The Northwest School seeks an experienced Associate Director of College Counseling who will work with students (a typical graduating class has 90 members) throughout their junior and senior years, advising them in all aspects of the college search and application progress. Working closely with the Director of College Counseling, this key position will help students and their families prepare for the transition from Upper School to college or their desired post-secondary path.
Serve as the primary counselor for a portion of the 11th and 12th grade classes each year. Guide seniors and juniors and their families through the college selection and application process. Write, organize, and submit support materials for students’ college applications, including letters of recommendation and transcripts.
Meet with 11th and 12th grade students and parents/guardians in a series of formally scheduled and informal meetings beginning in January of 11th grade. Provide individualized guidance on college lists, standardized testing, need and merit-based financial aid, and college essays.
Plan and lead evening presentations for Upper School families and school-day workshops for students.
Cultivate and maintain strong relationships with college admissions offices and college counseling colleagues. Host college representatives when they visit The Northwest School. Travel to conferences and college visits. Actively engage with professional organizations, including NACAC, PNACAC, ACCIS, and SAIS (Seattle Area Independent School College Counselors).
Draft weekly parent newsletter submissions, e-mail correspondence to students and families, and other office communications. In partnership with Executive Assistant to Assistant Head of School and College Counseling, oversee submission of school materials for college applications, including letters of recommendation and transcripts.
Use Naviance to record and analyze data (student participation in events, applications, acceptances, etc.).
Coordinate standardized testing, including Pre-ACT and PSAT/NMSQT. Collaborate with local test prep companies to provide related resources and referrals to students and families.
All candidates must demonstrate a commitment to the school’s mission, values, and philosophy, especially related to diversity, equity, and inclusion; environmental sustainability, and global perspective
A bachelor’s degree and four years of experience in selective college admissions, college counseling, or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to perform the essential functions of the job
Deep knowledge of the college admission and college counseling process.
Outstanding skills in listening, counseling (advising/coaching), written and oral communication, organization, time management, editing, and technology.
Fluency in Microsoft Outlook, Word, and Excel.
For a full job description and to apply, please visit our website: http://northwestschool.org/about-the-school/employment
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Anticipated start date is August 1, 2020.
We are an Equal Opportunity Employer that values workplace diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, gender, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, genetic information, or marital status.
About The Northwest School
The Northwest School is a college-preparatory, co-educational independent school near the heart of downtown Seattle. We offer a rich and challenging program to roughly 500 students in grades 6 through 12, including 75 international students, many of whom live in our campus dormitory. Northwest is committed to a diverse workplace and expects applicants to have a demonstrated commitment to inclusion, equity, and social justice. We firmly believe that a diverse community is a richer, more creative, and dynamic one. In its faculty and student body composition, then, the school strives to reflect the diversity of Greater Seattle; as such, candidates from under-represented populations are encouraged to apply.