St. John’s School is seeking an enthusiastic and knowledgeable college counselor for the 2021-2022 academic year. The college counseling team consists of six full-time college counselors and one administrative assistant. St. John’s is a co-ed, independent day school with a full-time enrollment of 1,426 students in Grades K-12, located in the heart of central Houston. 41 percent of St. John’s students self-identify as students of color. With our school’s partnership with Challenge Success, our department focuses on student wellbeing and developmentally appropriate programming related to this process.
The primary responsibilities are those expected of a college counselor at an academically rigorous independent school, including:
Advise a student caseload of approximately 30-32 students through all aspects of the college search process, including researching schools, crafting a collegelist, the application and essay-writing process, and writing their letters of recommendation
Conduct individual, family, small group, and class-wide meetings
Collaborate closely with the current College Counseling team to develop and implement thoughtful, effective college counseling strategies, innovative programming, and best practices in the context of St. John’s School. In particular, we are constantly working to evaluate and improve our approach as it relates to our school’s mission and community and inclusion statement
Maintain and cultivate relationships with college admission officers, which includes hosting them during their visits to campus
Stay informed on current admissions and counseling trends through reading and research, maintaining membership in and attending professional associations and conferences, participating in campus visits and tours, and networking extensively with college admissions and college counseling colleagues
Plan and execute a variety of on campus college counseling programs, such as parent/guardian programs and workshops, college alumni panels, and essay writing seminars
Serve as advisor for approximately 8-10 students and have a strong appreciation for the value of social emotional learning (SEL)
Engage enthusiastically and actively in the St. John’s School community, including attending student athletic events, performances, social activities, and chaperoning
Other duties as assigned, all within the context of being an integral member of and contributor to a dynamic, vibrant Upper School community of educators
Bachelor’s degree required; a master’s degree or higher is strongly preferred
A minimum of three or more years of college counseling experience at a high school
Experience at an independent school or higher education setting
Strong writing and communication skills, ability to work in a fast-paced, rigorous independent school setting, ability to communicate effectively with students, parents, teachers, and all other relevant professionals
A commitment to developing one’s own cultural competency in a community that celebrates and appreciates diversity
Team player and self-starter who can both collaborate effectively as well as think independently. We capitalize on the different skills and expertise that each of our college counselors brings to the team and expect each member to contribute insight and new ideas that will bring constant improvement to our program.
Willingness to work evenings and weekends
Integrity and understanding of appropriate relationships with students, parents/guardians, and colleagues
Analytical and create in thought processes
This is a 10.5-month salaried position. For more information about St. John’s School, visit our website (www.sjs.org).
Please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references (references will not be contacted without the candidate’s permission) to USEmployment@sjs.org
About St. John's School
St. John's is an independent, co-educational day school presenting a 13-year sequence of college preparatory training. A non-profit institution, it was founded in 1946 to provide the community with a school of exacting standards in the development of individual, spiritual, ethical, intellectual, social, and physical growth. While the means to achieve that purpose may change, it remains the basic mission of the School.
The School seeks to develop the whole person in preparation for a lifetime of personal fulfillment and contribution to society. In particular, it is dedicated to the enhancement and the expansion of future leadership for Houston and the country. The School offers talented, motivated, and energetic students a genuine challenge for academic accomplishment and for development of a sense of self-worth and of personal responsibility. The School in turn holds itself responsible for providing that challenge.