The Stony Brook School, an independent, faith-based boarding school, is seeking to expand its college counseling department through hiring another experienced college counselor or an experienced educator/writer/counselor interested in being trained as a college counselor.
While we would like to fill this position as soon as possible, starting in January of 2022, the position will remain open until filled. We are willing to be flexible to meet the availability of the right candidate. A start date in the summer of 2022 is also possible.
The ideal candidate will possess the enthusiasm, dedication, and desire to effectively guide or learn to guide both students and parents through the college application process. The Stony Brook School believes strongly in the idea of fit, matching the needs of students with the college. Therefore, the college counselor must possess strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to not only assess the strengths of students, but also be able to see the potential in each student. The college counselor will work closely with the Co-Directors of College Counseling in enhancing the vision and mission of the college counseling department.
The ideal applicant will possess:
Excellent writing and speaking skills
Ability to give excellent feedback to students about their writing
Excellent communication skills
Emotional intelligence, collegiality, a collaborative and empathetic spirit
Sensitivity to the needs of students and parents and the ability to be both supportive and candid throughout the college application process
Strong organizational and time management skills
Flexible availability, including ability to collaborate with the college counseling team during some evenings and weekends at critical times of the application process
Ability to meet deadlines
Strong computer skills
A strong identification with the mission of the school
Here are also some preferred experience or qualifications, but we may choose to work with the right candidate to grow professionally in these areas:
3-5 years of college advising or college admissions experience is preferred. Alternatively, a candidate with a background in writing, education, or counseling is a plus.
Ability to think strategically and collaboratively about the college process and to advise students and parents accordingly
A comprehensive understanding of the needs of domestic,international, day, and boarding students
Help with editing and reviewing essays and college applications
Provide individualized college counseling to the junior and senior class
Write compelling and comprehensive letters of recommendation for students
Develop and maintain strong relationships with college admissions professionals
Stay current in the college admissions profession by visiting colleges, attending and presenting at workshops, and participating in conferences
Coordinate and facilitate a number of school-wide events related to the college admissions process
Work collaboratively as a member of the college counseling team, including assisting the Co-Directors of College Counseling, the Academic Dean, and the Head of School on special projects or assignments. This will include, but is not limited to, being a member of the academic advising team.
All other duties as assigned by the Co-Directors of College Counseling. The duties described above are to serve as guidelines for, not limitations to, the job of College Counselor.
In addition to administrative responsibilities, the college counselor will be responsible for other duties as well, including and not limited to advising, coaching, and chaperoning. A successful candidate will embrace the full life and diversity that exists here.
The Stony Brook School is an independent college preparatory school (grades 7-12) that exists to challenge young men and women to know Jesus Christ as Lord, to love others as themselves, and to grow in knowledge and skill, in order that they may serve the world through their character and leadership.
We are committed to attracting and retaining the highest quality faculty and staff. Our salary will be highly competitive, based upon the individual’s prior experience and education. Medical and dental insurance, retirement contributions, and substantial opportunities for professional development are all included in our employment package. The Stony Brook School is a boarding school, and some of its employees are required to live in school housing. This position does not come with housing.
Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume with a subject line of “College Counseling” to Pam Palleschi, Director of Human Resources at [email protected]
The Stony Brook School is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind. All employment decisions at The Stony Brook School are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, citizenship, genetic predisposition, disability, veteran status or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate.