Career Opportunities

Member schools may list open positions on our website. Please complete our form to have a position included here.
Non-member schools interested in listing a job opening should contact Emmi Harward, ACCIS Executive Director. 


*Avenues: The World School, Dean and College Counselor - NY
Brentwood School, Director of College Counseling
- CA
Cate School, Director of College Counseling - CA
Ethical Culture Fieldston School - Associate Director of College Counseling - NY
*Galin Education, Independent College Counselor, College Counselor (Part or Full-Time) - WI
Harvard-Westlake School - Upper School Dean - CA
Isidore Newman School, Associate Director of College Counseling - LA
Nueva School, Associate Director of College Counseling - CA
Sequoyah School, Director of College Counseling - CA
Western Reserve Academy, Director of College Counseling - OH
The Westminster Schools, Associate Director of College Counseling - GA
Windward School, Dean of College Counseling - CA
Worcester Academy, Director of College Counseling - MA

*non-member listing


Windward School
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Position:  Dean of College Counseling
Start Date: Summer, 2020

Windward School is a co-educational, independent, college-preparatory day school enrolling students in grades 7-12. Located in West Los Angeles, Windward draws its student body from the diverse population of Los Angeles.

Windward is seeking a Dean of College Counseling to join its dynamic College Counseling team: two full-time Deans of College Counseling, two part-time College Counselors, and a College Counseling Coordinator. 

As an integral member of the administrative team, the Dean will help lead the college search process for both students and parents. The Dean will assume a pivotal role in guiding students and in helping them take stock of their academic and extracurricular talents and interests. This includes counseling families through general grade-level meetings and formal one-on-one sessions on the intricacies of the college application and selection process. 

As an expansion of the team, the ideal candidate will be a highly engaged member of our inclusive and nurturing community, endeavoring to understand, participate in, and communicate to outside groups the vibrant life of Windward School. 

Windward School has a unique structure comprised of three distinct divisions: Middle School (grades 7,8), Prep (grades 9,10) and Collegiate (grades 11,12). Each division has a Director, Associate Director, Dean of Students and Counselor in an effort to ensure that every student feels known. The three Deans of College Counseling jointly direct the department and are members of the Collegiate Division, reporting equally to the Assistant Head of School. The Deans of College Counseling also work closely with the Prep Division to support their programming and counseling.

For full position description or additional information, please follow this link to our website.


Harvard-Westlake School
Location: Studio City, CA
Position:  Upper School Dean
Start Date: July 1, 2020

The ideal candidate will be an experienced college counselor and/or college admission professional whose knowledge of colleges is broad (preferably a minimum four years of experience). The candidate should have a style in working with families that is transparent, communicative, and candid yet tactful regarding expectations. They should understand how to work effectively and engage proactively with involved parents who have high expectations. The candidate should demonstrate an interest in and eagerness for collaboration with various teams (e.g., fellow Deans, the counseling staff, Dean of Students, and other staff and administrators). They should also be prepared to integrate themselves in the life of the school. 

Harvard-Westlake actively strives to be a diverse and inclusive community in its educational, admission, and employment practices. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, disability, or any other characteristic. We seek candidates who demonstrate sensitivity, knowledge, and understanding of the diverse backgrounds of community members; have an ability to work flexibly, independently, and collaboratively in a fast-paced environment with individuals from a diverse set of backgrounds; and have a capacity to serve as a model of openness, generosity, and acceptance.

Qualifications 

• Minimum preferred of four years of college counseling and/or college admission experience
• Clear communication skills
• High emotional intelligence (e.g., empathy)
• Collaborative and inclusive decision-making style
• Knowledge of colleges, their academic programs, admission policies, and financial aid policies
• Enjoys and appreciates building relationships with students and families
• Excellent and timely responsiveness to all constituencies (e.g., students, parents/guardians, faculty, colleges)
• Exceptional writing, leadership, and interpersonal skills
• Desire to work closely with a team of colleagues who meet daily
• Strong technology skills, particularly with Microsoft Office and Naviance
• Confidence and self-direction
• Enthusiasm to become part of our vibrant school community, broadly engaging with students, families, and colleagues, and attending events outside their particular field of responsibility 

Interested and qualified candidates must apply through our website (no e-mail or mail in submissions will be considered). Candidates must be prepared to submit the following when applying for the position:
• Cover letter expressing interest in the Harvard-Westlake Upper School Dean position
• Current résumé
• Sample letter of recommendation
• List of 3 references with name, phone number, email address and nature of relationship (i.e. direct supervisor, Head of School, mentor, etc.) 

