Georgetown Preparatory School is seeking an Associate Director of College Counseling. This is a 12-month position beginning in January 2020. The Associate Director will work closely with the Director and the school’s other College Counselor to provide counseling and support for students and their parents throughout the college selection and application process. This person will guide a caseload of approximately 40 students through junior and senior year by fostering a close professional relationship with each student and leveraging the relationships that other members of the faculty and staff have developed. He or she will work collaboratively with colleagues to develop and implement comprehensive programing that educates students, parents, and faculty about the college application process and the transition to undergraduate study. The ideal candidate will have strong interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills; familiarity with the goals, objectives, and mission of a Jesuit college preparatory high school; the ability to respond effectively to the needs of a diverse student and parent population; up-to-date knowledge of colleges and universities nationwide and the programs that they offer; and familiarity with the SAT, ACT, and AP standardized testing programs.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Managing a caseload of students, juniors and seniors, and directing all aspects of the comprehensive college counseling program with each of them individually. This includes (but is not limited to):
Hosting group and individual meetings with students and families.
Writing a personal letter of recommendation for all senior advisees.
Remaining current and educating students and parents on college admission trends.
Submitting application support documents as needed.
Serving as a liaison and communicating between and with students, families and college admission offices as needed.
Assisting with college counseling programs (day and evening) throughout the school year.
Developing and maintaining relationships with colleges through attendance at conferences, counselor information meetings, and college visits.
Assisting with SAT, ACT, and AP Test Administration.
Representing the College Counseling Program at school events including Open House.
Participating in professional development to promote self-growth, build relationships and remain current with programs, policies, and practices that meet the needs of students.
Requirements and Skills:
Three to five years of experience in high school college counseling and/or undergraduate college admission.
Strong written and verbal communication skills.
Strong organizational and presentation skills with an ability to meet deadlines.
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and independently.
Experience with and an understanding of colleges nationwide: their academic programs, admissions policies, financial aid policies and procedures, etc.
Computer skills and experience with specific college counseling software, preferably Naviance.
Working Environment: This is a 12-month full-time position. It will require occasional evening and/or weekend work and reports to the Director of College Counseling
Starting date: 1/2020
How to apply: All interested candidates should submit the following to Ms. Denise Hitt, Assistant to the Headmaster (firstname.lastname@example.org):
A letter of interest
A response to the following: Describe three hallmarks of excellence that you would expect in a comprehensive program of college counseling and how you would work to bring them about as a counselor at Georgetown Prep. (Maximum Response: 1000 words)
About Georgetown Preparatory School
Founded in 1789, Georgetown Preparatory is a Jesuit, Catholic college preparatory day and boarding school. Prep’s commitment to the 450 year-old Ignatian paradigm of a rigorous liberal arts curriculum emphasizes reflection, discernment, scholarly and programmatic excellence and personal responsibility. The curriculum exposes students to a breadth of knowledge and calls for critical evaluation and self-examination. Students are taught in small classes where they participate in active discussion with teachers and an atmosphere of genuine concern for the personal growth of the individual is fostered.