Director of College Counseling and Alumni Success

Administrator / Full-Time

Gould Academy, Bethel, ME

Director of College Counseling and Alumni Success

Gould Academy prepares academically motivated students for college and helps them to become independent-minded, ethical citizens who will lead lives of purpose, action, excellence, and compassion in a dynamic world.

Job Summary

The Director of College Counseling guides the successful planning and implementation of the College Counseling programing and culture at Gould Academy, leads the College Counseling Team, serves as a College Counselor for a reduced group of students and families in pursuit of attaining their higher education goals, and collaborates with the Alumni office in supporting recent graduates of the Academy . This twelve-month position reports directly to the Asst. Head of School for Teaching and Learning  and works in close partnership with other administrators and faculty.

The Director acts as a trusted professional within the Academy – informing faculty members, parents, coaches, administrators, board members, and prospective students and families about the current landscape of college admissions, persistence, and success in addition to gap year and career opportunities.  They guide various constituents in decision-making that best serves and promotes the Academy’s students and college-admissions position.  They  work to promote the Academy through frequent travel to and presentations at national conferences and campus tours. 

In their role as College Counselor, the Director helps students in their junior and senior years to identify and articulate appropriate higher education goals, and then to make actionable plans to work toward them. College Counselors write letters of recommendation in support of each student in their caseload and act as both guides and advocates throughout the application and admissions process. The Director also oversees developmentally appropriate programming to introduce tenth-grade students and families to the early stages of college planning as well programming to survey and support recent graduates in their transition to college and the workplace.

Relationships

This position works closely with current and prospective students and parents; Gould administration and deans, faculty, staff, and the Board of Trustees.  Has a relationship with higher ed  professionals, alumni, professional associations (ACCIS, NEACAC, NACAC, College Board, etc.) and some vendors.  This role supervises the employees in the college counseling department.

Essential Qualities of Employment:

  • Relevant knowledge and skill in the area of expertise
  • Positive, proactive, teammate who continually seeks out ways to be better and offer the best interaction with the Gould community possible
  • Creative, life-long learner who seeks to constantly evolve and expand their knowledge base
  • Community & Student-centric
  • Team player and intrinsically motivated
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Very comfortable with a range of technology platforms with Google suite as the most important
  • Responsible and trustworthy; exhibits good judgment
  • Possesses strong moral values that are aligned with Gould’s
  • Seeks joy and inspires others through their actions and words
  • Adheres to policies and expectations articulated in the Employee Handbook and has a strong understanding of their roles (teacher, advisor, coach, community life duties) as stated in the Code of Conduct and Community Guide

Essential Duties and Responsibilities  

Mission:

  • Uphold and promote the Academy’s mission
  • Serve as Academy’s primary resource for college admissions expertise and trends 
  • In collaboration with the Development Office, serve as a bridge to Gould’s recent alumni in college

College Programming:

  • Create a supportive and responsive atmosphere for all families through the college admission process
  • Create and maintain appropriate resources and programming for students and their families in the college admissions and financial aid process
  • Oversee general communications with students, families, faculty/staff, and college representatives via a variety of outlets, including but not limited to email and Gould Academy website/calendars
  • Work closely with 15-20 seniors and families, and 15-20 juniors and families in the college admissions process.
  • Write counselor recommendations for each senior in their caseload
  • Oversee initiatives re: athletic recruiting, Career Conversations, etc.
  • Oversee standardized testing and assign responsibilities re: SAT, PSAT, AP, ACT, Accuplacer administration (as needed), and UCAS (as needed)
  • Maintain the integrity of all academic transcripts in conjunction with the Assistant Head of School for Teaching and Learning and Registrar
  • Delegate a member of the college counseling office for  appropriate committees to support the Academy’s college-going culture (Teaching and Learning Team, Academic Standing, etc.)

