College Counsellor Required: Cobham, Surrey

 

ACS International Schools

Middle School/High School 

We are seeking a College Counsellor for our Upper/High School to work as part of a team in the Senior School playing a leading role in college counselling for students in grades 9 to 12, to start 1st April 2024.

Main Responsibilities:

  • To take the leading role in all educational and informational programs related to college counselling (eg student, teacher, and parent workshops, open evenings, assemblies etc)
  • To keep up to date on issues and trends related to university placement through professional development and attending conferences
  • To be college counsellor for a group of students in grade 11 & 12 which will be divided amongst the college counselling department
  • To meet regularly and individually with students and families in your caseload To advocate for your students throughout their college application process
  • To work with advisors to facilitate college application process including course selection
  • To work with faculty to improve and standardise the quality of their advocacy letters
  • To work with the English Department to help students develop application essays and personal statements
  • To implement and develop the use of Bridge-U in the college application process
  • To develop and maintain strong relationships with university admissions personnel through school visits and visits to campuses
  • To keep college placement records, produce reports about placements and update school profile
  • To monitor 11th and 12th grade student schedules in relation to college applications
  • To keep abreast of individual student status regarding toward graduation status, academic warnings, honour roll, etc
  • To be available for parent conferences
  • To serve on Accreditation, ISI and other committees as requested
  • To accurately maintain and use counselling-related data the student information system (currently PowerSchool) and our online content management system (currently Schoology)
  • To edit the school profile and college applications handbook
  • To be jointly responsible, with all other high school staff, for promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children in the school.

Professional Expertise:

  • The Ideal candidate will have had some previous teaching experience in an AP or IB international environment
  • Strong knowledge of UK, US and other colleges and universities
  • An established network of admissions colleagues; previous experience of using or willingness to learn to use Bridge-U programming and administration.

Scope of Job:

  • To work collaboratively in the Senior School to align college counselling with our holistic approach to school programming
  • To be responsible for: 30-60 seniors (and their parents) in the college application process; 40-60 juniors (and their parents) preparing for college application and training, 60 faculty to carry out their part in the college application process
  • To work with rising Grade 9 and 10 students and parents in courses selection and understanding of college/university pathways and the use of Bridge-U.

Knowledge and Skills:

Essential/Preferred Education & Experience:

  • Educated to degree level
  • Prior experience working in High School College Counselling is essential
  • Experience in teaching is preferred Strong IT skills are essential
  • Knowledge of Bridge-U and PowerSchool preferred.

Personal Qualities:

Positive personality, enthusiastic, flexible, team-player, organised, professional.

Start date: 1st April 2024

Location: ACS International School, Cobham, UK

Hours: 8:30am – 4:30pm

To begin each year one week before teachers arrive for pre-planning and to end the academic year with post-planning days. Depending on the timeline of the calendar year, likely to be needed for some flex holiday hours to align work availability with peak university submission deadlines.

Safeguarding: ACS is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and as an employee of ACS you are expected to share this commitment. The protection of our students’ welfare is the responsibility of all staff within ACS International Schools and individuals are expected to conduct themselves in a way that reflects the principles of our organisation.

 

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