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Assistant/Associate Director of College Counseling

Job Details

Bullis School - Potomac, MD
Full Time


Bullis School seeks a full-time Assistant/Associate Director of College Counseling for the 2023-2024 academic year to play an essential role in guiding students and families through a comprehensive college search process aligned with the college preparatory mission of the school. Candidates should be professionals who are empathetic and strong communicators with current knowledge of secondary and higher education trends. An August 2023 start date for this position is preferable.


The Bullis College Counseling department is highly collaborative, fostering a culture of creativity and continued growth in a supportive and upbeat environment. College Counselors guide students through the college search and application process and are assigned to 30-40 students each year for whom they serve as a direct resource for the student and their families. The college counselor’s role focuses solely on supporting the college application process without additional teaching duties while remaining deeply involved in curricular and programmatic discussions throughout the school and serving as course selection coaches for rising seniors. Throughout the year, counselors coordinate parent programming, a sophomore class spring program, mock admission programs, essay writing workshops, an August application workshop, and a comprehensive four-year college counseling curriculum for students. College Counselors serve as ambassadors of the school, cultivate strong relationships, and conduct programs in collaboration with college admission representatives and college counselors in Washington Area Independent Schools and beyond.


Additionally, the department prioritizes fit above all else in the college search and application process. Our matriculation list reflects the diverse talents and interests of our student body, a community of which we are proud to be part. We seek candidates who aim to match that philosophy while bringing forth authentically positive and supportive energy. 


Bullis is a community that welcomes new people and ideas, embraces diversity, and shares a common vision of kindness, challenge, and reflective learning. Bullis is proud of its culture of innovation and growth and supports all faculty, which includes College Counseling, with ample professional development opportunities, as well as a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion training and education. Bullis School is an independent coeducational college preparatory day school for students in grades K-12 situated on a beautiful 102-acre campus in Potomac, MD, and is home to a full range of state-of-the-art facilities for learning, arts, discovery, and athletics. To learn more about the Bullis School please click here.


Duties & Qualifications

Essential Functions:


  • Guide students and parents through the college search and college application process
  • Serve as a direct resource and compose comprehensive counselor letters of recommendation for 30-40 seniors each year
  • Cultivate strong relationships with college admission representatives through high school visits, college fairs, advocacy phone calls, and conferences
  • Assist with the coordination of parent programming, sophomore class spring program, mock admission program, essay writing workshops, August application workshop, and a comprehensive four-year college counseling curriculum for students
  • Serve as a course selection coach for rising seniors
  • Work collaboratively with all members of the college counseling team and plan and participate in special events hosted by the Office of College Counseling
  • Assist and provide feedback on college essays and supplemental writings
  • Maintain professional competence through participation in conferences, Bullis faculty programs, and self-selected professional growth activities
  • Attend Upper School divisional meetings and college counseling team meetings 
  • Flexibility to arrange and attend college visits and counselor program events during academic year


Other Duties:


  • Other tasks as assigned by the Co-Directors of College Counseling
  • Continued professional development endeavors


Qualities of a Bullis College Counselor:


  • Empathetic and able to cultivate positive relationships with young people, their families, the greater Bullis community, and college admission professionals
  • Detail and deadline-oriented, with the capacity and flexibility to efficiently manage numerous small and large tasks
  • Exceptional verbal, written communication, and listening skills
  • A proven collaborator who can work with all internal and external members of the community
  • Use of reflection and feedback aimed at continued growth 
  • Enjoys the process of guiding students through self-reflection and purpose-finding to ultimately find their best-fit institution


Education and Experience:



  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Minimum of three years in college counseling and/or selective college admissions



  • Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration, Counseling, or related field
  • Five or more combined years in private high school college counseling and selective college admissions
  • Community-minded collaborators who want to play an active role in the life of our school