The College Counselor is responsible for the direct and individualized 1:1 advising of junior and senior students and their families throughout the college admission process. This process includes administering all aspects of the college search, understanding college admissions procedures, evaluating academic progress, and completing their personal college profile. The College Counselor will assist students and parents with college choices, finalizing applications, helping students and families aspire realistically and choose wisely. The College Counselor will also establish and maintain professional contact and relationships with College Admissions Officers and their institutions. In fulfilling the duties and responsibilities of this position, a Biblical Christian Worldview is to be the guiding principle.
STATEMENT OF FAITH:
The Statement of Faith is the central statement of Maranatha in matters of identity and nature, core beliefs that guide our learning, teaching and living. In faithfulness to God, we joyfully and humbly affirm the following articles of faith.
Article #1- The Bible
a) We believe that the Bible was written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:20-21) and that it is without error in the original writings. The Scriptures are profitable for teaching, reproof, correction, and training in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16-17), that the person may be complete in Christ.
b) We believe that the Bible in its entirety, both Old and New Testament (all 66 books), is true, unchangeable, and authoritative for life and godliness (2 Timothy 3:15-17). It is the complete revelation of God’s will for salvation, sufficient for all that He requires us to believe and do, and final in its authority over every domain of knowledge. Thus the entire Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are without error or misstatement in their moral and spiritual teaching and record of historical facts and people (John 17:17).
c) We believe that the canon (standard) of the Bible is complete and final and that nothing else needs to be added to it (Revelation 22:18-19).
Article #2- The Trinity
a) We believe in the Godhead, the Trinity (Genesis 1:26; Matthew 3:16-17; Matthew 28:19-20) who eternally exists in three persons: God the Father, Christ the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
b) We believe in God the Father who is perfect in holiness, wisdom, power, and love. He eternally exists (Gen. 1:1).
c) We believe in Jesus the Son, who was supernaturally conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 1:18) and born of Mary, a virgin (Isaiah 7:14; Luke 1:27). His mission was to come to earth to die for the sins of humanity in order to redeem us. He later resurrected physically (1 Corinthians 15:12-17), thus confirming His deity and truth claims.
d) We believe in the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity who indwells and seals all believers in Christ. He is a person and possesses all the attributes of God. He is God (Ephesians 1:13-14).
Article #3- Salvation
a) We believe that salvation is a gift from God and comes purely by grace through faith in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:8-10).
b) We believe that those who confess and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ will be saved (Romans 10:9-10). This will result in a relationship with God through Christ for eternal life (John 3:16; 10:10).
c) We believe that the message of the Gospel begins with the bad news that all are sinners apart from Christ (Romans 3:10; 3:23; 6:23) and that we all desperately need a Savior who is Jesus (Acts 4:12). We believe the
Gospel’s good news is that once we believe in Christ alone we will be his children (John 1:12).
d) We believe that once a person puts their faith in Jesus Christ they will be washed and regenerated by the person of the Holy Spirit and forgiven of their sins (1John 1:9; 1 John 2:2). This will lead, for anyone who has experienced the person of the Holy Spirit, to being sealed in Him, who is given as the pledge of our inheritance with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession to the praise of His glory (Ephesians 1:13-14).
e) We believe that all who reject Christ will suffer eternal separation and suffering in hell in a state of unutterable, endless torment and anguish
(2 Thess. 1:5-11).
Article #4- The Church and Christ’s Return
a) We believe that the Church consists of all believers in Christ who are a part, locally and universally, through the baptizing of the Spirit of God (1
Corinthians 12:13). As a result, all believers are a part of the body and bride of Christ.
b) We believe that the person of Jesus will return again bodily and visibly in the unknown future (1 Thessalonians 5:2). This is the glorious and blessed hope of the believer.
This statement of faith does not exhaust the extent of our beliefs. The Bible itself is the sole and final source of all that we believe. For purposes of Maranatha’s faith, doctrine, practice, policy, and discipline, our Head of School and Board of Trustees are Maranatha’s final interpretive authority on the Bible’s meaning and application, consistent with historical, evangelical Protestant interpretation
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
General responsibilities include the following; other essential duties may be assigned to meet business needs. (Not intended to be all-inclusive.)
Be fully committed to Maranatha’s mission of providing a quality college preparatory education in an intentional Christ-honoring community of faith, belief and practice. Able to affirm through exhibiting personal and professional support of the School’s mission, standards of conduct and Statement of Faith
Ability to establish networks, relationships and collaborations reflective of MHS’ Mission and the objectives of the College Counseling department
Develop a 1:1 college application coaching program to support juniors in the spring and seniors in the fall of their senior year, and to provide a counseling format for creating a college list, writing and revising their personal statement and making final matriculation decisions
Assist with the completion of the required college application documents
Assess student academic progress to meet requirements for specific colleges
Implement Naviance software to support the college application process and to generate data for analysis
Educate students on appropriate interviewing techniques and application essay writing strategies
Inform students and parents of important dates and deadlines in regards to college informational sessions, standardized testing, and scholarships
Work with the test prep company to provide information to students and parents about test prep options and preparatory classes
Meet with juniors, seniors and parents, teaching faculty, advisors and administration regarding admission information and college data
Coordinate and help plan and lead evening presentations for Sophomore, Junior, and Senior parents focused on the college counseling process
Build and maintain knowledge of and strong working relationships with colleges and universities, which includes making regular visits to colleges and encouraging and managing MHS on site visits by college admissions representatives.
Learn and stay current with college admission information and issues, options and programs for MHS students, trends and best practices, and to educate institutions about MHS and its students
Actively engage with professional organizations, including: NACAC, WACAC, College Board, NACCAP
Travel to conferences and attend professional development workshops
In consultation with the Academics Office, analyze empirical data on SAT, ACT, and AP results
Provide ongoing support and information to the Dean of College Counseling to help ensure best practices and efficient operation of the College Counseling Office
Collaborate and work well with others
Help organize and facilitate grade level advisor meetings and student workshops, to expedite the disbursement of grade level guidance information
Train or assist advisors, as needed, in learning how to use myMHS to program student course selections, to check weekly and yearly student progress and to fully understand the students’ transcripts
Work closely with administration, faculty and mentors to provide college guidance information and coordinate college admission services with students and parents to ensure collaboration and support of student college preparedness
Coordinate and facilitate College Case Study event(s) with partner high schools
Provide or lead college trips for interested students
Respect confidentiality of all personal and organizational information
Adheres to MHS policies, procedures, and guidelines; as well as applicable industry and employment regulations
ADDITIONAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Participate on committees and panels as directed
- Develop and maintain an excellent working relationship with other organizations, ensuring the school is well received and presented professionally and positively
- Assist in other duties as needed and directed by Immediate Supervisor
- Interact internally with faculty, staff, and students. Interact externally with parents, schools, and the community.