The Shipley School, founded in 1894, is a co-educational, college preparatory, independent day school currently enrolling 835 students in grades Pre-K through 12. Located in the western suburbs of Philadelphia, the school is committed to educational excellence and dedicated to developing in each student a love of learning and compassionate participation in the world.
The Shipley School is committed to equal employment opportunities for all individuals. The school will make all employment decisions for employees and applicants without
unlawful discrimination as to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship, disability, pregnancy, age, marital status, military or veteran status, gender identity and expression, creed, genetic predisposition, victim of domestic violence or any other basis protected by law.
SummaryThe Shipley School seeks an experienced educator to join its College Counseling Office in the summer of 2021. This person will work as a team with the Director of College Counseling, an Associate Director of College Counseling, and an administrative assistant.
The Successful Candidate must:
Work with 30-35 students and families per grade on all aspects of the college search, application, and admission process
Engage with students individually and in a classroom setting
Teach seminar classes to juniors and seniors
Research and write comprehensive recommendation letters for each counselee
Maintain effective relationships with parents, faculty, and staff
Travel to college campuses and professional conferences
Establish and maintain relationships with college admission officers
Provide frequent communication with colleagues, administration, and families
Provide course and career counseling to students in all upper school grades
Continue relationships with alumni during their first two years of college
The ideal candidate will:
Have several years of experience working as a college counselor or in a selective admission office
Demonstrate broad and deep knowledge of colleges, universities and the admissions process
Possess a desire to work with adolescents and their families and have experience developing relationships with students and families
Demonstrate a commitment to a counseling-based approach to the college process
Demonstrate comfort and skill as a public speaker
Possess exceptional writing skills
Value collaboration in the workplace
Hold an educational philosophy consistent with the mission of the school
Demonstrate the ability to anticipate, initiate, organize, attend to detail, and to meet deadlines
Show confidence, energy, humor, and enthusiasm
Demonstrate a commitment to professional development
Hold a Bachelor's degree (additional education desirable)
Experience in the following areas would also be helpful:
Technology and social media
College athletic recruitment
Standardized test administration (PSAT; AP)
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and complete the online application by April 28th. Applications received missing supporting documents will receive less consideration. Please note - clearances are not required at the time of application but will be required for employment.