Western Reserve Academy, one of the nation’s premier boarding schools, invites experienced, dynamic and collaborative College Counseling professionals to apply for Associate Director of College Counseling, a position with an anticipated start date in July 2018. Candidates should have the ability to work with the College Counseling team to implement programs and procedures that support a mission-focused college counseling program. The most competitive candidates have the willingness to participate fully in all that is associated with a vibrant boarding school community.
Position: Associate Director of College Counseling Reports to: Director of College Counseling Job Classification: Exempt, Full-Time, Non-Housed, Administrative Faculty
Overall Function: To assist the Director of College Counseling in administering a comprehensive college counseling program for all students.
Essential Functions of the Position:
Student Counseling. Counsel students individually on the college search and application process, including self-exploration, academic planning, goal-setting, self-advocacy, and application review.
Counselor Recommendation Writing. Participate in the College Counseling Faculty Committee responsible for writing comprehensive and creative counselor letters of recommendation for the senior class.
Constituency Education. Assist the Director of College Counseling in educating parents, students, faculty, administrators, and trustees regarding all aspects of the college application process, including on the use of Naviance, web-based counseling software.
Project Leadership. Direct specific programs and projects as identified by the Director of College Counseling, including research and communications efforts and standardized testing projects.
Relationship Building. Consult regularly with college admissions representatives on current practices and admissions trends and to advocate on behalf of student applicants through phone conversations, email interactions, attendance at conferences, participation in visitation programs, and hosting college admissions representatives on campus. Serve as office liaison to Cleveland Independent Schools college counseling group, responsible for college night programs and college fair.
Professional Development. Pursue opportunities for professional growth and school exposure through participation in professional organizations such as the Association of College Counselors in Independent Schools (ACCIS), the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), the Ohio Association for College Admission Counseling (OACAC), the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS), the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS), The College Board, the ACT, Naviance, and the like.
Community Participation. Meet the requirements and expectations of participation in a faculty at a boarding school, possibly including advising, dorm duty, dorm leadership, teaching, coaching, or supervising clubs.
Hours of Work: The position is a year-round and full-time position. The typical expectation is a 40-hour work week, with the understanding that some Saturday hours are required. Standard school vacations are offered. Must be willing to be part of a boarding school community.
We invite you to explore our website and learn more.
To apply, send a letter of interest and résumé/CV to Gunnar Olson, Director of College Counseling, at email@example.com.
Bachelor’s Degree required;
Experience in using Naviance helpful;
Experience in high school college counseling or college admissions preferred;
Experience in Boarding Schools preferred;
Preferred Skills & Qualities: organized, out-going, service-oriented, strong communication skills, attention to detail, outstanding writing skills, strong work ethic.
About Western Reserve Academy
Founded in 1826, Western Reserve Academy is an independent, coed, boarding and day school for grades 9-12. Located in Hudson, Ohio, WRA provides students with a transformative, top-ranked, college preparatory education. WRA students are immersed in a supportive community where they gain a global perspective with classmates and teachers from all over the world, and have opportunities and encouragement for growth outside of the classroom.