Maret School seeks a college counselor who will celebrate and support our diverse community of students, parents and guardians as they navigate their individual college search, application, financial aid and enrollment processes. The ideal candidate will reflect our school’s ethos, write beautifully and effectively, encompass our community’s passion for Equity and Inclusion and possess a broad and diverse knowledge of colleges and universities and their programs and selection processes. This twelve-month position reports directly to the Director of College Counseling and supports the work and initiatives of the college counseling office and upper school program. The ideal candidate will have excellent interpersonal, communication, writing, advising and networking skills; familiarity with the goals, objectives, core values and mission of Maret School; the ability to respond effectively to the needs of a diverse, knowledgeable and involved student and parent population; knowledge of colleges, their academic and broader programs, social strengths and personalities, commitment to inclusion, admission policies, and financial aid programming and protocols. Essential skills include excellent written and verbal communication skills, strong organizational and prioritization skills, the ability to have honest and straightforward conversations with dignity, the desire to place students first in every conversation and interaction, and the ability to meet and guide counselor, student and faculty recommender deadlines. Expertise in college admissions and upper/high school college counseling is essential. Familiarity with traditional writing and presentation software in addition to SCOIR, Naviance, Veracross and other admissions and counseling related software are preferred. Professionalism, eagerness to work in a team setting, and the ability to deal with sensitive and confidential issues are vital in this role.
The College Counselor is responsible for:
Creating a warm, responsive and inclusive atmosphere for all Maret families;
Advising students and families about the research, application, and matriculation phases of the college process;
Acknowledging, celebrating and incorporating a student’s unique identifiers throughout the college process;
Writing compelling and authentic letters of recommendation for students;
Monitoring and acquiring knowledge about current trends in the college landscape and alternative post-graduation experiences;
Educating and matching counselees with “right fit” merit and need-based scholarships and scholars programs;
Establishing collegial relationships with college and university admissions offices as well as visiting representatives;
Maintaining active membership in appropriate professional organizations;
Public speaking and/or co-facilitating at college counseling, transition, financial aid related programming as well as panels and forums throughout the year;
Supporting the Director of College Counseling on program design, webpage management, communications, college counseling manual updates and school/community events;
Creating and maintaining appropriate print and digital resources for colleges, visiting representatives and students/families;
Serving as an upper school advisor;
Attending all full faculty and upper school assemblies, meetings and major functions to create touchpoints and familiarity with faculty, students and families;
Serving as the AP Test Coordinator;
Maintaining Social Media Accounts
Performing other tasks upon the request of the Director of College Counseling and/or Head of School.
To learn more about our community, please visit www.maret.org. Our historic campus is in the heart of Washington, D.C. and offers a unique setting, where students and faculty alike demonstrate a sense of energy, imagination, and entrepreneurial spirit. At Maret, everyone seeks a broader perspective – an expanded understanding of each other, our community, and the larger world. Equity and inclusion are at the heart of all we do. Maret School stands firmly behind the principle that the admission of students, the employment of faculty, the operation of programs, and the governance of the School be open to all who are qualified regardless of race, creed, color, national origin, ethnic origin, or sexual orientation. We believe that this principle is both firmly grounded in the spirit of American democracy and in keeping with the civil responsibilities of an independent school.
To apply, please send your cover letter, resume and two sample letters of recommendation BY EMAIL ONLY to Alexander Levey, Director of College Counseling, at [email protected]. Unfortunately, we will not be able to respond personally to every applicant. You will hear from us only if your experience matches our current needs.
About Maret School
Maret is a vibrant K-12, coeducational, independent school in Washington, DC and enrolls 650 students. Maret is a mission-driven school that ignites our students' potential and builds community that is equitable and inclusive.
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