Faculty Position - Associate Director of College Counseling
Job Details
The Potomac School - McLean, VA
Full Time
4 Year Degree

The Associate Director of College Counseling is a full-time position reporting to the Director of College Counseling and the Head of the Upper School. This position has an anticipated start date of August 2022.


This role has a shared responsibility for guiding the approximately 120 members of each year’s graduating class through the transition to postsecondary education. As a member of a four-person college counseling team, the Associate Director has responsibility for about 40% of the class and prepares a letter of recommendation for each student assigned to her/him.


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide strategies, advice, support, and guidance to students and their families throughout the application process to make the best individualized choice for college.

  • Contribute to the collaborative team-oriented nature of the office; assist in adapting, adjusting, and improving the college counseling program each year.

  • Manage own caseload of students and work directly with students and their families in the college counseling process.

  • Prepare and present programs to educate Upper School students and parents on colleges and the college search process.

  • Advise students on course selection and its impact on the college admission process.

  • Assist students in identifying resources for scholarships and financial aid.

  • Teach college counseling curriculum for students in small-group and full-class sessions.

  • Participate in events and educational outreach for both students and parents.

  • Write comprehensive recommendations for students applying to college.

  • Advocate for Potomac students with college admissions professionals.

  • Encourage students to visit relevant colleges and college fairs.

  • Meet individually with students and parents, as needed.

  • Help students and families understand their financial aid packages.

  • Prepare regular communications to parents that show his/her ability to think, write, and communicate with clarity and insight.

  • Build relationships with college admission officers by visiting campuses, hosting 100+ admission representatives on campus, and discussing Potomac applicants as necessary throughout the year.

  • Attend national and regional professional conferences as budget and other duties allow.

  • Fully engage in the life of the upper school community, which may include advising, chaperoning, coaching, or other taking on other roles, as needed.

  • Perform other duties as assigned. 


  • Bachelor’s degree required with at least 3 years prior experience in college counseling or college admissions

  • Successful track record working with students from first contact to college admission

  • Outstanding interpersonal, communication, writing, and organizational skills

  • Demonstrated skill using technology (i.e., Microsoft Office. Naviance, Veracross, Google Platform)

  • Ability to be present at the School through the Friday following the week after graduation, a return to the office in August two weeks before the teaching faculty, and the willingness for regular communication during breaks to ensure that the needs of students and parents are met.

  • A strong work ethic, flexibility, integrity, and a willingness to coordinate efforts with others are expected.

  • Patience, a lively sense of humor, and enthusiasm for teaching adolescents and working with parents of adolescents is essential. 


In striving to fulfill its mission, The Potomac School seeks many different voices, viewpoints, and backgrounds. We recognize that differences are a source of strength, and we know that everyone is enriched when each person's contributions and perspectives are valued.