Altamont School
Birmingham, AL
Grades 5 - 12 with 355 students

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The Altamont School is searching for an Assistant Director of College Counseling for the 2023-24 school year. We are looking for an experienced, energetic, and collegial team player who enjoys working with students and adults in a collaborative and inclusive academic environment. This individual will work to provide students and their families with information and assistance to navigate the college search and application process.
  • Work with 25-30 students per class each year.
  • Assist students and their families through all aspects of the college counseling process, such as creating and finalizing college lists, reviewing essays, and writing personalized letters of recommendation.
  • Collaborate closely with the Director of College Counseling and Assistant Head for Academics to provide a comprehensive program.
  • Contribute to the planning and execution of educational programming and workshops for students and families.
  • Meet with college representatives during their on-campus and/or virtual visits to The Altamont School.
  • Communicate and network with college admissions counselors and financial aid representatives to provide accurate, up-to-date information for student applicants and their families, including counselor calls.
  • Actively seek professional growth by traveling to college and university campuses, meeting with college admissions counselors, and participating in conferences as deemed necessary.
  • Experience and demonstrated success working with diverse student communities is preferred.
  • Serve as an academic adviser for 8 - 10 students.
  • Participate in duties as assigned by Director of College Counseling and Assistant Head of School.
  • Three to five years of experience working in a college counseling department or selective college admissions field.
  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Experience working in an admissions office of a highly selective school, strongly recommended.
  • Familiarity with and a desire to continue to learn about a wide range of colleges and universities in the United States and abroad.
  • Understanding and commitment to the value of an independent, residential school within our society, particularly The Altamont School and its family-related values.
  • Exceptional communication skills, i.e., written, verbal, presentation, etc., and organizational skills.
  • Strong technical capabilities, Microsoft Office platforms, etc.
  • Flexibility and the capacity to adapt to the dynamic and ever-evolving college admissions landscape.
Attitude and Demeanor
  • Publicly support the mission and vision of The Altamont School in a positive and professional manner.
  • Work as a dynamic team member in a professional collaborative environment.
  • Energetic and organized enough to thrive in an extremely fast-paced environment while collaborating with a growing team to produce great work.
  • Ability to wear many hats, learn new things every day, and have the ability to switch from a variety of roles with ease and excitement.
  • Communicate effectively with warmth, sensitivity, humor, and understanding as they deal with administrative colleagues, teachers, students, alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and program associates.
  • Possess a “service attitude” - willingness to be flexible to meet the needs of the department and School.

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