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High School College Counselor

Nov 07 2017 | San Francisco Waldorf High School | San Francisco

Waldorf Education is the fastest growing independent school movement in the world. This dynamic, 100-year old approach to child development and education—based on the teachings of Rudolf Steiner—is continually reinventing itself to meet the needs of current students. Waldorf education inspires life-long learning in students and enables them to fully develop their unique capacities.

The San Francisco Waldorf School (SFWS) was founded in 1979 and serves more than 475 students across a parent-child program, a nursery program, kindergarten, and the first through twelfth grades. Our grade school campus (nursery through eighth grade) is located in a quiet residential area of Pacific Heights. The high school campus is located across town in the West Portal neighborhood.

The San Francisco Waldorf School hires dedicated and highly capable faculty and staff; many are current or former parents of students in the school and all develop a deep connection to Waldorf education and our unique school in San Francisco. SFWS employees are a committed group of free, responsible adults who bring our best individual selves to our work. We invest in our learning and growth to best serve the needs of our students, our teachers, and each other.

Summary:

Our fabulous college counselor is retiring after 10 years serving SFWHS families and students. We seek an inspiring, committed, and organized counselor to lead and expand our program. The College Counselor reports to the High School Chair and is responsible for administering all aspects of the college search and admissions process, including the following:

Key responsibilities:

• Educating students and parents about colleges, the college admissions process, trends, procedures, and testing; advising and supporting classes of approximately 40 seniors and families as they go through the process; and helping students and families aspire realistically and choose wisely

• Meeting with juniors and seniors, individually and in groups, to talk about process and individual college choices. The College Counselor also is available to advise 9th and 10th graders on curricular choices, as needed, and works with international students to understand US college admissions, especially aspects unique to them.

• Setting up meetings with college admissions representatives who visit our campus and facilitating meetings between college representatives and our students. The College Counselor also serves as a liaison with College admissions offices throughout the year.

• Compiling an annual Profile of the School, as well as information on grade distributions in junior and senior courses and courses offered at our school.

• Working with Registrar to maintain records on seniors, including GPA's and transcripts.

• Conducting workshops for students for the University of California and California State College applications.

• Holding evening information meetings for parents of juniors and seniors, including a Financial Aid Night.

• Writing an official school recommendation for each senior. To do so, the Counselor gathers information from parents, teachers, school records, and students themselves. The College Counselor also completes all School Report and mid-year report forms requested by colleges, including evaluations of students.

• Administering the College Counseling Office budget and purchasing, maintaining, and sharing information on colleges, college guides, scholarships, financial aid, and paying for college.

• Keeping track of admission decisions, statistics, and reporting the information via the weekly newsletter and to the Board of Trustees.

• Being aware of issues and trends in college admission, higher education, testing, as well as keeping up-to-date about specific colleges and maintaining membership in professional organizations: The Western Association for College Admission Counseling (WACAC), the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), BAISCC (the Bay Area Independent School College Counselors). Attending BAISCC meetings, WACAC and NACAC conferences, and UC, CSU and other workshops and events to stay current on trends and new developments in the field.

• Maintaining and disseminating information about standardized tests such as SAT, ACT, organizing the administration of PSAT, Pre-ACT exams, and any AP exams.

• Collaborating with the Educational Support Coordinator regarding students who should apply for accommodations to the College Board and ACT

• Advising the High School Admissions Director, as needed, regarding the academic qualifications or deficits of students applying for admission to the high school.

Qualifications and Experience:

Necessary skills include excellent written and verbal communication skills, strong organizational ability and the ability to meet deadlines. Experience in college admissions or high school college counseling, teaching experience, and computer skills are plusses.
The ideal candidate will have strong interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills; familiarity with the goals, objectives, and mission of an independent college preparatory school; the ability to respond effectively to the needs of a diverse and demanding student and parent population; knowledge of colleges, their academic programs, admission policies, and financial policies and procedures.

Benefits and Compensation:

This is a .85 FTE to 1 FTE position, with full benefits including medical, dental, flexible spending plans, retirement plan (after one year), and tuition remission for eligible dependents in our N-12 program. Salaries are paid on a 12-month schedule.

Physical Requirements and Work Environment:

• Work intermittently in outside weather conditions, including heat and cold
• Regularly sitting or standing 4-8 hours

FLSA Classification: Faculty; Exempt
Reports to: High School Chair
Date Revised: September 2017

San Francisco Waldorf School is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, age, gender, or any protected class.

Please send resume and letter of interest by January 15 to: [email protected]

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