Director of College Guidance
Rudolf Steiner School seeks a Director of College Guidance. This position entails guiding and supporting families through every stage of the college application process.
With approximately twenty-five students in each graduating class, our college application process is highly individualized; families count on the expertise and guidance of the Director of College Guidance to advise on college selection, course selection in high school, and other co-curricular considerations in helping students present a strong application for the colleges and universities of their choice.
Strong candidates will have experience in College Guidance and will bring an interest in and appreciation for Waldorf Education. Working closely with experienced Upper School faculty, the College Guidance Counselor will gain expertise in understanding and articulating our unique Waldorf program through observing classes, participating in faculty studies, and other professional development opportunities.
Rudolf Steiner School, an independent nursery to 12 school and the first Waldorf School in North America, is located on Manhattan's Upper East Side. The school is committed to building a healthy, inclusive community that reflects the diversity of NYC. We value an interest in diversity and multi-cultural competence. Steiner is accredited by the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA) and the New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS).
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
• Manage the students in their college application process, providing strategies, support, and guidance to students and their families
• Create appropriate deadlines for students to submit college applications and recommendation requests
• Meet with students individually and in groups to educate and guide them on how to navigate the college process, interpret admissions trends, and sift through individual college options
• Counsel and assist students and families to identify resources for scholarships and financial aid for colleges and universities. Inform students of FAFSA deadlines and other financial aid timeframes. Organize financial aid workshops
• Arrange for and lead college visits and standardized test preparation
• Throughout the school year, produce regular communications targeting juniors and seniors
• Provide student and parent updates throughout the year on college application and scholarship information and deadlines
• Create and submit materials to colleges in support of college applicants, including transcripts and recommendations. This includes coordinating the faculty writing of requested recommendations for students applying to college.
• Build relationships with college admissions offices to increase the appreciation and credibility of Rudolf Steiner School
• Track trends in admissions and college counseling fields. This includes maintaining membership in the National Association of College Admissions Counselors, attending conferences and continuing education offerings at this and similar organizations in the college counseling field
• Maintain professional networking relationships with other Waldorf schools, independent schools, and public schools
• Review and update school profile on steiner.edu. Update and maintain NCAA clearinghouse portal
The successful candidate will possess the following skills, abilities and qualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree required: Master’s preferred
• 5-10 years of experience in College Guidance
• Familiarity with Blackbaud
• Knowledge of SCOIR
• Ability to engage with parents, students, and admissions officers constructively
• Understanding of the mission, philosophy and pedagogy of Waldorf education and Rudolf Steiner School
• Ability to explain Waldorf education and Rudolf Steiner School in a compelling way
• Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and written communication skills
To be considered for the Director of College Guidance position, please send a letter of interest, a resume, and contact information for three references to Kathy Andrade, email@example.com. We will be accepting applications until the position is filled.
Rudolf Steiner School is an equal opportunity employer. The School is committed to working earnestly to sustain a welcoming community that reflects the diverse range of cultures and nationalities in New York City. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, religion, disability, age, military or veteran status, marital status, citizenship status, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, transgender status, predisposing genetic characteristics, actual or perceived domestic violence victim status, unemployment status, or any other category protected by law. The School takes affirmative action in support of its policy to employ and advance all qualified candidates.
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