Founded in 1923, John Burroughs School is an independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school for grades 7-12 located on a 49-acre campus in St. Louis, Missouri. Burroughs currently has 650 students, 46 percent of whom identify as students of color. Twenty-six percent of the student body receives tuition aid.
Burroughs strives to instill the joy of living through active learning, integrity, and service to others. We seek to cultivate an inclusive community that nurtures authentic learners who lead and inspire meaningful lives. At Burroughs we do so by valuing and learning from our differences, embracing challenges and championing growth, fostering a culture of great expectations, teaching empathy and the power of service, and offering a balanced and broad experience. Faculty, parents/guardians, and students share a commitment to a liberal arts education that strikes a balance among academics, arts, athletics, and activities. We believe that the many dimensions of diversity, equity, and inclusivity are essential to excellence in education, and they are woven into the fabric of the Burroughs experience.
The Director of College Counseling will develop and manage an outstanding program, leading a team of college counselors who work closely with students throughout their high school years to educate them and and their families about the application process, to guide them through the development of appropriate lists, to provide assistance as they apply, and to counsel them as they determine their best match. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Providing families (typically, 110-115 per grade) with information, advice and counseling as they consider higher education;
Counseling 35-40 students and their families;
Hiring, supporting and evaluating the college counseling team, which includes three counselors and a full-time administrative assistant/registrar;
Managing the budget for the department;
Developing appropriate grade-level programming for families throughout the high school years, including regular seminars for juniors and seniors and evening programs for parents/guardians;
Providing advice and support as families consider course selection, standardized testing, essay writing, interviewing, visiting schools, and applying;
Overseeing the standardized testing of all students;
Working closely with the Head of School, the Assistant Head of School for Academic Affairs, the principals, the counseling department, the academic support department and all department chairs to provide appropriate input into curricular and student support needs;
Understanding the nuances of the curriculum in order to represent it appropriately to college representatives;
Working closely with the alumni office to maintain connections with recent graduates;
Working closely with the admission office to represent the philosophy of the school with prospective families;
Staying informed on admissions and college counseling trends locally and nationally, and maintaining a presence--and ideally leadership--in SLACC, NACAC, MoACAC, ACCIS and other organizations;
Establishing and maintaining close working relationships with college and university admissions representatives through hosting events on campus and regularly traveling to colleges;
Working closely with the communications office to update the website, regular newsletters, handbooks and other materials related to college counseling;
Understanding major issues in college counseling--from financial aid, to merit scholarships, to all national issues--in order to keep the faculty, staff, administration, student body, parent body and Board of Trustees educated and informed about important issues;
Remaining abreast in DEI issues to ensure outstanding support for families of all religious, ethnic, racial, and socio-economic backgrounds;
Serving as an expert on athletic recruitment, music and theater auditioning; portfolio submissions and other special requirements of the application process;
Interviewing prospective students;
Engaging in the life of the school by being a presence at events like plays, concerts, and athletic events;
Being a supportive and engaging colleague and school leader.
The ideal candidate will:
Have a college degree and possibly an MA;
Have expertise in the college counseling world through many years of experience and leadership in a college admissions office and/or a strong independent school college counseling program;
Have strong cultural competency demonstrated by a commitment to work in diversity, equity and inclusion;
Have strong technical skills and comfort with Cialfo and/or Naviance as well as traditional software programs;
Be an effective writer and speaker;
Be an outstanding and collaborative colleague with a tremendous work ethic and sense of humor.
Interested candidates should submit the following documents electronically to Dorothy Swicord, Special Assistant to the Head of School ([email protected]).
Cover letter stating interest in and qualifications for the position
Educational philosophy statement that includes approach to college counseling
Current resume, including phone number and email address
Names, email addresses, and phone numbers of three references
Files will be reviewed as received with a strong preference given to candidates whose materials are received by DECEMBER 1.
After reviewing all applications, Head of School Andy Abbott and Assistant Head of School for Academic Affairs Chris Front will speak to a select group of applicants by phone. Our hope is to complete those phone interviews by January 10. From that group, three to four candidates will be invited to Burroughs for a school day in mid-to-late January during which they will be interviewed; go on a student-led tour of our campus; and meet with students, faculty members, and administrators.
Founded in 1923, John Burroughs School is a top-tier, independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school for 650 students in grades 7-12 located on a 49-acre campus in St. Louis, Missouri. Burroughs strives to instill the joy of living through active learning, integrity, and service to others. We seek to cultivate an inclusive community that nurtures authentic learners who lead and inspire meaningful lives. At Burroughs we do so by loving and learning from our differences, embracing challenges and championing growth, fostering a culture of great expectations, teaching empathy and the power of service, and offering a balanced and broad experience. Faculty, parents, and students share a commitment to a liberal arts education that strikes a balance among academics, arts, athletics, and activities. We believe that the many dimensions of diversity, equity, and inclusivity are essential to excellence in education, and they are woven into the fabric of the Burroughs experience.