The College Counselor at Idyllwild Arts reports to the Director of College Counseling. The College Counselor is responsible for the post-secondary placement of all seniors at IAA and for developing and maintaining close relationships with those universities, colleges, conservatories, and other programs that admit Idyllwild Arts Academy graduates. He/she works closely with families and students, as well as with the arts department heads to ensure the best possible options for placement.
The college counselor should have experience in an independent school or a college admissions office. He/she should be knowledgeable about arts training programs in all disciplines, and some direct knowledge of the arts is preferred. Good interpersonal skills are important both with adults and students since the "counseling" aspect of college counseling· is central. He/she should like working with a variety of people, be organized, and have both excellent writing skills and timely follow-through.
Establish and maintain strong relationship with college admissions directors and offices.
Represent the school Visit and assist Director of College Counseling in hosting college representatives to IAA campus.
Represent the School with a high level of professionalism, including excellent writing and communication skills
Coordinate and supervise 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.
Continue to develop and build Life Skills curriculum under the supervision of the Director of College Counseling
Work closely with arts department chairs on placement, audition, and portfolio deadlines
Counsel individual students and families
Write recommendations for all seniors
Serve on regional college counseling organizations
Counsel families on financial aid resources and procedures
Maintain strong parent communication
Use and coordinate Naviance as the main system for keeping track of college applications, submitting recommendations, and transcripts
Acts as a model of integrity
Understands and maintains professional boundaries between students, colleagues, and parents
Has a sense of humor and keeps things in perspective
Exercises patience and good listening skills
Flexible and has the ability to work under pressure Keeps a positive attitude
At least a Bachelor Degree in a relevant subject is required
College Counseling certificate is beneficial
Ability and desire to work within the Idyllwild community, Riverside County, or commute a reasonable distance, that does not impede on-time arrival during winter months.
Obtain and maintain a valid California Driver License, pass a criminal history background check as required by California Education Code Section 44237, and pass a TB questionnaire/test.
Physical Demands/Work Environment
While performing the duties of this position an incumbent is required to:
Regularly remain sedentary for long periods of time in meetings and while processing information and paper work both manually and on a computer.
Specific vision abilities include close, distance and color vision perception and the ability to adjust eye focus. Reaching with the hands and arms and use of hands to finger, type, and manipulate a computer keyboard and mouse is required.
Additionally, the incumbent must be able to converse in clear English both written and orally, over a telephone and in person, and be able to make public presentations.
Work hours vary and may include days, nights, and weekends.
Reasonable accommodation will be considered to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job.
About Idyllwild Arts Academy
Idyllwild Arts is a co-ed boarding and day school for 275 students in grades 9-12. The Summer Program, founded in 1950, is an eight-week program that brings more than nearly 2,000 children, teens, and adults to Idyllwild each summer. The Academy was established in1986 to extend the Summer Program's commitment to the arts through the only boarding high school for the arts on the west coast. The school has developed into an exceptional high school for pre-professional training in the arts combined with high academic standards and a residential life curriculum.Idyllwild graduates attend the top colleges and universities in the United States and abroad, and the very best conservatories and art schools, such as Julliard, Curtis, New England Conservatory of Music, and the Rhode Island School of Design. Many have established celebrated careers as artists. The arts disciplines include dance, music, visual arts, theatre, moving pictures and creative writing. Students may major in any one discipline or combine their interests in an interdisciplinary arts major.