Assistant-Associate Director of College Counseling
Tabor Academy, Marion, MA
About Tabor Academy
Tabor Academy has a rich history that dates back to 1876 when the school was founded by Elizabeth Taber. Mrs. Taber had a lofty vision for the institution, including building character of young people from across the country. Today, we honor that legacy and embrace an international and diverse student body. Our work is guided by our principles of life-long learning, personal responsibility, and care for others. Here, students are encouraged to take risks and challenge themselves as they prepare to step into the world as global leaders.
For nearly 150 years, Tabor Academy has served the Marion, Massachusetts community as a premier coeducation, college preparatory boarding and day school. As the School by the Sea, Tabor offers an uncommonly beautiful setting in which to live and learn for students grades 9-12. The school provides a wide breadth of academic offerings for students to explore their interests, understand their strengths, and develop their critical thinking and communication skills. Tabor graduates are leaders, adaptable, and exceptionally skilled at navigating the 21st century.
The Assistant/Associate Director of College Counseling reports to the Co-Directors of College Counseling and assists with the daily operation of the college counseling program at Tabor Academy, including programs to assist and educate students and their families about the college search and application process, developing relationships with colleges and universities, and the creation and submission of school materials in support of the college application. The person who assumes this role must maintain the highest levels of confidentiality and be an excellent representative to our students, families, and the community. As a residential school, Tabor considers the work of faculty broadly, and we engage with students both during and beyond the academic day. Faculty at Tabor can expect to contribute to the co-curricular and/or athletic program and to be responsible for weekly evening and monthly weekend supervisory duties. This position can include housing.
- Responsible for providing guidance and counsel to students, families, and faculty in all phases of the college search and application process
- Assist with various programs sponsored by the College Counseling Office and assume special projects and assignments as determined by the Co-Directors of College Counseling
- Empower and educate students so they can make thoughtful and well-informed decisions
- Write counselor recommendations
- Craft personalized standardized testing plans that align best with each student’s skills and aspirations
- Timely communication with families about their student’s college process
- Advocate for students throughout the college search and application process
- Stay current with changes and trends in school counseling, higher education, and DEI research and practices
- Foster and maintain relationships with college admissions representatives; meet with representatives who visit Tabor’s campus and attend college social gatherings as necessary
- Travel to college campuses to establish and maintain mutually beneficial relations with college admissions officers
- Pursue professional learning opportunities, including attending national and regional conferences such as NACAC, ACCIS, NEACAC, and BISCCA
- Have an intuitive understanding of the dynamics of an educational community
- Possess a high degree of cultural competency and demonstrate an ability to respond effectively to the needs of a diverse and demanding population; able to create responsive, caring and appropriate relationships with students, families and colleagues
- Demonstrate excellent interpersonal, communication (writing, presenting, listening, advising), and organizational skills, and the ability to interact and work effectively with students, parents, faculty and other employees.
- Understand colleges, their academic programs, admissions and financial aid policies and procedures
- Utilize Strong organizational skills for multi-tasking and prioritizing responsibilities
- Ability to learn and become proficient with emerging technology as required
- Invest in the community and participate in the lives of our students outside the realm of college counseling
Minimum: Bachelor’s degree and interest in working with teenagers
Preferred: Prior work in college counseling or college admission
Electronic materials only, please. If interested, please send employment application, cover letter, resume, and educational philosophy to firstname.lastname@example.org with “College Counseling” in the Subject line.
Tabor Academy is eager to consider applications from people traditionally underrepresented in independent boarding school communities.
Tabor Academy is committed to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community – and hiring and retention processes, more specifically – informed by the NAIS Principles of Good Practice – Equity and Justice. Additionally, across all areas of school life, we prioritize practices based on Mind Brain Education (MBE) research; the relational skills of active listening, empathic understanding, critical thinking, and genuine inquiry; and pursuits that actively seek out and invite in diverse perspectives. At Tabor Academy, 540 students come from all over the United States and over 21 countries to be part of an engaging community. Our diverse and inclusive student body welcomes individuals from all races, religions, and economic backgrounds and fosters students becoming engaged and committed global citizens with a disposition to act in service to the common good.
Located 15 minutes from culturally rich New Bedford, home to the Whaling National Historical Park; stories from when the city was a station on the Underground Railroad and home to Frederick Douglass; a hub for Blue Economy Corridor innovation; seafood from America’s #1 fishing port; and a landscape that attracts sailors, bikers, and golfers, Marion and the Southcoast are teeming with opportunity.
Tabor Academy does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of age, gender, religion, race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, pregnancy or pregnancy-related condition, disability, or national or ancestral origin in the administration of its educational policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic and other Academy-administered programs, or in the administration of its hiring and employment practices.