As a school recognized for academic excellence where 100% of our
students attend college, the South Carolina Governor’s School for
Science and Mathematics (GSSM) invites applications for a College
Counselor. This is a full-time, 12-month position reporting to the
Director of College Counseling and Advising.
On a day-to-day basis, the Assistant Director of College
- Work closely with the individual students in their assigned
caseload, recommend colleges for each student to consider based on
the student’s interests, and help each student with the college
application process, including reviewing essays.
- Counsel the student and parent(s)/guardian(s) through every
stage of the college admission process, including applications for
merit scholarships, honors programs, and applying for financial
- Write supportive, relevant, and compelling letters of
- Prepare school documents for student’s applications and
submitting via SCOIR.
- Communicate effectively with parents, via individual
student/parent meetings and written correspondence.
- Serve as a teacher in GSSM’s College Planning Seminar in fall
and spring, conducting classes on applying to college, resume
building, and writing compelling and effective college essays.
- Build and foster strong relationships with college and
scholarship representatives to best advocate for our students.
- Serve as the GSSM test coordinator for the PSAT/NMSQT,
school-based ACT and SAT, ACT Work Keys and AP test administration.
Manage and oversee the administration of standardized testing for
all residential and STEM Foundation students.
- Develop and expand long-term relationships with colleges and
- Pursue on-going professional development by attending
conferences and college tours.
- Demonstrate proven ability to multi-task, organize events,
shift gears, make decisions quickly and most importantly, have
- Serve as a “lead counselor” to college counselors on staff;
provide supervision and mentoring.
We are looking for someone who is self-motivated, inquisitive,
creative, and appreciates being part of a highly qualified and
motivated team. Specifically, we seek someone with:
- Bachelor’s degree and experience in college admissions and/or
college counseling. Master’s degree strongly preferred.
- Possess an in-depth knowledge of colleges and universities as
well as an understanding of the current college admissions
- Proficiency in MS Office, specifically Word, Excel, PowerPoint,
and familiarity with using a student database for college
admissions such as Scoir or Naviance.
- Intimate knowledge of the financial aid process.
- Excellent communication, writing, and public-speaking
- Availability to work evenings and weekends for special
- Ability to coordinate and accomplish tasks in a deadline-driven
- A strong sense of ethics and professionalism.
- A team-oriented approach to all aspects of the college
counseling process and a collaborative spirit of engagement in all
- Commitment to building a diverse, equitable and inclusive
- Ability to work collaboratively on a team with humility,
patience, and a sense of humor.
- Experience working with high school students in an advanced and
specialized academic environment is preferable.
This is a full-time (12-month) position with State benefits and
salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. The
position start date is as soon as possible, but no later than July
We are especially interested in hearing from candidates who are
able to contribute to the diversity and excellence of our
community, which we consider indispensable to our future growth and
success. Applicants are encouraged to address how they might assist
GSSM in this way by discussing it in their cover letter.