St. Paul Academy and Summit School seeks candidates for the position of Assistant Director of College Counseling to begin work in August 2019. The ideal candidate will have a track record of enthusiastically pursuing the craft of college counseling and be eager to join a positive and energetic team of four who provide individualized guidance and foster exploration of diverse and challenging college options. This is a career opportunity to further enrich a robust, student-centered program at a nationally recognized school where academic rigor and the pursuit of intellectual passion go hand-in-hand.
The successful candidate will combine a background in effectively counseling college-bound students and their parents in an independent school with an in-depth understanding of highly selective college admission. Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills are required along with genuine interest in and enthusiasm for supporting students and families through the college search process. We seek an empathetic and patient listener and a student advocate, whose workstyle is collaborative and collegial. We value demonstrated commitment to professional development in college admission counseling.
Candidates should support the mission of SPA, the vision of the Upper School, and be eager to join a professional community where openness to growth is the norm. SPA is a coeducational, college preparatory day school serving approximately 930 students grades K-12 from throughout the metropolitan area of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota. For additional information about the School, please visit our website at www.spa.edu.
Build strong working relationships with students and parents for approximately 35 families per grade level beginning sophomore year. Educate and counsel families about the college search and application process.
Guide students on academic and personal planning as well as skills essential to the college search, including interviewing and essay writing.
Maintain a professional level of sensitivity to different family cultures and dynamics.
Communicate clearly, effectively and responsively with all constituencies (students, parents, colleagues, college admission officers).
Work well independently and collaboratively to develop and implement college counseling programs and services, including the development and facilitation of programming that occurs outside of the school day, such as evening programs, college fair and Saturday testing.
Represent SPA at regional and national conferences and workshops; stay up-to-date on trends and issues in the field of college admissions.
Maintain a knowledge base regarding a diverse range of colleges, including travel to visit college campuses; create and maintain strong professional relationships with college admission officers.
Use technology such as Naviance software, school database, Google apps.
Actively support the school’s mission and values, and engage in the life of the school as an advisor, chaperone, and faculty colleague.
Qualified candidates should have a bachelor's degree and a minimum of five years of college counseling experience, ideally in an independent school, and/or selective college admission that includes evaluation of independent school applicants.
Demonstrated counseling expertise and proven ability to create responsive, caring and appropriate relationships with families. Service-oriented, with the ability to work effectively and proactively with involved parents with high expectations.
Discretion, respect for confidentiality, and highest ethical standards.
Enthusiasm for working with teenagers and their parents and understanding of their concerns in the college admission process.
Ability and eagerness to work with people of diverse backgrounds and experiences, and a commitment to supporting a diverse and inclusive office and school community.
Outstanding writing ability, including experience crafting effective recommendation letters.
Communication skills: ability to work with families in a transparent, candid, effective yet thoughtful manner through written and oral communication; effective public speaker.
Outstanding organizational and time management skills, plus the ability to work independently, in groups and to multi-task.
A collaborative, collegial and flexible workstyle, patience, good humor, openness to new ideas, and a growth-mindset.
An ongoing commitment to professional development, staying abreast of issues in college counseling and admissions and showing a broad interest in higher education.
Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest, resume and reference list. Please apply online at www.spa.edu/employment. Resume review will begin January 7, 2019.
SPA is committed to diversity and equal opportunity.