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We’re expanding our team! Forsyth Country Day School seeks an Associate Director of College Counseling to serve as a key member of an office dedicated to helping students find their purpose and realize their potential, to develop the confidence and skills necessary to meet the complexities of an evolving future - for all that may be ahead. This is a full time, 12-month position that will report to the Director of College Counseling and will work closely with one other Associate Director as well as an administrative assistant. The expected start date is July 1, 2023.
As a part of the newly established Niblock Center for Intentional Living, we are a curious, creative, and collaborative group of educators who are committed to living out the school’s vision: Know yourself. Connect with others. Build community. We are designing an innovative multi-year program that supports student self-reflection and engagement in their full learning experiences and promotes student wellness, balance, and agency in their considerations of life after Forsyth.
Located in Lewisville, NC, Forsyth Country Day School (FCDS) is a dynamic, independent, coeducational school serving approximately 910 students in preschool to twelfth grade. FCDS is guided by our belief that an excellent education integrates opportunities to explore a variety of interests while developing a strong academic base. It is this combination of passion and purpose that nurtures children who are curious, motivated, and excited to learn. Our community core values of respect, integrity, curiosity, compassion, and responsibility drive everything we do. Our campus is situated on a beautifully wooded 85 acres surrounding a lake that serves as both an outdoor classroom and a contemplative gathering spot.
Nurture curiosity and self-reflection; counsel students on self-advocacy, setting realistic goals, and academic planning; create a school-wide atmosphere that celebrates students and their future plans across a broad range of options
Support students and their families through all aspects of the college search, application and decision-making processes with attention to individual backgrounds, goals, strengths, abilities, and interests
Help students construct an appropriate list of colleges and post-secondary programs; guide students in thoughtful completion and timely submission of all aspects of their college applications, provide constructive feedback on essays, personal statements, resumes, financial aid, and scholarship applications; counsel on final decisions
Thoughtfully develop personalized letters of support for approximately 35-40 students in the senior class
Work closely with the Director of College Counseling to develop, organize, and deliver programming for students in grades 9-12, families, and members of the FCDS community; co-facilitate special projects or responsibilities in the college counseling office, which will include the development of the experiential learning program, independent studies, and capstone projects
Stay current with admissions trends and best practices through regular professional development and attendance at national, regional, and local conferences; maintain strong relationships with college and university admissions officers through FCDS programming, professional development, and travel to college campuses
Bachelor’s degree required
Collaborative and creative spirit, patience, and a sense of humor
Demonstrated experience in and passion for working with high school students
Extensive knowledge of colleges and the application process; 2-3 years of experience in college admissions/college counseling preferred
Appreciation of the importance of mental health and wellness throughout the application process
Commitment to developing one’s own cultural self-awareness, cultural competence, and emotional intelligence.
Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as a desire to celebrate the backgrounds, abilities, and identities of all members of our community
Effective communication skills, with strengths in writing, public speaking, and relationship-building
Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Google Suite, and SCOIR
Willingness and ability to travel for professional development opportunities
Must be able to maintain a high level of confidentiality
Regularly required to sit or stand for extended periods, walk, talk, hear, operate a computer, reach with hands and arms, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 15 pounds
Must be able to access and navigate all areas of the school and other facilities as needed
Must be able to utilize oral and written communication skills effectively