07 October 2021
College Counselor

College Counselor
Salary: $65k to $75k
Westview Area
 
Position Overview
College access and completion is core to the work at our Client’s school. Thus, the College Counselor plays a critical role in supporting students and families with the mechanics of the college process. The College Counselor must be highly skilled and able to administer the college exposure, search, fit, application, and selection process with students, while also educating families about the process. Our client takes a unique and impactful approach to college matching. Our deliberate and intentional work with college fit is extremely important to our client’s college completion goals. The College Counselor is expected to have excellent knowledge of a range of colleges/universities across the country—especially those that proactively support college completion for low income, first generation students and have quantitative evidence of success in this area.
The College Counselor will establish effective relationships with all members of the Our Client Miami community, while also working with leadership across all departments. Additionally, the Our Client Miami College Counselor will regularly interact with The Our Client Foundation’s College Transition & Success (CTS) department based in Washington, DC. As part of Our Client’s model, College Counselors across the Our Client network and the CTS team collaborate to deliver seamless and high-quality college access and success services to students and families. The Director of College Counseling will work closely with a core senior leadership team including the Head of School, High School Director of Academics, High School Director of Student Affairs, and Director of Student Support Services. The Director of College Counseling reports directly to the Head of School.
 
Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
  • Planning and implementing college counseling programs that are aligned with the Our Client College Access and Success Guide;
  • Applying our client’s approach to college matching throughout the college process and programming for students and families across all grades;
  • Managing the college search, fit, and application process for seniors and their families and educating them about colleges/universities;
  • Providing personalized college counseling to seniors and their families as well as leading one-on-one college counseling sessions with seniors;
  • Making informational presentations to junior and senior parents/families, while also hosting spring meeting with juniors and their families to prepare for senior year;
  • Teaching senior college prep seminar in the fall, supporting CTS with senior college transition classes in the spring, and overseeing and co-teaching junior college prep seminar in the spring with designated school-based staff;
  • Managing and coordinating the annual College Tour for Juniors;
  • Working with the Our Client DC and Our Client MD college counselor and member of the CTS team to develop a College Prep Boot Camp for Seniors;
  • Using Naviance with all students and managing all weekly and quarterly reporting of Naviance data;
  • Managing and maintaining aesthetically pleasing College Center area and bulletin boards that reflect Our Client’s college success culture and approach to college matching;
  • Managing the Our Client College Data Tracker and weekly uploading accurate data;
  • Providing regular reports to the Head of School and supporting data analysis for board of director meetings;
  • Conducting outreach to and meeting with all college admissions representatives and facilitating meetings between college representatives and students, while also serving as a liaison with college admissions offices throughout the year;
  • Chaperoning Our Client-approved national and regional college fairs;
  • Writing college recommendation letters and reviewing recommendation letters submitted by staff, while also completing all school report (mid-year and final) forms requested by colleges, including evaluations of students;
  • Ensuring that information about the college process is reaching families and they are being invited to all college counseling events and meetings;
  • Working with the Head of School, Our Client Miami leadership team and Director of College Transition & Success at the Foundation to compile the annual school profile;
  • Partnering with the CTS team to maintain and share information on colleges, college guides, scholarships, financial aid, and paying for college; providing access to major scholarships;
  • Staying aware of issues and trends in college admissions, higher education, testing, as well as keeping up-to-date with the work and findings from associations, including: The College Board, the National Association of College Admission Counselors, National College Access Network, Education Trust;
  • Overseeing ACT and SAT test prep partnerships, course delivery, test registration; and test data;
  • Supporting rituals and traditions associated with senior transition;
  • Supporting financial aid/financial education sessions;
  • Performing other duties assigned by the Head of School. 
Core Competencies
Necessary skills include excellent written and verbal communication skills, strong organizational ability, attention to details, and the ability to consistently meet deadlines. Experience in college admissions or high school college counseling, deep understanding of data, and computer skills are important. The ideal candidate will have strong interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills; familiarity with the goals, objectives, and mission of school focused on college readiness and success for low-income, first-generation students; the ability to respond effectively to the needs of a diverse and student and parent/family population; knowledge of a vast array of colleges/universities with a reputation for successfully graduating underserved students within 4-6 years, strong academic programs, clear and fair admissions and financial aid policies and procedures; very comfortable with Our Client’s approach to college fit and match.
 
Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree with 3-5 years experience providing college access and success counseling in a school, and/or in a college’s admission office;
  • Understanding financial aid, including the FAFSA completion process;
  • General knowledge of college fit and match;
  • Extensive and current knowledge of the college application and admission process, the college financial aid process, and NCAA eligibility and recruitment regulations;
  • Ability to counsel students from diverse economic and cultural backgrounds and with varying learning styles and academic abilities;
  • Relationship building experience with the specific ability to forge relationships with faculty, staff, students, parents, alumni, and the community at large;
  • Strong technology/computer skills and comfort with student information/customer relations systems such as Naviance, CoPilot, and PowerSchool;
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills with the flexibility, and willingness to collaborate with team members;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills including solid public speaking skills;
  • Proven success providing services or programs to children and communities and children in need;
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, with creative and positive energy for working with youth;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of designing, implementing, and managing a long-cycle process
  • Experience with material development
  • Commitment to the mission of Our Client
Work Conditions
The work involves everyday risks and discomforts, which require normal safety precautions typical of such places as classrooms, offices, meeting and training rooms, etc. The work area is adequately lighted, heated and ventilated. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. This position description may not describe all duties, responsibilities and skills associated with this position. It is intended to portray the major aspects of the job and is not meant to be all-inclusive. Other duties or skills may be required.