At Marin Academy, our unique educational approach inspires teachers and students to work side-by-side every day immersing themselves deeply in their subjects, while honing the ability to think critically and creatively. And because many voices are welcomed and encouraged at MA, our students cultivate the tools they need to live their lives fully—and the inspiration to contribute as compassionate citizens to our world.
Marin Academy is seeking a full-time Director of College Counseling for the 2021-2022 academic year. This position leads the current team of two college counselors and a part-time assistant.
The Marin Academy college counseling focuses on four values:
Choices: Every student should have choices in where they can attend college or pursue post-secondary
Self-Awareness: Students should learn about themselves throughout the
Autonomy: Throughout the college search and application process, students should begin to take ownership over their goals and
Self-Worth: While college can be a transformative and impactful time in a person's life, our office challenges students to identify intrinsic and internal sources of fulfillment.
Our office has created programming that cultivates deep relationships with our students, promotes self-reflection, and emphasizes a values-driven college process.
Leadership and Counseling Services
Directs the strategic approach to college counseling for Marin
Leads and supervises the entire college counseling office, including two Associate Directors of College Counseling and a 50%
Collaborates closely with the College Counseling team to develop and implement thoughtful, effective college counseling strategies, innovative programming, and best practices in the context of Marin In particular, we are constantly working to evaluate and improve our approach as it relates to our school’s mission.
Advises on a highly-personalized basis 30% of the junior and senior classes (approximately 30-35 students per class) about all phases of the college admissions process, from initial inquiry to matriculation.
Meets with Marin Academy parents about the college search and application process and the individual needs.
Writes individualized letters of recommendation on behalf of their caseload of the senior class, summarizing each student’s high school experience and the faculty’s views of the overall contribution made by that student.
Ensures communication to different stakeholders (students, parents, faculty, and administration) is effective.
Plans and delivers a series of formal programming for families, including Junior Preview Night, Senior Parent College Night, Case Studies, and Financial Aid Night for students and parents, helping them to understand the intricacies of college admission.
Creates and maintains curriculum for the senior college seminar in the fall and possible seminars for juniors.
Builds upon a culture of inclusivity in the college process, including setting expectations for students and families on acting equitably.
Maintains and cultivates relationships with college admission officers, which includes hosting them during their visits to
Stays informed on current admissions and counseling trends through reading and research, maintaining membership in, and attending professional associations and conferences, participating in campus visits and tours, and networking extensively with college admissions and college counseling colleagues.
Serves as an advisor for a cohort of 10-12th grade students.
Assists Advisors, the Deans, and the Academic Dean in developing appropriate class selections for each junior/senior
Maintains a thorough understanding of each department’s curricular offerings and policies and serves on the Curriculum
Administrative Duties/Public Relations
Develops and maintains close relationships with college- admission personnel, including a week of advocacy travel each
Serves on the Head of School’s Administrative Team, providing advice on school policies and
Publishes the school profile.
Represents Marin Academy at regional and national meetings of college-admission
Coordinates the visitations of college-admission officers to campus, ensuring that each leaves with an appreciation for our
Administers PSAT to all sophomores and juniors and proctors extended time testing on campus for SAT in addition to the AP testing
Requirements and Qualifications
Demonstrated cultural awareness, including knowledge of themselves and the cultural lenses they bring. The candidate will understand different perspectives, interact respectfully with cultures other than their own, and cultivate meaningful relationships with people who have different cultural frameworks.
Bachelor's degree; Master’s degree
Five or more years of relevant experience in either selective college admissions or college
An understanding of the University of California and California State University admissions practices
Excellent listening, counseling, communication, public speaking, and technology
Prior experience working with a diverse student population and demonstrated equity and inclusion Candidates should be aware of their own identity and biases, consider how privilege impacts the college process, possess an interest in hearing about the unique stories of all students, and take into account how students' college experiences vary according to racial, cultural, and financial backgrounds.
Knowledgeable or eager to learn about equity and inclusion on college campuses, the financial pressures inherent to the college process, and about Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), and Predominantly White Institutions (PWIs) that are affirming and supportive.
Strong organizational and time management.
Some evening and weekend work is required.
About Marin Academy
MA is in the early years of an ambitious strategic plan which emphasizes interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary teaching and learning, competency-based assessment, and equity and inclusion. Candidates eager to work toward these strategic goals will be prioritized in our search progress. Furthermore, we welcome candidates who are eager to grow in their professional lives and who demonstrate a willingness and an ability to engage in reflection on their practice.
MA values the inclusion of many voices and perspectives, and candidates should have the inclination and experience to work in a diverse community focused on issues of equity and social justice. In addition, we highly value the student-teacher relationship. Individuals with a demonstrated desire to play roles across the school including but not limited to advising, leading student activities, coaching and/or supporting other key programs are encouraged to apply.
Marin Academy’s mission statement “asks every individual to think, question, and create in an environment of encouragement and compassion, and challenges each person to accept the responsibilities posed by education in a democratic society.” The school is a vi...brant and diverse community, and students and teachers alike continue to work towards the furthering of an inclusive and supportive school. Marin Academy is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity, and people of color and women are encouraged to apply. For more information about Marin Academy, please visit our website (www.ma.org).