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Director of College Counseling

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5501 Shallowford Road - Lewisville, NC

Description

Forsyth Country Day School (FCDS), a Preschool-grade 12 school of over 900 students located just outside Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is seeking its next Director of College Counseling. As a community of learners dedicated to preparing our students for what’s ahead, our College Counseling Office has the distinct privilege of guiding our Upper School community to consider how it fits into our school’s vision of knowing oneself and connecting with others to build community - both on and beyond our campus.

The Director of College Counseling is responsible for guiding the Upper School community toward achieving their post-secondary education goals. Through strategic thinking, student-centered engagement, and faculty and parent education the Director leads a team of two College Counselors to construct a college counseling program that serves the needs of the community's various constituencies. The Director works directly with students, faculty, and parents to provide guidance and support as they navigate the college admission and financial aid processes.

The responsibilities of the Director include, but are not limited to, the following:

Student Engagement

  • Regularly meets and communicates with parents about their children’s college process.

  • Writes a comprehensive school recommendation for each of their assigned counselees

  • Assists students with developing a personal timeline or calendar for completing the tasks associated with the college admission process.

  • Advises on course selection and its consequences in the college selection process.

FCDS Community Engagement and Education

  • Coordinates the preparation of various on-campus programs, including class-oriented evening information sessions, school-day presentations, and specific theme-oriented programs

  • Assists students and parents in understanding the college admission and financial aid processes by providing access to current, clear, and concise information concerning the wide range of postsecondary educational opportunities available, entrance requirements, financial aid, curricular offering, costs, admission and financial aid deadlines, and the variety of early admission and early decision programs available.

  • Serves on the Admissions Committee and Upper School Leadership Team.

  • Assists with the coordination of awards ceremonies and graduation.

Beyond FCDS Community Engagement

  • Assesses the quality and content of the presentation of individual and school-related information to colleges, seeking feedback from collegiate sources to evaluate the effectiveness of FCDS information.

  • Visits college campuses to establish and maintain mutually beneficial relationships with college admission staff. Counselor-led tours hosted by multiple, geographically-linked colleges are particularly useful. These tours usually take one week or ten days at various times of the year. The Director participates in at least one such tour each year.

  • Invites and receives college visitors to the FCDS campus each fall. (Additional visits may be arranged throughout the year.)

  • Attends national and regional conferences to stay abreast of trends and research in college admissions.

  • Seeks to promote the mission and quality of FCDS through active participation in appropriate professional opportunities such as making presentations at regional and national conferences and serving on various professional committees and boards.

Curriculum and Faculty Guidance

  • Coordinates programs and information to instruct faculty in their writing of college recommendations.

  • Attends academic committee meetings, making recommendations that reflect current trends and research in college admissions and to best position students for post-secondary success.

  • Administers and leads (or makes the appropriate relevant assignments) the discussions of the school’s Scholarship Committee.

  • Counsels advisors and coaches on how to help students through the college selection process.

  • Coordinates college admissions discussions with the Director and staff of the Johnson Academic Center to ensure that all necessary information and practices in those programs conform to student needs in the college search process.

Office Leadership

  • Oversees the plans for all communication initiatives with students, parents, and other constituencies, administering the efforts of staff as assigned.

  • Reviews, adjusts, and improves the college counseling program each year.

  • Appropriately advocates to college representatives on behalf of FCDS students and the FCDS community as a whole through personal and written communication.

  • Develops, annually revises, and disseminates a school profile for use by colleges and universities.

  • Prepares reports for the board of trustees as required.

  • Works closely with the athletic department regarding college admissions and NCAA recruiting issues.

  • Reviews the financial requirements of College Office initiatives and establishes and monitors an annual budget for the College Office.

  • Directs the applications and possibilities of SCOIR, including the coordination and administration of the multiple assessment programs associated with it.

  • Creates, evaluates, and revises, when necessary, the College Counseling pages on the FCDS website.

Qualifications

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher (master’s degree preferred)

  • Demonstrated experience as a secondary school college counselor and/or an admissions officer at a college or university

  • An open and collaborative management style

  • Curiosity, enthusiasm, and the ability to establish personal relationships with students, parents, and faculty

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Strong work ethic with the ability to meet deadlines

  • Familiarity with counseling-related software and student data systems, preferably SCOIR

  • Professional and personal integrity of the highest level

  • Creativity, flexibility, a good sense of humor, and a deep knowledge of the complexities and demands of the undergraduate admissions process.

Essential Functions:

  • Regularly required to walk, including across uneven ground, talk, hear, reach with hands and arms, and occasionally lift and move up to 15 pounds

  • Must be able to sit and stand on the floor throughout the day

  • Must be able to operate a computer and have basic knowledge of Google Workspace

  • Must be able to access and navigate all areas of the school and other facilities as needed

  • Must be able to utilize oral and written communication skills effectively

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