Director of College Counseling

    • Job Tracking ID: 512692-703171
    • Job Location: Worcester, MA
    • Job Level: Management
    • Level of Education: Masters Degree
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: September 26, 2019
    • Years of Experience: 5 - 7 Years
    • Starting Date: January 7, 2020
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Job Description:


The Director of College Counseling reports directly to the Associate Head of School and oversees all operations and performance of members of the Academy's College Counseling Office, which consists of two full-time Associate/Assistant Directors of College Counseling, and a College Counseling Assistant.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities include the following:

  • Establishing the college counseling calendar, including a schedule of regular communications to students, families and faculty regarding the college admission and financial aid process
  • Developing and coordinating valuable skill-building workshops and test prep activities for students,
  • Organizing group meetings with students and families to review the college admission process
  • Providing individual college counseling, which will include the building of a college list and application strategy, for a substantial group of WA students in each class as they work through the college admission process
  • Working with alumni as they consider transferring or reapplying to college
  • Writing a school statement in support of each student's applications to college
  • Building lasting relationships with college admission representatives
  • Advocating for our candidates at key points in the admission process and providing counsel for faculty and coaches as they do the same
  • Aggressively marketing the Academy and its students to college and university admission offices
  • Maintaining accurate and relevant records regarding academic or college admission data
  • Creating and administering the annual budget of the College Counseling Office
  • Serving on Curriculum committee
  • Faculty/Coaches - keep both groups informed about events, issues and policies regarding the college process that may affect their students
  • Glean valuable personal and academic information and anecdotes that will enhance the candidacy of our college applicants

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • Two Associate/Assistant Directors of College Counseling
  • One College Counseling Assistant

Other Expectations -

  • Associate  Head of School- communicates progress in all areas of the college process, including an evaluation of the impact of Academy policy and/or procedures on its college candidates 
  • Upper School Head - assesses impact of overall academic trends on the college admission process on both individual candidates and Academy students on the whole
  • Board of Trustees - report as requested the success of Academy students in the college admission process
  • Offer global and historical perspectives relevant to the discussion of our student's relative success

Experience and Skills:



  • Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree in counseling or education administration preferred.


  • A minimum of 5 to 7 years of experience working in a selective college admission office and/or independent school college counseling office.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Strong technology skills a must. Proficiency in Microsoft Office required. Proficiency with presentation software a plus.
  • Ability to multi-task in a fast paced, service oriented atmosphere.
  • Working knowledge of database systems for student records; Naviance experience highly desirable.