If you want to help showcase the difference a college education can make in the lives of our talented high school students, apply today as your first step to join our Scholar Program as the Director of College Counseling.
Who We Are
Schuler is a private, non-profit foundation in the northern suburbs of Chicago. We currently serve over 800 high school and college Scholars in partnership with 15 high schools located throughout the northern suburbs and the city of Chicago.
What Our Goal Is
The Schuler Scholar Program equips high-achieving and underrepresented students to gain access to and succeed at highly selective colleges and beyond.
What We Stand For
Always Personal Best: We believe in lifelong learning – personal improvement never ends.
One Scholar at a Time: We believe in the boundless promise of every Scholar.
All In: We believe shared success drives superior results for all our stakeholders – Scholars, families, partners, and staff.
Innovative Mindset: We believe in pursuing new and imaginative solutions to benefit our Scholars.
What A Day in the Life of a Director of College Counseling Is Like
The Schuler Scholar Program seeks a Director of College Counseling whose primary responsibility is to develop and lead a successful mission-driven college advising and application process for Schuler Scholars and their families. The Director of College Counseling is also a key member of the executive leadership team, responsible for upholding the organization’s mission and developing strategies aligned with Schuler’s key performance indicators. They provide oversight and leadership over the design, implementation and evaluation of college advising and application programs.
The Director of College Counseling will collaborate with key stakeholders across the organization, including the Managing Director of Schools, Director of Scholar Success and Director of College and Alumni Programs to ensure strategic program alliance. The Director of College Counseling reports directly to the Executive Director.
This is an excellent opportunity for an individual interested in being a thought leader at a top college access organization. The ideal candidate is creative and analytical, a strong communicator, and eager to both provide opinions and listen to others. They should balance strategic thinking with operational effectiveness, and be capable and comfortable working with people at all levels of an organization.
Collaborate with the rest of the executive leadership team to set and achieve Schuler's organizational strategy, acting as the subject matter expert on college admissions for the organization
Leverage Scholar college matriculation data, current college admissions trends and evidence-based research to guide the development, oversight, and ongoing evaluation of programmatic and advising strategies
Identify trends and barriers to Scholar success, and in collaboration with internal stakeholders, provide strategic direction to develop long-term solutions
Develop and maintain partnerships with our college and university partners, and be Schuler’s thought leader on admissions and financial aid practices and policies that most impact Schuler Scholars
Manage and develop college counseling staff, providing insight, advice and expertise to ensure strong team performance
Collaborate with department staff in the development of activities that support Scholar & family college knowledge development
Continually assesses strategy effectiveness through quantitative and qualitative measures, and suggest changes to improve outcomes when necessary
What Core Competencies Make an Director of Scholar Success Successful
Experience in college admissions or college advising, including significant experience with the highly selective college admissions & financial aid process. The candidate should have excellent communication skills and be able to articulate the value of highly selective liberal arts colleges to both internal and external constituents. Must have a history of successful supervisory and management experience and be able to relate effectively with students of diverse backgrounds.
About Schuler Scholar Program
The Schuler Scholar Program equips high-achieving and underrepresented students to gain access to and succeed at highly selective colleges and beyond. Schuler Scholars are typically first-generation college-bound, are students of color, or come from low-income families.
We believe that high-achieving, under-represented students will be successful in obtaining a degree from a top college if they are motivated, have access to academic and enrichment programs while in high school, are well-informed of college options, receive support from a wide network, and secure financial assistance.