Applications will be accepted through December 18, 2019. Interviews will begin after we return from Winter Break on January 6, 2020.

For full position description or additional information, please follow this link to our website.


Isidore Newman School
Location: New Orleans, LA
Position:  Associate Director of College Counseling
Start Date: July 1, 2020

The Isidore Newman School is seeking an Associate Director of College Counseling to start in July of 2020 (although an earlier start date is possible). Reporting to the Director of College Counseling, the Associate Director will counsel 40-50 seniors and their families through the college search and application process, beginning in the students’ junior year. In addition to the standard professional responsibilities associated with college counseling in an independent school, we will be seeking a team player who possesses strong organizational skills and an attention to detail and is excited to engage in the continued development of a comprehensive college counseling program that meets the needs of the Newman community. Additional duties include coordinating PSAT and pre-ACT test administrations and serving as a faculty advisor to 8-10 upper school students. A Bachelor’s degree is required; a Master’s is preferred. 

Applicants should submit a cover letter indicating the candidate’s particular interest in and qualifications for the position; current résumé; statement of educational philosophy and/or other supporting material (e.g., articles or speeches); names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three references (we will obtain permission from the candidate before contacting references.)

Materials should be submitted via the employment page on the school website. Questions may be directed to Steve Soud, Director of College Counseling.


Avenues: The World School
Location: New York, NY
Position:  Dean and College Counselor, Grades 10-12
Start Date: August 2020

THE OPPORTUNITY
Avenues' distinctive academic program makes our graduates uniquely compelling applicants for the most selective post-secondary pursuits. Deans provide individualized support and expertise, helping identify the best fit for students based on their passions and aspirations. A Dean is a leader (also mentor, cheerleader, confidant, and occasional tough-love-giver) who supports students' wellbeing, partners deeply with their families and supports their journey to what's next. Above all, deans build powerful, lasting relationships with students that extend for years during, and then beyond, their time at Avenues.

WHAT YOU'LL DO

Foster students' wellbeing, through powerful relationships and mentoring:

  • Advise and guide 80-90 students and their families across grades 10-12. Your students will feel known, mentored and supported; their families will rave about you.
  • Be a key mentor and supporter in the life of each of your students
  • Be a highly effective support system around the diverse challenges students encounter during high school
  • Ensure that Avenues effectively supports each student to thrive, following through with colleagues and families to best support each unique individual
  • Teach, and help refine, an advisory curriculum focused on wellbeing and preparation for postsecondary success

Guide students to well-chosen, great-fit, selective pursuits after high school:

  • Expertly guide the entire college process, leading to students wisely choosing desirable, selective post-secondary pursuits where they'll thrive
  • Ensure students and families feel well informed and prepared for the college process 
  • Anchor the college process in powerful relationships with students and their families

Join a dynamic, collaborative team:

  • Enthusiastically contribute to a deans team dedicated to the wellbeing of Avenues students
  • Be a relentlessly resourceful and collaborative colleague, partnering with faculty, student support, division leaders, and families on students' success, growth and happiness

For full position description or additional information, please follow this link to our website. 


Western Reserve Academy
Location: Hudson, OH
Position: Director of College Counseling
Start Date: July 1, 2020
 

Western Reserve Academy is seeking a Director of College Counseling. For full position description or additional information, please follow this link to our website. Interested candidates should contact Christine Jensen ([email protected]).


