A staff member in Fryeburg Academy’s Office for Post-Secondary Planning and School Counseling, the post-secondary and school counselor is a professional educator focused on students’ college and career readiness, providing proactive, over-time guidance that engages all stakeholders in helping students achieve success at Fryeburg Academy and beyond. This individual works for a week preceding and a week following the beginning and ending of a school year, respectively, and is responsible for light email correspondence throughout the summer; s/he reports directly to the Director, Post-Secondary Planning and School Counseling and works regularly with other post-secondary and school counselors, grade-level deans, school support team members, and the Director of Studies.
Specific Post-Secondary and School Counselor duties fall among the following essential functions of the job:
Cultivates acquaintance and regular contact with students on his/her caseload
Provides regular individualized support in the three spheres of academic advising, post-secondary/career planning, and social-emotional support for all students on one’s caseload
Administers a comprehensive gr. 9-12 counseling curriculum based on student needs and transition planning
Advises student course selection and scheduling; develops 4-year plans with students
Provides assistance with standardized testing (PSAT, SAT, AP, TOEFL, and ACT: others as appropriate)
Administers all aspects of post-secondary search and application/admission process—develops appropriate college/program lists, assists with applications, writes recommendations, collects, completes, and sends all supporting materials
Promotes transition, post-secondary, and career readiness planning through work with advisory groups, other small group meetings, class meetings, and individual meetings with students
Develops effective familiarity and connections with a broad variety of American colleges, universities, and other post-secondary training and study programs; stays abreast of the latest information regarding college admissions
Consults and communicates with appropriate school personnel regarding student concerns and participates on the school-wide Student Support Team
Maintains professionalism: adheres to laws and ethical standards of school counseling
Provides students with social and emotional support as needed; provides responsive crisis intervention, short-term counseling, and makes appropriate referrals to outside mental health service providers
Assumes additional responsibilities as directed by the Director, Head of School, or HoS designees
Qualifying Education and Experience:
MS Counseling with a concentration in school counseling or MEd in School Counseling
Knowledge, Skills, Dispositions:
Possesses a thorough knowledge of school and post-secondary counseling approaches
Demonstrates an understanding of child (adolescent) development and behavior
Possesses engaging interpersonal skills and a strong work ethic
Is innovative, enthusiastic, energetic, and flexible
Is experienced with needs of high school age students and their families
Embraces diversity and differences in all individuals
Familiar with Learning Management Systems and web-based post-secondary, college, and career planning software such as SCOIR and/or Naviance
Effective organizational abilities and excellent oral and written communication skills demonstrate an ability to work in a variety of settings
Communicates and works collaboratively with school counseling colleagues and the educational community as a whole
Demonstrates a commitment to professional growth
Maintains membership with ASCA (American School Counselors Association) and MeSCA (Maine School Counselors Association)
Cultivates familiarity with relevant, timely issues in post-secondary planning and student support through professional reading
Interested candidates should submit an application, letter of interest, résumé, college transcripts, and three references to Amanda Fusco, Executive Assistant to the Head of School ([email protected]).
All Fryeburg Academy employees are subject to Maine Dept. of Education Criminal History Record Check.
Fryeburg Academy is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Fryeburg Academy is an independent secondary school that serves a widely diverse population of local day students and boarding students from across the nation and around the world. The Academy believes that a strong school community provides the best conditions for learning and growth. Therefore, we strive to create a supportive school environment that promotes respect, tolerance, and cooperation, and prepares students for responsible citizenship. Within this context, the Academy’s challenging and comprehensive academic program, enriched by a varied co-curriculum, provides the knowledge and skills necessary for success in higher education and the workplace.