Responsible for administering all aspects of the college search and admissions process, including the following:
Informing all Upper School students, parents and faculty about colleges, the college admissions process, trends, procedures, and testing
Advising and supporting approximately 30-40 students as they transition from high school to college
Assisting students and families to be aspirational and realistic with college choices
Facilitating meetings with juniors and seniors, individually and in groups, with parents and without, to discuss researching colleges and making individual college choices
Hosting meetings with college admissions representatives who visit Latin School of Chicago while serving as a liaison to college admissions offices throughout the year
Helping maintain the College Counseling web page and posting periodic news, articles and assignments to specific pages and group channels.
All college counselors are responsible for understanding the class profile, student dynamics and the breadth of the college program at Latin. He or she must work with the Registrar to maintain records on seniors and write an official school recommendation for each senior assigned to his or her caseload. The Assistant Director will also take on various administrative roles in the office that suit his or her needs and interests and enhance the programs of the College Office.
Conduct multiple, annual meetings for students and parents in large group settings
Stay current on issues regarding financial aid and scholarship
Travel to several colleges each year to remain in touch with the landscape and state of higher education
Ad Hoc club advising and student advisory roles as needed
Regular communication to parents and students on the college process as a whole and for particular students
Continued professional development on issues related to higher education and student development
Craft college lists, guide and recommend students for college admission; advocate for those students throughout the college process
Necessary skills include excellent written and verbal communication skills, strong organizational ability and the ability to meet deadlines. Experience in college admissions or high school college counseling are required while teaching, counseling and coaching experience are plusses. The ideal candidate will have strong interpersonal, communication, technology 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. Ideal candidates will be comfortable with the roles that come with student support including but not limited to academic advising, social emotional guidance and identification as well as planning an integrating student goals within the work of a larger school context.
Interested candidates should apply online at www.latinschool.org/employment
About Latin School of Chicago
Since 1888, Latin has been committed to academic excellence in an environment that creates a life-long love of learning and supports students as they pursue their passions. Our school is home to students from throughout the city and suburbs and we value the variety of experiences that they bring to our learning environment. “Of Chicago” is more than a part of our school’s name – those words help to define the school itself.