The Westminster Schools
Location: Atlanta, GA
Position: Associate Director of College Counseling
Start Date: August 2020
 

The Associate Director of College Counseling applies one’s professional background in independent school-based college counseling and/or selective college admissions and provides academic planning and support for an assigned group of juniors, seniors, and their families. The individual in this position will join a collaborative and experienced team, consisting of a Director, three Associate Directors, and a full-time administrative assistant, toward delivering a comprehensive college counseling program for a graduating class that averages 195-210 students per year. For Fall 2020, this Associate will serve as an at-large adviser for programs related to the Class of 2021, ahead of the assignment of Juniors (Class of 2022) in November.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Managing college application process for 40-45 senior and junior students, including writing unique, advocacy-centered recommendation letters; leading parent-student conferences; and providing guidance for all aspects of the college counseling process
  • Planning events, co-hosting 140-180 visiting college representatives, and attending conferences and college tours
  • Serving as a Grade Level Representative to facilitate the advisement of the senior class
  • Staffing 10-15 evening and weekend programs per year (a college fair, mock interview night, Paying for College Night, case studies, on-campus university information sessions and interview days, and various school functions)
  • Perform other duties as assigned

REQUIREMENTS AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • Master’s degree, with preference for a degree in a writing-intensive discipline
  • Minimum of eight years’ experience in selective, recommendation-reliant university admissions and/or college counseling
  • Team player with a positive attitude, proactive approach, and a customer-service mindset
  • Growth mindset with interests in self-development and cultivating leadership
  • Polished oral, written, telephone, and e-mail communication skills; ability to communicate effectively with colleagues and a wide variety of constituents
  • Flexible and resilient problem-solver with a demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Excellent planning, prioritization, and organizational skills with the ability to successfully manage multiple tasks
  • Ability to anticipate tasks based on the academic calendar
  • Proficiency with essential Web-based platforms, such as Naviance and Google Suite
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusion; respect and value the different experiences, ideas, and backgrounds that are brought to the work and school environment
  • Fundamental understanding of and commitment to the School’s culture, mission, and vision; a willingness to serve as an ambassador for the School, both internally and externally
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality

Full position overview and link to apply are found on The Westminster Schools' Employment Opportunities page.


Ethical Culture Fieldston School
Location: New York, NY
Position: Associate Director of College Counseling
Start Date: July 1, 2020

Who are we?
Ethical Culture Fieldston School is a progressive PreK-12 independent school that has been serving students from throughout New York City and the surrounding suburbs since 1878. Committed to academic excellence, ethical learning, and progressive education, ECFS offers a rich curriculum in the arts, sciences, and humanities. A co-ed, nonsectarian school, it serves a diverse community of about 350 faculty and staff and 1,700 students on two campuses - one in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, and the other in Manhattan. The Upper School, located in the Bronx, is comprised of approximately 600 students and 80 faculty members.

What is essential about working at our school?
The Ethical Culture Fieldston School has a long history of equity and inclusion deeply rooted in our mission and the educational philosophy of our founder, Felix Adler. We embrace the diversity of ancestry, family, identity, culture, and belief and seek a student body and faculty that reflect the pluralism and socio-economic diversity of metropolitan New York. We affirm both our differences and commonalities and strive to balance individuality and community. In keeping with our progressive tradition, we are dedicated to increasing our students’ cultural literacy to help them understand multiple perspectives, and see the world beyond the self.

We expect members of our community to engage in open dialogue about living and learning in a diverse environment inside and outside the classroom. We see this work, with its creative tensions, as a catalyst for individual and collective growth. On a daily basis, we are committed to making this vision of a democratic, pluralistic and progressive school a reality.

The College Office is searching for a full-time Associate Director of College Counseling to start on July 1, 2020. The application deadline is November 8, 2019.

The ideal applicant will believe in the principles of progressive education as defined by John Dewey, Jane Addams, and Felix Adler, Fieldston's founder. The college office has been and will continue to be poised to support and serve a diverse community of students, parents, and faculty in the spirit of equity. This practice of equity is deeply intertwined with the mission and vision of the school.

