Marin Academy is seeking a full-time Associate Director of College Counseling for the 2019-2020 academic year. This is a new position to join the current team of two college counselors and a part-time assistant.
The Marin Academy college counseling office focuses on four values:
Choices: Every student should have choices in where they can attend college or pursue postsecondary options.
Self-Awareness: Students should learn about themselves throughout the process.
Autonomy: Throughout the college search and application process, students should begin to take ownership over their goals and organization.
Self-Worth: While college can be a transformative and impactful time in a person's life, our office challenges students to identify intrinsic and internal sources of fulfillment.
Our office has created programming that cultivates deep relationships with our students, promotes self-reflection, and emphasizes a values-driven college process. In the coming years, our office will also be bold and direct in addressing the rise in anxiety and stress related to this process.
Primary responsibilities include:
• Counseling approximately one third of each graduating class—approximately 35-40 students and their parents—through the college search and application process with enthusiasm, compassion, and candor and helping students build their college list with an eye towards fit.
• Conducting individual, family, small group, and class-wide meetings.
• Contributing towards curriculum design for our college seminar for fall seniors.
• Author thoughtful, detailed, and supportive letters of recommendation for all counselees.
• Coordinating and facilitating a variety of informational programs for students and parents.
• Coordinating school-site standardized testing, e.g., PSAT and Advanced Placement.
• Collaborating with other staff, faculty, and administrators—especially the Academic Dean, Dean of Equity & Inclusion, Academic Counselors (advisors), Director of Learning Services, Athletic Director, Class Deans, and Dean of Students—to support students.
• Maintaining and cultivating relationships with college admission officers, which includes hosting them during their visits to campus.
• Staying informed on developments and trends in the college admission field.
• Serving on school committees as needed, e.g., admission committee, Curriculum Advancement Committee, and Diversity Council.
• Academic Counselor for a group of students meeting weekly and the applicable support those students might require.
• Demonstrating enthusiasm for attending school events and being involved in the general life of the school.
• Attending professional conferences to represent MA and to develop professionally.
• Visiting college campuses individually, on college-sponsored trips, and, possibly, as a chaperone on spring break college tours.
• Ensuring the college counseling information on the MA website and our different databases are up to date
Marin Academy is an independent, college preparatory high school located in the San Francisco Bay Area in San Rafael, CA with an enrollment of 440. We have identified five core competencies for our graduates: Demonstrated Empathy, Imaginative Curiosity, Intellectual Flexibility, Compelling Expression, and Strategic Boldness. Our students come from San Francisco, the East Bay, and Sonoma in addition to Marin County. Marin Academy has a block schedule in which classes meet every other day for 80-minute periods. Marin Academy enrolls a diverse student body from a variety of racial, ethnic, religious, and socio-economic backgrounds. Marin Academy offers competitive compensation based on experience and skills and a comprehensive benefit package. Marin Academy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Marin Academy’s mission statement “asks every individual to think, question, and create in an environment of encouragement and compassion, and challenges each person to accept the responsibilities posed by education in a democratic society.” Marin Academy is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity.
For more information about Marin Academy, please visit our website (www.ma.org). Please send cover letter and resume to:
Director of College Counseling
The ideal candidate is:
• Able to see and celebrate the potential in every student while simultaneously managing complex family dynamics
• Emotionally intelligent, energetic, optimistic, good humored, collaborative, empathetic, collegial, and confident
• An expert in specific areas (e.g. financial aid, recruiting, arts supplements, learning differences, international universities, etc.) and can provide leadership in those areas
• Well-versed in the college admission landscape and current trends
• Committed to working with students and parents from a variety of different backgrounds and experiences
• Analytical and creative in thought processes
• Comfort making data-based decisions
• Exceptional communication skills: a close and active listener, a compelling and articulate speaker, and a masterful writer
• Integrity and understanding of appropriate relationships with students, parents, and colleagues
• Willing to work evenings and weekends
The ideal candidate has:
• A Bachelor’s degree, Master’s preferred with a foundation in the liberal arts
• Experience in college admissions for at least three years and preferably knowledge of the financial aid process
• Experience at an independent school or higher education setting
About Marin Academy
Marin Academy (MA) is a co-educational, independent, college-preparatory day school located in San Rafael, CA. Founded in 1971, MA enrolls 400 students in grades 9-12. MA offers a rigorous academic program that also emphasizes a strong appreciation of and involvement with the arts. Our mission statement is: “Marin Academy asks every individual to think, question, and create in an environment of encouragement and compassion, and challenges each person to accept the responsibilities posed by education in a democratic society.”