Oxbridge Academy announces its search for a new college counseling team member who brings the highest standards of professionalism to the critical role of guiding Oxbridge students on their journey from secondary to tertiary education.
At Oxbridge Academy, college counseling is part of the Academic Advising, Student Services, and College Counseling Office (ASC). The goal of the ASC is to ensure that all Oxbridge Academy students and their parents have access to pertinent, practical, and well-timed information that will allow Oxbridge Academy students to succeed for four years in high school and move on to post-Oxbridge Academy destinations that match with our students’ talents, interests, and goals.
Members of the ASC team work collaboratively to guide, support, and challenge Oxbridge Academy students to reach their potential. As counselors and educators, ASC team members endeavor to impart to Oxbridge Academy students the skills and tools necessary to know themselves and discover their purpose in life at Oxbridge Academy and beyond.
The candidate we seek will ideally bring at least several years of successful college counseling experience in an independent school or several years of admissions experience at a highly selective college or university. Our new team member must demonstrate an enthusiastic approach to teamwork and collaboration, superior interpersonal and communication skills,? expert public speaking skills, and a commitment and desire to provide the best experience possible for students and families.
Oxbridge Academy’s ASC Office supports students on every step of their four-year journey through upper school and gives students the tools they need to plan and prepare for their academic future from the first day of ninth grade up until the moment they accept offers of admission at colleges and universities of their choice.
The individual ready to fill this important position will fuse expertise in college guidance and academic advising, superb verbal and written communication skills, fluency in navigating and customizing bespoke Naviance Student user experiences for students, parents, and teachers, and a desire to learn and grow within a dynamic and proactive office, which serves the best interests of our outstanding group of high school students and their families who have come to expect excellence in the support our ASC Office delivers through every stage of the transition from secondary to tertiary education.
This position ideally starts July 1, 2019; however, as we are searching for the right fit, there is flexibility for a strong fit candidate.
Our new team member will provide intensive and personalized one-on-one counseling for 30-40 seniors (and their families) for the duration of their college search and application process and will exhibit strong organizational ability and the capacity to meet multiple, frequent, and competing deadlines. Excellent technology skills including the ability to use Naviance/eDocs and college-specific submission systems to process and send documents, access and analyze web and data based information, and control and manage student data are also essential.
Oxbridge Academy is an equal opportunity employer, committed to diversity at all levels, and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, age, national origin, ethnic, background, disability or any other characteristic protected by law.
Reporting to the Director of Academic Advising, Student Services, and College Counseling (ASC), our new team member will:
Enjoy writing compelling recommendation letters for 30-40 students by October of their final year in high school
Advise, administer, and track all aspects of the college search and application process including admission decisions and statistics using Naviance
Respond quickly and effectively to the needs of a diverse and demanding student and parent population
Provide personalized academic advising and college counseling to a caseload of approximately 120-140 students (caseload within Grades 9-12) including 30-40 seniors and their parents about colleges, universities, the college admissions process, trends, procedures, and testing using varied formats, including, but not limited to
o Individual meetings
o Small group presentations
o Large group presentations
o Subject/grade level specific workshops
o Effective electronic and print communication
Have a sophisticated and current understanding of selective college admissions and financial aid for international student applicants
Develop a personalized testing calendar for all students: SAT, ACT, Subject Tests, TOEFL, etc.
Administer the PSAT/NMSQT each year, interpret results, and use results for academic planning in coordination with fellow upper school team members
Serve as a member of our Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) team and educate and guide students and parents through the process of applying for accommodations on the SAT and/or ACT
Use web-based resources, local and national agencies, etc. to maintain professional knowledge of current issues and trends in college admission in the USA and Canada
Establish and maintain relationships with university admissions representatives; meet with and graciously welcome all college admissions representatives who visit our campus and facilitate meetings between college representatives and our students
Facilitate college and career information sessions on campus
Develop and present parent awareness programs that related to varied admissions systems in different countries
Maintain membership in professional organizations (ACCIS, NACAC, International ACAC, SACAC)
We look forward to welcoming a new team member who is ready and willing to collaborate consistently to best support our students and families.
About Oxbridge Academy
Oxbridge Academy is a private college preparatory school for young men and women in grades 9 through 12. Regardless of their economic background, our students have access to the best teachers and technology to learn the skills they need to be tomorrow’s leaders and innovators. Teachers at Oxbridge Academy foster a lifelong love of learning, spark curiosity, encourage students to make good choices, and serve as role models. They deliver their content expertise to their assigned classes so that all students have rigorous and inclusive access to the curriculum and instruction every day to meet their learning goals. In Curriculum Coordination Teams, teachers work collaboratively on such areas as creating and revising curriculum, reviewing student work, selecting and developing instructional resources, planning and coordinating portfolio and exhibition activities, meeting with specialists, and preparing common assessments.