External:

  • Maintain active membership in appropriate professional organizations (NACAC, NEACAC, College Board, ACCIS)
  • Represent the Academy positively to external audiences
  • Travel to colleges and conferences for ongoing professional development/presentation

Office & Staffing:

  • Organize and run weekly department meetings
  • Supervise and evaluate the other members of the College Counseling Team

Other Duties:

  • Support the Head of School with research for presentations and board reports
  • Consult with Registrar, TLT, COAS on academic matters
  • This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by this employee.  They will be required to follow any other instructions and to perform any other duties requested by the Head of School

Community Life

Faculty help to supervise students on school nights and weekends.  Faculty and student leaders work together as a team to make the Gould experience one in which students can learn from one another.  School night duty usually involves one to two nights of evening campus coverage, occasional backup coverage when necessary, and weekend duty that is assigned on a rotating basis in an equitable way.  Faculty will be assigned to a weekend crew at the beginning of the school year.  If conflicts arise for either evening or weekend duty, faculty members should arrange for coverage and communicate any changes to the AOD or team leaders.

Advisor                        

Assumes an advisory role for up to eight students, serving as the communications link between the student, teachers, coaches, and family.  The advisor makes calls to parents on a regular basis, per scheduled school calendar times, and as needed.  The Advisor knows, respects and embraces each advisee as an individual; maintains a strong understanding of adolescent development. Advisors regularly meet briefly with advisees during assemblies and during the scheduled advisory block weekly.  The advisor provides guidance regarding all aspects of a student’s life at Gould including activities, social adjustment, life on campus, course selection, academics, and discipline.  Advisors are expected to communicate with their advising team leader on a weekly basis.

Qualification Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree preferable
  • Minimum of five years experience in college counseling at an independent school and/or in undergraduate admissions at a college or university
  • Expertise with current trends in college admissions
  • Proven leadership
  • Excellent listening, counseling, and communication skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills 
  • Excellent organizational and analytical skills  
  • Commitment to working with high school-aged students
  • Ability to connect with a diverse range of students and families
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and on a team 
  • High computer proficiency, including Google Docs, Google Calendar and spreadsheets
  • High proficiency in SCOIR
  • Expertise in standardized testing, including SAT, ACT, AP, and TOEFL
  • Possess a valid drivers license and successfully pass a criminal and sexual offender background check, obtain CHRC clear status from the Maine Department of Education
  • Condition of employment pursuant to Gould’s COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, all faculty and staff will be required to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or must request an exemption due to a medical condition or sincerely held religious belief 

Physical Work Environment

 These physical requirements are not exhaustive and additional job-related physical requirements may be added to these by individuals on an as-needed basis.  Corrective devices may be used to meet physical requirements.

  • It is essential to be able to meet the physical demands of sitting for prolonged periods of time at a desk or computer workstation, using repetitive arm, hand and finger movements.  
  • Ability to bend, stoop, push/pull and to grasp objects and or paper.
  • Must be able to visit and move around all campus locations and to travel off-campus or to other work sites for appropriate training and/or meetings as required.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Compensation and Benefits

This is a full-time, year round, exempt position beginning in January 2023 or as soon as possible. Benefits include a generous retirement plan match, cost sharing for health and dental insurance, free $50,000 life and LTD insurances, health savings contribution, discounted season pass to Sunday River, four weeks vacation, plus holidays, wellness culture with an annual contribution to employee wellness preferences and encouragement to participate in Mountain Day and Ski Day, academy “days off” when the community comes together outside of the classroom. Use of the fitness center, including indoor tennis and skate park.   Gould provides meals at our campus dining facility for you and your family. Campus provided housing could be a component of the benefit package. Compensation is commensurate with experience. 

To Apply

Qualified candidates apply for this position by creating an applicant profile online and apply for this role.  You will be asked to answer a few questions, upload your resume and a cover letter. Please share with us, Why Gould? 

To learn more about Gould Academy and other career opportunities, please visit us at: www.gouldacademy.org/careers.  If you prefer to apply by mail please contact Deborah Menezes, Human Resources, at 207-824-7797.

Equal Employment Opportunities 

Gould Academy does not discriminate on the basis of national origin, race, creed, color, gender, disability, or sexual orientation in the administration of its educational policies, admission, financial aid, loans, hiring process, and other school programs.

Gould Academy

Bethel, ME
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