The Downtown School: A Lakeside School is currently recruiting for a College Counselor/Learning Resources Coordinator (FTE 1.0)
0.5 FTE College Counseling Responsibilities:
The ideal candidate will join a team of colleagues who are energetic, creative and collaborative and will have a crucial role in crafting, articulating and implementing a long-term vision for the college counseling program. The candidate will be expected to support students annually through the college search and application process; to keep the teaching team abreast of trends and issues in the field; to devise and execute new methods of educating all Downtown School constituents on the landscape of selective college admission; and to work with the head of school on creating and implementing new programs to support students and families through the process.
The specific responsibilities of the position include:
Counsel, support, and mentor a group of 35 - 45 students and their families through the college selection and application process each year, including writing individualized recommendations for each counselee;
Educate the The Downtown School community of students, families, teachers, and advisors about current trends, match, and fit in the college search and application process;
Offer expertise to students, families, the teaching team and head of school on what makes college applications stand out;
Visit and expand The Downtown School’s network with colleges and universities in order to learn about options for students and to further educate these institutions about The Downtown School;
Create dynamic communications and presentations for Downtown School families, administrators, and trustees;
Work with the head of school, as well as the teaching team, to develop a strong school-wide understanding of how changes to curriculum and extracurricular opportunities can impact college admission decisions;
Devise new and effective methods of helping admission offices understand the high caliber of The Downtown School, its curriculum, and its students, and;
The Learning Resources Coordinator will have significant knowledge of learning disabilities and the processes and skills that contribute to learning and retention, and a strong desire to work with high school students. S/he will work as a collaborative and proactive member of the teaching team. S/he will work directly with students, teachers, parents/guardians and the head of school to help ensure the learning and academic success of our student body.
The specific responsibilities of the position include:
Interpret educational evaluations and facilitate the academic accommodation process for students with documented learning disabilities, both in school and on nationally standardized tests.
Provide direct service, time-limited interventions, and assessment for referral purposes – this includes, but is not limited to, teaching time management, study skills, learning strategies, and self-advocacy.
Be current and proficient on technology that enhances and supports student learning and help students use this technology when appropriate.
Oversee a peer tutoring program.
Provide direct service and time-limited interventions – this includes, but is not limited to, teaching time management, study skills, learning strategies, and self-advocacy.
Serve as a liaison with parents, guardians, faculty, and administrators about student learning and academic support.
Provide referrals for professional tutoring when appropriate.
Requirements and Qualifications
An advanced degree is required and could include a M.Ed., M.A., M.S., Ed.D, Ph.D. or other degree in a related field.
Successful candidates will have five or more years of relevant experience in either selective college admissions and/or college counseling. He or she will possess excellent skills in listening, counseling, verbal and written communication, public speaking, technology, flexibility, creativity, and a proclivity for employing new approaches to his or her work. Strong organizational and time management skills are required and successful candidates must be able to work occasional evenings and weekends to support college counseling programs, to write recommendations and to travel to colleges and conferences. Finally, candidates must satisfactorily complete a criminal background check.
The successful candidate will have solid training and demonstrated knowledge of learning assistance programs, learning theory, and successful interventions. Experience with educational settings is preferred. The successful candidate will also have experience with teaching study skills and time management, as well as motivating students to employ helpful strategies for their learning. Knowledge of legal standards in compliance with state and federal laws, as well as an ability to maintain appropriate confidentiality is essential.
The ability to generate and implement creative and innovative ideas for engaging and working with students is needed. The successful candidate will also have demonstrated experience and skill in working with students from diverse ethnic, gender, socioeconomic, and educational backgrounds. A strong interest in continued professional growth and development is required, as is a sense of humor and the ability to see the positive in challenging situations.
The successful candidate will possess an outstanding attention to detail, excellent time management, organization, and follow through, demonstrated ability to multi-task, excellent written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to communicate information about complex student information in a respectful and clear manner. Candidates should be able to balance independent work and self-management with a strong collaborative approach. Familiarity and comfort with technology is essential.