Fieldston is fortunate to provide resources for students needing financial assistance to visit colleges and prepare for standardized tests with the goal of providing a more equitable college exploration process. The Associate Director will assist with providing each student with a comprehensive college search process that includes: helping families research colleges and plan visiting trips, navigating the financial aid process (if applicable), understanding standardized testing requirements, and helping each student prepare an authentic and accurate college application for submission.

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Work collaboratively with the College Counseling team and Form Dean
  • Identifying and prioritizing tasks particularly during peak cycles of the college admission process
  • Maintain an unwavering commitment to diversity and inclusion as an advocate for every student regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious preference, and physical ability
  • In partnership with the Director of College Counseling, cultivate and maintain relationships with college admission professionals as well as secondary school counselors
  • Lead efforts in data collection for admitted students as well as retention analysis for matriculated students
  • Assist the Director of College Counseling with the coordination of the Junior College Symposium, Financial Aid Evening Programs, and Junior Parent Program
  • Assist the Director of College College Counseling with updating the school profile and college counseling website
  • Write thorough and personal letters of recommendation for assigned students
  • Assist with college research, essay review and interview preparation for each student
  • Guide students and families through course selection and standardized testing options
  • Maintain an accurate knowledge of the financial aid process and assisting with families as needed
  • Effectively advocate for each student along with articulating the mission and curriculum of the Ethical Culture Fieldston School
  • Show resourcefulness and self-reliance in working without constant supervision
  • Guide families through the college process with discernment and empathy
  • A commitment to being knowledgeable regarding current trends in financial aid and college admission
  • Travel to colleges and universities over the summer as well as during the academic year for selected counselor programs
  • Attend and present at local, regional and national conferences 

Requirements: 

  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred
  • A minimum of 3-5 years as a college counselor in an independent school and/or 3-5 years working at a selective college admission office. Preference will be given to applicants with combined experience in secondary schools and higher educational institutions
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the college admission process and financial aid requirements
  • The ability to prioritize tasks, meet deadlines and remain flexible during a demanding fall and spring application cycle
  • An interest in intellectual inquiry and ease in helping families manage the transition from high school to college
  • Superior writing ability, strong organizational and time management skills
  • Genuine desire to work with high school students and their families
  • Patience, empathy, and a sense of humor are appreciated
  • Understanding and respect for confidentiality are required
  • Exuding a calm center and professionalism in the presence of stress and anxiety
  • Teaching experience is preferred but not required

How To Apply 
To be considered for the above-mentioned position, please send a letter of interest, a resume, and contact information for three references to the online employment site by November 8, 2019. Applicants should be prepared to submit three examples of letters of recommendation as well. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2020. Please do not email or call the school directly. 

For more information and additional information, please follow this link to our website.
 

EEO Info 
Ethical Culture Fieldston School provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Ethical Culture Fieldston School complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location. 


Worcester Academy
Location: Worcester, MA
Position: Director of College Counseling
Start Date: January 8, 2020

The Director of College Counseling reports directly to the Associate Head of School and oversees all operations and performance of members of the Academy's College Counseling Office, which consists of two full-time Associate/Assistant Directors of College Counseling, and a College Counseling Assistant. For full position description or additional information, please follow this link to our website.


Sequoyah School
Location: Pasadena, CA
Position: Director of College Counseling
Start Date: July 1, 2020

Sequoyah School is an independent K-12 school in Pasadena, CA. Since 1958, Sequoyah has provided an innovative program based on the foundational theories of progressive education. Sequoyah opened its high school campus in September 2016 and graduated its inaugural Senior class in June 2019. Sequoyah’s high school academic program is comprised of a rigorous college preparatory curriculum in a student-centered, experiential, and collaborative learning environment. The curriculum features Sequoyah’s Advanced Studies courses, designed by faculty to engage students in challenging and meaningful academic work. Faculty and students at the high school embrace a deep intellectual exploration of content and a process of learning that values intellectual risk-taking and ownership of one’s learning. Through the 4 year Social Innovation and Field Studies programs, Sequoyah students are regularly given real-world experiences that reinforce a deeper understanding of academic skills and concepts outside of the classroom. 

