National Cathedral School (NCS) announces a search for an experienced Director of College Guidance. This is a full-time, 12-month, administrative staff position that will begin on July 1, 2019.
NCS seeks applicants with a vision for advancing an individualized, student-centered model for college guidance, the ability to develop supportive relationships with families, and a commitment to serving students from diverse backgrounds. Candidates must have a strong understanding of the developmental needs of adolescents and be attuned to the changing nature of the college admissions process. In addition, candidates must possess a thorough understanding of financial aid, standardized testing, and knowledge of secondary and college/university curricula. Qualified candidates must have excellent writing and communication skills, exceptional interpersonal skills, and an above-average ability to organize and meet deadlines. The ideal candidate will also exhibit creativity, enthusiasm, and a demonstrated interest in working with teenagers.
The director collaboratively leads the college guidance office in the development of educational programming for students, parents, and college admissions representatives and in the counsel of students and families through all phases of the college admissions process. The director serves on several academic committees, engages in significant work with department chairs and class deans, advises students on course selections, oversees faculty writing of student recommendations, and manages a caseload of 40-45 students. The director must be willing to work outside of school hours (including for travel) on nights and weekends, as needed, and serve other duties typical for faculty and staff. The director prepares regular updates for the Head of School and Governing Board and reports to the Associate Head/Head of the Upper School.
Qualified applicants hold a bachelor’s degree (master’s degree preferred) and at least five years of experience in college counseling/admissions. Salaries are competitive, based on experience. NCS is committed to leadership in multicultural education and a culturally diverse faculty and staff. The school therefore seeks applications from candidates who will contribute to an atmosphere in which all are valued and supported.
National Cathedral School serves 585 students in grades 4 through 12. Faculty and staff are curious intellectually, flexible, collaborative, and view education as an engaging vocation. Students thrive in an intellectual environment and love to be challenged. NCS graduates are recognized as highly motivated and confident. Faculty and staff maintain a lively conversation about the meaning of an excellent education, an interest in pedagogy, and innovative uses of technology. As an Episcopal school, NCS welcomes people of all backgrounds and faiths while maintaining a close identity with Washington National Cathedral's commitment to being a house of prayer for all people. Located in Northwest Washington on 59 beautiful acres, the Cathedral Close is home to NCS, St. Albans School, and Beauvoir: The National Cathedral Elementary School.
Interested candidates should send an electronic application that includes a brief cover letter and résumé; a writing sample; and the names and contact information of three to five references. Please email these materials and a link to the portfolio as one combined attachment, in Word or PDF format, with “Director of College Guidance” in the subject line to: firstname.lastname@example.org.