The College Advisor will work directly with the Director of College, while guiding Upper School students and their parents successfully through the college admission process.
Managing college application process for senior and junior students and provide guidance for all aspects of the college counseling process.
Educating students and parents about the college admissions process, trends, procedures, and testing; advising and supporting seniors and families as they go through the process; and helping students and families to aspire realistically and choose wisely.
Writing individualized counselor letters that highlight each student’s academic, extra-curricular, and personal strengths.
Meeting with juniors and seniors, individually and in groups, to talk about process and individual college choices; being available to advise 9th and 10th grade students and their parents on curricular choices.
Meeting with college admissions representatives who visit our campus, facilitating meetings between college representatives and our students, and serving as a liaison with college admissions offices throughout the year.
Working with the Director of College Advising to strategically assess and compile the annual School Profile, as well as information on grade distributions in junior and senior courses and other courses offered at our school.
Working with Registrar to maintain student records, including GPAs and transcripts.
Traveling to colleges, universities, and professional meetings.
Working with the Director of College Advising on planning the 10th Grade College Tour.
Exhibiting a high level of competence using technology, including Naviance.
Purchasing, maintaining, and sharing information on colleges, college guides, scholarships, financial aid, and paying for college.
In conjunction with the Director of College Advising, making informational presentations to parents and students, such as the annual presentations to parents of rising 9th graders, parents of juniors, and new parents.
Maintaining and disseminating information about standardized tests such as SAT, ACT, and TOEFL; helping to administer AP exams; Working with the Director of College Advising to coordinate the selection of College Book Award winners for Upper School Prize Day.
Arranging auxiliary programs such as on-campus college fairs, financial aid presentations, and essay workshops.
Collaborating with Assistant to the College Advisor to create easily accessible database of complementary programs.
A minimum of three years of experience in selective, recommendation-reliant university admissions and/or college counseling.
Creative, strategic, and thoughtful approach to assessing and improving current programs.
Strong ability to cultivate and maintain good relationships with colleges and universities and with other counselors.
Ability to anticipate the academic calendar, to work independently, and to collaborate with team members on policies, procedures, and events.
Ability to direct, mentor and give guidance to the Assistant to the Director of College Advising.
Genuine affinity for working with children and families in an educational setting
Ability to make independent decisions along with maintaining the confidentiality of privileged and sensitive information
High level of competence using technology
Strong references to convey your abilities
Successful completion of criminal offender record information and sexual offender registry information checks
Completion of Virtus: Protecting God's Children training
Current CPR certification
Excellent communication skills (interpersonal, presentational, and written), with timely and diplomatic delivery.
Punctuality and dependability
Ability to maintain accurate records (keeping track of admission decisions and statistics)
Adherence to all personnel policies, procedures, and rules contained in the Duchesne Employee Handbook
Treat parents as partners in their child's education
Maintain productive relationships with other Duchesne faculty and staff
Possess strong people skills in order to be empathetic to children’s and parent’s needs
Tenets of Staff Excellence
Duchesne Academy employees embody and promote the Goals and Criteria of a Sacred Heart education. As a staff of excellence they commit to a personal and active faith in God, a deep respect for intellectual values, a social awareness that impels to action, the building of community as a Christian value, and personal growth in an atmosphere of wise freedom. As community builders, employees of Duchesne value and respect their colleagues, and they promote School goals and policies with a generous and positive spirit.
A Sacred Heart employee…
Demonstrates an understanding of Catholic Identity, respects the tenets of Catholicism, and participates in the faith life of the School.
Models acceptance of and respect for other faith and cultural traditions.
Values and encourages interactive service as a life-long commitment.
Creates an inviting environment which honors rigor and relevance, and promotes critical thinking, collaboration, and the creative use of the imagination.
Embraces the importance of the integration of technology within the school; supports and promotes the ethical use of all forms of technology.
Researches, reflects on, and adopts best practices to promote excellence in the area of expertise.
Continually seeks professional growth through self-reflection, observations, collegial dialogue and professional development opportunities.
Fulfills routine professional responsibilities in a thoughtful and timely manner.
Works in partnership and open communication with parents and colleagues to ensure the well-being of the school.
Contributes to a community culture that fosters thoughtful decision-making, honorable behavior, accountability, and a sense of hope.
Nothing in this Job Description restricts Duchesne’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this position at any time. This position is at will, which means that either the employee or Duchesne may terminate the employment relationship at any time, with or without notice and for any reason or no reason.
Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart is committed to providing equal opportunity in all of its employment practices, including selection, hiring, promotion, transfer, and compensation, to all qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex (gender), age, national origin, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law.
With a 50 year history in Houston, Duchesne Academy, as part of the Network of Sacred Heart Schools, offers a college-preparatory curriculum which draws on the natural curiosity and ability of students to help them experience a love of learning. We focus on the whole child--intellectual, spiritual, emotional, social and physical. Our Goals and Criteria, along with our curriculum, are strongly root...ed in the Catholic doctrine; however, our student population includes girls from many nationalities and religious denominations. This diversity adds a rich dimension to our learning environment. While Duchesne has a sense of seclusion in the Memorial area, it has become well-known locally and nationally as a 21st century school, firmly rooted in 200 year old Sacred Heart values.