Dwight-Englewood School announces a national search for its next Dean of College Counseling. The successful candidate will bring tested leadership skills, deep relationships in the college admission community, superior communication skills, and highly successful experience from the secondary and/or the college level in the areas of counseling and college admission. Overseeing a staff of three college counselors and one administrative assistant, the Dean will oversee the vision for our comprehensive college counseling program and implement programming that emanates from the mission of the School.
The Dean will embrace innovation and commit to collaboration with students and parents, familiarity with issues of college admissions trends and financial aid, and a strong understanding of the developmental needs of adolescents. The Dean will support and advocate for students, helping them to acquire the ability to identify personal goals, explore post-secondary educational options and manage the complex process of applying to college. The Dean will keep abreast of trends in college admissions and translate them into program alteration and improvement.
The college counseling office oversees an established 9th through 12th grade approach, student testing, and a caseload of motivated students and parents. The college counseling office uses technology to organize its approach to the entire process.
The successful Dean of College Counseling will bring deep experience in college counseling, college admissions, or a combination of both. He/She will be organized, enthusiastic, and will be a skilled communicator.
The Dean of College Counseling will assume overall responsibility for the implementation of a mission-driven college application process. The Dean:
● Supervises work of the Directors of College Counseling, the Administrative Assistant/AP Coordinator, and the work of the entire college counseling office
● Develops and maintains an established, proactive four-year program for 520 students that meets the needs of families, and periodically reviews that program
● Knows well and advocates strongly our students, our curriculum and co-curricular program to colleges
● Cultivates and maintains strong relationships with college admissions offices throughout the country, including traveling to campuses during the year
● Possesses a keen understanding of the college application process that evolves with the changing times
● Stays current with important trends in admissions, communicates them to the Principal, Head of School, and others, and uses them to improve the application process
● Collects and analyzes data to aid in the progress of the program
● Meets regularly with the Upper School Principal
● Serves on the Program Committee, attends many Upper School department chair meetings, and other meetings school and division-wide.
● Maintains and expands an attractive, informative and up-to-date college counseling office
● Serves as the public face of the college counseling office and program, leading meetings and giving presentations to various groups
● Extensive experience in college counseling, preferably as a director; significant experience in college admissions is also preferred
● Superior interpersonal skills in listening to, working with, communicating with, and knowing Upper School students, parents, faculty and staff, and college admissions representatives. A sharp memory for names and details
● Superior skill in writing, 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, thoughtful, and strategic thinker regarding the assessment of and improvements to current programs and 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
Dwight-Englewood School is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, ethnicity, age, national origin, religion, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy or military veteran status. The diversity of our student body supports our commitment to employ a diverse faculty and staff. Educators from all backgrounds who bring knowledge and expertise in equity, diversity and multicultural education are especially encouraged to apply.
Please submit a resume and letter of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org by
April 18, 2019