Woodlands Academy is seeking a full-time Director of College Counseling for the 2021 - 2022 academic year. The Director of College Counseling will report to the Principal and will join a highly collaborative, innovative, and experienced faculty. The primary role of this position is to develop and deliver a comprehensive college counseling program to students and families. Dedication to the independent school setting is a must. Woodlands Academy believes that a multicultural perspective is an essential element of a 21st century education, and values diversity in its student body, faculty, and staff.
Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart is one of 25 Sacred Heart schools in the United States and Canada. Sacred Heart education at Woodlands Academy is distinctive and emphasizes best practices for the education of girls and innovative practices for academic excellence. Established in 1858, the school forms global citizens and transforms young women within a dynamic of relationships that respond to the dignity of each member of the school community.
Teach College Counseling Seminar classes for Juniors (semester 2) and Seniors (semester 1)
Provide advocacy, counsel, and support for all current Woodlands students and families in the college application process
Provide counsel on course selection and extra-curricular choices for students
Meet frequently with each student and her family to provide guidance on an individual level tailored to each student’s needs and goals
Assemble, analyze, and present data on high school testing, college application results, and academic programs
Keep updated and accurate records of college acceptances, scholarships, and awards
Through travel to campuses and conferences, develop and maintain strong relationships with a broad network of colleges, universities, and professional organizations
Throughout the application process, provide help and support to admission officers seeking additional input on Woodlands applicants
Write a secondary school report and recommendation for each senior and submit transcripts and school profile to each college
Develop a comprehensive parent education program that helps parents throughout the school be aware of the college process
Host grade-level meetings with parents and students regarding curriculum, testing, financial aid, and the college application process
Bring college admission experts to campus to present to families and students
Assist students and families to identify resources for scholarships and financial aid for colleges and universities
Raise the visibility of Woodlands Academy locally, regionally, and nationally
Facilitate and publicize college admission representatives’ visits to campus
Supervise the maintenance and use of SCOIR, our web-based college counseling program
Provide ample and flexible summer hours for rising seniors to work on applications, essays, and interviews
Manage AP, ACT, and other standardized testing (Pre-ACT, PSAT, etc.) needed for our students which includes overseeing all requests for accommodations from College Board and ACT
Create and update all public relations materials and reports related to college counseling including the school profile, year-end statistics, alumnae surveys, website, and bulletin boards
Maintain library and files, including electronic databases, of information on colleges, scholarships, and summer educational opportunities
Develop and oversee the college counseling budget
Ability to work some evenings and weekends, as needed
Engage in the life of the high school (presence at assemblies, meeting, events, etc.)
Participate in school-wide, departmental, and mentor team meetings
Coaching, not required, but a plus
Commit to understanding and upholding the values of a Sacred Heart education
Perform all other duties, as assigned
Requirements and Qualifications
Master’s Degree in counseling or a related field
Minimum 3 years’ experience counseling in a school setting, preferably college counseling
Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills, with a professional and empathetic approach
Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
The ability to build positive relationships with high school students; a powerful student mentor
The ability to draw people in for collaboration, curriculum development, and problem-solving; a trusted and sought-after colleague
High-level of familiarity and competence across cultures and multiple perspectives
Genuine understanding or willingness to learn/understand the culture, community and the demands students feel on a daily basis
Familiarity and competence in technology skills
Superb communication skills and excellent verbal/written skills to collaborate with Student Support Team, parents, students, and faculty
A willingness to be an active, enthusiastic member of the WA community
Completion of Virtus: Protecting God’s Children training
Successful completion of criminal offender record information and sexual offender registry information checks
Why you should join our community:
We offer generous health/dental/vision plans, life and long-term disability insurance, paid sick and personal time, 403(b) with 5% contribution of annual salary, and flexible spending account
Special holiday breaks, including five days off for Thanksgiving, two weeks off for Christmas, and two weeks off for Spring Break
Opportunities to volunteer
Get to make an impact on the lives of young women
How to apply:
Please complete the Faculty & Coaching application and materials listed on the Employment web page of the school’s website at https://www.woodlandsacademy.org/about/employment/applicationformfaculty. All applicants must submit a Faculty & Coaching Position Application, cover letter, resume, and Personal Reflection on the Sacred Heart Goals and Criteria. We also strongly suggest applicants submit three written references.
Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart is an all-girls, Catholic, college preparatory day and boarding school in Lake Forest, IL. Visit the school’s website at www.woodlandsacademy.org and the website of the Network of Sacred Heart Schools at www.sacredheartusc.education to learn more.
Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart is an equal opportunity employer. It does not discriminate against any individual on the basis of race, color, religion*, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, genetic information, age, disability, status a veteran or being a member of the Reserves or National Guard, or any other classification under state of federal law.
*The School reserves the right to use religion as a hiring criterion for selected positions and nature of a school as a faith-based institution as permitted by law.
About Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart
Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart, founded in 1858, is an independent, Catholic, boarding and day, college preparatory school for young women, grades 9 – 12, who wish to pursue a course of study committed to academic excellence within the context of a faith- based community. Woodlands Academy is a member of the Network of Sacred Heart Schools in the United States.