Dwight School is the first school in the Americas to offer all four International Baccalaureate programs from preschool to grade 12. Guided by our philosophy of igniting the spark of genius in every child, Dwight is an inclusive school that aims to meet the unique needs, abilities, and interests of each student. At the same time, Dwight challenges every student to develop intellectual independence, respect for diversity and belonging, and to become innovators and thought leaders.
Known for its low student-teacher ratio, Dwight enrolls 1,100 students with 400 faculty and staff. Our School rests on three pillars: personalized learning, community, and global vision. As part of a leading global network of schools, Dwight offers employees exciting cross-campus opportunities. Additionally, with the support of The Dwight School Foundation’s generous grants, Dwight provides faculty professional development, enabling teachers to deepen their content knowledge and pursue their own sparks of genius to be shared with the community.
At Dwight, we strive to ensure that our environment is welcoming — a place in which everyone can thrive — and an organization we are proud of. We recognize that this takes trusting relationships and ensuring that all individuals feel valued regardless of their backgrounds. At Dwight, we encourage diversity in all respects, including diversity of thought, and embrace innovation and foster collaboration and growth.
We consistently strive to advance the equity, diversity and belonging of our community in all domains, including the curriculum, admissions, environment, and hiring. Our goal is to achieve and maintain equal employment opportunities, with policies in place to maintain a work environment free from discrimination.
Associate/Assistant Director of College Counseling
Full Time, 8 am-4 pm
Dwight School, an innovative preschool-grade 12 coeducational school on the Upper Westside of Manhattan, is currently offering in-person and remote academic programming for the 2020-21 school year. We are seeking a self-directed, experienced, and energetic college counselor to begin in August 2021.
Work closely with the Director of College Counseling, the other College Counselors, and the Upper School administration to guide 11th and 12th grade students through all aspects of the college exploration and application process
Maintain a professional level of sensitivity to different family cultures and dynamics
Counsel students and parents about college options
Help students self-assess and research higher education and other post secondary opportunities
Plan standardized testing strategies
Develop and write official school letters of recommendation for approximately 40 students
Assist with all aspects of the financial aid process
Review college applications and transcripts
Meet with college representatives who visit Dwight and serve as a liaison with college admissions offices throughout the academic year, helping them to understand and appreciate our students
Visit colleges and universities throughout the academic year and attend national and regional college admissions counseling conferences and forums
Display a commitment to diversity and creating a culture of equity, inclusion, and belonging in approach to teaching and learning, as they are recognized and valued by Dwight
Complete an online anti-bias training program in the first year of teaching
Participate in one after-school activity two out of three trimesters a year
3+ years of successful experience working with students and their families in the college admissions process in either a secondary school college counseling office or in a college admissions office
An in-depth knowledge of colleges and universities as well as a contextual grasp of the current college admissions landscape
Intimate knowledge of the financial aid process
A desire to work intensively and collaboratively with each grade of approximately 90 families, eagerly welcoming conversations and encouraging interaction among students, parents and the college counseling office
Strong analytical writing skills
Active participation in local and national associations relevant to our profession, including NACAC, College Board, and ACCIS, as well as interest in attending college tours and networking with colleagues in college counseling and college admissions
Strong public speaking skills and the desire to participate in events for students, parents and colleagues
A team-oriented approach to all aspects of the college counseling process and collaborative spirit of engagement in all professional endeavors
Commitment to building a diverse, equitable and inclusive school community
Experience counseling a range of learners
Eagerness to contribute positively to the Dwight community
Willingness to engage with and learn from people with diverse backgrounds and experiences
Ability to bring joy, kindness, maturity, and flexibility to the school environment
We’re ready to welcome your ideas, views, and your innovative and ambitious spirit. Interested candidates should submit their most recent resume and cover letter via
We are committed to making our recruitment practices barrier-free and as accessible as possible for everyone. This includes making adjustments or changes for disabled people or people with long-term health conditions. If you would like us to do anything differently during the recruitment process, or provide any information in an alternative format, please let us know.
Dwight School’s goal is to achieve and maintain equal employment opportunities. It is also the policy of Dwight School to maintain a work environment free from discrimination based on race, color, religious creed, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic information, veteran/military status, marital status, or other status protected by federal or state law, with regards to any term or condition of employment.