Georgetown Day School, an independent day school in Washington, D.C., invites applications for an Assistant/Associate Director of College Counseling. The College Counseling team at GDS is a mission-driven, collaborative group that guides students and families through the college process with a focus on wellness and balance. Our philosophy of equitable and accessible college counseling centers on student empowerment, self-advocacy and authentic self-reflection. The Assistant/Associate Director will work as part of a team, expertly guiding students to identify colleges and universities that match their goals and values, developing strong relationships with students and families, and providing sound advice at every step of the college process. As a diverse, inclusive school devoted to preparing our students to live and work in an increasingly globalized and multicultural society, GDS is particularly interested in professionals with demonstrated interest and experience in working in such a school setting.
Key responsibilities include:
Advising and supporting approximately ¼ of each class through all phases of the college process. Counseling students and families with empathy and compassion through the stresses and challenges of the college search, application and enrollment process.
Playing a key role in the development of an Anti-Racist college counseling program in collaboration with school leadership
Writing detailed, personal and incisive letters of recommendation in support of counselees
Communicating clearly and effectively with students and parents on all issues and trends related to college admissions, standardized testing and financial aid
Working closely with the College Counseling team to organize and run college counseling events and to develop new programming, including early engagement for ninth and tenth grade students
Staying abreast of new programs and policies at colleges and universities through professional conferences, college tours, reading of relevant publications and networking
Developing and maintaining strong relationships with admissions officers at a wide array of colleges and universities
Representing GDS (its curriculum, mission and students) to colleges and universities in a manner that highlights the unique attributes of a GDS education
Participating fully in the life of the school through faculty meetings, in-service learning opportunities, and student advising.
Key requirements and qualifications:
Successful candidates will have a minimum of 3-7 years of relevant experience in selective college admissions or college counseling and a B.A. or B.S. degree. Candidates must also possess excellent communication skills - be a strong writer, a compelling speaker, a thoughtful listener, and have strong time-management skills. Empathy, energy, flexibility, maturity, optimism and a strong work ethic will be highly valued in this position, as well as the ability to thrive in a dynamic and fast-paced office environment that encourages collaboration, mutual respect, compassion and care.
Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and list of three references using our online application system. To apply and to find out more about the school, candidates should visit our website at www.gds.org.