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Job Title: Associate Director of College Counseling
Division/Department: College Counseling
Reports to: Executive Director of College Counseling
Direct Reports TBD
Type of position/FLSA: Exempt
The full time Associate Director of College Counseling assists the Directors of College Counseling in overseeing and implementing the college counseling process for the Upper School.
Serves as a contact for students, parents and college admission representatives for Chadwick School.
Guides approximately 30 seniors and their families in the fall, 30 juniors and families beginning in January as they undertake the college selection, application, financing and enrollment process. Continue work with those families through the student graduation.
Introduces approximately 30 sophomores and their families to the college process through individual and family meetings that begin in March. Continue work with those families through the student graduation.
Represents Chadwick School to build and maintain strong relationships with college admission and financial aid officials, keeping them well informed about the school, its offerings, quality and integrity.
Participates as a member of the committee that writes, reviews and refines the Chadwick School letters of reference sent to each college and university on behalf of each Chadwick School senior.
Maintain periodic communication and updates about prospective students with colleges receiving applications.
Provide and engage in both scheduled and unscheduled meetings with students in their development of academic programs, supplementing the academic advisor. Work to develop and review college lists, application preparation considerations and essay writing feedback
Participate with other college counselors in conducting essay review and feedback sessions for students.
Participate in and/or lead summer essay and application writing workshop(s) for seniors.
Communicate regularly with students and their parents, as needed while respecting and retaining confidentiality expectations.
Assist and/or lead programming; present to parents and/or students at class-focused college counseling evening program events and school-day events.
Research, recommend, and post information Naviance’s Family Connection website regarding scholarships/financial aid, summer programs and other special off-campus programs. Advise students of appropriate responsibilities.
Produce regular communications to a Chadwick class (10th or 11th or 12th grade) regarding college programs, visitors, aid and testing information.
Assist, as needed, with standardized testing administrations and proctoring (SATs, APs, and PSATs and, if offered, ACT).
Periodic travel to attend national meetings and college campuses across the U.S., as well as local college counseling events.
Assist in updates to College Counseling Handbook
Maintain Scholarship database
Richly engage in school community through committees, faculty and staff programs, events and organizations.
Provide counsel to faculty advisors, grade level head advisors and deans of students regarding curriculum and student course selections
Other related duties may be assigned.
EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE AND SKILL REQUIREMENTS
Bachelor’s degree required.
Combined experience of 5 or more years as an admission officer and/or college counselor.
Experience in selective college admission process preferred.
Additional experience as a teacher or in the administration of financial aid or scholarship programs helpful.
Excellent written and oral communication skills required and writing samples will be requested as part of a candidate review.
Comfort with public presentations, with data, research skill, quality of writing, all will all be considered.
Facility with student data systems, Microsoft Office Suite, Google Docs, Google Classroom, experience with Naviance and Family Connection software or verifiable, transferrable skills to quickly gain mastery expected. Valid driver’s license, flexibility to travel required.
Note: The job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties and responsibilities that are required of the position.
About Chadwick School
Chadwick is a K-12 coeducational non-denominational independent day school located on a beautiful 45-acre campus on a hill overlooking mountains, canyons and the Pacific Ocean. Founded as a boarding school in the 1930's in what was then a remote area of Los Angeles County, the school has retained its rural charm and relaxed, welcoming atmosphere. Thirty-three faculty and staff families reside on campus, adding to a strong sense of community and shared aspirations.
The school is dedicated to academic excellence and to the development of the character and individual gifts of its students. The school’s challenging academic offerings are therefore complemented by extensive programs in community service, outdoor education, athletics and the arts, in which virtually all students participate.
Chadwick is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit. School policy prohibits unlawful discrimination based on age, ancestry, color, disability, marital status, medical condition, national origin, religious beliefs, sex, sexual orientation and race, or any other applicable law prohibiting discrimination in employment. This commitment applies to all empl...oyees and agents of the school, including the headmaster, division and department directors, supervisors and co-workers.