Located in the heart of St. Louis County, St. Joseph’s Academy is an all-girls 9-12 Catholic High School educating young women, who are values-driven leaders, to make an impact in the world. Founded in 1840 by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, the School has a rich history of exemplary college prep teaching by both the Sisters and lay teachers.
SJA has a solid track record of success with 99% of its students being accepted for college admissions. 100% of those who apply are accepted. The Director of College Counseling manages the operation, and, with the president and principal, sets the vision and goals for the department and how it serves each student and collaborates with teachers. The new Director will have an opportunity to take the college counseling process to the next level.
Create, execute and monitor systems that ensure an efficient and effective college application process
Codify and institutionalize all processes, procedures and supporting documents for the college application process.
Provide one-on-one college counseling to a caseload of seniors through the admissions cycle including, but not limited to, creating a college list, writing and revising personal statements and essays, advising on financial aid, and making final matriculation decisions.
Work with parents answering questions, explaining the process, providing resources related to their daughters’ college process.
Recruit and arrange strategic college representative visits to SJA.
Collaborate with SJA marketing to promote SJA to colleges and universities.
Build and maintain relationships with colleges and universities to create partnerships benefitting both the school and students.
Track and ensure progress of all college initiatives with SJA students.
Build strong relationships with teachers.
Create communication systems to work effectively with students and parents.
Build the School’s acceptance and matriculation lists.
Assist with NCAA Clearinghouse registration for athletes.
Attend NACAC every year and present at the conference from time to time.
Work with the principal to chart the course from 9th grade to college acceptance for students generally and specifically, especially if a student shows particular talent in a skill or field and wants to pursue it at the college level.
Work closely with the Guidance and Wellness Office to become informed about and sensitive to particular student needs, abilities and other factors that colleges would want to consider.
Host parent and student meetings to discuss and plan out the high school years with college admission as the goal.
College Admissions Testing and Reporting:
Manage testing process for PSAT, SAT, and ACT
Oversee test prep programs
Ensure timely uploading and sharing of test date to inform colleges.
Evaluate test results to counsel individual students and to identify school-wide strategies.
Plan and execute strategic college visits to their campuses.
Develop Strategic events that inform families, celebrate and build school-wide culture of high expectations.
Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume electronically to President Regina E. Mooney, Ph.D. at email@example.com. St. Joseph’s Academy is an equal opportunity employer.
President Mooney will be at the NACAC Annual Conference in Boston September 14th and 15th to speak with candidates (1-3 p.m., Room 103 in the Convention Center).
Candidate Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have at least five years’ experience working in a college admissions office or high school college admissions program as well as the following:
Passionate commitment to high school student success.
Experience developing early college awareness programs that promote student motivation.
Wide range of knowledge of colleges and universities throughout the country, their degree programs, their signature departments, financial aid procedures and undergraduate opportunities for research and programs abroad.
Active participation in local state and national college admissions counseling events and professional organizations.
Appreciation of Catholic education and an all-girls educational environment.
Well established abilities in the skills of writing, data gathering and analysis, technology, communication (written and oral), collaboration, self-motivation, and student engagement.
Additional Salary Information: Compensation: St. Joseph’s Academy offers competitive compensation and benefits package commensurate with qualifications.
About St. Joseph's Academy
St. Joseph’s Academy Mission Statement:
St. Joseph’s Academy is a college preparatory high school sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. Our Mission at the Academy is to provide quality Catholic education for young women in an environment that challenges them to grow in faith, knowledge, and respect for self and others. Our Community expects these young women to make a profound impact in the world.
St. Joseph’s Academy Philosophy:
St. Joseph’s Academy bases its philosophy on the teaching of Jesus Christ. Wishing to follow the commandments given to us by Jesus, we strive to provide an environment where each student can develop as a whole person and where she can be guided toward service to God and neighbor.
Every aspect of the SJA experience affirms the love of God for each individual and awakens an ardent response to that love from her. This community encourages young women to examine their hearts, to understand their emotions as powerful gifts, and to discern the way to use these gifts for good.
SJA acknowledges the uniqueness of each individual and strives to nurture the integrity and autonomy of its students. Administration, faculty, and staff under...stand that by their actions they demonstrate responsible behavior and commitment to Catholic values. Interactions with adults and with other students foster growth in self-awareness, understanding of others, and decision-making.
As a reflection of the mind of God, the human mind deserves our deepest respect and most careful nurturing. Together, we create a community of learning where students can develop their abilities and find encouragement and appreciation for their diverse gifts. Our curriculum prepares students to function successfully in a complex society, to act ethically, and to confront injustice in the contemporary world.
The second great commandment of Jesus echoes in the charism of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, the exhortation to “reach out to the dear neighbor.” Jesus would have us love our neighbor as ourselves; to do this, our students develop a love for self. Our responsibility as a community is twofold: first, to help our students grow in self-respect as well as respect for others, and second, to provide opportunities and to challenge our students to serve others at school and in the larger world.