WHAT DOES A COLLEGEWISE COLLEGE COUNSELOR DO?
As a college counselor, you will work with a caseload of 30–60 students—most of whom are juniors and seniors—to help them find and apply to the right colleges for them. To build your caseload, you’ll also speak in public and develop honest relationships with high schools and counselors in your community. You’ll work hard, sometimes in the evenings and on Saturdays during the busy fall season. But you’ll be helping kids and parents, working with smart, passionate people, and doing it all in an entrepreneurial environment that has absolutely no connection to US News rankings.
Every college counselor who joins us completes an initial 40-hour training, followed by mentoring, support, and ongoing professional development. But we’ll also be looking for your ideas about how we can better accomplish all of the goals above.
You wouldn’t be crossing over to the for-profit version of the dark side here, either. We have an excellent reputation with both high school counselors and admissions officers. In our spare time, our counselors volunteer with several organizations committed to improving access to higher education for under-resourced students. We present at NACAC and local ACACs, we recycle, and we are really proud of the amazing families we serve. Yes, we’re biased, but really, this is a pretty great place to come to work every day.
While Collegewise was founded in 1999, the Westport office opened in 2014 and has experienced fabulous growth. You’d be joining our director, Amy Chatterjee, a veteran counselor of 15 years, as well as an entire network of experienced Collegewisers across the country. In New Jersey, you’d be joining our directors, Rhiannon Schade and Nan Yuasa, and learning from some of the best minds in college counseling.
WHAT'S THE NEXT STEP?
If your interest is piqued, get to know us a little better on our website. Find out more about what we do, who you’d be working with, and what we believe. If you like what you read and think you could find a professional home here, please email a résumé and cover letter to email@example.com, and use the subject line, “College Counselor: Westport” or “College Counselor: Millburn and Closter,” depending on your location.
Like a great college essay, an effective cover letter should help us get to know who you really are. Don’t be afraid to be yourself—smart, thoughtful, or maybe even funny. Just don’t be generic. You might also consider checking out our founder and president’s five tips for job seekers.
This position starts at $45-55K depending on experience, with room for future growth in both salary and responsibility. We’d like new hires to start in the spring of 2017, but we will adjust the start dates to accommodate the right people. If you have questions about the job, please email us at the above address rather than call us. We promise to respond to you quickly.
Thanks for reading our post. We’d love to hear from you, but if we don’t, we hope you find the perfect professional fit someplace else.