Germantown Academy, located in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, is seeking qualified, experienced candidates for a Full-time Associate Director of College Counseling beginning August 2023. This is a 10-month position which offers an excellent array of benefits and a highly competitive salary. In addition, 100% tuition remission is available for a total of two children who qualify for admission and for whom space is available. The Academy, founded in 1759, is a non-sectarian, coeducational, college preparatory school of more than 1,200 students in Grades PK-12, located in the northwest suburbs of Philadelphia on a campus of 126 acres.
Candidates must exhibit an appreciation of, a sensitivity to, and respect for a diverse academic environment, inclusive of students, faculty, and staff of varying social, economic, cultural, ideological, and ethnic backgrounds. At Germantown Academy, we are committed to creating a learning environment that is as diverse as the broader, global world of which we are a part. We value this diversity because it makes us a stronger community, enriches our thinking, and helps us to develop our collaborative spirit.
Germantown Academy seeks an Associate Director of College Counseling to work collaboratively with the Director and a team of three other college counselors to assist with all operations of the office, work closely with students and families, and manage a caseload of 35-40 students in each of the sophomore, junior, and senior classes.
Specific duties include:
Working collaboratively as a member of an energetic team;
Writing comprehensive counselor recommendations for approximately 35-40 students in each graduating class;
Teaching College Seminar for juniors (educates students about the college search and provides a forum for juniors to complete the Common Application);
Helping students and families negotiate a complicated college admission landscape by providing emotional support as well as assistance in developing initial college lists and appropriate college matches, reviewing applications and essays, and serving as a resource on financial aid and all aspects of the process;
Establishing relationships with college and university representatives through meetings with college representatives who visit GA, visiting college campuses, and attending regional and national conferences;
Advocating for seniors in the admissions process;
Fully utilizing the resources of Naviance to facilitate the college search and application processes;
Developing programming and providing support for younger students as they learn the college counseling process and make the most of their school resources;
Supporting divisional and school-wide initiatives through committee work as appropriate;
Serving as an advisor to approximately ten students in GA’s House system;
Assisting with coordination of a spring college fair and other college counseling programming;
Managing the office and attending administrative meetings in the absence of the Director;
Participating in professional development related to college counseling and the school’s strategic priorities;
Participating in faculty and staff meetings;
Serving as the test center coordinator or a member of the testing team;
Performing an additional role in the school community depending on skill set, such as teaching a class or coaching a sport.
Requirements and Skills:
A minimum of five years’ experience in high school college counseling and knowledge of independent schools;
Strong written and verbal communication skills;
Strong organizational and presentation skills with an ability to meet deadlines;
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and independently;
Deep knowledge of admission trends and policies, financial aid, and individual colleges.
Germantown Academy, located in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania. The Academy, founded in 1759, is a non-sectarian, coeducational, college preparatory school of more than 1,200 students in Grades PK-12, located in the northwest suburbs of Philadelphia on a campus of 126 acres. At Germantown Academy, we are committed to creating a learning environment that is as diverse as the broader, global world of which we are a part. We value this diversity because it makes us a stronger community, enriches our thinking and helps us to develop our collaborative spirit.