The Dwight-Englewood School College Counseling Office is seeking an experienced individual to join our successful six person team as a Director of College Counseling. Ideal candidates have at least three to five years’ experience in selective college admissions and/or college counseling in independent schools, and extensive knowledge about the college research, application, and selection process. Also required are exceptional communication and writing skills along with a desire to work with students and families in a collaborative setting. As an academically rigorous college preparatory institution which greatly values diversity and integrity, this work serves a vital role in our community.
This role has the responsibility for counseling students and their families in grades 9 through 12 with regard to the college research, selection, application and admission process. The Director will provide support and guidance for college admissions, internships, gap-year experiences, trade schools, and entrepreneurship opportunities. Understanding that our student body is diverse in cultural background, the director must have the broadest possible knowledge and understanding of the possibilities for students. The four Directors of College Counseling work in collaboration with each other and the Dean, each reporting to the Dean of College Counseling and the Upper School Principal.
Primary Responsibilities of the Director(s):
Guide students through the college application process
Teaching College Knowledge, the college counseling curriculum in during the spring semester of junior year
Establish, maintain, and develop relationships with college admissions professionals
Attend national and regional conferences
Meeting with parents/guardians individually about their children’s college process
Composing counselor recommendation letters for senior advisees
Organizing and hosting College Roundtable discussions for Upper School parents throughout the year
Representing CCO at school wide admission open houses and other events as needed
Hosting over 100 colleges who visit campus, either in person or virtually each fall to recruit students
Assisting with annual Junior Families College Night and/or Virtual College Conference
Advising on course selection and its ramifications in the college selection process
Assessing students’ academic progress to meet requirements of specific colleges
Overseeing progress through the fall process of finalizing student college application lists and submission of applications
Organizing financial aid workshops, and assist senior families in their understanding of financial aid packages
Guiding students and families on the college admissions software: Scoir, which serves as the central communication tool and application management database for students and the College Counseling Office
Maintaining the college counseling web pages, through our school's website
Terms of Employment:
This administrative position begins each year in mid-August two weeks before school opens (one week before the faculty arrives) and lasts until mid-June, for a week after the faculty leaves. Specific dates are provided in each contract.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Desire to work successfully in a collaborative environment with an established team
Demonstrated understanding of the college application process
Strong knowledge and understanding of college options, and the ability to guide a diverse student body with specific information about schools
Excellent communication ability including writing and presentation skills
Superior organizational skills
Empathetic style and counseling expertise with both parents and students
Facility and experience with technology
Enthusiasm for working with adolescents and their parents
Humor, and grace under pressure, and the ability to work independently
A commanding knowledge of college admissions and financial aid processes, an interest in remaining current on the admissions and higher education landscape, and a commitment to professional development. Essential skills include an excellent work ethic and the ability to communicate effectively with students, parents, faculty and other professional colleagues.
About Dwight-Englewood School
Dwight-Englewood School (D-E) is a coeducational, college preparatory school for students in preschool through grade twelve. We are a diverse community where, in small classes, teachers create an environment that promotes ethical decision-making centered around the school’s core values: respect, honesty, good judgment, commitment, courage, and community. Located in a quiet New Jersey suburb ten minutes away from New York City, we enroll over 1000 students from 89 communities in Bergen and northern Hudson Counties in New Jersey, southern Rockland County in New York, along with a sizable population of students coming to us from New York City. Our convenient location accommodates both urban and suburban residential choices, provides a wide variety of cultural opportunities, and offers easy access to nearby athletic and outdoor experiences. www.d-e.org
D-E is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, ethnicity, age, national origin, religion, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy or military veteran status. The diversity of our student body supports our commitment to employ a diverse faculty and staff. ...Educators who bring knowledge and expertise in equity, diversity and multicultural education are especially encouraged to apply.