Gould Academy seeks an Associate Director of College Counseling to counsel students through the college admissions process and to assist the Director of College Counseling in the successful planning and implementation of the school’s College Counseling program.
The Associate Director works as part of the College Counseling team to support students and their families in pursuit of attaining their higher education goals. This work extends throughout the Academy to advisors, teachers, coaches, and educational consultants. College Counselors help students in their junior and senior years to identify and articulate appropriate higher education goals, and then to make actionable plans to work toward them. College Counselors write letters of recommendation in support of each student in their caseload and act as both guides and advocates throughout the application and admissions process. They also work with the Director to coordinate developmentally appropriate programming to introduce ninth and tenth grade students and families to the early stages of college planning.
The Associate Director of College Counseling serves as a trusted leader in a consultancy role throughout the Academy — informing faculty members, parents, coaches, administrators, board members, and prospective students and families about the current landscape of college admissions. They also work to promote the Academy and deepen their professional network through frequent travel to conferences and campus tours.
The Associate Director of College Counseling position is a 12-month position.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Work closely with 25-30 seniors and families through completion of college admissions process
Work closely with 25-30 juniors and families through initial stages of college search
Work closely with 25-30 sophomores and families in end-of-year course planning
Write counselor recommendations for each senior in their caseload
Maintain general communications with students, families, faculty/staff, and college representatives though a variety of outlets (social media, email, website, calendars, etc.)
Act as lead counselor for one of the grade levels (10-12)
Lead information initiatives—college tours, athletic recruiting, Career Conversations, etc.
Coordinate and administer standardized testing as needed
Supervise test proctors as needed
Attend weekly staff and faculty meetings and represent the College Counseling team on various school-wide committees
Support Director with research for presentations and board reports
Travel to colleges and conferences for ongoing professional development
Represent the Academy positively to external audiences
Participate in the life of the school, including weekend duties, Formal Dinners, Class Seminars, and special programs
Work collaboratively with colleagues throughout the school on committees and projects
Act as the primary advisor for a group of six to eight students
Assume Directorial responsibilities in the absence of the Director of College Counseling
This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by this employee. They will be required to follow any other instructions and to perform any other duties requested by their supervisor or the Head of School.
Minimum five years’ experience in college counseling at an independent school and/or in undergraduate admissions at a college or university
Expertise with current trends in college admissions
Excellent listening, counseling, and communication skills
Strong written and oral communication skills
Strong organizational and analytical skills
Interest in working with high school aged students
Ability to connect with a diverse range of students and parents
Demonstrated ability to work independently and on a team
High computer proficiency, including Google Docs, Google Calendar, spreadsheets, and social media
Familiarity with standardized testing, including SAT, ACT, AP, and TOEFL, a plus
Physical Work Environment:
It is essential to be able to meet the physical demands of sitting for prolonged periods of time at a desk or computer workstation, using repetitive arm, hand and finger movements. Must be able to bend, stoop, push/pull and to grasp objects and or paper and able to visit and move around all campus locations and to travel off campus or to other work sites for appropriate training and/or meetings as required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Salary and Benefits
This is a Full Time, Exempt position. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. The benefits package is excellent and includes TIAA-CREF retirement benefits and full medical/dental coverage, life insurance, professional development opportunities.
To apply for this position please visit us online at www.gouldacademy.org to complete a job application. Submit it along with your cover letter and resume to HR@gouldacademy.org. You can also mail these documents to the attention of Deborah Menezes, Director of Human Resources, P.O. Box 860, Bethel, ME 04217.
Equal Employment Opportunities
Gould Academy does not discriminate on the basis of national origin, race, creed, color, gender, disability, or sexual orientation in the administration of its educational policies, admission, financial aid, loans, hiring process, and other school programs.
About Gould Academy
Gould Academy is a coed college preparatory boarding school located at the eastern edge of the White Mountains in Bethel, Maine. With 215 students and an average class size of twelve, the Academy prepares academically motivated students for college and helps them to become independent-minded, ethical citizens who will lead lives of purpose, action, excellence, and compassion in a dynamic world. Visit www.gouldacademy.org for more information.