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Director of College Counseling

Commonwealth School
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Apr 5, 2022

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Administrative, Academic Affairs, Academic Administration, Student Affairs, Counseling
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Full Time
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Commonwealth School seeks a Director of College Counseling to begin July 1, 2022.

The Director, a senior leader and strategic partner to the Head of School responsible for overseeing all aspects of the college admissions process at the school, works with and counsels roughly 35 students per graduating class, as well as their families. In addition to the core college counseling duties described below, the Director serves as a faculty advisor to 11th and 12th graders. The Director reports to the Head of School.

Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

    Counsel, educate, and support students in grades 9 through 12 and their families throughout the college selection, application, and admission process  Meet with students individually and in groups to educate and empower them as they navigate the college process Provide strategic and compassionate counsel that takes into account admissions trends and individual college options Write compelling, personalized, and comprehensive school recommendations for the majority of our seniors applying to college  Oversee the faculty’s assignment and writing of recommendations for students applying to college  Maintain an informative, up-to-date College Counseling Handbook Build and maintain relationships with college admissions officers, both to learn about colleges and programs and to advocate for students by promoting awareness of the school Represent the school at relevant state and national conferences and workshops Provide college counseling reports to the Head of School to be shared with the Board of Trustees  Work with the school's Registrar to communicate accurate permanent records of students' testing and academic work  Arrange standardized testing “prep” sessions and provide pre- and post-test counseling  Develop and interpret summary reports on students’ progress on standardized testing to the school community, as appropriate  Maintain membership and actively participate in professional organizations related to college counseling, including NACAC, ACCIS, and BISCCA

The annual salary range for this 12-month position is $85,000–$105,000, depending on experience. A generous benefits package includes health and dental insurance and retirement contributions. In addition, the school encourages and supports professional development through funding for conferences and other programs.

An independent high school that occupies two brownstones in Boston’s Back Bay,Commonwealth School is known for its rigorous academics, low (5:1) student-teacher ratio, and strong program in the arts. In the warmth of a small yet richly varied community of engaged students and passionate teachers, talent and curiosity generate excitement, laughter, and respect among students, faculty, and staff. We work closely and collaboratively with each other in our cozy space, and we make extensive use of the City of Boston’s many resources.

Our mission is to educate young people from diverse backgrounds to become knowledgeable, thoughtful, and creative adults, capable of careful analysis, fruitful cooperation, and responsible leadership. In keeping with our mission, our teachers challenge and support students as they develop the skills that will encourage their lifelong love of learning.

Faculty and staff value trust and respect, shared stewardship, autonomy, accountability, creativity, and enjoyment (see our fully articulated norms here). Detailed information about the school is available on our website. Our most recent college matriculation data is available here.


We look for candidates who are committed to fostering an inclusive and equitable community and college application process for all of our students. Ideal candidates are flexible and creative and enjoy collaborating with colleagues. They also enjoy building trusting relationships with students and their families, who rely on careful listening and informed advice during the college application process, as well as assured and delicate counsel when applying for and evaluating financial assistance.

Ideal candidates will possess the following qualifications:

    Bachelor’s degree; master’s preferred Significant experience working in secondary-school college counseling or in a college or university admissions office Deep knowledge of the college landscape and trends and familiarity with independent schools Desire to embrace a highly personalized and relationship-driven counseling model Exceptional interpersonal skills and a commitment to responding with empathy in supporting the needs of a diverse student and family population Ability to work and connect with a diverse student body and a sincere appreciation for working with teenagers and their families Experience with and knowledge of nuances in the college process for first-generation, BIPOC, and international students Strong communication skills, including writing, listening, and public speaking A positive, flexible personality, with a personal style that helps put students, parents, and colleagues at ease throughout the college process Superior collaboration skills and an ability to develop and maintain strong working relationships with a broad range of colleagues, both within and outside the Commonwealth community Highly efficient, organized, able to meet deadlines, and adept at using technology Scrupulous maintenance of confidentiality Experience with college software and application platforms (i.e., Common Application, Universal College Application, UCAS, UC Applications, MIT application, College Board, ACT, Naviance, Slate, Coalition Application) and financial aid applications (FAFSA, CSS Profile)

Interested candidates should submit the following materials by April 22, 2022, to Dean of Faculty Hiring and Support Mara Dale (

    A cover letter that describes their experience and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion A résumé or CV  The names of three references and their contact information

Commonwealth School is an equal opportunity employer. It does not discriminate against any individual based on race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, national origin, ancestry, genetic information, veteran status, military service, application for military service, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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