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March 21, 2019
Director of College Counseling
Alverno Heights Academy is currently searching for a Director of College Counseling to educate and guide students and their families through all aspects of the college search and admission process. The Director of College Counseling runs a one-person program that advises all students, with primary focus on the junior and senior grades. This is an opportunity to build on a strong established program with good support from the school community and reasonable college admission expectations. Alverno Heights Academy seniors apply to and matriculate at a broad range of colleges and universities throughout California, the West Coast, Southwest, and beyond. The position reports directly to the Head of School and is a member of the senior staff. The Director oversees all aspects of the college and academic advising process.

Primary Responsibilities:
• Knowledge of a broad range of colleges/universities and their academic programs, admission policies, and financial policies and procedures, as well as the desire to maintain a deep knowledge of market trends in higher education.
• Host college admissions representatives on campus each fall.
• Meet with students individually and with families throughout the college process.
• Teach guidance and college information classes to juniors and seniors.
• Plan and coordinate regular informational meetings for families on topics related to the college application process.
• Experience with or interest in innovative practices in college counseling with desire to establish a creative, forward-thinking vision for the college counseling experience.
• Establish and maintain ongoing relationships with college admission officers.
• Advise students on course selection and impact on the college selection process.
• Strong interpersonal, communication, program planning, technology, presentation, writing, and organizational skills.
• Write letters of recommendation for the graduating class and advise faculty in their writing of recommendations.
• Take advantage of opportunities to regularly visit college campuses and attend important conferences.
• Counsel advisors and coaches on how to help students through the college selection process.
• Eagerness to be involved in the life of the school community.
• An appreciation and understanding of the mission of a girls’ independent college preparatory school with an incredibly diverse population, and the ability to respond effectively to the needs of this student population.
• Provides regular reports to the Leadership team, the Board, and faculty on the results of college admissions activity, research, demographics, and other relevant college admission trends.
• Work with director of communications on annual publications and oversee maintenance of the college counseling portion of the school's website.
• Review, adjust, and expand the college counseling program each year.
• Be sensitive to economic, cultural, and other matters present in the enrollment of a diverse student body.
• Actively seek ongoing professional development through a well-established professional learning network and support other admission staff in the same pursuit.
• Enthusiastically serve as a member of the senior staff that leads and supports school-wide initiatives, policies, events and procedures.
• Flexibility to support other departments and faculty members with events and activities.
• Assists Head of School with all other duties as assigned.

Desired Qualities and Traits:
• Bachelor’s degree and several years of college admissions and/or college counseling experience required; Master’s degree preferred, ideally in education or counseling.
• Prior college counseling experience on either college or independent secondary school side required; experience with both preferred.
• Proven knowledge base of independent schools as well as U.S. colleges/universities, and the ability to reasonably predict college admissions decisions, knowledge of overseas programs a plus.
• Demonstrated counseling skills beyond college admissions extending to the context of family dynamics.
• A warm personality, positive energy, calm demeanor, and a sense of humor.
• Strong technology skills.
• Personal and professional conduct that represents a positive role model for girls.
• Proven ability to balance multiple priorities in a complex environment while maintaining professionalism and a sense of humor.
• Expert verbal and written communication skills that demonstrate warmth, empathy, humor, and love for girls, their parents, and their teachers.
• Experience working with Naviance, Microsoft Office, and Google Suite.
• Fluency in Spanish or Mandarin a plus.

Ideal Candidates:
• Experience as a teacher, student, parent, and/or administrator in an independent school.
• Experience with inclusive education and academic diversity.
• Proven commitment to single-gender education as evidenced by involvement in a girls’ school, co-curricular programming, or volunteer efforts.

Salary and Benefits:
• This is a 12-month exempt position.
• Compensation is competitive and based on experience.
• Benefits include vacation days and sick days, health insurance, vision, dental and retirement.

Please send a cover letter and résumé to Sara McCarthy, Director of Enrollment and Student Engagement, at [email protected]

Alverno Heights Academy provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Alverno Heights Academy complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment.

Alverno Heights Academy is an all-girls, independent, progressive Catholic, college preparatory school dedicated to its mission of empowering each young woman to be exactly the person she wants to be. Located on the property of the former Barlow Estate in Sierra Madre, California, Alverno Heights Academy was founded in 1960 by the Sisters of St. Francis who sought to create an environment in the San Gabriel Valley where young women could become informed and knowledgeable persons. Later renamed Alverno High School and sponsored by the Immaculate Heart Community, Alverno’s program—academic, spiritual, aesthetic, social, and physical—has been shaped by the staff, trustees, and students. As Alverno Heights Academy once again, the school remains committed to its mission by encouraging each of their young women to be who they imagine. For more information about Alverno Heights Academy, please visit www.alvernoheightsacademy.org.
Sara McCarthy
[email protected]

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