The Putney School is seeking a Director of College Counseling, a full-time administrative position to begin on July 1, 2023, with the possibility of an earlier start. The Director of College Counseling is responsible for managing all aspects of the school’s college counseling program.
About The Putney School: Putney is a progressive, gender inclusive secondary boarding school of 230 students located in Putney, Vermont. We are committed to cultivating and sustaining an educational community that values difference. Our commitment to social justice work is embedded in our stated Fundamental Beliefs. The ideal candidate would be eager to participate in anti-racist work and use an inclusive, social justice lens in their work with all students and adults on campus. Building a just and inclusive community is a shared responsibility, and Putney supports all its employees in developing this critical skill set.
Understand Putney’s unique position and mission among secondary schools and how that impacts the lens through which our students will approach the college process
Guide and counsel juniors and seniors through the process of identifying interests, defining values and goals, and researching colleges, universities, and gap year experiences
Remain conversant with trends and enrollment goals for popular Putney matriculating institutions
Coach students on ways to present their record and profile in effective, creative and compelling ways: including writing samples, portfolios, interviews and correspondence
Manage the successful completion and submission of all application materials
Develop, maintain and strengthen relationships with colleges and universities – including creating innovative materials to present Putney’s unique strengths, mission & fundamental values
Create and send clear, informative and responsive correspondence to students and families
Use relevant software, such as Naviance and Veracross to ensure accurate data and materials; embrace updates and utilize modern and relevant software as available
Oversee administration of and access to standardized testing
Educate students and families about post-secondary options and financial aid
Travel four or five weeks to stay abreast of the range of opportunities available to students; professional development to maintain knowledge of greater college admissions landscape
Serve as dean of the senior class and collaborate in weekly meetings with the deans’ group to oversee the well-being of all students on campus
Health and dental benefits, retirement contributions, and paid vacation
Annual professional development opportunities
Competitive salary commensurate with experience and possible on-campus housing if available
Qualifications: BA/BS or higher, with five or more years of prior experience in college admissions or high school college counseling and/or independent school settings is preferred. This position prioritizes prior experience in the following areas: counseling, writing, interviewing, teaching/facilitating, residential life and program leadership. Ideal candidates will possess strong leadership skills, an ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing with internal and external constituencies, a strong appreciation for the arts, sustainability, and progressive education, as well as knowledge of the collegiate and post-secondary landscape toward which Putney students gravitate.
How to Apply: Please submit a cover letter and resume via email to email@example.com by February 15, 2023. We will begin our review of applications with any internal candidates and will continue reviewing applications until the position is filled.
The Putney School is a co-educational boarding school for grades 9-12 founded in 1935 By Carmelita Hinton. We are a progressive school, in that we value the idea that education is something to be actively pursued rather than passively received. When students learn by doing rather than being told, they develop confidence, deeper understanding, and resolve. Our continued commitment to Ms. Hinton’s fundamental beliefs, and our deliberate choices for our community and curriculum have put Putney at the leading edge of education in America.
Founded as a progressive school, social justice has been a core value at Putney since its founding in 1935. Putney is committed to building an inclusive community that respects and affirms each of its members, honoring their diversity of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, and socioeconomic status. We continue to build an educational program that recognizes and values the many peoples and perspectives of our community and the world. We realize that conflicts may arise in the creation of such a community, but we see these possible conflicts as opportunities for growth, for open and ...honest communication, and for learning. Through our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion The Putney School community prepares students for the challenges and choices they will face as citizens of the world.
We seek to ensure that all aspects of student school life — including admissions, curriculum, residential life, evening arts, and athletics reflect our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and these will be diligently assessed and actively supported.
We recognize that our school and students exist in an ever-changing world, and that our understanding of, and support for, diversity, equity, and inclusion will grow and evolve.
All faculty and staff are working to understand what it means to commit to being anti-racist, specifically about anti-Blackness, and we recognize that we must do more as an institution.