Assistant/Associate Director of College Counseling
Location: Christchurch, Virginia
Type: Full Time
Salary: Competitive compensation
Compensation & Benefits: Christchurch School offers a highly competitive compensation package for this full-time position with benefits to include excellent health plan options, retirement benefits, professional development, and networking opportunities.
Christchurch School is a co-ed Episcopal boarding and day school serving grades 9—12. Founded in 1921, Christchurch is located on a 125-acre waterfront campus on the Rappahannock River in Virginia. The school’s Mission is to inspire and guide each student's unique journey to self-confidence, purpose, and identity within a caring, structured community, where they discover their infinite value and develop the skills to become compassionate, successful, and engaged global citizens.
Position Overview. Christchurch School seeks a full-time Assistant/Associate Director of College Counseling to work with, and assist, the Director of College Counseling. We are looking for people who foster an inclusive workplace built on equitable policies and procedures, and who are also able to engage a diverse team of co-workers and students. This position will work with a caseload of students in their junior and senior years and is expected to engage actively in the Christchurch School community in support of our students. This includes contributing to the residential boarding program and acting as advisor to a small group of students. It is also customary for full-time faculty to contribute to the co-curricular program for two out of three seasons. This is an exempt 10-month faculty employee reporting to the Director of College Counseling.
Assist the Director of College Counseling in designing and implementing a program for students and families to counsel them through the college admissions process.
Provide individualized expert advice on the college search, standardized testing, course selection and financial aid.
Write detailed and compelling letters of recommendation for senior students and coordinate the delivery of application materials to colleges (approx. caseload of 30-35 seniors).
Cultivate and sustain relationships with college reps, including hosting them on our campus.
Support student athletes through the recruitment process in collaboration with school coaches.
Be willing to engage in professional development to stay abreast of the evolving trends in college admissions, visit college campuses and attend conferences as appropriate.
Contribute to the vibrant life of a busy boarding/day school by acting as advisor to a small group of students and performing evening and weekend duty on a rotating basis throughout the year.
Contribute to the co-curricular program e.g. by coaching two out of three seasons (other opportunities include Model United Nations, drama, robotics etc.).
Manage other duties as assigned by the Head of School.
Equal Employment Opportunity: The School is an equal opportunity employer. The School provides equal employment opportunity to all employees and job applicants without regard to an individual’s race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions including lactation, age, disability, genetic information or any other factor prohibited by applicable law. All aspects of personnel management – including hiring, promotion, demotion, transfer, recruitment, layoff, discipline, termination, compensation, benefits, training and working conditions – will be administered in accordance with this policy. Each employee is expected to do their part to maintain a working environment free of discrimination, harassment and retaliation.
Conditional Offers: An offer of employment for this position is contingent upon the applicant’s right to work in the United States, authorization for and completion of successful background checks as may be requested by the school or required by law.
Bachelor’s degree required; prior experience in college admissions, either as a high school counselor or college admission officer is preferred.
Candidates should be realistic and excited about the challenges and rewards of working with students who have a wide variety of learning styles and ability levels, and with living in a boarding school.
Excellent communication and organization skills.
Strong technology skills and proficiency with programs like Scoir, Slate, the Common Application, NCAA Initial Eligibility Center, and FAFSA/CSS Profile.
Ability to work at a desk and computer screen for extended periods.
Christchurch School: we combine strong community with innovation to deliver our mission to meet students where they are and help them to find their infinite value in a rapidly changing world. Our traditions encompass being a coeducational Episcopal boarding and day school with an academically diverse student population of 220 college-bound students in grades 9 - 12. We believe strongly in being a mission-driven community. Our teachers know our mission and believe in it, and try to live it everyday. Prospective faculty members should embrace the mission, values and aspirations of our school, and want to live and work with students of many different kinds. Prospective teachers should also be committed to our progressive approach to education, which uses a highly relational, mastery, and place-based approach to build competencies and make meaningful connections so that learning is relevant. More details about our innovative curriculum--as well as our co-curricular programs, which include successful athletics and place-based outdoor immersion programs--are available on our website.
Situated on the banks of the Rappahannock River in rural Tidewater, Virginia, Christchurch is near ...to the village of Urbanna and the towns of Gloucester and Kilmarnock. We are forty-five minutes from Williamsburg (home of the College of William and Mary), and one hour from both Richmond and the Hampton Roads area. With a student population of 220 and a teaching faculty of 30, the atmosphere on campus is collegial, friendly, personal, and above all, community-oriented.
80% of faculty members and their families live on campus, where housing includes utilities. Faculty families are welcome for all regular meals when school is in session. Resident and non-resident members of the faculty participate in the full life of the school-from morning assembly and chapel to classroom and after-school activities, athletics, residential life oversight and weekend activities, as well as special events and awards ceremonies.
The standard load carried by faculty members is 4 classes, 2 co-curricular seasons or the equivalent, and rotating dorm duty. All positions include competitive salary commensurate with experience and education, as well as benefits (major medical insurance, dental, and vision, TIAA-CREF, disability insurance, life insurance, meals, and professional development) and may include housing and utilities.
One of six schools in the Church Schools in the Diocese of Virginia, Christchurch is also a member of the National Association of Independent Schools, the National Association of Episcopal Schools, and the Virginia Association of Independent Schools. We are accredited by VAIS through the Virginia Council for Higher Education, the Commonwealth of Virginia's authorized accrediting agency for independent schools. We subscribe to the principles of good practice of these organizations.
The School is an equal opportunity employer. The School provides equal employment opportunity to all employees and job applicants without regard to an individual’s race, color, national origin, veteran status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related conditions including lactation, age, disability, genetic information or any other factor prohibited by applicable law.
Check out our website and our mission, values, and aspirations: we believe in fostering the infinite value of each student, and we try to live that everyday. Great Journeys Begin at the River!