The Director of College Counseling provides a vision and strategic direction for the development of programs and workshops for students, families, and colleagues; and conducts outreach and develops relationships with colleges, universities, and other organizations. The Director of College Counseling’s personal and professional skills match the School’s culture and the mission and vision of Antilles School is reflected in all efforts.
Provide individual college counseling for students and parents.
Meet with students to assess their personal strengths and goals for college.
Help students select a balanced list of schools to which to apply.
Assist students in completing applications and essays.
Keep students on track with deadlines.
Prepare students for college and scholarship interviews.
Write the School Counselor letters of recommendation.
Create and deliver regular parent education programming.
Meet one-on-one with individual families to consult on financial aid strategies.
Work with parents as needed throughout the process.
Support students and families in weighing offers and making colleges choices.
Participate in planning, presentation, and sponsorship of all office programming, including evening and weekend commitments.
Pursue professional development by visiting college campuses, attending regional/national conferences, engaging in college-sponsored events, and participating in professional organizations (including NACAC, ACCIS, College Board, ACT, and financial aid workshops).
Communicate and keep the other areas of the school informed.
Work collaboratively and collegially with all faculty and administrators.
Oversee the academic counseling process for students in grades nine through twelve.
Organize presentations of ninth and tenth grade seminars in early spring to go over academic planning.
Meet with parents at evening meetings about course planning.
Make sure that courses have been approved by the NCAA and help students with the eligibility process.
Manage and support outreach, college visits, and relations.
Build and foster strong relationships with college admissions offices.
Coordinate visits from college representatives to the school.
Coordinate office visits to colleges and college fairs.
Participate in NACAC meetings and workshops when appropriate.
Serve as the primary liaison between the school and external entities.
Ensure the college counseling website and external communications are accurate and up to date.
Produce the annual college profile.
Manage and delegate responsibilities related to the relationships with the College Board and standardized testing.
Stay current with trends in national testing.
Oversee the process for providing testing for all Upper School students.
Keep students informed of deadlines for SAT and ACT tests.
Process National Merit applications.
Engage students and parents early and appropriately to inspire confidence while disseminating accurate and timely information.
Use data effectively to inform the work and to educate families.
Remain well-informed about best practices and changes in college admissions nationally, continually adapting to ensure that the school is responding nimbly – particularly in the era of COVID-19.
Be a forceful and persuasive advocate for the best interests of students, reinforcing the school’s values and its commitment to promoting fit over rankings.
Uphold the School’s mission, vision, and values, acting in a manner that sets the highest example for the students of the school. Accordingly, maintain integrity, honor, responsible citizenship, and respect for the rights of others.
Actively support the School’s efforts in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
Perform other duties as directed by the Head of School or the Head’s designee.
The Director of College Counseling has an impeccable work ethic, a high-level of analytical ability, and excellent interpersonal, communication, and technology skills. A successful candidate has the ability to work independently and the ability to forge effective working relationships with a broad range of internal and external constituents. This position requires both big-picture thinking and attention to detail, managing multiple tasks and priorities effectively. An understanding of, and a commitment to, a culturally and ethnically diverse population is essential to including: the ability to support first-generation college-bound students and those from low-income backgrounds; making culturally-responsive college lists that are mindful of that school’s ability to holistically support our students; supporting personal essay writing that is sensitive to communities of color, LBGTQ+, differently-abled, and any variety of othered voices; and working with families that have complex compositions and relationships.
At least 3-5 years of experience in college counseling, preferably in an independent school.
A bachelor’s degree required; a master’s degree in a related field is desirable.
Exceptional interpersonal skills and the ability to foster positive relationships.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
The ability to work collaboratively with co-workers and community members.
A strong understanding of admission and financial aid processes.
Ability to maintain clear, accurate records, and prepare accurate, timely records and reports.
Understanding of college counseling software and strong computer literacy.
Internal Number: 202101
About Antilles School
Antilles School is an independent coeducational day school located on St. Thomas, in the US Virgin
Islands. Antilles enrolls approximately 400 students in a toddler program through grade 12.
Excellence, Diversity and Community are the guiding principles for each day at Antilles.
Antilles School is committed to the pursuit of educational excellence and a purposeful life. We foster a sense of community, embrace diversity and creativity, seek to develop the whole child, and prepare students for success in college and beyond.