Scheck Hillel Community School is a nationally recognized college preparatory and Jewish community school located in North Miami Beach, Florida. Founded in 1971, our well-rounded, rigorous, dual curriculum program serves over 1200 students in PKT through 12th grade. The individualized college preparatory curriculum includes STEM and design, Capstone, College Dual-Enrollment, Arts, Athletics, and service learning. Our 14-acre campus includes a 115,000 sq. ft. athletic complex with additional academic expansion plans.
As a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, we attract and retain a diverse faculty and staff who demonstrate professional excellence with an unwavering commitment to delivering an education of unsurpassed quality. As a community school, we understand that our school isn't just about education, it's about the whole child.
The School is currently seeking a qualified Director of College Counseling to begin summer 2023. Reporting to the High School Director, the Director of College Counseling has the overall responsibility for guiding the members of each year’s graduating class through the transition to post-secondary education/careers. They set a vision for programming that meets the post-secondary needs and interests of students enrolled in a community school, meet individually with students and families to advise them on all parts of the college-career transition, and collaborate with administrators and staff to ensure that strong systems are in place to support postsecondary pathways.
Oversee the College Counseling Team
Develop an efficient, positive, and effective team culture by building the team’s competencies
Lead the team in the assignment of students to college counselors
Lead the team in coordinating programs with high school counselors
Maintenance and management of Cialfo, College Kickstart, and other associated databases
Review, adjust, and improve the college counseling program each year to meet the changing needs of students in the college admissions process
Help recruit, hire, and onboard new college counselors as needed
Leads Student Supports
Presenting the college counseling process to parents and students individually and in small groups
Teach college readiness classes second semester to students in 11th grade
Write and prepare counselor recommendations for students
Manage the teacher's letter of recommendation process for students
Assist high school counselors in meetings with students on course selection
Develop and oversee communications plans and parent education opportunities for parents and students.
Managing application submission progress for all students
Coordinating experiences such as essay writing workshops, the senior application retreat, and college visits
Foster relationships with external organizations
Visits to college campuses to establish and maintain mutually beneficial relationships with college admission staff. The director participates in three or four such tours each year generally during the summer.
Attend national and regional conferences, such as NACAC and SACAC
Manage college visits on campus
Represent Scheck Hillel Community School in the Association for Independent Miami Schools (AIMS) and participate (and help plan when necessary) in the yearly AIMS Miami Invitational College Fair
Foster relationships with the faculty and administration:
Work effectively with the Office of Admissions and the Office of Communications to accurately and regularly market the school and share college-related news
Prepare board reports for the Head of School
Participates in curriculum committee meetings, when needed, to advise and explain how college
Provide professional development for faculty and administration as needed in regard to College Counseling and college admissions
Review all teacher letters of recommendation and advise new faculty in the writing of college recommendations
We offer a comprehensive compensation package that includes competitive salary, benefits, professional development, opportunity for growth and more. For further consideration, email resumes or visit our website at www.ehillel.org for more information about Scheck Hillel. Scheck Hillel is an equal opportunity employer.
Strong candidates for the Director of College Counseling will have significant knowledge of and expertise in preparing high school students for post-secondary pathways, while demonstrating: deep care for students, and families on their caseload, an ability to be a self-starter and take initiative, a love for collaboration and teamwork, strong work ethic, excellent organizational skills, flexibility, and ease and experience in managing data systems relevant for postsecondary counseling.
Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university (Master’s Preferred)
Minimum of 5 years experience working as a high school college counselor and/or a college admissions representative
Minimum of 2 years of leadership experience in high school college counseling or college admission preferred
Demonstrated experience in leading, motivating, growing, and developing high-performing teams which deliver results
Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills including working with students, teachers, leaders, and families
Strategic thinking about the future direction of college counseling and how we best support our students and families
Strong relationships with the college and university admissions teams
Deep understanding of the admissions environment both in the US and internationally
Ability to respond effectively to the needs of a diverse and multicultural student population
Ability to respond effectively to the high expectations of student and parent populations
Significant experience in college/career counseling work with youth
A minimum of 2 years of experience managing others
Previous experience in using data to drive decision making strongly preferred
Proficient in technology related to college admissions (e.g., Cialfo, Common Application, UCAS)