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High School Guidance Counselor

Green Meadow Waldorf School, Chestnut Ridge, NY

Chestnut Ridge, New York, United States

Part time


Feb 7

What is great about working at the Green Meadow Waldorf School?

Green Meadow Waldorf School is an international  community of students and families.  Our faculty and staff are committed to creating a learning environment where children can thrive -experiencing the right challenges at the right time, through a pedagogy that meets them through head, heart and hands. Students, parents and teachers are committed to nurturing a sense of belonging  where  students from diverse backgrounds learn and grow together.  

We are committed to honoring a multiplicity of voices, celebrating shared joys, and addressing tensions and disagreements respectfully and productively. We prepare our students for a diverse world and a global community that will be all the more vital and resilient because of each of them and what they bring into the world.

Green Meadow was founded in 1950 and serves students in parent-child classes through twelfth grade. Our beautiful school is located on a 140 acre campus that includes a farm, forests, streams, and gardens. 

Position Summary

The High School Guidance Counselor will serve as a member of the administrative team and the High School faculty, and is tasked with assisting students with a comprehensive college search process that includes: helping students research colleges and coordinating college visiting trips, facilitating the financial aid process, understanding standardized testing requirements, and helping each student construct an authentic and accurate college application for submission.

The Guidance Counselor will serve as a visible and vital member of the High School with a responsibility to administer accurate and timely guidance while developing meaningful and authentic partnerships with High School faculty, students, parents and college admission officers


  • Authoring thorough and personal letters of recommendation for students;
  • Assisting with college research, essay review and interview preparation for each student;
  • Advising students and families through standardized testing options;
  • Maintaining an accurate knowledge of the admissions and financial aid process and counsel families as needed;
  • Coordinating the Financial Aid Evening Programs, and the Junior and Senior Parent Guidance Programs;
  • Traveling to colleges and universities over the summer as well as during the academic year for selected counselor programs;
  • Maintaining an unwavering commitment to diversity and inclusion as an advocate for every student regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious preference, and physical ability;
  • Identifying and prioritizing tasks particularly during peak cycles of the college admission process;
  • Cultivating and sustaining relationships with college admission professionals as well as secondary school counselors
  • Effectively advocating for each student along with articulating the mission and curriculum of the Green Meadow Waldorf  School to college and university admission officers;
  • Guiding families through the college process with discernment and empathy;
  • Maintaining a commitment to being knowledgeable regarding historical and current trends in financial aid and college admission;
  • Performing and assisting with other projects, initiatives, and duties as needed and assigned.

Position Requirements

The successful candidate will possess:

  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred;
  • Experience in guidance counseling at a public or private high school, or in college/university admissions
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the college admission process and financial aid requirements;
  • Possess the ability to prioritize tasks, meet deadlines and remain flexible during a demanding fall and spring application cycle;
  • An interest in intellectual inquiry and ease in helping families manage the transition from high school to college;
  • Superior writing ability, strong organizational and time management skills;
  • A genuine desire to work with high school students and their families;
  • A high degree of patience, empathy, trustworthiness and decisiveness;
  • A respect for confidentiality and appreciation of diversity in all of its forms is required;
  • Possess a high degree of professionalism, stress tolerance, and the ability to manage conflicts is needed;
  • Have the ability to serve as a calming, logical, inspirational and rational voice among students and parents as needed;
  • Exude a high degree of energy, adaptability, innovation, creativity, and drive;
  • Maintain a commitment to collaborative work amongst staff, High School faculty and parents;
  • Demonstrate resourcefulness and self-reliance;
  • Possessing the initiative to study changing trends, analyze data, and present to various constituencies is highly desired.

To apply

All candidates should send a letter of interest, a resume, and contact information for three references to Sophia Dunn-Fox, Assistant to the Administrator at sdunnfox@gmws.org.

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