College Counselor

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Responsive ED Published: January 11, 2018
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Position Summary:

The College Counselor develops and runs mission-appropriate programs in grades 9–12 that help students understand themselves and focus on age-appropriate personal, academic, and college-focused goals. Will counsel students on every facet of the college search process and works in conjunction with campus administration to design and implement campus college placement metrics and goals.



  • Bachelor’s degree, advanced degree (preferred)


  • Extensive experience in College Counseling (preferred)

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs)

  • A desire to provide college counseling within the framework of ResponsiveEd’s mission
  • Superior interpersonal skills in listening to, working with, communicating with, and knowing students, parents, faculty and staff, and college admissions representatives
  • Superior skill in writing with impeccable grammar and eloquent prose, in forms ranging from casual emails to information-laden newsletters and high-stakes senior letters
  • Trustworthiness and integrity with all constituencies
  • Excellent skills in managing details, deadlines, programs, people, and large quantities of information in a proactive, timely, organized, calming, and effective manner
  • Creative, strategic, and thoughtful thinker regarding the assessment of and improvements to current programs and, as helpful, the development of new program elements that will enrich the quality of the college counseling program
  • The ability to provide assurance and counsel to teenagers experiencing the typical highs and lows associated with the college search process
  • Strong ability to track and advance students through each of these phases, manage large amounts of information, and generate reports
  • Strong ability to cultivate and maintain good relationships with colleges and universities and with other Counselors
  • A deep working knowledge of college guidance programs and of information about local, regional, and national colleges and universities

Primary Duties:

  • Schedules college admissions representatives to campus via online scheduling tool.
  • Counsels students and their parents, individually and in groups, regarding college search, application and admission procedures; guides families through financial aid and college selection processes.
  • Composes thoughtful, compelling and data-informed letters of recommendation for advisees.
  • Represents the school at relevant state and national conferences and workshops; participates in visits to colleges and hosts college representatives in The College Office.
  • Facilitates timely completion of faculty recommendations and reports for college applicants.
  • Leads an informative, up-to-date, inclusive and welcoming college guidance office on campus. Maintains communication with and knowledge of relevant colleges.
  • Monitors students’ application progress and maintains records utilizing Naviance.
  • Upholds values and policies as identified by the NACAC Statement of Principles of Good Practice.
  • Compiles and maintains scholarship resources for local, regional and national scholarships. Creates content for and maintains "College Prep Course" for high school students.
  • Meets the highest standards of professionalism, collegiality, and personal conduct.
  • Coordinates accurate records of student testing and academic work with the Registrar. Coordinates all aspects of PSAT and AP exams.
  • Works with Assistant Headmaster to facilitate appropriate testing environment for students approved for accommodations in all standardized exams.
  • Work with Registrar to coordinate registration materials.
  • Monitors and verifies all graduation requirements for assigned students.
  • Tracks students completing coursework over the summer and coordinates placement testing.
  • Participates in 11th/12th grade team meetings to discuss at-risk students.
  • Consults with students and parents for course selection and Drop/Add procedures.
  • Assists with planning of graduation each year.
  • Maintains and updates the handbooks, handouts, newsletters, and forms important to the College Counseling program.
  • Guides faculty in the writing of excellent college recommendations.
  • Remains informed regarding matters that have an impact on college counseling.
  • Carries out other duties as assigned.