The Bolles School in Jacksonville, Florida is seeking an Assistant Director of College Counselingto serve on a team of five college counselors and one Administrative Assistant. The ideal candidate will have experience in either highly selective college admissions or independent school college counseling (or both) and will be philosophically committed to helping students find the proper college match based on their individual talents, skills, and values.
Bolles is an independent, co-educational day and boarding school founded in 1933 and beautifully situated on the banks of the St. Johns River in the heart of the Jacksonville metropolitan area. One of the most ethnically and religiously diverse independent schools in the Southeast, Bolles enrolls nearly 1700 students in grades pre-K through 12 and is known for its rigorous academic, nationally acclaimed athletic, and outstanding arts programs. A strong Honor Code sets the tone for campus life, and a robust financial aid budget ensures that a broad spectrum of students has access to a Bolles education. Seventy percent of our students leave the state of Florida for their college education, and this year’s graduating class of 195 students will attend 93 different colleges and universities across the U.S. and abroad.
Position Purpose: Each Assistant Director is responsible for supervising all aspects of the college search and application process and serves as academic advisor to 40-45 seniors. This is an 11-month position reporting to the Director of College Counseling.
Works intensively and collaboratively with students and families, welcoming conversations and encouraging interaction among students, parents, and the college counseling office.
Guides students through all aspects of the college exploration and application process, including writing letters of recommendation for a caseload of 40-45 students.
Regularly monitors students’ academic and personal progress; communicate with parents.
Creates/presents student and parent programs throughout the year.
Maintains up-to-date knowledge of current trends in the field of college admission.
Creates and maintains professional relationships with college admission officers.
Actively participates in local and national associations; participates in college tours and networks with colleagues in college admission counseling.
Demonstrates and enthusiastically support the School’s Mission.
Performs in a manner that reflects positively on The Bolles School.
Communicates well, work congenially, and interact effectively with all school personnel and families, as well as with the larger educational community.
Performs other duties as requested.
Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university is required; Master’s degree preferred.
Previous college admission, advising, and/or independent secondary school experience preferred
Broad knowledge of colleges and universities across the U.S.
Commitment to guiding students with a wide variety of academic and extra-curricular interests and abilities
Excellent writing skills
Strong organizational and planning skills
Strong public speaking skills in order to participate in presentations to students, parents, and colleagues
About The Bolles School
The Bolles School is a nationally renowned, independent day and boarding School serving over 1,600 students in Pre-K through grade 12 on four campuses in Jacksonville and surrounding communities. A leader in academics, arts, and athletics, the School is firmly rooted in the principles that have characterized its community and traditions for nearly 85 years: pursuing excellence through courage, integrity, and compassion. The vast resources and expert instruction available to students as they explore and hone their individual interests and strengths are embodied in the School’s motto -- All Things Possible -- and students eagerly embrace the myriad of opportunities available to them both in and out of the classroom.