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Director of College Counseling

Job Description and Application Instructions

Director of College Counseling

Posted: 9/12/2017

About Our School

Nestled among five mountain ranges in the heart of iconic Sun Valley, Idaho, Community School is an independent pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade day and boarding school of 390 students.

Mission

From our campus to the wilderness, Community School’s mission is to inspire students to think critically, engage confidently, embrace challenges, and lead impactful, purposeful lives.

We seek to accomplish this mission through six guiding principles, which include: Using student inquiry and the application of critical thinking as our primary learning modalities; developing and facilitating students’ personal interests and passions; using the whole environment to promote a global perspective; creating inclusive learning environments; instilling a love of nature and environmental stewardship; encouraging students to seek new challenges and to push beyond their comfortable limits.

Position

The Director of College Counseling leads the college counseling office and serves as the school’s primary source of support and guidance for students and families during all aspect of the college search and application process. This position includes travel, interviews with students and their families, telephone conversations, and written correspondence. The school seeks an experienced and inspirational Director of College Counseling to begin on or before July 1, 2018.

Responsibilities

  • Lead and effectively manage the college counseling department, including supervision of the College Counseling Associate and collaboration with the Upper School administration, faculty, and advisors;
  • Oversee and continue to refine a comprehensive college counseling office that meets the needs of students and parents, grades 9-12;
  • Develop and implement an appropriate college counseling curriculum using Family Connection (Naviance);
  • Refine and implement a rolling three-year strategic plan (2018-21) for the office;
  • Provide guidance and counsel to students and their families in all phases of the college search and college application process, including standardized testing and financial aid;
  • Advise students and faculty advisors on course selection, registration, and consequences in the college selection process;
  • Provide guidance for the faculty as active advisors and teacher recommenders in the college admissions process;
  • Provide honest and supportive student evaluations/recommendations and appropriate advocacy during the college application and admissions process;
  • Represent and present the Community School to colleges and universities through visits and communication, and host college representatives who visit the school;
  • Cultivate long-term relationships and trust with colleges and universities;
  • Oversee the standardized testing (PSAT/SAT/ACT) process for the Upper School and assist in the coordination of student preparation for those tests;
  • Track and adapt to current trends in the college counseling profession and the field of higher education, and establish appropriate feedback loops for the office to maintain quality service and focus.

Qualifications

Candidates who wish to be considered for this position should have:

  • A detail-oriented approach, with exemplary writing, communication, public speaking, and organizational skills;
  • A strong work ethic, a willingness to initiate, and the ability to manage multiple priorities and deadlines;
  • The energy, patience, and sense of humor to thrive in a fast-paced environment with a wide range of constituencies;
  • A demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion;
  • Experience in a selective college counseling program or higher education admissions;
  • A Bachelor’s degree, with preference for an advanced degree;
  • A willingness to live in a small, vibrant resort community in the Rocky Mountains.

Please send an electronic cover letter, resumé, and at least three letters of reference by Oct. 15, 2017 to:

Community School
Attn: Director of College Counseling
℅ Ben Pettit, Head of School
bpettit@communityschool.org

Community School seeks qualified applicants and will make all employment-related decisions without regard to race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, religion/spirituality, nationality or any other group.

Assistant Director of Admissions

Job Description and Application Instructions

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF ADMISSIONS

Posted: 9/12/2017

About our School

Nestled among five mountain ranges in the heart of Sun Valley, Idaho, Community School is an independent pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade day and boarding school of 390 students.

Mission

From our campus to the wilderness, Community School’s mission is to inspire students to think critically, engage confidently, embrace challenges, and lead impactful, purposeful lives.

We seek to accomplish this mission through six guiding principles, which include: Using student inquiry and the application of critical thinking as our primary learning modalities; developing and facilitating students’ personal interests and passions; using the whole environment to promote a global perspective; creating inclusive learning environments; instilling a love of nature and environmental stewardship; encouraging students to seek new challenges and to push beyond their comfortable limits.

Position

The Assistant Director of Admissions is a full-time, 12-month, administrative position, with benefits, that will participate in the recruitment efforts of Community School. In collaboration with the Director of Admissions & Sun Valley Ski Academy Program Director, this person will drive enrollment process, procedures, and communication with students, parents, and sending organizations. This person will also collaborate with the Director of Admissions in admissions-related tasks, statistics, and communications. This includes travel and recruitment activities, interviews with students and their families, telephone conversations, and written correspondence. The school seeks an experienced and inspirational Assistant Director of Admissions to begin on or before November 1, 2017.

Responsibilities

  • Manage the application process and communications with prospective students and families;
  • Coordinate prospective student and family visit days;
  • Contribute to and help lead the strategic marketing efforts of the school;
  • Coordinate and help lead all recruitment efforts: advertising, open houses, and direct mailing, along with prospective family events that occur over peak resort community tourist dates;
  • Coordinate the collection and evaluation of all admissions materials, including testing (SSAT) and the Developmental Assessment/visit day of Kindergarten applicants;
  • Develop and strengthen school relationships through coordinated recruitment travel;
  • Maintain the Senior Systems enrollment database;
  • Participate as a member of the tuition assistance committee;
  • Facilitate the re-enrollment process and monitor attrition and retention activity;
  • Prepare, analyze, and maintain statistics relevant to admission and tuition assistance, and use them to help predict future market conditions;
  • Represent the school at various conferences, school fairs, and special events;
  • Maintain the admissions portion of the website.

Qualifications

Candidates who wish to be considered for this position should have:

  • Experience in independent school admissions or similar admissions work;
  • Knowledge of or experience with boarding schools or boarding school admissions;
  • Exemplary communication, collaborative, and organizational skills;
  • Expertise or a proven background in marketing, communications, or other related fields;
  • A strong work ethic and a willingness to initiate;
  • The ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment managing multiple priorities and deadlines;
  • A demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion;
  • A Bachelor’s degree, with a preference for an advanced degree;
  • A willingness to live in a small, vibrant resort community in the Rocky Mountains.

Please send an electronic cover letter, resumé, and at least two letters of reference by September 27, 2017 to:

Community School
Attn: Assistant Director of Admissions
℅ Ben Pettit, Head of School
bpettit@communityschool.org

Community School seeks qualified applicants and will make all employment-related decisions without regard to race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, religion/spirituality, nationality or any other group.

My colleagues inspire me daily; from their creative ideas in the classroom to their seemingly superhuman passions outside of the classroom. It is such a healthy and positive group of adults to be around.

Naomi Goldberg, Eighth Grade Team

Community School seeks qualified applicants and will make all employment-related decisions without regard to race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, ability, religion/spirituality, nationality or any other group.