Director of College Counseling

A. Fussell
St. John’s School is seeking a high-energy and dynamic team leader and experienced college counselor to serve as its Director of College Counseling for the 2018-2019 school year. St. John’s has a full-time enrollment of 1,355 students in Grades K-12. The Class of 2019 has 171 rising seniors, with a target class size of 175 students in the Classes of 2020 and beyond.
 
The Director of College Counseling is a full-time position, reporting directly to the Head of Upper School. The Director of College Counseling is also a member of the Upper School Administrative Team and the St. John’s K-12 Senior Leadership Team. The ideal candidate will be fully invested in the life of the St. John’s community, enthusiastic about working closely with students, their families, fellow administrators, faculty, and college admissions representatives, as well as possess a proven track record as an effective leader and team player.
 
Primary Responsibilities include:
  • Lead and manage the College Counseling Department and its team that currently includes four full-time Associate Directors and one full-time Administrative Assistant;
  • Advise a caseload of approximately 35 students through all aspects of the college search process, including researching schools, crafting a college list, guiding the application and essay-writing process, writing letters of recommendation, and determining a “best fit” school;
  • Oversee the overall comprehensive college search preparation processes for Classes 9-12, including programs, meetings, newsletter communication, and other activities;
  • Plan and execute a variety of on-campus college counseling programs, including parent/guardian programs and workshops, case studies programs, and college admissions representative visits;
  • Continually evaluate the college counseling department’s programming and approach to establish the best practices in the context of the St. John’s students and community;
  • Oversee document collection and submission process for all college applications and deadlines;
  • Guide College Counseling Department in weekly team meetings and other effective communication and teamwork;
  • Oversee faculty in writing letters of recommendation and communicate with faculty and staff to keep them informed of the college counseling programs’ activities;
  • Visit colleges to strengthen knowledge base and develop and maintain mutually beneficial relationships with college admissions representatives;
  • Prepare annual report and make presentation to the Board of Trustees and keep school leadership informed of both St. John’s School college counseling progress as well as the context of national college admissions trends;
  • Attend and present at regional, national, and other professional conferences, and ensure the College Counseling Department members’ professional development;
  • Attend regular Upper School, Senior Leadership, and faculty/staff meetings;
  • Engage enthusiastically and actively in the St. John’s School community, including attending student athletic events, performances, social activities, and chaperoning;
  • Establish and maintain annual department budget;
  • Manage other duties and responsibilities as assigned.
 
Desired qualifications and attributes:
  • A minimum of five or more years of college counseling experience at an independent school and/or college admissions experience at a highly selective college;
  • Outstanding oral and written communication and grammar skills in all formats: listening, public speaking, and writing;
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with all key constituents, including students, families, administration, faculty, and other members of the St. John’s School community and beyond;
  • Commitment to serving and being fully invested in the St. John’s community;
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion;
  • Bachelor’s degree is required; a master’s degree or higher is strongly preferred.
 
Interested candidates should contact Ms. Hollis Amley, Head of Upper School, at hamley@sjs.org.
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