PRIMARY PURPOSE: This position assists with the organization and management of the Upper School College Counseling Office. The Assistant Director provides college counseling advice and services to students, prepares recommendations and college admission forms, is responsible for providing academic services to students, and advises the school leadership and faculty on college admission matters.
Essential Job Functions: 1. Works closely with other school college and guidance counselors to identify student needs and to coordinate efforts that will insure a functional and responsive college counseling and guidance program. 2. Provides college admission counseling services to University School students, including group meetings and individual conferences with students and parents throughout the years of high school. 3. Works individually with a percentage of the junior and senior class and their parents to provide college counseling advice and services, which includes developing appropriate college lists, college essay advice, assistance with the preparation of admission and scholarship applications, and researching financial aid opportunities. 4. Makes recommendations to the administrative and teaching staff regarding student schedules, identifying special programs for specific students, etc. 5. Assists in representing University School at appropriate conferences and professional development meetings. 6. Assists in coordinating the annual college panel, annual college fair, and other programs for parents and students. 7. Is responsible for preparing college counseling communications for the University School community, e.g. writes weekly updates for the ULink publication, maintains current information on the college counseling blog, etc. 8. Actively uses and improves skills with office technology such as Naviance, Senior Systems, and College Board and ACT resources. 9. Maintains regular office hours during the summer months. 10. Visits college campus, attends professional meetings, and participates in college receptions to represent University School and to keep current on college admission trends and information. 11. Performs other duties as assigned or required.
Preferred Qualifications: • Valid Florida School Counselor Certification. • Membership and active participation in NACAC and other relevant professional organizations.
Required Experience, Education, and Abilities: • A minimum of two (2) years of experience in college admission counseling. • A Master’s or higher degree, preferably in counseling or a related field. • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing, using the English language, without the use of an interpreter. • Ability to work cooperatively with colleagues and supervisory staffs at all levels.