneficial relationships
Participating in local and national associations relevant to the profession, including NACAC, SACAC, the College Board, and ACCIS
Being willing to engage actively in the Newman school community in an appropriate and visible way
Being a faculty advisor to 8-10 upper school students
The ideal candidate will:
Demonstrate relevant and current knowledge of the college admissions landscape
Possess strong analytical writing skills and the ability to craft letters of recommendation filled with relevant student information
Exhibit strong public speaking skills and the desire to lead and participate in events for students, parents, and colleagues
Demonstrate a strong work ethic, excellent organizational skills, and attention to detail in order to meet deadlines
Have the ability to develop strong relationships with students and to assist them in relating their abilities, aptitudes, and interests to current and future goals and college plans
Have the ability to work collaboratively with administration, faculty, and other members of the Newman community
Have a commitment and ability to work with a diverse community
Prioritize the building and maintaining of trusting relationships with parents and families
A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university; master’s degree preferred
Extensive experience in college counseling and/or college admissions
Knowledge of independent schools and selective college admissions
Superior interpersonal and communication skills with students, parents, and faculty/administration
Flexibility, independent initiative, and effectiveness in an energetic environment
A sense of humor and the ability to work as part of a collaborative administrative team that values each member’s voice
A student-centered focus throughout the college admissions process
A familiarity with or willingness to learn relevant college counseling digital resources and platforms
Creativity and openness to innovation coupled with the capacity to understand the existing culture and rich history of the School.
Appreciation of the unique culture of New Orleans and the role that Newman plays within the city and beyond.
This is a 12-month academic administrative appointment that begins no later than July 1, 2019. An earlier start date is possible.
Isidore Newman is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding employees through a compensation plan that compares favorably with those of peer schools. A full benefits package includes retirement and generous medical/dental coverage and equals the best plans in private industry.
Isidore Newman is an Equal Opportunity Employer seeking to diversify its workplace.
THE SEARCH PROCESS & APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS
Applicants should submit the following:
A cover letter indicating the candidate’s particular interest in and qualifications for the position.
A current résumé.
A statement of educational philosophy and/or other supporting material (e.g., articles or speeches).
The names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three references. (We will obtain permission from the candidate before contacting references.)
Materials should be submitted via the school’s employment page on the school website. Questions may be directed to Kim Wargo, Associate Head of School, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: Candidates are encouraged to initiate the application process as soon as possible. Priority consideration will be given to applications received by December 15, 2018. After an initial review of applicants, the School will conduct interviews with selected candidates. Finalists will be invited to Newman for a more comprehensive series of interviews.Ideally, an appointment will be made in February.
About Isidore Newman School
Founded in 1903, Isidore Newman School is a co-educational independent school that serves high-achieving and highly motivated students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, as well as infants through young children in Green Trees, a premier early childhood division of the School. Located in the heart of Uptown New Orleans, blocks away from Tulane and Loyola University, Newman is the only co-educational, non-sectarian, independent day school in the city of New Orleans. Our School enjoys a national reputation for excellence and achievement in academics, athletics and the arts with our students matriculating to the most selective colleges and universities in the country.