School: Shanghai Huaer Collegiate School (Kunshan, China)?
Division: College Counseling Department
Reports to: Head of School
MISSION & VISION
Empowering extraordinary scholars to succeed anywhere.
Shanghai Huaer Collegiate School is a community that embraces a special blend of Chinese and American language and culture.
Our Vision is to be a world-class learning community that integrates the best of international and Chinese education to maximize each scholar’s potential life.
Our mission is to build a future-oriented school, focused on empowering scholars to thrive in a rapidly changing economic and social environment. We will educate them to become competent for the work that is yet to be created, to apply the technology that is yet to be invented, and to solve the social problems that we cannot imagine today.
About the School
Serving children from ages 2 to 18, Huaer Collegiate will open with classes in the preschool, elementary and middle schools and grade 9 and 10 in upper school. At capacity, the whole campus can accommodate 2,800 scholars. By 2022, the school will grow into a full upper school through 12th grade, offering AP classes and advanced specialized electives in all subject areas.
Huaer Collegiate has been developed in partnership with the No. 2 High School of East China Normal University (Shanghai Huaer). East China Normal University is known as the premier teacher training university in China and its affiliated school has a long-established reputation for its progressive approach to the development of teaching and learning.
A blended Chinese and American curriculum will combine a drive for academic excellence with a whole child education program designed to nurture healthy, well-adjusted young people. Scholars will be encouraged to explore a broad range of interests outside of the classroom while developing the social skills and strength of character that will empower them to lead a life of purpose and possibilities as they go onto universities worldwide, embodying our Keys to Success:
Resilient Scholars: Dare to seek deep understanding
Adaptable Ambassadors: Dare to be authentic individuals
Enlightened Communicators: Dare to bridge understanding in Chinese and English
Ethical Visionaries: Dare to flourish beyond the classroom to improve our world
Facilities at the school are outstanding and include state-of-the-art classrooms, laboratories and sports complexes, boarding facilities, a 50m swimming pool and performing arts center with 800 seat theater.
Strong candidates will share our ethos – enjoying collaboration and learning, embracing cross-cultural adaptability, and sharing a resilient and ethical passion for developing an outstanding college preparatory school.?
Specifically, the successful Director of College Counseling will work with an annually growing Middle School and Upper School population, starting with approximately 295 scholars in grades seven through twelve in year 1 (2020) and a first senior class of approximately 75 scholars in year 3 (2022).
The ideal candidate is a highly creative, an experienced college counseling professional with proven ability to provide outstanding leadership and successful innovation in the college admission process. The desired candidate will have demonstrated commitment to global education and the ability to coordinate a program that will effectively counsel motivated Chinese scholars and their families with a sensitivity to their particular needs and understanding of the college admission process and expectations.
Significant experience in the college admissions process, either in selective college admission, college counseling, or both is required. Therefore, the ideal candidate will have established long-term, personal associations with a variety of key admissions personnel at various colleges and universities throughout the United States and the UK, in particular.
The Director oversees all aspects of the college counseling process, providing counsel, support, and inspiring scholars and parents to seek a “best fit” college. The Director works closely with the team of college counselors and faculty advisors (1 advisor per 1 senior scholar) who write advisor recommendations and assist scholars with college essay writing. The Director will be knowledgeable about all Upper School scholars’ college selections and will ensure all families have been well cared for in the process of college application.
While the Director of College Counseling possesses a large degree of autonomy, s/he collaborates extensively with the Upper School and Middle School Principals, Director of Admission and Marketing and Registrar to ensure that our outstanding programming remains in the best interest of high achieving, college-bound scholars. The Director is a key member of the school’s senior leadership team and will be an important leader in realizing the strategic vision outlined by school leadership. Therefore, the Director will play an important role in the Upper School curriculum review process, working collaboratively with the Upper School Principal and Department Heads as they build a dynamic future-oriented college preparatory curriculum.
Develop a comprehensive, well-conceived, and effective six-year college counseling process, programs, and strategies that will guide scholars, parents, and advisors through the college admissions process with the ultimate goal being an appropriate placement and transition for each senior.
Lead strategic planning efforts for the Office of College Counseling and ensure the alignment with the larger educational objectives of the school.
Annually review college counseling policies, criteria, processes, and requirements.
Establish effective group meetings and presentations for classes, parents, and scholars at critical junctures in college counseling process.
Coordinate and supervise the program and calendar of all standardized testing for scholars including scheduling test dates, registering scholars, arranging for special ‘prep’ sessions, administering the tests, and providing pre and post-test counseling.
