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College Counselor

Category: High School Education
School: Stratford School
Location: San Jose, CA
Date Opened: Feb 12, 2024
Job ID: 4636

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Stratford School, part of Spring Education Group, is a leading independent WASC-accredited private school in California offering courses from preschool through 12th grade with a vision of creating a unique, multi-dimensional educational foundation for children. At Stratford School, we understand every child has his or her own interests and passions and contributes in their own way. Our proven program includes our STEAM-based curriculum that was recognized by the White House as a leader in early childhood STEAM education, and we are also the first California school to earn the Carnegie Science Seal of Excellence for STEM.

We are looking for a College Counselor to support the Admissions and College Counseling Departments for the 2024-2025 school year. The College Counselor is responsible for guiding students through the successful transition to postsecondary education. The ideal candidate must have knowledge of college admissions and financial aid topics and processes, excellent time management and outstanding communications skills of all expressions: personal, written, verbal and technological. Must be willing to travel several times throughout the year to attend professional development workshops and conferences and to meet and network with representatives from colleges and universities.

As a new and developing school, we require individuals possessing an entrepreneurial spirit who view ambiguity as an opportunity. The ideal candidate is resilient, flexible, always learning, and knows how to lead. The ideal candidate will also be creative, innovative, and able to build strong relationships with students, parents, faculty, and external partners. If you are excited about this opportunity to make a meaningful impact on our student's lives, we encourage you to apply.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  • Support the College Counseling Department in all aspects of the department's work.
  • Represent the school and build relationships with prospective and current students, and their families.
  • Inform students, families, and staff of current college admissions policies, procedures, and deadlines.
  • Guide students and others in understanding and utilizing the college admission data management systems such as Maia Learning, Slate, PowerSchool.
  • Provide financial aid forms and applications to students.
  • Write letters of recommendation on behalf of students for college admission as well as for scholarships, internships, and other opportunities.
  • Provide assistance and advice in student course selection and its impact on college selection.
  • Provide college materials such as catalogs, viewbooks, applications, directories, and computer software programs to assist students in the college search process.
  • Attend workshops concerning college admissions, financial aid, and scholarship opportunities.
  • Support the department in organizing and coordinating college related workshops and evening programs for parents and students to attend. (e.g. College Fair, Mock AdCom)
  • Support the planning, coordinating and attendance on the annual college tour
  • Facilitate college visits for the select student population to local campuses.
  • Support the Marketing and Communications manager with regular content related to college counseling.
  • Work with the administration and academic departments to coordinate graduation awards, graduation ceremonies, and other scholarship awards programs.
  • Support the department with the planning and execution of various college admission and counseling events for students and families
  • Attend college conferences that are held each year. (e.g. UC, CSU, Mission College, College Board, WACAC, NACAC)
  • Maintain a strong working knowledge of colleges and universities, which includes making visits to colleges. Stay current on higher education changes.
  • Participate in professional development opportunities that will contribute to the individual's professional growth and keep the college counseling, counseling and mentoring programs abreast of current developments in college admissions.
  • Proctor AP exams.
  • Any additional tasks as assigned by the Director of College Counseling and/or Administration

Qualifications:

Required:
  • Bachelor's Degree in counseling or related field
  • Experience in college admissions or college counseling
  • Understanding of the college admission process at a variety of institution types and selectivity levels
  • Excellent organization, verbal and written skills, as well as outstanding interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment
  • Must be able to attend occasional meetings and events outside of normal school hours, including evenings and weekends.
  • A commitment to the educational philosophy of Stratford Preparatory
  • Commitment to equity and inclusion
  • Available and willing to work occasional co-curricular events, including overnight field trips.

Preferred:
  • Master's Degree in counseling or related field is preferred
  • Experience working with high school students from diverse faith, socioeconomic, and cultural backgrounds.
  • Knowledge of relevant applications including Maia Learning, Slate, PowerSchool

General information:
  • Reports directly to the Director of College Counseling
  • This position is regular, 12 months, full-time, and exempt. Employees in exempt positions are expected to work as many hours as their responsibilities require, which includes evenings and weekends
  • Location: 3800 Blackford Avenue, San Jose, CA

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. In general, this position requires an individual to frequently walk, stand, sit, squat, stoop, reach, kneel, rise from the floor, twist, listen, read, write, and speak the English language. In addition, this position often requires an individual to carry, lift, use repetitive or fine hand movements, and occasionally push, pull, or bend. This position is regularly required to hear and use clear vision with or without correction. Spring Education Group, including, but not limited to SEG Inc., and their affiliates (collectively "Company") is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants for employment and employees are provided equal employment opportunities, including in recruitment, hiring, and assignment, without regard to actual or perceived race, color, religion and religious creed, sex (including pregnancy and related conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital or familial status, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, genetic information, military/veteran status, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law. The Company expressly prohibits any form of unlawful employee or student harassment or discrimination.

Other details

  • Job Function: High School Education
  • Pay Type: Salary
  • Employment Indicator: Full Time
  • Min Hiring Rate: $75,000.00
  • Max Hiring Rate: $85,000.00
  • Required Education: Bachelor's Degree
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