The Hun School of Princeton, a college preparatory boarding/day school located in Princeton, New Jersey, seeks a visionary and collaborative educational leader as its next Director of College Counseling. The Director of College Counseling reports to the Head of the Upper School and leads a dynamic counseling team. The team supports a thriving division of 500 Upper School students in all matters related to college selection, application preparation, and the admissions process.
Prior college counseling or admissions leadership experience in an independent school or college/university and a Master’s degree in counseling or education are required. In addition, the successful candidate will exhibit the following skills and qualities:
- A vision for inspiring leadership and effectively managing change in a busy mission-driven, collaborative college counseling office;
- Philosophical support for student-centered, skills-based, and experiential learning to prepare students not only for college but an ever-changing world;
- A collaborative and respectful approach in working with all school constituencies in a trusting environment where integrity, approachability, direct communication, and kindness are valued;
- Spirited and visible engagement in the broad opportunities offered by a lively school culture;
- Demonstrated communication, organization, problem-solving, and management skills.
The Director’s responsibilities include:
- Managing a high-performing team of college counselors to meet ambitious goals for student matriculation at appropriate colleges and universities, partnership with students and their families for college planning, and development of innovative application process programming for students and parents at all upper school grade levels;
- Supervision and mentorship of a college counseling staff that includes three additional full-time counselors and one administrative assistant to ensure that the team is functioning collaboratively, pursuing appropriate professional growth, and providing individual attention to student needs;
- Initiating and expanding on education, communication, and marketing of college counseling programs, support, and resources available for students and parents;
- Cultivating mutually beneficial working partnerships with college admissions professionals and local area college counseling colleagues including visitation to college campuses to stay abreast of university and college offerings and programs and hosting and arranging on-campus college representative visits;
- Tracking the progress of and collecting and analyzing data on Hun School alumni enrolled at colleges and universities;
College Counseling responsibilities at The Hun School of Princeton include:
- Managing a caseload of students by providing strategies, advice, support, and guidance to students and their families throughout the college application process; including the selection of the best individualized college choices, the creation and submission of materials to colleges in support of college applicants, writing recommendations for students applying to college, and facilitating visits between students and college representatives at the school;
- Meeting with students individually and in groups to educate and empower them on how to navigate the college application process, admissions trends, and college options; including assisting with identification of resources for scholarships and financial aid;
- Assisting students with the standardized test process, including scheduling test dates, registering students, arranging for special “prep” classes, and providing pre- and post-test counseling;
- Conducting events and educational outreach for both the student and parent communities;
- Attending conferences and professional meetings in order to remain current with industry trends.
- Participating in committee, department, and staff meetings as well as school-sponsored events that would benefit from the College Counseling area of expertise and collaborating with a team of professional counselors on behalf of students;
- Maintaining a membership in the National Association of College Counselors and subsequently following all principals of best practices as outlined by the organization.
Interested candidates should forward a letter of interest and resume to Celeste Dirk, Director of Human Resources via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org or The Hun School of Princeton, 176 Edgerstoune Road, Princeton, NJ 08540. No phone calls, please.