Nestled among five mountain ranges in the heart of iconic Sun Valley, Idaho, Community School is an independent pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade day and boarding school of 390 students.
From our campus to the wilderness, Community School’s mission is to inspire students to think critically, engage confidently, embrace challenges, and lead impactful, purposeful lives.
We seek to accomplish this mission through six guiding principles, which include: Using student inquiry and the application of critical thinking as our primary learning modalities; developing and facilitating students’ personal interests and passions; using the whole environment to promote a global perspective; creating inclusive learning environments; instilling a love of nature and environmental stewardship; encouraging students to seek new challenges and to push beyond their comfortable limits.
The Director of College Counseling leads the college counseling office and serves as the school’s primary source of support and guidance for students and families during all aspect of the college search and application process. This position includes travel, interviews with students and their families, telephone conversations, and written correspondence. The school seeks an experienced and inspirational Director of College Counseling to begin on or before July 1, 2018.
Lead and effectively manage the college counseling department, including supervision of the College Counseling Associate and collaboration with the Upper School administration, faculty, and advisors;
Oversee and continue to refine a comprehensive college counseling office that meets the needs of students and parents, grades 9-12;
Develop and implement an appropriate college counseling curriculum using Family Connection (Naviance);
Refine and implement a rolling three-year strategic plan (2018-21) for the office;
Provide guidance and counsel to students and their families in all phases of the college search and college application process, including standardized testing and financial aid;
Advise students and faculty advisors on course selection, registration, and consequences in the college selection process;
Provide guidance for the faculty as active advisors and teacher recommenders in the college admissions process;
Provide honest and supportive student evaluations/recommendations and appropriate advocacy during the college application and admissions process;
Represent and present the Community School to colleges and universities through visits and communication, and host college representatives who visit the school;
Cultivate long-term relationships and trust with colleges and universities;
Oversee the standardized testing (PSAT/SAT/ACT) process for the Upper School and assist in the coordination of student preparation for those tests;
Track and adapt to current trends in the college counseling profession and the field of higher education, and establish appropriate feedback loops for the office to maintain quality service and focus.
Candidates who wish to be considered for this position should have:
A detail-oriented approach, with exemplary writing, communication, public speaking, and organizational skills;
A strong work ethic, a willingness to initiate, and the ability to manage multiple priorities and deadlines;
The energy, patience, and sense of humor to thrive in a fast-paced environment with a wide range of constituencies;
A demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion;
Experience in a selective college counseling program or higher education admissions;
A Bachelor’s degree, with preference for an advanced degree;
A willingness to live in a small, vibrant resort community in the Rocky Mountains.
Please send an electronic cover letter, resumé, and at least three letters of reference by Oct. 15, 2017 to:
Community School seeks qualified applicants and will make all employment-related decisions without regard to race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, religion/spirituality, nationality or any other group.
Since its inception in 1973, Community School in Sun Valley has inspired its students to think critically, embrace challenges, and lead impactful, purposeful lives. The school serves more than 390 day and boarding students in grades pre-kindergarten through twelve. Close student-faculty relationships and experiential, project-centered learning define the school’s distinctive educational experience.