The College Counseling Office is a collaborative department dedicated to supporting and guiding our students and their families as they consider a wide variety of colleges and universities. We help evaluate the programs and schools that will be best for them – academically, socially, and financially. In our supportive college counseling environment, students learn to establish goals based on interests, to manage the tasks involved in a complex process, and to make healthy and confident decisions about the next step in their education.
Our department partners with Faculty and Advisors, School Counselors, and members of the Student Services Department to support our students. We welcome diverse perspectives and encourage creativity and optimism as we counsel families throughout the college planning process.
The Associate Director of College Counseling is an integral member of our team and will work alongside two college counselors and an assistant college counselor to meet the educational and logistical responsibilities of the College Counseling Program.
Managing a caseload of students, providing strategies, advice, support, and guidance to those students and their families throughout the college application process and in making the best individualized choice for college.
Meeting with students individually and in groups to educate and empower them on how to navigate the college process, admissions trends, and college options.
Assisting students to identify resources for scholarships and financial aid for colleges and universities.
Assisting students with the calendar of all standardized testing, including scheduling test dates, registering students, arranging for special “prep” classes, administering the tests, and providing pre- and post-test counseling.
Supporting students through applications based on special interests (athletics, visual arts, performing arts) or academic interests (engineering, business, psychology)
Conducting events and educational outreach for both the student and parent communities.
Creating and submitting materials to colleges in support of college applicants.
Writing recommendations for students applying to college.
Facilitating visits between students and college representatives at the school.
Working with international students to navigate the US college admissions process.
Cultivating mutually beneficial working relationships with college admissions professionals and local area college counseling colleagues.
Visiting college campuses to stay abreast of university offerings and maintain familiarity with signature programs.
Attending conferences and professional meetings in order to remain current with industry trends.
Participating in committee, department, and staff meetings as well as school-sponsored events that would benefit from your area of expertise and collaborating with a team of professional counselors on behalf of our students.
Ensure the implementation of anti-racist practices and standards in alignment with the Brooks School mission statement and DEI mission statement.
Will engage and pursue DEI professional development and assist in forwarding the school’s commitment to becoming an anti-racist institution.
Being involved in the school community at large.
Maintaining a membership in the National Association of College Counselors and subsequently following all principals of best practices as outlined by the organization.
Assuming responsibility for other projects as assigned by the Dean of College Counseling.
Coaching two seasons, or equivalent, in the afternoon program.
Three - five years of experience in a college admissions office and/or experience in a secondary school college counseling program (preferably in an independent school);
Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s degree in education or related field preferred.
A broad understanding of current trends and issues in college admissions;
Ability to work well with students, parents, faculty, and college admissions officers;
Superior organizational, communication and interpersonal skills, as well as creativity, good humor, and willingness to counsel a diversely talented group of students through an emotionally charged time in their lives are required.
Candidates must also be willing to work closely with departmental colleagues in a collaborative, dynamic setting.
The candidate will have experience and an understanding of the importance of identity consciousness in the college admissions process.
The candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to a supportive inclusive working environment.
Brooks School strives to be an anti-racist school, understanding that this work is continuous and is central to our role as an educational institution. Racism and other forms of systemic oppression are deeply rooted in all institutional and societal structures: We condemn institutional racism and white supremacy in all forms, including those which exist at Brooks. As a community that values each member’s sense of belonging, our goal is to foster an inclusive environment in which everyone can live, work and learn free from prejudice, discrimination and marginalization. While we recognize that racism occurs both intentionally and unintentionally and is often a result of unconscious bias, we also know that its presence hinders our ability to provide the most meaningful educational experience our students will have in their lives. Therefore, at Brooks School we are united in the fight to identify, acknowledge and dismantle systems of oppression and inequality. In order to do this work effectively, we will draw on our foundation: strong community, core values, and commitment to the care, support and growth of every member of the community.