Director of College Counseling

Germantown Friends School
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
May 17, 2022

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Position Type
Administrative, Student Affairs, Counseling, Other Student Affairs
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Employment Type
Full Time
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Germantown Friends School is seeking a Director of College Counseling to lead Upper School students through the college search and admissions process. This includes working closely with students, parents, and faculty; promoting a creative, exciting environment around the college-counseling process; encouraging and providing good communication among all constituencies related to the process; and facilitating and nurturing all activities that support the process.

The Director of College Counseling will set the strategy and philosophy of the College Counseling Office at Germantown Friends School in a very challenging college admissions environment.

Specific duties for the Director of College Counseling include:

  • Counseling individual students from 10th grade onward in highly personalized ways to learn about a student’s interests, abilities, talents, needs, and ambitions in connection with college or university study.
  • Maintaining close contact with the students’ families regarding all aspects of the college-counseling process.
  • Discovering and collecting information about the students relating to academics, athletics, co-curriculars, background, and social life as a framework for the school’s official college recommendation prepared by the College Counseling office.
  • Advising students about co-curricular opportunities to help grow their passions and strengths.
  • Providing financial-aid counseling for students and families.
  • Assisting in programming events and workshops that build education around the college-application process.
  • Maintaining close contact with admissions personnel in various colleges and universities, understanding the programs of those schools, and promoting visits to GFS by representatives of various colleges and universities.
  • Maintaining affiliations with professional organizations in support of the College Counseling program (e.g. NACAC, NAIS, PACIS).
  • Other duties as assigned by the Head of School.

The position requires a person who has a passion for working with adolescents and families, who possesses excellent communication skills, and who is highly organized to attend to essential details. Candidates should have substantial experience in either college admissions or secondary-school college counseling.


  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred.
  • Minimum five years of experience in college admissions or high school college counseling setting.
  • Excellence in writing and public speaking.
  • Experience with computer programs, including Cialfo and Google Suite.

To apply, send a cover letter, resume, and the names/contact information of three references to Please include “Director of College Counseling” in the subject line.

About Germantown Friends School
Germantown Friends School is a Quaker, independent, co-educational day school, serving early childhood‐12th grade. Located in northwest Philadelphia, the school is home to a vibrant intellectual community, located in a historic neighborhood, serving a diverse school community, with a robust educational program that is grounded in Quaker principles. For more information about the school, visit

Germantown Friends School is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity in its student body, faculty and staff. The school does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected class status. People demonstrating a commitment to diversity and multiculturalism in education are encouraged to apply. For more information about the school, please visit our website at

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