Associate Director of College Counseling The Lawrenceville School The Lawrenceville School 11 reviews

Overview:

The Lawrenceville School, one of the country’s premier independent schools, is located in central New Jersey, five miles south of Princeton, 55 miles south of New York City, and 40 miles north of Philadelphia. Lawrenceville attracts outstanding students in grades 9-12, including about two dozen post-graduates. Lawrenceville’s 814 students come from more than 30 states and 40 countries, with more than a quarter receiving assistance from a $12.9 million dollar financial aid budget. Lawrenceville strives to recruit, retain, and support a diverse and talented faculty and staff who both reflect the diversity of our student body and are committed to our mission: to inspire the best in each to seek the best for all.

The Lawrenceville School announces an opening for a college counselor. We are seeking enthusiastic, energetic, collegial individuals who want to work with both adults and high school students in a collaborative and inclusive academic setting.
The College Counseling Office builds on and extends the education that takes place in the classroom, in the Houses, on the athletic fields, and in each venue on-campus where active learning takes place. Each college counselor advises a group of seniors, including post-graduates, supporting, educating, and encouraging them in their families as they navigate the college admission process.

Responsibilities:

  • Advise and support 42-45 students and their families in all aspects of the college admission and application process, including facilitating applications to need- and merit-based financial aid programs.
  • Work collaboratively with the College Counseling staff, school administration, and faculty to support College Counseling Office and school-wide programming.
  • Establish and maintain working relationships with college admissions professionals.
  • Write comprehensive school letters of support, and initiate appropriate follow-up for each student’s candidacy.
  • Actively seek continuous personal development in the field of admission and college counseling, including traveling to professional meetings and conferences and visiting college and university campuses.
  • Establish competence with web and computer-based software systems such as Veracross, SCOIR, and Powerschool.
  • Two seasons of coaching or equivalent co-curricular commitment, including at least one season of interscholastic coaching (or the equivalent).
  • Advise five to eight students, and do one evening a week of “House duty,” providing supervision in a student residence from 7-11:30 pm.
  • Chaperone a weekend activity (dance, coffee house, etc.) one time a term.
  • Foster community and belonging at the School and support the School’s anti-racist commitments.
  • Work professionally and collaboratively within the department, the School, and the broader Lawrenceville community.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher.
  • At least three years of experience working in selective college admission.
  • Familiarity with and a desire to continue to learn about a wide range of colleges and universities both in the United States and abroad.
  • Excellent interpersonal and counseling skills, and the ability to work effectively with both young people and adults.
  • Outstanding communication (oral and written) abilities and organizational skills.
  • Strong cultural competency skills and commitment to fostering inclusivity in a diverse community.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and independently, as needed and appropriate.
  • The capacity to take initiative, work independently, think critically, and solve problems.
  • Strong computer skills, including email communication and electronic submission of documents.
  • Flexibility, and the capacity to adapt to the dynamic and ever-evolving college admissions landscape.
  • Able to travel to different colleges and universities during the year (when conditions permit).

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