Associate Director of College Counseling (Part-Time)

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Choate Rosemary Hall seeks a part-time Associate Director of College Counseling to begin late summer 2019. The school is a premier college preparatory boarding school with 850 students in grades 9 - 12. The Choate College Counseling Office is comprised of a Director, a Senior Associate Director, five Associate Directors, one part-time Associate Director, a Testing Coordinator, and two Administrative Assistants.

The part-time Associate Director of College Counseling is an adjunct administrative faculty position reporting to the Director of College Counseling. The position is non-benefits eligible.

Primary job responsibilities include guiding students through the college search and application process. The part-time Associate Director will have a caseload of approximately 18-20 seniors/post-graduate students in the fall and will take on a full caseload of juniors (also approximately 18-20) in the winter. Exceptional writing and public speaking skills are required. Experience working with recruited athletes and/or international students is desired. Candidates should be able to multi-task and have a sense of humor.

All counselors work in collaboration with other members of the Choate community including form deans, advisers, teaching faculty, coaches, alumni, and parents. In addition to counseling responsibilities, each counselor has specific job functions and tasks unique to their career expertise. There is strong support for professional development; attendance at professional conferences is encouraged as is participation in college counselor tours and independent visits to college campuses.

1. To fulfill these responsibilities the part-time Associate Director of College Counseling must:

  • understand the college admission process at a variety of institution types and selectivity levels.
  • build and maintain relationships with admission professionals.
  • maintain a strong working knowledge of colleges and universities, which includes making regular visits to colleges and staying current on changes.
  • provide guidance and resources, and teach tools to navigate the college search and application process.
  • guide students and others in understanding and utilizing college admission data management systems like Naviance and Scoir.
  • analyze and interpret scattergrams for students and families.
  • serve as a general resource for students, parents, and teaching faculty regarding admission criteria and college data.
  • educate students on appropriate interviewing techniques, self-assessment tools, and application essay writing techniques.
  • disseminate interim year program information for students who are interested in delaying college enrollment for a period of time.
  • share financial aid and scholarship information on a timely basis with students and families.
  • answer standardized test queries knowledgeably and work with the Testing Coordinator to provide information about testing options and preparatory classes.
  • work effectively one-on-one with students and be able to address small or large gatherings of people to discuss the college admission and research process.
  • communicate regularly with counselees and their parents; conduct one-on-one meetings; and follow up as appropriate via email, telephone, and/or Skype.
  • pursue appropriate professional development, including attendance at conference(s) in the counseling and admission professional organizations.
  • write detailed letters of support for each counselee.
  • participate in events throughout the year sponsored by the College Counseling Office, such as the monthly College Seminar sessions, evening workshops, college fairs, Parents Weekend programs, College Information Weekend, and the Spring College Visit trip.

2. The part-time Associate Director assists the Director of College Counseling in the implementation of departmental policies and/or takes on other duties as assigned by the Head of School and Associate Head of School.

Candidates will have a minimum of a bachelor's degree and three years college counseling experience in a secondary school environment. Candidates with college admission experience at a selective institution will be considered, but preference will be given to those with college counseling experience.

Applications will be considered until the position has been filled. Priority will be given to candidates who submit application materials by May 1, 2019. For questions about the position, please contact Marcia Landesman, Director of College Counseling:

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Location: Wallingford, CT
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