The Nueva School’s Dean of College Counseling, Pat Goldsmith, has announced her retirement and relocation after a long and rewarding career spanning more than three decades. The school seeks a seasoned professional to assume Pat’s responsibilities as Dean to guide our third graduating class through the college admission process. The Dean will report to and work closely with the Head of School in continuing to expand our inaugural college counseling program. The successful candidate must have a strong background in college counseling in independent schools and/or experience in selective college admission, as well as be comfortable engaging with a diverse, high-achieving student body and their parents. It is essential that applicants understand and appreciate Nueva’s unique educational philosophy.
Nueva expanded its program in fall 2013 to include an upper school. The pioneering class of 74 students graduated in 2017, explored distinctive programs, and enrolled in a vast array of highly selective colleges and universities. During this rapid period of growth, the Dean of College Counseling and her team have created a comprehensive and dynamic program supporting students and families through the college search and application process. This next stage of growth is an opportunity to help build out Nueva’s college counseling program and establish Nueva’s reputation among colleges nationally and internationally as senior class sizes gradually increase from 74 to 115 each year.
Duties and responsibilities:
Educate students and parents about the college search/application process through programs, individual meetings, and seminars from grades 9 to 12.
Communicate college options to individual students based on interests and profile; help students discover “fit” and build suitable college lists.
Develop and nurture relationships with college and university representatives.
Attend professional conferences, travel to college campuses, and promote Nueva as appropriate.
Write comprehensive letters of recommendation and serve as students’ advocate throughout the application process.
Assist students in all aspects of the college application process.
Assist with course approval processes for the UC and NCAA.
Regularly report to Board of Trustees, faculty, and other key constituents regarding trends in college admissions as well as student successes.
Manage a team which currently includes a full time Associate Dean, a part time Assistant Dean, and a full time Operations Manager.
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BA/BS required. Advanced degree preferred.
10+ years in independent school college counseling and/or selective college admission. Combination of the two preferred.
Strong public speaking and written communication skills.
Deep knowledge of all aspects of the college admission process.
The ability to work both collaboratively and independently.
Strong sense of initiative.
Robust technology skills, including facility with Naviance.
Unwavering sense of ethics and impeccable integrity.
Demonstrated intellectual drive and curiosity.
Strong organizational and time management skills.
The ability to manage student and parental expectations with sensitivity and grace.
Compensation will be competitive and dependent on experience.
About The Nueva School
The Nueva School, located in the Bay Area of Northern California and founded in 1967, is an internationally recognized independent PK-12 school serving gifted learners. The school is a three-time winner of the US Department of Education National Blue Ribbon Award, winner of the American Institute of Architects Award for School Design and Sustainability, recognized as an Apple Distinguished Program, appointed an Ashoka Changemaker School, a co-founder of the Common Ground Speaker Series, sponsor of the Innovative Learning Conference, and was highlighted by the Pulitzer Prize-winning and New York Times best-selling author Thomas Friedman in his recent book That Used to Be Us in the chapter Average Is Over. Nueva is a student-centered school known for its distinctive integrated studies, constructivist/project based learning, and its pioneering work in social emotional learning and design thinking. The school also offers specialist teachers in visual and performing arts, music, physical education, reading, math, science, technology, programming, engineering, entrepreneurship, social emotional learning, and design thinking. Our school community inspires passion for lifelong learning, fosters social and emotional acuity, and develops the imaginative mind.