College Counselor

Faculty / Full-Time

Dexter Southfield School, Brookline, MA

About Dexter Southfield

Dexter Southfield is an independent school where boys and girls in Pre-K through Class 12 develop their individual talents and build an ethical foundation for life. Students learn to lead and serve with character, confidence, and compassion. Our 36-acre campus is located on the Brookline-Boston line, just minutes from the city’s best museums, libraries, hospitals, performing arts venues, colleges, and universities—all of which serve as an extension of our classrooms. At Dexter Southfield, we approach everything we do with enthusiasm and commitment, living by our school’s motto: “Our Best Today, Better Tomorrow.”

About Our Team

The Dexter Southfield College Counseling team collaborates with students and families across all four years of high school. This role is relationship-driven, and candidates must possess a genuine desire to work with teenagers and the ability to create trusting, caring, and professional relationships with students and families. Our college counselors advise students and parents on all aspects of the college search, application, and admission processes.

Key Areas of Responsibility

To be successful in this role, you must be able to:

  • Advise individual students and families beginning in Class 9, provide academic and co-curricular guidance, supplementing the work of students’ individual academic advisors, leading toward the college application process in Class 12
  • Help shape programs, policies, and procedures that enhance the college counseling program
  • Serve as a resource for parents and students while demonstrating professionalism and sensitivity to diverse backgrounds, learning styles, and other factors
  • Ability to establish and foster collaborative working relationships with students, parents, faculty, and staff and communicate effectively with these respective audiences
  • Help students and parents explore, assess, research, and prepare for post-secondary opportunities
  • Visit colleges and universities; attend conferences/forums to remain current on higher education trends
  • Advocate on behalf of students; write thoughtful and comprehensive letters of recommendation
  • Teach and engage students in weekly college seminars throughout the year for classes 11 and 12.
  • Develop and present educational programming to students and families on the college search and admissions processes
  • Maintain a personalized approach to counseling and working with students and families to reinforce the philosophy that “fit” in the college process is different for every student
  • Assist in the administration of standardized exams, including PSAT and AP exams
  • Serve as a liaison to college admissions offices and host meetings with college admissions representatives
  • Support an inclusive school community based on cultural competence, diverse identities and perspectives, and respect for all voices
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues across all divisions and departments
  • Work evenings and weekends, as necessary
  • Perform other duties as assigned, including but not limited to, academic advising, teaching, or coaching

Skills and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field; advanced degree in counseling, education, or related field preferred
  • At least three years of related work experience in the college admissions process
  • Ability to communicate effectively (orally and in writing) and establish and foster appropriate and collaborative working relationships with students, faculty, staff, and parents
  • Timely responsiveness to constituents, attention to detail, and strong organizational skills
  • Ability to manage competing priorities and meet deadlines under pressure and time constraints
  • Strong public speaking skills and ability to represent the School at internal and external events
  • Ability to engage and teach students in courses on the college search, essay writing, and application process and review all aspects of a student’s file
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the academic, social, and behavioral characteristics of early adolescents
  • Familiarity with data systems such as Naviance, Kickstart, and Blackbaud highly desirable
  • Knowledge of the financial aid application process highly desirable
  • Ability to create and contribute to an engaging and inclusive learning environment and workplace
  • History of continued education or professional development
  • Ability to be flexible, effectively manage stress, and adapt to changing work priorities and assignments

At Dexter Southfield, we promote a culture of excellence that extends beyond academics, athletics, and the arts. We value a diverse and inclusive community in which different identities and perspectives are accepted and respected to create a sense of belonging for all.

Interested candidates are encouraged to apply online at

Dexter Southfield School

Brookline, MA
Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle School, High School
All Gender, Boys, Girls