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January 27, 2022
College Counselor
The School
Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton (SHS) is rooted in a strong and deep history. Founded in 1898 by the Society of the Sacred Heart, an international congregation of Catholic women religious, it is a Roman Catholic, independent, coeducational school dedicated to the educational philosophy expressed in the Goals and Criteria of Sacred Heart Schools. Located on a beautiful 64‐acre campus in the San Francisco Bay Area, SHS is one of 24 schools in the U.S. and Canada Network of Sacred Heart Schools and is affiliated with a network of over 200 Sacred Heart schools worldwide. SHS is made up of two divisions: Preschool through Middle Schools (P-eighth grade) and Preparatory (grades nine through twelve). Today, SHS is a vibrant, thriving, and dynamic institution, committed to educational excellence and the teachings of a Christ as expressed in forgiveness, compassion, respect and generosity. From preschool through high school, our world-class, diverse faculty and staff guide students of all faiths to become thoughtful and caring young adults through a rigorous curriculum and mission-driven programs, the development of active leadership skills, and emphasis on personal integrity. These are the hallmarks of the SHS experience, and the core of our Sacred Heart spirit.

To learn more about Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton, please see our website at www.shschools.org

The Position
SHS seeks a talented and highly qualified full-time Associate Director of College Counseling at the Preparatory. The successful candidate assists the Director by counseling upper school students regarding college placement and coordinating assistance during the application process.

Key responsibilities for this important role include but are not limited to:
• Counsels students and their parents, individually and in groups, regarding college selection, application and admission procedures.
• Manages a caseload of assigned students, counseling them in selecting best college fit.
• Supports students in personal statement and supplemental essay writing and completion of applications.
• Provides advice for student entrance exam testing; provides pre- and post-test counseling.
• Coordinates students’ accurate testing/academic records with the Sacred Heart Preparatory (SHP) Testing Coordinator and Registrar.
• Advocates for students throughout the application process, including writing a detailed and timely letter of recommendation for each.
• Assists in managing the prompt completion and transmission of SHP materials and recommendation letters to colleges.
• Assists Director in providing communication pieces, including school profile, secondary school report, college handbooks, board reports and presentations for parent/student education.
• Represents the school at relevant state, national and professional conferences and workshops; interacts with college representatives during SHP visits and college campus travel.
• Assists in maintaining informative and up-to-date college counseling resources on campus and online.
• Assists in maintaining communication with and knowledge of appropriate colleges.
• Provides support in guiding students/families through the financial aid process.
• Performs other duties assigned by the Director of College Counseling or the Prep Principal.

Required Qualifications
• Bachelor’s degree in college counseling or closely related field.
• 3-5 years of college admissions or college counseling.
• A clear commitment to and professional behavior based in the educational philosophy of Sacred Heart Schools as articulated in its Goals and Criteria.
• Demonstrated leadership and facilitative skills and commitment to equity and inclusion.
• Experience with using online college admissions software.
• Fluency in reading, writing and speaking in English.
• Excellent verbal, written, and presentation skills, as well as outstanding interpersonal skills.
• Ability to work well with students and colleagues; willingness to be an active, enthusiastic member of the SHS community. Demonstrated interest in working with adolescents and their parents.
• Ability and willingness to work evenings and weekends as necessary.
• A clear understanding of the complex nature of the college counseling and college application process.
• Excellent attendance and punctuality.

Preferred Qualifications
• Master’s or postgraduate work in college counseling or closely related field is strongly preferred.
• Prior experience in an independent/Catholic school environment is strongly preferred.
• Prior experience with Scoir (college admissions software) is strongly preferred.
• Spanish speaking strongly preferred.

For a more detailed job description, please visit our career page at https://www.shschools.org/about/careers

This position offers competitive compensation and health and welfare benefits subject to plan parameters, including medical, dental, vision, Life & LTD, 403(b) retirement plan and more.

To Apply
Visit https://www.shschools.org/about/careers

Via Mail:
Sacred Heart Schools
150 Valparaiso Avenue
Atherton, CA 94027
Attention Human Resources: Prep Associate Director of College Counseling 2021

Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton believes that each individual is entitled to equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, age, disability, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, ancestry, genetic information, citizenship, veteran status, or any other class protected under federal, state or local laws.

As a faith-based institution, we reserve the right to use religion as a criterion in hiring decisions, as permitted by law, as it relates to performing essential job duties.
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