Based on Sequoyah’s high school campus, the Director of College Counseling will be an integral member of the administrative team and lead an educational post-secondary and college search process for both students and parents. This includes counseling families through general advisory meetings and formal one-on-one sessions on the intricacies of the college application, financial aid, and selection process. At the same time, the Director will play a pivotal role in the college search process by coaching students on how to actively take stock of their academic and extracurricular talents, interests, and passions. 

This a rare opportunity to participate in the development of a dynamic and forward thinking high school designed to support student engagement, social and environmental stewardship, in a rich and focused learning environment. 

Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to the following email address: [email protected]

For full position description or additional information, please follow this link to our website.


Galin Education

Location: Madison, WI
Position: Independent College Counselor (Part or Full-Time)
Start Date: Flexible


We are currently seeking to hire an additional College Counselor in one of our offices or remotely to work with high school students and their families through the college admissions process. This position may be part-time or full-time, depending on the candidate’s preference.

Direct Services
• Work with roughly 30 students (full-time) in each graduating class through all aspects of the college admissions process;
• Communicate with parents on a regular basis;
• Make use of publicly available data to inform advice and expertise;
• Participate in continuing education / professional development.

Building a Caseload
• Write blogs and articles targeted at high school students and their parents;
• Coordinate events to speak publicly about college admissions;
• Develop relationships with local high school counselors and other educational experts.

Management
• Delegate and oversee projects given to interns and client services personnel;
• Ensure a friendly and comfortable office environment.

For full position description or additional information, please follow this link to our website


 Nueva School

Location: San Mateo CA
Position: Associate Director of College Counseling
Start Date: December 2019

The Nueva School is a progressive, student-centered school known for its distinctive inquiry-based interdisciplinary studies, constructivist projected-based learning, and its pioneering work in social-emotional learning and design thinking. The school also offers specialist teachers in numerous other core and elective areas including STEM, the arts, entrepreneurship, and physical education to name but a few. Our school community inspires passion for lifelong learning, fosters social and emotional acuity, and develops the imaginative mind.

Six years ago, Nueva expanded its PK-8 program (founded in 1967) to include a grade 9-12 Upper School. The inaugural class of 77 students graduated in 2017 and future classes will consist of 105 to 115 seniors. This is a foundational opportunity to continue to build Nueva’s college counseling program and represent its PK-12 program to colleges and universities across the country and world.

The Position:
The Nueva School seeks an Associate Director of College Counseling to join our highly collaborative team of three educators in creating and executing a comprehensive and dynamic program supporting the college search and application process.

Responsibilities:

  • Educate students and parents about the search/application process through programs, individual meetings, and seminars from grades 9 to 12.
  • Communicate options to individual students based on interests and profile; help students discover “fit.”
  • Develop and nurture relationships with college and university representatives.
  • Attend professional conferences, travel to college campuses, and promote Nueva as appropriate.
  • Write comprehensive letters of recommendation and serve as students’ advocate throughout the application process.
  • Assist students in all aspects of the application process.
  • Assist with course approval processes for the UC system and NCAA.
  • Support programs (such as advisory, admissions, and/or chaperoning trips/events) as requested.

Qualifications:

A qualified candidate must have a strong background in independent schools or higher education, experience in college counseling or selective college admissions (5+ years in either environment, a combination of the two preferred), as well as be comfortable engaging with a diverse, high achieving student body and their parents. It is essential that applicants understand and appreciate Nueva’s unique educational philosophy.

Additional qualifications include:

  • BA/BS required. Master’s degree preferred.
  • Strong public speaking and written communication skills.
  • Deep knowledge of all aspects of the college admissions process.
  • The ability to work both collaboratively and independently. Strong sense of initiative and tolerance for ambiguity.
  • Robust technology skills, including facility with Naviance, SCOIR, MaiaLearning, College Kickstarter, and/or Ciaflo.
  • Unwavering sense of ethics and impeccable integrity.
  • Demonstrated intellectual drive and curiosity.

