Postsecondary College/University, Secondary School
Reporting to: Academic Dean
Schedule: Monday through Friday
Hours: 7:50 am – 3:20 p.m.
For over 100 years, St. Agnes Academy has been a leader in Catholic college preparatory education for Houston’s young women. With powerful voices and bold ideas, Academy women craft each day with a holy sense of wonder and awe, grace and grit, ingenuity and integrity, bravery and vulnerability, insight and foresight, authentic self-knowledge and selfless commitment to others – artists of vivid, passionate, and purposeful lives.
Mission: Rooted in the Dominican tradition, St. Agnes Academy provides a Catholic college preparatory education that encourages young women to develop intellectual curiosity, to work for social justice and to act with integrity and compassion.
Faith, Community, and Dominican Charism
Ensure that the four pillars of a Dominican education (prayer, study, community, preaching) are developed and promoted among the school community
Develop an active faith community and models Christian values
Incorporate prayer and spiritual formation within the student, faculty/staff and parent communities
Uphold and implement the Dominican charism and the Houston Dominican Sisters congregational goals
Oversee the college counseling department,
Implement a successful, comprehensive, mission driven college counseling program
The main responsibilities will include:
Provide guidance, develop, and evaluate college counseling department and counseling office assistant
Plan and facilitate weekly department meetings
Prepare the counseling assignments for the department
Manage annual performance review process in a timely manner
Manage employee performance concerns in a timely manner/partner with Human Resources department
Develop and oversee the onboarding program for new department members
Assist in the preparation of the school profile
Plan and coordinate information necessary for sophomore and junior conferences
Establish and communicate a timeline for the college search and application process
Coordinate counseling calendar
Oversee content on the Counseling portions of mySAA and the main website
Oversee the development of all college counseling programming for both students and parents
Manage department budget
Place orders for various department resources
Keep, analyze, and disseminate college counseling data
Supervise the implementation of a full testing program
Oversee the analysis and dissemination of testing data.
Coordinate the preparation of the counseling portion of the Board Report
Particpates in the hiring process for the department in conjunction with the Academic Dean and the Principal.
College Counseling Responsibilities
Provide academic and college counseling to a caseload of approximately 120 students, including sophomores, juniors and seniors.
Assist students with all aspects of the process, from prospective college identification to the logistics of application completion, including the financial aid process.
Write letters of recommendation
Develop positive relationships with College Admissions Representatives from colleges and universities throughout the country to help foster a better understanding of the rigor of the St. Agnes curriculum and school culture.
Attend various college counselors’ breakfast and luncheons
Attend state and national conferences
Some travel to Colleges/Universities maybe required
Work closely with Academic Dean on curriculum matters
Coordinate course selection process with Academic Dean
Prepare beginning and end of year department letters to parents
Prepare various communications with families
Attend department chair and other administrative meetings
Participate in the planning of the Catholic High School College Fair
Oversee and coordinate the National Merit process
Commitment to embracing the mission of St. Agnes Academy
Master’s Degree preferred
Complete Safe Haven Training
Minimum 5 years College Counseling experience
Proficiency in Microsoft Office required
Prior education and leadership experiences a plus
Strong work ethic with the ability to manage multiple, and occasionally simultaneous, deadlines and projects
Ability to support, guide, develop, and manage a team.
Excellent accuracy in completing project work
Excellent judgment, confidentiality, discretion, and diplomacy
Highly organized and reliable with demonstrated success working in quick-paced, dynamic environment with many responsibilities
Ability to work independently as well as a team member; ability to set priorities and schedules to meet deadlines.
Professional attitude and appearance
Work Environment This job operates in a professional/education/office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.
Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit at desk area, communicate via phone/face to face, manually input data into a computer, walk to different office areas, reach with hands and arms, and minimal lifting.
Internal Number: DCC 21
About St. Agnes Academy
Rooted in the Dominican tradition, St. Agnes Academy provides a Catholic college preparatory education that encourages young women to develop intellectual curiosity, to work for social justice and to act with integrity and compassion.
St. Agnes Academy was founded in 1905 by Mother Pauline Gannon, O.P., Prioress of the Dominican Sisters of Houston, Texas. The Academy opened on February 11, 1906, at its former location at 3901 Fannin. It was in operation at that site until September 1963 when the present-day campus opened at 9000 Bellaire Boulevard in Sharpstown. St. Agnes numbers more than 10,000 graduates, many of whom now have daughters, granddaughters, and even great-granddaughters who are Academy students or alumnae.
In 1917 St. Agnes was accredited by the University of Texas and the State Board of Education. It is now affiliated with the following educational associations: Catholic Schools of the Galveston-Houston Diocese, The National Catholic Educational Association, The Texas Catholic Conference Education Department in conjunction with the Texas Education Agency, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and The College Board.