The Director of College Counseling of the Upper School reports directly to the Principal of the Upper School.
The ideal applicant will have a clear, bold vision to leverage extensive experience and understanding of selective college admissions, and knowledge of resources in college readiness to nurture and sustain a college preparatory culture of academic excellence at St. Margaret’s Episcopal School. The School’s Core Values and Mission are at the heart of this effort.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
Function as the lead expert in college counseling for the School in designing a comprehensive college counseling program and pedagogy for students in grades 8 – 12
Collaborate with associate directors to design programs and workshops for students and families
Work closely with upper school students and their parents as they navigate the upper school curriculum in preparing for selective college admissions
Write letters of recommendation for assigned students in the senior class
Be available to support and work closely with faculty as they work with their advisees
Stay current with trends and changes in college admissions
Supervise associate directors and an office assistant
Manage the department budget
Maintain a relationship with college and university admissions officers
Visit college and universities, including participating in counselor fly-in programs
Actively participate in professional organizations (NACAC, College Board, ACCIS, etc.)
Write the School Profile
Assure that the principal is aware of current trends in college admissions
The director of college counseling is a member of the LEAD Team - a dynamic group of individuals known as our Leadership Team under the guidance of the Head of School
Prepare end of year reports for Head of School and Board of Trustees
*Please apply at https://www.smes.org/employment
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Education and Experience: Applicants must have earned a minimum of a bachelors’ degree with at least 5 years’ experience in selective college admissions or independent school college counseling. Excellent organizational skills, exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, and a sense of humor are required.
Language Skills: Strong public speaking skills are required, as are the ability to read, analyze and interpret professional journals. Ability to write reports, and correspondence. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from diverse groups including; the Principal, parents, colleagues, the Head of School, trustees and public groups.
Interpersonal Skills: Exceptional interpersonal skills and communication skills are required, as are organizational behavioral skills. The ability to multi-task in a fast-pace environment with efficiency and effectiveness are essential to success in this position.
Reasoning Ability: Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of data and deal with several abstract and concrete variables in the course of the day-to-day activities.
Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, and reach with hands and arms.
Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The activity level in the work environment can be very high at peak times throughout the day, and is characterized by potential interruptions due to parent and student service – including walk-ins and telephone calls. The noise level in the environment varies from usually low in the office areas to moderate and high on the playing fields of the campus.
About St. Margaret's Episcopal School
St. Margaret’s Episcopal School is an independent, college-preparatory day school in Orange County, serving 1,245 students in Preschool through Grade 12. St. Margaret’s is situated on a picturesque 22-acre campus in San Juan Capistrano, California, with dedicated campuses for each school division, modern classrooms and facilities, including a performing arts center, science and technology labs, library, athletics fields and gymnasiums. Head of School William N. Moseley leads a team of experienced and passionate administrators and educators, including principals in each school division. A 21st-century, rigorous and balanced curriculum prepares every student for future success and healthy, productive lives.