Dwight School, a pre-K through 12th grade independent International Baccalaureate (IB) day school, is seeking a full-time college counselor to begin on July 29, 2019. The Dwight vision is to foster the next generation of global leaders who will thrive anywhere in the world. As a values-driven establishment, we seek talent whose values align with our mission: relentless pursuit of quality, commitment to teamwork and dedication to fostering each student’s spark of genius. The college counselor will join a team of two other counselors with job responsibilities focused on providing individualized, student-centered college admissions counseling to students and their parents. As an international school with approximately 30% international students representing 40+ countries, college counselors help process applications not only for universities in the United States, but also for institutions in a wide variety of countries throughout the world.
Duties and Responsibilities of the College Counselor include but are not restricted to:
Providing one-on-one college counseling to students and parents in individual and group meetings
Educating students and parents in Grades 9-12 about colleges, the admission process, trends, procedures, and testing
Assisting students with the Common Application and other applications
Providing support to students in writing college essays
Assisting families in planning for standardized testing
Writing a letter of recommendation for approximately 35% of the senior class as well as younger students applying for summer programs
Organizing and leading the evening Application Review program
Facilitating the financial aid process for students and families
Meeting with all college representatives who visit Dwight and facilitating meetings between college representatives and students. Developing relationships and serving as liaison with college admissions officers throughout the year
Utilizing technology platforms such as Naviance and ManageBac
Tracking college admissions decisions, financial aid packages, and other statistics and creating timely reports of each.
Assisting with standardized testing (PSAT, practice ACT)
Presenting at morning meetings of each high school grade
Pursuing professional development by visiting colleges, attending conferences, and participating in local groups.
Other duties as assigned or necessary
A Bachelor’s degree is required; a Master’s is preferred
A minimum of 3-5 years of college counseling in a private or independent school or college admissions at a selective institution
The ability to successfully interact with a diverse student population in the context of an international community
Outstanding written interpersonal, oral, and communication skills
The ability to work as a team member with a willingness to collaborate in any way that is deemed necessary
A genuine desire to work with teenagers and a high level of patience
Knowledge of colleges, academic programs, and admissions policies
Ability to work with students with learning differences
Familiarity with IB Diploma requirements, knowledge of UCAS, Canadian applications, and other international application processes would be highly valued
A cover letter indicating why you are interested in and qualified for this position
A current resume
Three current references with contact information
Writing samples (i.e. a letter of recommendation for a strong student as well as one for a more academically challenged student)
Dwight School’s goal is to achieve and maintain equal employment opportunities. It is also the policy of Dwight School to maintain a work environment free from discrimination based on race, color, religious creed, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic information, veteran/military status, marital status or other status protected by federal or state law, with regards to any term or condition of employment.
About Dwight School
Dwight is dedicated to igniting the spark of genius in every child. Kindling their interests, we develop inquisitive, knowledgeable, self-aware, and ethical citizens who will build a better world.
To foster the next generation of global leaders who can thrive anywhere in the world.
Our Three Pillars
Dwight embraces the individuality of each learner, as no two students are the same. Dwight supports these student journeys through a robust academic curriculum and after-school programs. Dwight makes it a priority to focus on and develop each child’s spark of genius. Whether connecting a student with an exceptional mentor, designing tailor-made enrichment, crafting a special study abroad opportunity, or providing an innovative program or tutorial, Dwight recognizes and fosters each student’s gifts and talents.
Dwight’s community is a family of diverse individuals whose collective goal is to build a better world. The power of our learning environment is enhanced by connecting and valuing the different contributions and talents of all members. Through unlimited service, leadership, programmatic, and scholarship opportuni...ties, we inspire students to find their own unique paths to action.
Dwight’s mission, vision, and pillars extend globally across our network of schools and is supported by the International Baccalaureate ethos. Students develop a sense of themselves, as well as the world around them. Dwight opens students’ hearts and minds through challenges and opportunities, inviting students to build bridges within and between cultures.