At Mercersburg, we value diversity and believe in cultivating a safe community where everyone is encouraged to be their authentic selves
Mercersburg Academy, an independent, co-educational, boarding school located in Mercersburg, Pennsylvania, was established in 1893. Mercersburg Academy offers a dynamic academic program to a diverse and close-knit community of learners. Students learn to think for themselves as they prepare for purposeful lives in a global community.
Mercersburg Academy seeks an Associate Director of College Counseling for the 2021-22 academic year, beginning August 2021. The successful candidate will assist with the ongoing implementation of a comprehensive, holistic, developmental and student-centered college counseling program. The Associate Director of College Counseling will be responsible for helping to ensure the realization of the Office of College Counseling’s vision statement and curriculum.
Responsibilities and Duties:
Educate students and parents about the college search and application process and counsel them thoughtfully and ethically on the choices they will make in the process;
Compose compelling and comprehensive school letters of recommendation for each senior advisee;
Meet with students in grades 9-12 (as a group and individually) to implement a developmental model of college counseling;
Read and provide feedback on college essays and supplemental writings;
Plan and conduct college information programs for the Academy throughout the year regarding college admission, office procedures, financial aid, etc.;
Create and maintain strong professional ties with college admission officers;
Willingness to attend national conferences and college tour programs;
Flexibility to arrange and attend individual college visits during academic year and the summer months;
Work as a member of a collaborative team;
Possess computer and technological competence including familiarity with MaiaLearning;
Use MaiaLearning with students, to communicate with parents, and to record details of meetings in journal entries;
Advise students on standardized testing options; Assist in the administration of standardized testing; Assist in managing test preparation program;
Implement and communicate to students and parents procedures and policies of the Office of College Counseling and Mercersburg Academy;
Perform other duties as assigned by the Director of College Counseling, Dean of Academics, Associate Head of School for School Life, or Head of School.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
The position requires someone who finds joy in working with adolescents in a residential setting and exhibits a passion for mentoring them as they work through the college admission process; writes and speaks well; is able to manage multiple tasks at the same time; understands the tasks required for students, parents, and teachers to successfully complete a college application; and will be a creative, flexible, and energetic member of the College Counseling team.
At least 3 years counseling or college admission experience, preferably in an independent boarding or day school environment or school counseling experience at a public high school with a high percentage of college bound students.
Prior knowledge of and ability to use MaiaLearning.
A valid driver’s license.
Interested candidate should submit a letter of interest and resume materials to "email@example.com".
About Mercersburg Academy
An independent college-preparatory school in south-central Pennsylvania, Mercersburg Academy offers a rigorous academic program to 440 boarding and day students from 27 states and 36 countries.