High School Placement Counselor (beginning August, 2019)
Katherine Delmar Burke School is an independent K-8 all girls’ school located on a 3.5-acre campus in San Francisco. Burke’s is one of California’s leading elementary schools with a 108-year tradition of educational excellence. The school combines strong academic and co-curricular programs with an emphasis on project-based learning and personal growth in a diverse and inclusive community. We emphasize the development of fundamental and higher level critical thinking skills in an atmosphere of creativity, exploration, academic rigor, and joyful learning.
Burke’s prides itself on the range of high schools its graduates attend (day and boarding, independent and public) at the culmination of a process that focuses on helping each girl and family identify “right fit” next schools.
The High School Counselor guides each graduating class of approximately 46 students (44 in class of 2020) through the high school process, from 7th grade spring high school information meeting through acceptances and decision-making.
Specific high school-related responsibilities include:
conducting high school information meeting for 7th graders and parents in April
meeting individually with each family at end of 7th grade year and as needed during 8th grade year
teaching "H.S. Prep" class to eighth graders weekly for first half of school year
oversight of high school visiting calendar
writing counselor recommendation letters for all applicants to independent schools
oversight of English and Math teacher recommendations
compiling and submitting Burke’s materials to high schools
discussing Burke’s applicants with high school admissions officers
oversight of SSAT testing
explaining requirements to parents
recommending additional preparation as needed
coordinating two testing dates per year at Burke’s
conducting financial assistance information meeting with admissions director
regular communication with 8th grade teaching and advising teams
regular communication with parents via Monday Note
Admissions-related responsibilities include:
annual participation in Burke’s Admissions Open House
participation on Upper School Admissions Committee
attendance at various Admissions Events
coordination of student Admissions volunteers
Additional responsibilities include:
Teaching 7th grade Public Speaking/Writing Workshop class and coaching assembly speakers
two sections, each meeting one per six-day rotation
Possible additional teaching responsibilities TBD
Coordinating 8th grade student presentations (made by each student at assemblies throughout the year)
Planning and facilitating 8th-9th grade parent transition meeting
Compiling graduation tributes for each graduating class
Routine recess supervision and dismissal duties
Planning/coordinating US assemblies in conjunction w/Director of Inclusivity and Community Building
Please email a letter explaining your interest and qualifications for the position and a resumé to email@example.com. No calls or additional emails, please.
Burke’s is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to continuing to build an inclusive educational community and therefore are actively pursuing diversity in our administration, faculty, and student body.
Required education, skills and traits:
strong writing ability
strong listening skills
proven ability and desire to work in partnership with parents
proven ability to help families navigate challenges (tension, disagreement, disappointment)
demonstrated understanding and appreciation of early adolescent and adolescent development of girls
commitment to equity and inclusion in education
Preferred experience and knowledge:
experience in both middle and high school settings
teaching experience at middle and/or high school level
familiarity with independent school admissions practices
Additional Salary Information:
Burke’s offers competitive compensation based on prior experience and position requirements. Comprehensive benefits are provided.
About Katherine Delmar Burke School
Katherine Delmar Burke School is an independent K-8 all girls’ school located on a 3.5-acre campus in San Francisco. Burke’s is one of California’s leading elementary schools with a 100-year tradition of educational excellence. The school combines strong academic and co-curricular programs with an emphasis on project-based learning and personal growth in a diverse and inclusive community. We emphasize the development of fundamental and higher level critical thinking skills in an atmosphere of creativity, exploration, academic rigor, and joyful learning.