Bosque School in Albuquerque, New Mexico School seeks an enthusiastic Director of College Guidance who can effectively lead this vital component of the Bosque School student experience. The ideal candidate will have experience in either highly selective college admissions or independent school college counseling and will be philosophically committed to Bosque’s inquiry-focused academic mission and helping students find the proper college match based on their individual talents, skills, and values. This position will report to the Head of Upper School and will work a faculty schedule from August through May.
Reporting to the Head of Upper School, oversee the college counseling process, including the work of an assistant college counselor and registrar functions performed by different staff members.
Assume responsibility for counseling students in grades 9 through 12 (and their parents) in the college selection, application and admission process.
Coordinate the program and calendar of all standardized testing for students, including scheduling test dates, registering students, arranging for special "prep" sessions, administering the tests, and providing pre- and post-test counseling.
Oversee student award programs and ceremonies.
Help the registrar keep and report accurate permanent records of students’ testing and academic work.
Develop extensive summary reports on students’ progress on standardized testing to the school community as appropriate.
Conduct individual and group sessions in all areas of college counseling, including Senior and Junior College Nights, and Senior and Junior College Seminar courses.
Write and oversee the writing of recommendation letters by the assistant college counselor and faculty for Seniors applying to college.
Coordinating the work of faculty advisors, deans, registrar, and others to track student progress towards meeting graduation requirements and advise course selection accordingly.
Maintain and expand an attractive, informative, and up-to-date College Counseling Center.
Oversee visits to colleges and from college representatives.
Represent the school at relevant state and national conferences and workshops.
Perform other duties as assigned by the Head of Upper School.
QUALIFICATIONS AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Minimum of Bachelor’s degree and five years’ experience either in college admission and/or independent school college counseling required; both strongly preferred.
The ability to work collaboratively with a broad range of people, including deans, the Head of Upper School, faculty, and other administrators.
Excellent writing, editing, presentation, and communication skills.
Highly developed organizational skills, including facility with technology and database management.
Knowledge of college application and financial aid requirements and procedures, nationally and internationally.
The ability to work with a diverse student population.
The ability to embrace, support, and represent Bosque’s academic mission.
Discretion and respect for confidentiality.
Founded in 1994 and located on a 45-acre site in the bosque along the Rio Grande in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the Bosque School’s mission is to prepare young men and women to become lifelong learners with the highest character values and academic goals in a natural New Mexico setting with strong family and community involvement. The school embodies the best of traditional independent education while embracing a progressive and inventive approach to learning. Currently, there are 500 students in grades 6 -12. There are over 60 faculty members with over 70% holding advanced degrees. The average class size is 16.
ACADEMIC MISSION STATEMENT
At Bosque School, we design learning experiences that inspire students to explore challenging concepts and ideas and to be daring in their pursuit of deep understanding. Our academic program is grounded in inquiry and prizes curiosity, creativity, and critical thinking. Decisions of content and pedagogy reflect the diverse and changing world in which we live and offer a pathway to discovering individual passions and how to live ethically in the world.
Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume, to Human Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for submission of applications is January 10, 2019. Consideration of all candidates will take place until an offer is made and accepted. Position begins August 2019.
Bosque School is an equal opportunity employer and makes all employment decisions, including those related to recruitment, hiring, training, promotion, and recognition of individuals on the basis of their ability and job related qualifications and without regard to race, gender, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or any other classification proscribed under applicable federal, state, or local law. We actively seek diversity among faculty and administration as well as among students. The school complies with the law regarding reasonable accommodations for employees with disabilities. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation in order to participate in the application/interview process are requested to contact the School in order to arrange such accommodation.
About Bosque School
Founded in 1994 and located on a 45-acre site in the bosque in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Bosque School values integrity, community and scholarship. Our progressive curriculum is designed to support a lifelong learning mindset through challenge and inquiry. Through the Bosque Environmental Monitoring Program, our students host thousands of peers from around the state as they are trained on-site to collect scientific data for use by researchers at the University of New Mexico. A dynamic Service Learning program develops student leadership skills. Ongoing teacher growth is facilitated by the Sofia Center for Professional Development, like BEMP and our student service program, an expression of the school's commitment to public-private partnership in our community. Currently, we serve about 485 students in grades six through twelve. There are over 50 full-time faculty members with more than half of them holding advanced degrees. The average class size is 18 and the average student:faculty ratio is 9:1.