The Derryfield School seeks an experienced and dynamic Director of College Counseling. This is a full-time, 12-month, position beginning July 2021; salary is competitive based on experience. The Director will lead a staff of one other counselor and an administrative assistant in guiding students and their families through all stages of the college search and admission process. Derryfield’s four-year, developmental approach to the process includes self-assessment and forward planning for freshmen and sophomores, and one- on-one college counseling relationships with juniors and seniors. While grounded in the philosophy of the student-centered and student-driven search for “match,” working closely with parents is an intrinsic part of the process as well.
Responsibilities will include: • Overseeing the daily operation of a successful, comprehensive counseling program • Working individually with 35 – 50 students in each of grades eleven and twelve, and actively contributing to all office programs, presentations, and initiatives; reporting directly to the Head of Upper School • Developing and maintaining close professional relationships with students, parents, faculty/staff, and college admission personnel • Writing the School Letter of Recommendation and acting as advocate for each counselee • Travel to regional and national professional development conferences and to individual colleges and universities • Serving as an academic advisor for approximately eight students • Fulfilling other school duties/responsibilities deemed appropriate for the position
Qualities of a successful candidate will include:
• Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree and five to ten years of experience in independent school college counseling and selective college admission. Master’s degree preferred. • Excellent organization and communication skills — both written and oral • Strong ability to listen, reflect, and connect with students; to collaborate with energy and creativity as a team player; and to think strategically — both as it relates to the admission process and to the efforts of the office as a whole • Thorough understanding of the application process at public and private colleges and universities, current trends in admission, and financial aid • Facility with technology • Demonstrated interest in working with teenagers and in valuing diversity • A good sense of humor, enthusiasm, and a strong work ethic