Application process:
To apply, please send a cover letter and résumé via email to [email protected] 


Cate School
Location: Carpinteria, CA
Position: Director of College Counseling
Start Date: July 31, 2020

The Director of College Counseling coordinates all efforts on the part of Cate School to guide students through the college selection and application process. Such guidance includes, but is not limited to counseling students and parents about college options, planning standardized testing strategies, developing, with the assistance of the faculty, student recommendations, assisting with all aspects of the financial aid process, and reviewing applications and transcripts.

As an ambassador of the School, the Director of College Counseling has extensive contact with college admissions officers, helping them to understand and appreciate the students and program at Cate. At the same time, the Director will also have the opportunity to acquire extensive knowledge of the possibilities available to students at colleges and universities throughout the world. The Director hosts university representatives at Cate in addition to visiting college and university campuses each year.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • oversee the work of the Senior Associate Director of College Counseling, the Sophomore Class College Counselor, and the Office Manager/Testing Coordinator;
  • know and advocate strongly for Cate students, its curriculum, and mission;
  • work with approximately 35-40 counselees each year and guide them through the college search, financial aid and application process;
  • actively cultivate and maintain strong relationships with college admissions officers; 
  • assist counselees with essays and preparation for interviews;
  • coordinate and chaperone the annual East Coast College Tour (March);
  • plan and facilitate parent programming for Family Weekends;
  • report to the Board of Trustees and the faculty;
  • revise the Cate School profile annually;
  • project and manage the College Counseling Office budget;
  • update Cate courses externally (i.e. NCAA Clearinghouse);
  • prepare for and host Case Studies program;
  • write, read and edit 35-40 counselor letters of recommendation;
  • Stay current with college admission trends;
  • pursue on-going professional development by attending conferences and tours; 
  • serve on the Steering Committee, and report directly to the headmaster.

Qualifications:

  • Exceptional writer and public speaker.
  • A proven collaborator who can work with all internal and external members of the community.
  • A creative and innovative leader who thinks strategically about ways to improve the college counseling program.

Interested candidates should send a CV and two letters of reference to Jay Dorion, Assistant Headmaster, at [email protected].


Detroit Country Day School
Location: Beverly Hills, MI
Position: Director of College Counseling
Start Date: December 2019

Detroit Country Day School is seeking a new Director of College Counseling. The position will begin in December 2019. Currently, the College Counseling team includes a Director of College Counseling, Associate Director/ AP Coordinator, Assistant Director, Coordinator for Early High School Success and two Administrative Assistants.

The Director of College Counseling leads this team in creating, implementing and overseeing the college counseling program at Detroit Country Day School. As a member of the Upper School Community, the person in this position also works closely with the Headmaster, Chief Academic Officer, Academic Department Chairs and other Departments ensuring positive communication and coordination of information and activities relating to student success. While this position primarily follows the academic school calendar, some work and oversight are required during academic vacations, including summer break.

For full position description or additional information, please follow this link to our website or contact: Anne Sandoval at [email protected].


Brentwood School
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Position: Director of College Counseling
Start Date: July 1, 2020

A terrific school, located just north of Santa Monica on two campuses and enrolling 995 students K-12, visitors to Brentwood are immediately struck by the beauty and warmth of the two campuses. The setting is a well-integrated blend of old and new buildings, red-tiled roofs, intimate courtyards, ivy-covered walls, and green fields.

The goal of both curriculum and pedagogy is to foster intellectual curiosity, excitement for learning, and a desire to fulfill individual potential. Brentwood’s student body is diverse and lively. Students of color comprise 35% of the population in grades 7-12 and the school is strongly committed to an aggressive financial aid program.

The Director of College Counseling is a full-time position, reporting directly to the Upper Division Director. The DCC is a member of the Upper School Administrative Team and the Brentwood School (K-12) Leadership Team. The ideal candidate will be team-oriented with an interest in working with high school students, their families, college representatives, faculty, and administrators. To learn more and apply, please visit the listing.