College and Guidance Counselor
La Reina High School & Middle School, a private, Catholic, college-preparatory school grades 6-12 for girls, sponsored by the Sisters of Notre Dame and located in Thousand Oaks, California, is seeking an experienced College and Guidance Counselor. La Reina is accredited by the Western Catholic Education Association and the Western Association of Schools & Colleges. La Reina received a 2013 National Blue Ribbon Award for educational excellence.
The College and Guidance Counselor will help lead a comprehensive college counseling program for both the middle and high schools. The Counselor will share the responsibility for college and guidance counseling and college recommendations with the other high school Guidance Counselor and staff.
- Excellent interpersonal skills in listening to, working with, communicating with, students, parents, faculty and staff, and college admission’s personnel.
- Ability to provide assurance and counsel to teenagers and parents experiencing the typical highs and lows associated with the college search process.
- Excellent skills in managing details, deadlines, programs, people, and large quantities of information in a proactive, timely, organized, calming, and effective manner.
- Strong organizational, written and verbal communication skills.
- Current member in professional organizations, including NACAC and WACAC
- Expertise with the admissions process of post-secondary institutions, both locally and nationally, including highly selective and nationally recognized colleges and universities.
- Person of Catholic/Christian faith preferred. Wisdom about how to use faith as a College Counselor and a desire to provide college counseling within the framework of La Reina’s mission.
- Master’s Degree
- Minimum of 5 years of experience in college admissions and/or high school college counseling.
- Familiar with Naviance, the Common Application, and the University of California/California State University applications, as well as other college admissions resources.
- Provide Guidance Counseling for half of the 9th-12th grade students.
- Develop and run mission-appropriate programs in grades 6-12 that help students with their college focused goals.
- Educate students and parents about colleges, the college admissions process, trends, procedures, and testing; advising and supporting seniors and families as they go through the process; and helping students and families aspire realistically and choose wisely.
- Meet with juniors and seniors, individually and in groups, to talk about the college admissions process and individual college choices.
- Work with international students to help them understand US college admissions, especially regarding aspects that are unique to their circumstances.
- Organize and implement information sessions for students and parents such as College Planning Night, Junior Parent Night, Case Studies, Career Day, and Financial Aid Workshop.
- Maintain accurate and complete records of students’ application materials, college applications, acceptances, matriculations, scholarships and aid awarded, etc.
- Analyze and create reports to help give well-informed advice to students, parents, faculty, and Board of Trustees.
- Responsible for full, complete records in Naviance and students’ and families’ effective use of this resource.
- Collaborate closely with the athletic department regarding NCAA recruitment.
- Work with Registrar to maintain accurate student records.
- Work with Registrar to create the annual La Reina High School Profile.
- Maintain and update the handbooks, handouts, newsletter, and forms important to the College Counseling program.
- Maintain and update the La Reina website information regarding College Counseling.
- Complete Secondary School Reports and write students' college recommendations.
- Coordinate with the English Department and various department chairpersons about college admissions essays, the application process and letters of recommendation.
Salary and benefits (which include medical, dental, vision and disability insurance, and 401K plans) are competitive. Department of Justice fingerprinting, tuberculosis clearance and Virtus Training are required for employment. Please send a cover letter and resume electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org and addressed to Mrs. Fran Foulkrod. The application process is open until the position is filled.