The Director of Academic Advising and College Guidance (DAACG) serves as a resource for all students and families as they create the most appropriate curriculum for their student(s). The DAACG provides initial academic advisement during each student's incoming academic advisement meeting, serves as an advisor to each family as the student works with faculty and student services personnel to design and accomplish the most appropriate course of study, advises students and families regarding any college or career related implications of course selections or alterations, and serves as a liaison between faculty, student services personnel, and students as individual curriculum decisions are made. Supervise two people.
Design and lead the School's outreach to college admissions leaders throughout the USA and globally. Design and lead the School's programs to inform students and families about college and career opportunities. Alert faculty and student services leaders to the changing contours of college admissions and career preparation as related to the School's program of instruction. Design and lead an agile and expert Advising and College Counseling Department, coordinating efforts with the Associate DAACC, Director of Admissions, division directors, faculty advisers, and support staff.
Create and execute a comprehensive academic advising program. Plan and manage all academic advising meetings for incoming students and families. Guide students in the selection of their courses and balance with extracurricular activities, and external opportunities. Work closely with the Director of Wellness and advisory teachers to support students' personal goals, academic and social needs. Collaborate with faculty and administration to explore 6-12 pedagogy and curriculum. Consult and collaborate effectively with parents/guardians, teachers, and administrators regarding students identified goals and needs. Advise on course selection in the college admissions process. Monitor student academic performance, behavior and attendance and work with administration to facilitate appropriate interventions.
Advise students and families as they move through the college research, application, and selection process. Execute on-campus programs and workshops for parents, students and college admissions representatives. Serve as a general resource for all students and parents who have questions related to college guidance or post-secondary education options. Establish on-going meetings with families and students in 11th and 12th grade regarding the college research process (including UC and CSU systems), initial and final college lists, standardized testing registration and requirements, application deadlines, application review and essay support, and provide an overview of Geffen Academy's college counseling program. Create a rapport with each family and student that will serve as the beginning of a positive, honest and beneficial relationship throughout the junior and senior years. Oversee the progress through the fall process of finalizing college lists and sending off applications components including transcripts, secondary school reports, mid year reports and final transcripts. Write letters of recommendation for each student who applies to a school that requires or recommends an Administrative Letter of Recommendation with each application. Serve as a resource for Geffen Academy at UCLA faculty who write college letters of recommendation. Inform students of SAT and ACT requirements and policies for UC/CSU, private and public universities Track all college admissions related data at the School, including; college admission acceptances, rejections, deferrals and waitlists for all seniors, transcript submission dates, and all other associated paperwork that is mailed from the School. Create a complete list of college applications, college decisions and other relevant data for each senior. Prepare and present to the administration reports on the college admission process, placement, and national trends Represent Geffen Academy at UCLA at national and regional conferences.
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Geffen Academy at UCLA is an inclusive and challenging college-preparatory school for students in grades 6-12 aligned with the science of adolescence. While with us, students are encouraged to be questioners, analysts, presenters, and creative, collaborative, active and engaged young adults who practice their skills, competencies, and relationships with deliberation. Geffen Academy graduates belie...ve that knowledge is beautiful, transformative, and relevant to one’s life and civic responsibility in a just, free, and global community.