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Job Description

ABOUT GIRLS PREPARATORY SCHOOL:

Girls Preparatory School (GPS) was founded in 1906 to provide girls with the necessary courses to pursue a college education. GPS has proudly graduated almost 6,000 young women since then. Currently, 130 faculty and staff serve 520 girls in grades 6-12 with a college preparatory curriculum that includes a full complement of humanities, arts, and STEM courses, and cocurricular programs of leadership development, athletics, performing arts, and community engagement.

POSITION SUMMARY:

The Director of College Counseling is responsible for developing and leading a successful, mission-driven, and developmentally appropriate, college counseling program, forming meaningful relationships with students and families to help each girl find the best match during the college search process. The Director works both individually and collaboratively with other members of the College Counseling staff to meet the needs of the girls, their families, college representatives, faculty, and administrators. The Director utilizes and optimizes the collective knowledge of colleges and universities, and the college application and financial aid process, to assist students in identifying and enrolling in schools where each girl will thrive. Additionally, the Director cultivates a culture of girls actively seeking and earning academic and career-focused enrichment and skill development beyond the classrooms of GPS.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Assume responsibility for providing students (grades 9-12) and their parents with information, advice, and counseling as relates to secondary and higher education;
  • Consider specific needs, equity, and access of service; identify and utilize data, and provide students with tools as well as encouragement and inspiration; address both general college planning and specific areas such as athletic recruitment, scholarships/financial aid, fine arts, honors programs, and the transition to college;
  • Assign, train, delegate, and supervise the work of the College Counseling staff, which includes a part-time Administrative Assistant and one Associate Director;
  • Judiciously manage the budget for the department;
  • Create formal programming for grade-level specific parent and student meetings, college nights, daytime college visits, financial aid meetings, etc.;
  • Write and teach curriculum for Senior College Seminars in the fall term and Junior College Seminars in the spring term;
  • Provide strategies, advice, support, and sound counsel to students and families regarding course selection, standardized testing, essay and résumé writing and editing, interviewing, and the college research, application, and selection process from initial discovery to the final matriculation;
  • Maintain confidential records relevant to students and the college search and application process, including letters of recommendations, transcripts, test scores, and essays;
  • Serve as the Standardized Testing and AP Coordinator for all relevant college preparatory tests (PreACT, PSAT, ACT, SAT, and AP exams); administer and proctor all on-campus standardized tests; assist Learning Support Services with testing procedures and administration of students with testing accommodations;
  • Collaborate with the Head of Upper School, Associate Head of School, advisors, class deans, and other relevant constituencies regarding appropriate course selections for each rising junior/senior student;
  • Develop and maintain a deep understanding of the Upper School curriculum in order to translate it to college representatives, as well as parents, and to be able to resolve any misinformation;
  • Seek, maintain, and foster relationships internally with the GPS Development and Alumnae offices, and externally through alumnae and community contacts, when appropriate;
  • Stay informed on current admissions and counseling trends through reading and research, maintaining active membership in organizations such as NACAC, College Board, ACT, SACAC, and ACCIS; attend local professional programs and coordinate events with area independent schools and colleagues; represent the school at relevant state and national meetings, networking extensively at conferences and workshops and by visiting various college campuses;
  • Establish and maintain positive working relationships with college and university admission representatives, nationally and internationally; provide opportunities for representatives to visit GPS in person and virtually during day or evening programs;
  • Oversee the process of developing and finalizing college and program-specific recommendations that accompany each application to every school to which a student applies;
  • Develop, update, and provide guidance and oversight on all materials that represent the College Counseling office’s mission, process, and goals, as well as any supporting documentation;
  • Ensure that accurate and updated information is available on the College Counseling access points, including but not limited to the GPS website, portal, and SCOIR;
  • Provide timely, accurate, and topical information to students and families through various means of communication (emails, individual and family meetings, newsletters, and social media outlets);
  • Remain apprised of changes in financial aid practices, requirements, and deadlines; educate families on how to understand and research which colleges meet Expected Family Contributions, which schools have merit scholarships, and how to identify the requirements and the deadlines for those scholarships; provide access to that information to students and families in an appropriate time frame;
  • Coordinate programs and events in alignment with College Counseling in conjunction with various campus and external partners;
  • Attend, participate, and strategize in Department Head meetings, Upper School Division meetings, all-school meetings, and any other committee meetings as deemed important by the Head of the Upper School;
  • Engage in the full school experience and be a visible presence for students and families; and
  • Other duties as assigned by the Head of School.

It is the School’s policy to provide equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, genetic information, veteran status, or disability or any other characteristic protected under federal, state, or local anti-discrimination laws. It is the intent and resolve of the School to comply with the letter and the spirit of the law in the implementation of all facets of equal opportunity. The School’s equal employment opportunity practices extend to recruitment, hiring, selection, compensation, benefits, transfer, promotion, training, discipline, and all other terms, conditions, and privileges of employment. All employees are responsible for complying with the School’s equal employment opportunity policy.

 

Job Requirements

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s degree or post-graduate work in school counseling, psychology, education, or a related field;
  • MA or MEd is highly desirable;
  • A minimum of three to five years’ college counseling experience is required; management or director level position preferred;
  • Understanding of and commitment to the instructional and educational practices that support, guide, and inspire girls and young women to identify their strengths and goals for their futures;
  • Demonstrated commitment to building cultural competencies and empowering students to engage across differences;
  • Outstanding and varied effective written and verbal communication skills that demonstrate leadership and facilitation skills; and
  • Collegiality and eagerness to collaborate with fellow faculty members.
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