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We’re Hiring a College and Post-Secondary Counseling Coordinator

By April 26, 2023No Comments

Title:  College and Post-Secondary Counseling Coordinator
Classification:  Exempt
Department:  Student Services
Status:  Full-Time, 12 Month, In Person, Non-Faculty, Occasional Evening & Weekend Work and Travel
Reports to:   Director of Student Services

De La Salle Institute is currently accepting applications for the position of College and Post-Secondary Counseling Coordinator. This position reports to the Director of Student Services. The College and Post-Secondary Counseling Coordinator will work in conjunction with Student Services, Enrollment, and administration and will support students and families.   The College and Post-Secondary Counseling Coordinator will utilize knowledge of colleges and universities and other post-secondary options like the armed forces and trade schools, to assist students in identifying, applying, and pursuing post-secondary options in which they will thrive.  Candidates should possess an appreciation for our Lasallian mission and commitment to a diverse and inclusive environment.

School Description
De La Salle Institute is an independent Catholic secondary school rooted in the tradition of Christian education begun by St. John Baptist de La Salle. Founded in 1889, its mission has been, and is, to foster a desire for excellence in education. Young people from a variety of ethnic and economic backgrounds are given the opportunity to fully develop their abilities so they may be active, contributing members of our complex changing society. Lasallian educators strive to model the values expressed in the Five Principles of Lasallian education:  respect for all persons, inclusive community, faith in the presence of God, concern for the poor and social justice, and academic excellence.

Essential Functions: 

  • Manages all aspects of a mission-driven college and postsecondary search and application process.
  • Advises students and parents/guardians throughout the search and application process:  utilize search engines and other research methods to help identify college fits, provide  information on colleges and visits, facilitate family and individual meetings, prepare  counselor recommendations, assist with essay writing and application  preparation, submit school materials for college applications, assist with fee waivers,  scholarships, financial aid appeal letters, special admit and honors programs  and financial aid award letter comparisons.
  • Develops programming and supports for first to college and financially insecure families
  • Provides comprehensive post-high school planning services including but not limited to alternative options to college, financial aid, scholarships, resources for students of color, neuro-divergent learners, first-generation students and visual and performing arts students.
  • Networks with college admissions officials, meeting with college representatives and attending college programs (on and off-campus)
  • Counsels students and parents/legal guardians in the use and interpretation of career, vocational, and achievement assessments designed to aid students with their academic and post-high school planning.
  • Collaborates with the Student Services team to prepare and present large-group evening meetings throughout the year (mock admissions, sophomore, junior, senior parent/guardian & student meetings, financial aid meetings, etc.) as well as programs for students during the school day.
  • Establishes and maintains positive working relationships with admissions representatives throughout the country by attending professional meetings and conferences through organizations like NACAC, College Board, IACAC and ACCIS and participates in campus college programs.
  • Keeps up to date with developments regarding colleges and the college admissions landscape in order to remain knowledgeable and current in this ever-changing business.
  • Assist Student Services with planning and organizing college fairs.
  • Additional duties as assigned.

Successful candidates will possess:

  • An appreciation for De La Salle Institute’s mission as a Catholic, Lasallian, college preparatory school serving a diverse population.
  • A bachelor’s degree; master’s degree preferred.
  • Models and embodies a personal values system that promotes and celebrates a collaborative workplace climate that recognizes and values diversity.
  •  Demonstrated ability to act with discretion and maintain confidentiality.
  •  Proven ability to multitask with strong time management skills and the ability to address competing priorities in a dynamic, high-performance environment.
  • 3-5 years of experience in selective College Admissions, College Counseling, or a related field; preferably with some experience in College Admissions
  • Ability to connect and work effectively with faculty, staff, administration, colleagues and parents/guardians for the good of each student
  • Proficiency in MS Office, specifically Word and Excel, Google Drive, and a working knowledge of, or capacity to learn, Blackbaud and Naviance.
  • Excellent communication skills: writing, editing, public speaking
  • A developing knowledge of colleges and universities throughout the country and abroad
  • A commitment to and a growth mindset around diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging
  •  A strong work ethic and collaborative spirit: Excellent time management, organization, and follow-through skills, ability to take initiative and meet external deadlines while being able to work independently and as a supportive member of the team
  • High emotional intelligence, flexibility, patience, discretion, creativity, positive energy, a warm empathetic personality and good sense of humor

Applications should consist of:

  1. A detailed cover letter addressing the expectations of the position and your qualifications in meeting them.
  2. A current curriculum vitae (CV) or current resume.
  3. Contact information for four professional references, including three direct supervisors and most recent supervisor, with a brief description explaining the professional relationship.

Please submit your application to:

Mr. Dan Van Dyke
Director of Student Services
De La Salle Institute

De La Salle Institute is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate.

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