A learning community committed to discovering and developing individual potential, preparing each student for success in college and life.
Located in Wilmington, NC, Cape Fear Academy is southeastern North Carolina’s premier PK3-12 independent school. A learning community of about 640 students and 100+ faculty and staff members, CFA is guided by the mission of discovering and developing individual potential. To accomplish this goal, CFA offers students an impressive array of opportunities in academics, the visual and performing arts, and athletics. Our 27-acre campus has state-of-the-art facilities that provide a rich and inspiring physical environment for students to explore and develop their passions. More important, CFA boasts a committed faculty and staff who live the school’s mission in their daily interactions with students.
Teachers at Cape Fear Academy deliver high quality instruction that emphasizes critical thinking, written and oral communication, and collaboration in a technology-rich environment. CFA’s academic curriculum, recorded in an online mapping system, establishes clear, coordinated goals for each course and grade level while still allowing teachers the freedom to be creative and innovative in their instructional choices. Academic departments in grades 6-12 foster collaborative decisions about curriculum, materials, and departmental goals. This high level of collegiality as well as support for continuous professional development make CFA an ideal place to grow professionally.
All members of the CFA community are familiar with and expected to uphold and foster the core values of respect, integrity, resilience, and accountability. These core values are the cornerstone for a newly-developed leadership program that empowers students to develop leadership skills, enabling them to go further in school and in life.
Applications are now being accepted for the following position:
Director of College Counseling
Student and Parent Counseling:
Counsel students and families on the college search and application process to include self-exploration, academic planning, goal-setting, self-advocacy, application review, and college selection.
Advise juniors and seniors with regard to dual enrollment courses at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.
Meet annually with each Upper School student and 8th-grade classes with regard to class selection and academic 4-year planning.
Work collaboratively with faculty and staff to implement College Counseling programming and to advise on related areas of school life.
Coordinate and chaperone the Junior College Trip in the fall.
Serve on the Retention Team, Admissions Committee, and other ad hoc committees (hiring, accreditation, etc.) as necessary.
Assist students with scholarship opportunities and chair the Faculty Scholarship Committee (ie. Morehead-Cain, Park, Teaching Fellows, etc.).
Coordinate end of year Upper School Awards Ceremony.
Demonstrate competence with the Naviance program as it relates to the college search and application process; instruct all students about the utilization of this web-based system.
Coordinate standardized testing programs, including SATs, PSATs, ACTs, and AP Exams.
Publish a monthly newsletter to make students and parents aware of scholarship and summer opportunities, as well as publicize important dates and events.
Plan and implement College Nights for students/parents in each grade level during the fall semester; hold additional Junior College Night in February.
Hold Financial Aid Night for parents in January.
Instruct students and parents in the Naviance college admissions software program.
Oversee and participate in the writing of counselor recommendation letters for the senior class. Plan and implement special workshops for teachers (ie. “Writing the College Recommendation”).
Consult regularly with college admissions representatives on current practices and admissions trends; and advocate on behalf of student applicants.
Schedule and coordinate private visits with representatives from colleges to Cape Fear Academy.
Develop professional relationships with college admissions officials.
Participate in professional organizations such as ACCIS, NACAC, NAIS, The College Board, ACT, and Naviance.
Manage the annual review and proposal process as well as implement the annual budget.
Mentor and lead the College Counseling staff.
Performs other projects and duties as assigned.
Candidate must have strong verbal and written communication skills as well as the ability to articulate the value of a Cape Fear Academy education in the college admissions process.
The position also requires the ability to effectively organize and implement multiple events, programs, and projects.
Strong public speaking skills required.
A broad knowledge of public and private colleges throughout the United States and abroad is required.
Education: Bachelor’s degree required, master’s degree or higher strongly preferred in Counselor Education.
Experience: Minimum five years of college counseling experience in independent schools or public schools, or seven years’ experience as a college admissions professional.
Salary and Benefits: A competitive compensation and benefits program