Participate as an active member of the Senior Leadership Team and the curriculum committee to enhance the program of the School and to maintain the high quality of college acceptances.
Compile Administrative & Board reports on college counseling data and progress.
Prepare and administer the college counseling department budget.
Oversee the Office of College Counseling and work collaboratively with the other college counselors; evaluate performance and provide professional development.
Oversee publication of a regular College Counseling newsletter and its dissemination to the larger Huaer Collegiate community.
Prepare a year-end report for the Senior Leadership Team and the Board of Trustees.
Manage all college counseling office data, systems, and records, while ensuring the confidentiality of all information.
Oversee the dissemination of all information regarding the college counseling application process.
Provide scholarship & financial aid information to school families. Maintain current knowledge of the college financial aid process and work closely to support families applying for aid.
Uphold and enforce school rules, administrative regulations and board policy.
Coordinate with members of the Upper School administrative team and faculty advisors to advise scholars on course and student life selection and choices.
Attend regular grade-level, faculty, and division meetings.
Work with the registrar and faculty advisors to keep accurate permanent records of scholars’ testing and academic work.
Work with Upper School faculty advisors to establish goals and four-year academic plans for each Upper School scholar.
Oversee and guide the faculty and faculty advisors’ writing of requested and required recommendations for scholars applying to college.
Work with Upper School Head in overseeing committee to determine recipients of college awards and nominations for scholarships.
Coordinate the assembling, proofreading, and sending all college applications, including all secondary school reports.
Coordinate the compilation and dissemination of all college-related nominations, awards and recognitions.
Assist the Director of Admissions and Marketing in maintaining the college counseling web pages.
Contribute, assist in the organization of, and participate in Senior honors and award programs.
External Relations & Communications
Establish and maintain strong relationship with selective college admissions directors and offices in the United States and worldwide.
Represent the School and its scholars through active participation in college counseling professional organizations and take a leadership role in meetings, committees, and workshops
Identify and establish contact with schools that may be good matches for scholars through visits with college reps.
Stay current with trends in college admission, higher education, and national testing.
Schedule and oversee visits to colleges and college fairs and host college representatives to Huaer Collegiate’s campus.
Communicate regularly and frequently with Middle and Upper school scholars and parents regarding the college admission process.
Develop Huaer Collegiate’s School Profile each year.
Travel both domestically and internationally to promote the School and its scholars.
Counsel an assigned group of scholars, assisting them with the college search and application process and write comprehensive recommendation letters.
Work with international scholars and parents to ensure understanding of the United States college admission process, in particular, and the aspects unique to Chinese applicants.
Maintain and update college counseling reference library.
Perform other duties which may be within the scope of employment as may be assigned by the Head of School as related to the office or to life in a boarding school.
Ten years of experience in college counseling, preferably with an independent secondary school, and/or in a college’s admission office.
Extensive and current knowledge of the college application and admission process, the college financial aid process, and NCAA eligibility and recruitment regulations.
Familiarity with and a willingness to continue to learn about a wide range of colleges and universities both in the United States and abroad.
Strong knowledge of colleges, their academic programs, campus environment, admission policies, and financial policies and procedures.
Ability to counsel scholars from diverse economic and cultural backgrounds and with varying learning styles and academic abilities.
Leadership experience to manage and motivate the college counseling team and to have a visible presence in the School community, forging relationships with faculty, staff, scholars, parents, and the community.
Strong technology/computer skills including familiarity with Naviance, various on-line search engines, on-line forms, and facility using multiple technological tools.
Excellent organizational skills, flexibility, and a willingness to collaborate with other members of the team.
Creativity, enthusiasm and the ability to establish personal relationships with scholars and parents.
Highly effective listening, writing, and public speaking skills.
Demonstrated interest in being significantly involved in professional organizations.
Willingness to travel to conferences and colleges throughout the year.
Willingness to work nights and weekends as needed.
About Shanghai Huaer Collegiate School
Dipont Education is a leading Chinese educational services company with a particular focus on the delivery of international curricula to Chinese students. In partnership with a selection of highly regarded public high schools, we directly manage 22 centers delivering A Level, Advanced Placement and the IB Diploma Program and support 5 additional schools in the areas of professional development, staff evaluation and consultancy. In 2018 we opened our first two K-12 schools in Wuxi and Hangzhou and will open a third school in Kunshan in 2020. We also coordinate international exchange programs, deliver college counseling services and a range of enrichment programs at our partner schools and in Dipont’s ENREACH Learning Centers.