Job summary: Full Time Guidance Department
Hired by: The Head of School
Responsible to: Head of Upper School (HoUS)
Evaluated: Annual written evaluation conducted by the HoUS
Type of position: Yearly contracted position
The Director of College and Career Counseling at Asheville Christian Academy (ACA), will be a mature follower of the Lord Jesus Christ and meet or exceed all the standards and expectations of the professional staff found in the Professional Standards. The daily life of the Director will give testimony to a deep and abiding faith in and relationship with Jesus Christ. Also in evidence, will be a robust grasp of a biblical (Christian) philosophy of education, especially as it pertains to life, calling, vocation, occupation and giftedness. The Guidance Counselor shall fully embrace the mission of the school and will strive to make Christ preeminent in all endeavors.
While the Director will focus primarily on individual scholastic counsel and planning for each upper school student, focus will also be placed on executing objectives at each grade level in the high school. A major part of the College Guidance Counselor’s role is to acknowledge each student’s strengths and areas needing improvement to improve the chances of college acceptance for specific programs of study (Philippians 3:12). The Director will be equipped with the interpersonal skills to communicate in a highly relational and motivational manner to all students.
The Director of College and Career Counseling at ACA shall have graduated from an accredited or approved institution and possess a North Carolina guidance counselor certification or the equivalent through an advanced degree.
Areas of Supervision
Assistant to the Director of College and Career Counseling, students, volunteers, student assistants (TA).
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Parents and students
- Manage a caseload of students, providing strategies, advice, support and guidance to those students and their families from the application process throughout their time here to making the best individualized choice for college.
- Meet with students individually and in groupings to educate and empower them on how to navigate the college process, admissions trends, and individual college options.
- Counsel and assist students to identify resources for scholarships and financial aid for colleges and universities.
- Navigate international students (and their agents) through all aspects of the college admissions and enrollment process for US colleges and universities.
- Conduct course selection group sessions for students and parents.
- Provide consultation/conference service for Upper School parents and teacher.
- Provide summary reports for the Head of Upper School of students' nine weeks’ grades and mid-term progress
- Produce regular communications targeting juniors and seniors throughout the school year
- Administer NCAA compliance procedures for student-athletes
- Assess all submissions from students/parents who have completed approved on-line courses for high school credit.
- Provide group guidance activities such as PSAT interpretations, ASVAB interpretations, college selection and admissions information, etc.
- Provide student and parent updates throughout the year on college application and scholarship information and deadlines.
- Create and submit materials to colleges in support of college applicants, including transcripts and references/recommendations. May include coordinating the faculty writing of requested recommendation for students applying to college.
- Cultivate mutually beneficial working relationships with college admissions professionals and local area college counseling colleagues. Facilitate visits between students and college representatives on campus. Arrange and direct visits to relevant colleges and college fairs.
- Visit college campuses to stay abreast of university offerings and become familiar with the nuances of signature programs.
- Track trends in admissions and college counseling fields.
- Manage the Dual Enrollment program. Be the liaison between higher education dual enrollment partners and ACA.
- Manage the Dual Enrollment credentialing needs of adjunct faculty.
- Provide college scholarship resources; organize financial aid workshops.
- Serve as liaison between ACA and college and scholarship services.
- Maintain professional networking relationships with personnel from other Christian schools, independent schools, and public schools.
ACA General Responsibilities
- Coordinate the calendars of all testing involving grades 9-12, including:
Develop the master schedule for Upper School and individual schedules for all US students. Arrange for SAT and/or ACT preparatory classes to be offered on campus. May incorporate these into the daily schedule as opportunity avails. Conduct events and educational outreach for both the student and parent communities. Including but not limited to communicating test preparation courses offered by other LEA’s, internet-based programs, and private tutors. Develop and interpret extensive summary reports on students’ progress on standardized tests. Pursue professional development opportunities. Including attending conferences and professional meetings to remain current with industry trends. Collaborate with level heads, department heads and admissions to improve the overall ACA product. Be involved in the school community at large. Participate in committee, department and staff meetings to benefit the guidance program. Develop and update the upper school Academic Handbook, accessible to both parents and staff. Oversee all students’ scholastic and merit award programs and ceremonies. Coordinate various high school award programs, such as NC Academic Scholar, Student of Year awards for Elks and Rotary clubs, DAR Good Citizen Award, Who's Who Among American High School Students; ACSI Distinguished Christian High School Student Award, NC Governor's School and Summer Ventures, etc. Administrate the Advanced Placement Program, which includes ordering and administering AP Exams Assume responsibility for other projects as assigned by the Head of School.
- Differential Aptitude Test/Career Interest Inventory for 9th grade
- PSAT for 9th, 10th & 11th grades
- SAT and ACT for 11th & 12th grades
- Untimed SAT and ACT testing for students with learning disabilities
- SAT Preparation Classes
- Pre- and post-test counseling
In partnership with Registrar/Admissions/International
- Ensure the registrar has accurate permanent records of students’ testing and academic work.
- Maintain accurate files on all students and their progression through high school and into the college application process.
- Provide current transcripts, grade point average and class rank information as requested.
- Assess the transcripts of transfer students to determine the award of credits and the recommended sequence of classes. If necessary, recommend and conduct placement testing for students whose transcripts are marginal.
- Collaborate with admissions and marketing departments to convey information (within ethical and privacy limits) for the interest of prospective parents. (SAT scores, college admissions, scholarship levels)