Responsible for administering all aspects of the college search and admissions process. The College Counselor will educate students and parents about college options, the admissions and financial aid processes, current trends, application procedures, and admission testing; provide individual and small group college counseling; consult with parents for the academic, career, and personal success of their children; collaborate and consult with school counselors on developmental issues which impact a student's performance in the classroom; provide educational planning, career development, curricular choices for senior year, and its impact for college planning; meet with students regularly to ensure deadlines are being met; facilitate and meet with college representatives, and serve as the liaison to these representatives and their college admissions offices; build and submit all school documents to colleges and scholarship organizations; write the official Secondary Report and college letter of recommendation for each counselee; cooperate with the High School Principal in compiling the annual school profile; work with the Director's Office to develop quantitative analysis and reports; and maintain the legal and ethical standards as specified for school counselors and college admissions specialists, additionally mindful of those stipulated by the Statement of Principles of Good Practice of the National Association of College Admission Counseling. The College Counselors report to the High School Principal.
Build deep relationships with students, families, and staff to foster a culture of community. Maintain strong lines of communication with families about student progress, and go above and beyond to support and collaborate closely with teammates in the united pursuit of Lab’s mission. We are looking for team members who will emanate optimism, share feedback to solve problems, reflect on how your actions impact others, and take ownership over creating the culture you want to show up to each day.
Regular Areas of Responsibility:
Collaboration with Family and Student - Maintain confidential files on each student in assigned caseload; conduct and staff information or discussion groups with parents or teachers; meet regularly with all students in caseload; answer all parent communication in a timely and professional manner; write letters of recommendation for students for colleges; liaison with various college admissions offices.
Academic Planning - Understand course progressions, pre-requisites, and individual departmental policies as described in the Course of Studies book; ensure that course selections fulfill graduation requirements and meet college admission standards.
Faculty and Administrative Support - Participate in confidential group consultation with administrators and Learning and Counseling colleagues, as needed; work collegially with faculty about individual student-related needs and documents; prepare and present an annual report to the Director and the Board of Directors of the Schools.
Cooperation with Learning & Counseling Colleagues - Consult with school counselors to clarify and coordinate work with individual students, particularly those who are having academic or personal difficulty; develop, implement, and interpret a needs assessment tool and/or satisfaction survey; accept specially assigned departmental tasks.
Full-time teachers are expected to work a 40-hour week and the required number of days as stipulated in the Faculty Association contract; all teachers are expected to perform in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Anticipated start date: September 1, 2020
Bachelor's degree required.
Master's degree strongly preferred.
A minimum of five years of college counseling in secondary school or admission experience in a selective college admission office preferred.
Experience working with a wide range of students with diverse backgrounds such as race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, learning abilities, class, language and nationality.
About University of Chicago Lab Schools
The Laboratory Schools' seeks the finest employees who have a desire to inspire a love of learning in our students, and we employ people with a wide range of skills and training in many different disciplines. We have a long history of commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion work. We continue to build on this work and seek out employees who also share this commitment to one of our core values. We are committed to making sure that Lab is a great place to work, and our connection to the University of Chicago provides our faculty and staff with opportunities that would be nearly impossible to match in any other environment.