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Associate Director of College Counseling

Position Type Staff
School Name Northwest School, The
City, State Seattle, WA 
Posted 02/10/2020


The Northwest School is a college-preparatory, co-educational independent school near the heart of downtown Seattle. We offer a rich and challenging program to roughly 500 students in grades 6 through 12, including 80 international students, many of whom live in our campus dormitory. The Northwest School is committed to a diverse workplace and expects applicants to have a commitment to diversity and social justice. We firmly believe that we are a richer, more creative and dynamic institution when our collective is built with a diverse set of community members. The Northwest School strives for its faculty and student body to reflect the diversity of the society in which they exist. Candidates from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

The Northwest School seeks an experienced Associate Director of College Counseling who will work with students (a typical graduating class has 90 members) throughout their junior and senior years, advising them in all aspects of the college search and application progress. Working closely with the Director of College Counseling, this key position will help students and their families prepare for the transition from Upper School to college or their desired post-secondary path.

Essential Functions:

Serve as the primary counselor for a portion of the 11th and 12th grade classes each year. Guide seniors and juniors and their families through the college selection and application process. Write, organize, and submit support materials for students’ college applications, including letters of recommendation and transcripts.

Meet with 11th and 12th grade students and parents/guardians in a series of formally scheduled and informal meetings beginning in January of 11th grade. Provide individualized guidance on college lists, standardized testing, need and merit-based financial aid, and college essays.
Plan and lead evening presentations for Upper School families and school-day workshops for students.

Cultivate and maintain strong relationships with college admissions offices and college counseling colleagues. Host college representatives when they visit The Northwest School. Travel to conferences and college visits. Actively engage with professional organizations, including NACAC, PNACAC, ACCIS, and SAIS (Seattle Area Independent School College Counselors).

Draft weekly parent newsletter submissions, e-mail correspondence to students and families, and other office communications.
In partnership with Executive Assistant to Assistant Head of School and College Counseling, oversee submission of school materials for college applications, including letters of recommendation and transcripts.

Use Naviance to record and analyze data (student participation in events, applications, acceptances, etc.).

Coordinate standardized testing, including Pre-ACT and PSAT/NMSQT. Collaborate with local test prep companies to provide related resources and referrals to students and families.

Serve as a member of the 11th and 12th grade faculty teams. Participate in grade-level events and trips.

Marginal Functions:
Must be able to work evenings and weekends to support college counseling programs, write recommendations, and travel to colleges. Performs other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications:

A bachelor’s degree and four years of experience in selective college admissions, college counseling, or a combination.

Deep knowledge of the college admission and college counseling process.

Outstanding skills in listening, counseling (advising/coaching), written and oral communication, organization, time management, editing, and technology.

Fluency in Microsoft Outlook, Word, and Excel.

Preferred Qualifications:
Master’s degree in Education, Counseling, or related field.
Five or more years of related experience.
Experience in college counseling within an independent school.
Experience working with international students.
Facility with Naviance.
Experience with data analysis and reporting.

Salary is highly competitive with top independent schools in the region and commensurate with education and experience. The Northwest School offers an excellent benefits package which includes medical, dental, vision, short- and long-term disability, and life and accident insurance coverage, fully paid for employee only coverage. A retirement program matches up to 6% of an employee's salary after one year of service in a 403(b) plan. An intentional, mission focused school culture, generous time off, lunch, access to the on-site fitness facility, an exceptional commitment to professional development, and a unique urban location are also benefits of working at the Northwest School.

Application Process:
Please submit a cover letter and resume, and two sample letters of recommendation online: http://northwestschool.org/about-the-school/employ...

**Please note: we are unable to fully consider materials submitted through other avenues such as Indeed.com without a corresponding application through our website.

Anticipated start date is August 1, 2020.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer that values workplace diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, gender, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, genetic information, or marital status.

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