Director of College Counseling
Job Details
Experienced
Greenhill School - Addison, TX
Full Time
4 Year Degree
Description

Summary

The Director of College Counseling is responsible for supporting/advising students and families through the college application/admission process and enhancing Greenhill's relationship with colleges and universities.

This position is one of four Directors of College Counseling, reporting to the Head of Upper School and supported by the College Counseling Coordinator. Each Director works with 30-35 students per grade level, assigned during students’ 10th grade year, guiding them through their college search and application process.

Role and Responsibilities

Support to Students and Families

  • Provide counseling and support for students in their college application process and provide ongoing information to parents
  • Write counselor recommendation letters for 30-35 seniors; prepare Greenhill’s supporting documents for colleges and scholarship organizations
  • Give feedback on students’ application essays and supplementary writings
  • Host informational events for students and parents: grade-level college nights, winter admission colloquium, financial aid series, Dallas College Previews fair, etc.
  • Use the MaiaLearning system to keep records and enhance lines of communication with students and parents

Liaison to College Admission Offices

  • Work with colleges’ admissions offices throughout the country (and globally as appropriate) to maintain a comprehensive understanding of the college admission landscape and support our students as applicants
  • Share oversight for college admission representatives’ visits to Greenhill to meet with students and/or college counselors
  • Participate in professional activities that support the goals of Greenhill and the College Counseling Office, such as conferences with NACAC, TACAC, College Board; visiting colleges and universities; etc.

Support to Administration and Faculty

  • Compile statistics on college application and matriculation
  • Prepare annual report presentation for Greenhill’s Board of Trustees
  • Prepare annual budget for College Counseling Office and its activities
  • Serve as a resource for Upper School curricular planning
  • Counsel faculty and coaches on how to help students through the college selection process and how to write college recommendations.
  • Serve as liaison to grade-level faculty team
  • Work with the Communications Department to ensure that college counseling web pages are current and informative and to publish the Greenhill College Profile

Administration of AP & PSAT Testing

  • The College Counseling Office oversees the administration of all AP and PSAT testing, including communication with students and families, coordinating the testing facility and materials
Qualifications

Qualifications and Education Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred
  • 10 years’ experience in selective college admission and/or in a college counseling office in a school

Specific Skills and Abilities:

  • A thorough understanding of the application process at public and private colleges and universities, and of the college-admission landscape
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet prescribed deadlines while handling multiple assignments simultaneously
  • Ability to work collaboratively within a team and across the school’s departments
  • Interest in all aspects of education and dedication to promoting Greenhill's priorities by developing excellent working relationships with faculty and administrators
  • Strategic, big-picture focused
  • Detail-oriented
  • Self-motivated, independent, and flexible
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Excellent public speaking/presenting skills
  • Ability to communicate proactively, empathetically, and effectively with all constituent groups, including students, families, faculty, staff, and administrators from diverse backgrounds
  • Ability to respond effectively and graciously to the needs of a diverse student and parent community, and knowledge of the developmental needs of high-school students
  • Ability to support occasional evening and weekend events
  • Willingness to travel to visit colleges and participate in admission conferences

Work Environment

Busy office environment with multiple projects and activities. Meetings in one’s own office and in various other locations on campus. Numerous scheduled meetings; also, sudden needs or student drop-in visits.

Physical Demands

Typical office environment physical demands

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