General Summary: Supports the School’s mission by preparing students and their families to make well-informed decisions regarding all aspects of the college preparation and application process. Leads students towards fulfillment of their potential for intellectual, emotional, social, and physical growth and maturation. Performs complex professional work, while counseling and motivating students in a safe and caring college-preparatory learning environment.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Counsel an assigned, diverse caseload of Upper School students grades 9-12 and their parents, adapting counseling practice with each to establish a rapport of trust, providing informed support in all aspects of college preparation, selection, application, and admission processes, including essay writing, and consideration of alternative post-secondary options including gap years and post-graduate years.
Write knowledgeable, compelling school recommendation letters for each assigned student.
Provide information and support regarding financial aid and scholarships.
Conduct college counseling classes for juniors and seniors, class and small group meetings, and evening programs in all areas of college counseling.
Counsel students on all aspects of standardized testing, including test preparation, registration, fees, accommodations, and score submission. Provide support for administration of standardized tests at USM.
Collaborate with class deans, administration, school counselor, faculty, and student advisers to provide solution-focused programming to support students’ successful transition to college.
Host and assist in coordination of college admission representatives visits to campus, both in-person and virtual, to enhance department knowledge of college options and educate representatives about USM.
Assist in planning and chaperoning one overnight trip to visit college campuses in the Upper Midwest.
Actively participate in professional development opportunities, campus visits, and represent the School at conferences and local events.
Serve as liaison to Athletic Department in support of recruited athletes.
Help create and maintain a supportive learning environment for all students that encourages social interaction, active engagement in learning, self-reflection and self-motivation.
Participate actively in the life of the school and in administrative, departmental, faculty meetings and in-service events.
Complete other duties as deemed appropriate by the Upper School Administration, which may occur on school holidays, evenings, and weekends.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Strong knowledge of the selective college admission and financial aid processes and private or independent college-preparatory schools
Cultural awareness and the ability to establish strong working relationships with people of varying perspectives and backgrounds.
Secure knowledge of best practices and ethical guidelines in college admission counseling
Technological proficiency in college counseling-related platforms, including and preferably beyond Naviance (e.g. SCOIR, Cialfo, Maia Learning), as well as College Kickstart, Google Drive, Microsoft Office, etc.
Desire to work with a diverse and demanding student and parent body
Collaborative approach and a strong ability to cultivate positive, professional relationships
Exceptional writing and communication skills, including public speaking
Strong interpersonal skills and great sense of humor
Excellent organizational skills with a strong degree of self- direction and motivation
High level of maturity, confidentiality, and assertiveness
Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in College Counseling, Education, or related field; Master’s Degree preferred
3-5 years counseling experience
Experience in educational technology
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
Additional Salary Information: Plus full benefits package
About University School of Milwaukee
University School of Milwaukee is an independent, co-educational, college preparatory day school for students from prekindergarten (age 3) through grade 12. Current enrollment is 1,060 students. We welcome candidates that add to our diversity. University School of Milwaukee is an equal opportunity employer. More information may be found at www.usmk12.org.