College Counselor

Posted on: January 8, 2019

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

Bachelor degree required, Masters preferred.
Positive interpersonal relations with students
Strong organizational skills.
Ability to prioritize tasks and multi-task.
Strong oral and written communication skills
3+ years’ experience in a counselor position
Ability to balance administrative and support services efficiently

Provide student support to Seniors with a focus on college applications and enrollment.

PERFORMANCE RESPONSIBILITIES *perform other duties as assigned.
The first priority of the College Counselor is to ensure that students are applying for and enrolling in college.

Parents and students
Manage a caseload of students, providing strategies, advice, support and guidance to those students and their families from the application process throughout their time here to making the best individualized choice for college.
Meet with students individually and in groupings to educate and empower them on how to navigate the college process, admissions trends, and individual college options.
Counsel and assist students to identify resources for scholarships and financial aid for colleges and universities.
Conduct course selection group sessions for students and parents.
Provide consultation/conference service for Upper School parents and teacher.
Provide summary reports to the Principal
Produce regular communications targeting juniors and seniors throughout the school year
Administer NCAA compliance procedures for student-athletes
Provide group guidance activities such as PSAT/SAT interpretations, college selection and admissions information, etc.

College Guidance
Provide student and parent updates throughout the year on college application and scholarship information and deadlines.
Create and submit materials to colleges in support of college applicants, including transcripts and references/recommendations. May include coordinating the faculty writing of requested recommendation for students applying to college.
Cultivate mutually beneficial working relationships with college admissions professionals and local area college counseling colleagues. Facilitate visits between students and college representatives on campus. Arrange and direct visits to relevant colleges and college fairs.
Visit college campuses to stay abreast of university offerings and become familiar with the nuances of signature programs.
Track trends in admissions and college counseling fields.
Manage the Dual Enrollment/Dual Credit program. Be the liaison between higher education dual enrollment/dual credit partners and NLCP.
Manage the Dual Enrollment/Dual Credit credentialing needs of adjunct faculty with assistance from Executive Leadership.
Provide college scholarship resources; organize financial aid workshops.
Serve as liaison between NLCP and college and scholarship services.

Use of Naviance
Self-Discovery: Utilize assessments to help students to identify their strengths, personality types and how they can capitalize on these in order to find their educational path.
Career Exploration: Help students to see careers that align with their strengths and personality.
Academic Planning: Help students chart their course toward higher education and the academic path that is necessary to follow to achieve this.
College Planning: Lead students in the exploration of “best-fit” college options, gain an understanding of their admissions chances/opportunities/obstacles, and help them to streamline the complexities that must be navigated in order to reach gain admission to the college of their choice.
eDocs: Instruct and utilize the eDocs component of Naviance as a resource to students in the college search and application process.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk, hear, and use hand and fingers to operate a computer keyboard and telephone. Frequent sitting and occasional walking are also required.