Director of College Counseling

Job Description

Description

Job Description

 

Job Overview

Dallas International School (DIS) is accredited by ISAS (Independent Schools Association of the Southwest), France's Ministry of Education, and the International Baccalaureate Organization.  

With 550 students of over 30 nationalities, DIS is an international school on a human scale and the only one with a French and multilingual curriculum in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, a city of seven million inhabitants which is in full demographic and economic expansion. DIS is proud to be one of the few schools globally to offer both the IB's Bilingual and Advanced Bilingual Diploma programs in a variety of languages. In addition to English and French, other languages currently taught in the school are Spanish, German and Mandarin Chinese.

The school offers a rigorous curriculum integrating the best practices of French and American education. Upon completion of the French Baccalaureate or the IB Diploma program, our students go to college in the United States or internationally in countries such as France, Canada, the United Kingdom, Spain or Australia, among others.

Desired Profile:

  • You view education as an emancipatory journey in which all students seek to realize their full potential so that they can one day contribute to the progress of humanity.
  • You are passionate about college counseling and are able to transmit your enthusiasm to the students in their search for the right university.
  • You enjoy supporting students not only academically, but also in their evolution as individuals, citizens and humans.
  • You wish to contribute to the dissemination of the mission and values of DIS.
  • You want to be deeply involved in the life of the school.
  • You possess strong communication skills to interact successfully with our students' families.
  • You have an excellent intercultural capacity to adapt to the diverse and enriching environment of an international school.


The Director of College Counseling will manage an outstanding, highly personalized and individualized college counseling program to ensure that students are aspirational about their college choices. The Director of College Counseling will work closely with both students and parents throughout all four high school years by educating them about the college application process to both US and international colleges and universities, guiding them through every step of the planning and execution of the application process, and counseling them as they determine their best match.

 

Job duties include but are not limited to the following:

  • Inspiring students to be ambitious about their studies and to take responsibility for their academic and personal progress in preparation for university applications.
  • Providing families with the latest college admission trends, information, advice, and counseling as they consider US and international higher education.
  • Developing appropriate grade-level programming all the way from 9th to 12th grade, including individual meetings and group seminars for students and evening programs for both students and parents.
  • Providing accurate advice and support to families about standardized testing, researching colleges, visiting colleges, essay writing, interviewing, and preparing applications.
  • Writing a compelling and anecdotal narrative for each student that serves as the college counselor letter of recommendation.
  • Supporting faculty as they write letters of recommendation.
  • Gathering all school-related supporting documents for each student and submitting them to each college.
  • Supporting the standardized testing coordinator with administering the PSAT, SAT, ACT, and AP exams.
  • Understanding the nuances of the International Baccalaureate and French Baccalaureate curriculums in order to represent them appropriately to college admission officers and to advocate for DIS students.
  • Staying informed on admissions and college counseling trends nationally and internationally and maintaining a presence in NACAC, TACAC, and other organizations.
  • Establishing and maintaining relationships with college and university admission officers and actively communicating with them to represent DIS and to advocate for students.
  • Welcoming college admission representatives to DIS throughout the school year and promoting college rep visits to students.
  • Making suggestions and encouraging students to engage in extracurricular activities and opportunities in school and in the community.
  • Serving on the Administrative Team and participating in weekly meetings.
  • Working closely with the Communications Team and the Admissions Office to share college counseling programs and accomplishments with current and prospective families.
  • Engaging in the life of the school by attending and having a presence at athletic events, concerts, and other community activities.
  • Being a supporting colleague and leader.


Qualifications

The ideal candidate will:

  • Have expertise in the college admissions and/or college counseling world through multiple years of experience in a college admissions office and/or a school with a strong college counseling program.
  • Have a bachelor’s degree and preferably a master’s degree, and/or a Texas Certification in School Counseling.
  • Have a desire to work in an international school with families representing backgrounds and experiences from across the planet.
  • Believe in and be excited to share the strengths of an international school, the International Baccalaureate program, and the French Baccalaureate program.
  • Be a compelling speaker and writer.
  • Have competency with software programs and be willing to use SCOIR and other college counseling software.
  • Be an outstanding and collaborative colleague with a tremendous work ethic and sense of humor.

 

Required Documents: 

In order to complete the application process, interested candidates must forward the following documentation:

  • A resume or curriculum vitae.
  • A cover letter. 
  • A minimum of two recommendation letters (at least one from a former or current supervisor).
  • A copy of official transcripts (these must be provided if offered the position).

 

Benefits:

  • Medical insurance – health, dental, vision.
  • Time Off - paid time off, sick time, and very generous vacation.
  • 403(b) employer matching.
  • Free French classes and discounted language classes at our Language Institute.

 

This job description is not necessarily a comprehensive definition of the post. It may be subject to modification or amendment at any time at the discretion of the Head of School.

The above responsibilities are subject to the general duties and responsibilities contained in the employee’s Conditions of Employment. This job description allocates duties and responsibilities but does not direct the particular amount of time to be spent carrying them out and no part of it may be so construed. This job description is not necessarily a comprehensive definition of the post. It may be subject to modification or amendment at any time after consultation with the holder of the post.

Dallas International School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs. Dallas International School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin in its hiring of faculty and staff members.


   
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