UWC-USA seeks to appoint one College Counselor. This is a full-time, exempt position starting as soon as possible, reporting to the Dean of Academics. The College Counselor will join a close-knit, mission driven international boarding school community with students from over 90 countries. All students follow a two year IB Diploma Programme and are immersed in a rich and intense residential and co-curricular program. Admission to UWC-USA is selective (approximately 10 percent acceptance rate) and more than 80 percent of students receive scholarships to attend UWC-USA.
UWC-USA students apply to over 200 colleges and universities across the world. Approximately 75 percent pursue higher education in North America. The rest primarily attend universities in the United Kingdom, Canada, Europe and Asia. Over one third of the graduating class attends highly selective universities and colleges around the world. The Office of College Counseling places great emphasis on providing individualized guidance as students pursue their most appropriate college fit. In addition, strong collaboration among students, parents, teachers, and administrators is an essential feature of the office. The College Counselor reports to the Dean of Academics.
The ideal applicant will have prior experience with the higher education admissions process, as well as experience within a boarding school setting. Experience with the UWC movement is a plus.
Duties include, but not limited to the following:
Serve as college counselor for one-half of the UWC-USA first- and second-year classes (50-60 students per college counselor, per class).
Meet with students individually to discuss issues pertaining to their futures and create a personalized plan of action (academic options, careers, college selection)
Meet with students in groups to explain/review resources and create/establish college awareness
Counsel students and parents on the financial aid process; assist with barriers to enrollment.
Cultivate relationships with college and university representatives throughout the application cycle, including helping to welcome more than 75 college representatives to campus each fall.
Facilitate students’ participation in the ACT, SAT, TOEFL and similar testing as needed.
Establish and maintain a college calendar on the school website detailing all relevant due dates, test dates, scholarship info and upcoming college related events
Facilitate and liaise with gap year and summer opportunities.
Ensure the creation and regular updating of school documents in such things as profiles and transcripts.
Keep records which will allow us to track the college’s record in university placement.
Provide reports, as requested, for the UWC USA Board of Trustees, the UWC International Office, the International Baccalaureate and the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest amongst others.
Maintain memberships and adhere to guidelines created by the National Association for College Admissions Counselling (NACAC), the International Association for College Admissions Counselling (IACAC), and the informal association of UWC university advisers.
Attend professional development conferences and seminars to remain current about new trends, policies and opportunities in the field of higher education
Attend school related functions such as matriculation dinners, UWC Day, MLK day Annual Conference, graduation, etc.
Educate faculty on the importance of letters of recommendation and teacher evaluations
Assist in coordination and facilitate all aspects of college placement and career guidance services.
Strong writing skills
Energetic, strategic, thoughtful
Strong interpersonal skills
Patience and calmness in the hectic, ever-changing environment
Ability to multi-task and remain focused with frequent interruptions
Organized and attention to detail
Ability to maintain data and use it to make informed decisions
Effective advocacy skills
Experience in counseling domestic and international students and other diverse populations
Experience or familiarity with the highly selective college admissions process
Firm belief that all students deserve the opportunity to access and thrive in college
Proven ability or strong interest in working with diverse populations
Ability to work in a complex organization
Ability to work with colleagues across the globe
Essential Skills: The ideal candidate will have the following:
strong interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills;
familiarity with the goals, objectives, and mission of an independent college preparatory school;
the ability to respond effectively to the needs of a diverse and demanding student and parent population;
knowledge of colleges, their academic programs, admission policies, and financial policies and procedures.
Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:
Work is typically performed in an interior/office work environment
Can require sitting for long periods of time
Requires some physical effort
Some exposure to physical risk
At least 2-5 years of experience in college counseling, college admissions, or related field.
Bachelor’s degree is required;
Master’s degree preferred.
This position is an exempt, full-time position. Compensation is commensurate with experience; and UWC-USA offers a competitive benefits package.
UWC-USA is an international boarding school. It enrolls 225 students in grades 11 and 12. All students follow the IB Diploma program. Roughly twenty percent of the students come from the USA; the remainder represent more than 90 different countries. Students are admitted on the basis of merit, potential, and promise.
A UWC-USA application, letter of interest specific to the position, resume, and a list of references may be emailed to email@example.com. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. UWC-USA is an equal opportunity employer.
Additional Salary Information: Full Benefits Package
About UWC USA
UWC-USA is part of an international 17-school coalition of United World Colleges that share a common mission of using education to unite people for peace and a sustainable future. The campus in Montezuma, New Mexico, is the only UWC in the U.S., and is home to 230 students who represent more than 90 countries.