Executive Director of College Counseling
Job Details
Chadwick School - Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA
Full Time
4 Year Degree
Executive Director of College Counseling

Executive Director of College Counseling


Chadwick School is eager to welcome an experienced, dynamic, and successful college admission counseling leader to serve as its next Executive Director of College Counseling. Working in partnership with school leaders, the incoming Executive Director will have the unique opportunity to assess Chadwick’s current college counseling philosophy and curriculum, set a bold vision for new goals and approaches, and develop a supportive and robust organizational framework that will set the stage for the next iteration of the college counseling experience at Chadwick.


The school’s campus, unmatched in natural beauty, is just 30 minutes from downtown Los Angeles, close to Long Beach, and only 10 minutes from the Beach Cities of the Peninsula, including the resort town of Riviera Village. Part of Los Angeles’ South Bay, the Palos Verdes Peninsula offers numerous outdoor activities, including walks through the South Coast Botanic Garden, whale watching at Point Vicente Park, and hiking at Ryan Park, which includes breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and nearby Santa Catalina Island.


To be successful in this role, the Executive Director of College Counseling must bring a deep record of building strong relationships within an educational community, collaboratively fostering growth and development within a team, and successfully planning and executing strategies that foster positive outcomes while staying true to mission. Candidates should be eager to immerse in a close-knit school community and demonstrate the energy and drive to fully realize Chadwick’s potential, bringing creativity and fresh insight where needed and implementing best practices that will ensure future success for college counseling at Chadwick, both short- and long-term.


Reporting to the Head of School, the Executive Director of College Counseling is responsible for providing leadership, guidance, and mentorship for the college counseling team and will be charged with devising and implementing a structure for the college counseling office and staff built on national best practices and the school’s mission and goals. The College Counseling Office is well-established and well-resourced with an impressive record of success in guiding students to successful outcomes. The college counseling team is experienced, collaborative, student-centered, and committed to the philosophy of promoting fit over rankings. Including the Executive Director, the office is composed of four full time college counselors and two support staff who work with classes that average between 90 and 100 students. Additionally, the Executive Director is a critical member of the school leadership team and is tasked with providing strategic insight and partnership to the Head of School, the senior leadership team, and the Director of the Upper School on all things related to college counseling at Chadwick.


To read the full position profile for this role, please click here.


For best consideration, please send all nominations and applications, electronically and in confidence, to:


                                                                                Ruth Shoemaker Wood, Ph. D., Managing DirectorPicture 4

                                                                                Christopher Bernard, Search Associate

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Chadwick School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or national or ethnic origin or ancestry in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletics and other after-school programs. To view Chadwick's complete Diversity Statement, click here

Education, experience and skill requirements



The incoming Executive Director of College Counseling must be a collaborative, relationship-driven,

proactive leader who is energized by the opportunity to build an organization and create lasting impact

on an institution. A Bachelor’s degree is required. A Master’s degree or higher within an education related field is preferred.


Additionally, the Executive Director must be energetic and optimistic and should possess many of the

following experiences and attributes:


  • High level of cultural competence and commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and social
  • justice both in their approach to the work and in building relationships with students, families,
  • faculty, and other community members;
  • Effective listener who, in addition to seeking to process and understand, is comfortable receiving
  • input from many sources;
  • Proven record of connecting authentically with individuals one-on-one;
  • Ability to lead through change with compassion and empathy;
  • Experience recruiting, developing, retaining, and inspiring members of a talented and diverse
  • team;
  • Ability to work with the school leadership team, division and department leaders, and the larger
  • community in a manner consistent with the school's values;
  • Deep knowledge of best and next practices in college admission counseling and a track record
  • around innovative ideas;
  • Proven record of visionary leadership and the ability to set a clear direction for the future of a
  • team and organization;
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to clearly articulate mission, philosophy, and values
  • of a department or organization;
  • Community-based, collaborative leadership style;
  • Exceptional energy and drive to proactively engage regularly with students and their families;
  • Genuine passion for working with adolescents; demonstrated knowledge and awareness of the
  • challenges and trends facing students and educators;
  • Demonstrated personal and professional commitment to ongoing learning and professional
  • development;
  • Ability to engender trust among a diverse range of constituents;
  • Healthy sense of humor;
  • Ability to approach barriers and crises with resiliency, creativity, and flexibility;
  • Self-reflection and the ability to appreciate and learn from past missteps or missed opportunities;
  • Discretion in handling highly sensitive information; and
  • Appreciation for the mission, philosophy, and values of Chadwick School.