Associate Director of College Counseling

Pomfret School. Pomfret, CT

Accredited by CAIS-CT

Pomfret School, a co-ed, independent, college preparatory boarding and day school consisting of 360 students in grades 9 – PG, is seeking an Associate Director of College Counseling. Immediate start date is preferred. 

Pomfret prides itself on recruiting and supporting administrators and teachers who are leaders and learners and who are deeply devoted to cultivating curiosity and love of learning in our students. An educator at Pomfret is committed to excellent teaching in service of the Mission of the School and its students. Pomfret administrators and teachers create learning environments designed to fulfill the goals of the School's program, a commitment to diversity, and the Vision of the Pomfret Graduate. Faculty at Pomfret embrace the boarding school lifestyle and are committed to educating the whole child. They appropriately challenge students, and support and guide them to reach their potential in the academic arena, on the playing fields, in the dormitories, and within the overall community.

Successful applicants are dynamic individuals able to thrive in a fast-paced yet rewarding environment. Faculty positions report primarily to the Associate Head of School and requisite Department Chair, which in this case is the Director of College Counseling, while receiving responsibility-specific feedback from the leaders of the other programs served. The Associate Director of College Counseling role is a full-time, academic year position, and will begin immediately. As is our standard, all faculty positions at Pomfret School are one-year appointments to be reconsidered annually.

Job Purpose: The primary role of each of our two Associate Directors of College Counseling is to guide every year approximately one-third of the graduating class (about 40 students) to their best post-secondary match. Counselees are assigned to their counselor in November of their junior year. 

Essential Responsibilities & Duties:

  • Get to know each counselee’s background, interests, talents, and achievements
  • Respond to communication from students and families in a timely and effective manner
  • Assist counselees in their academic planning, i.e., course selection
  • Work with counselees to develop an appropriate list of prospective colleges and to request teacher recommendations
  • Review each counselee’s college applications as necessary
  • Advocate for each counselee as appropriate, primarily through a comprehensive written evaluation
  • Work with each counselee’s family as necessary to ensure financial aid documents are submitted properly and on time
  • Submit each counselee’s supporting documents on time to colleges
  • Lead a comprehensive parent communication and education plan
  • Learn about colleges and foster relationships with college admissions representatives primarily by visiting in person approximately 17 colleges per year; do some online research (e.g., virtual tours) of colleges 
  • Host college admissions representatives on our campus
  • Assist the director in planning and executing on-campus college counseling events for prospective and current students, and their families
  • Other duties as assigned pertaining to the success of the college counseling team

Other core responsibilities for this position will include:

  • Coaching or supervising an athletic team or afternoon program for the equivalent of one out of three seasons
  • Serving as a faculty advisor to a small group of students
  • Possibly living in a dormitory and/or participating in the residential life program, which includes a rotation of weeknight and weekend responsibilities
  • Participating in the School’s student life program, QUEST
  • Pursuing continuous professional growth and development
  • Attending faculty meetings, school meetings, chapel services, and other required school functions

Additional responsibilities include:

  • Knowing, understanding and committing to the Mission and Vision of Pomfret School
  • Building positive and appropriate relationships with students and colleagues
  • Designing, facilitating and/or supporting rigorous and empowering learning that is student-centered, relevant, and meaningful
  • Valuing the diverse thoughts, perspectives, learning abilities and life experiences of students and colleagues
  • Collaborating with colleagues to create programs (academic, extracurricular, dormitory, QUEST, Project Pomfret, etc.) that enhance the growth and learning of students while fulfilling the goals of Pomfret’s Mission and Vision
  • Managing relationships with parents that support the social and emotional well-being, intellectual development, and independent personal responsibility of students
  • Cultivating the discipline, habits, and mindsets of a reflective practitioner by seeking feedback, documenting his/her learning, and establishing related goals and action plans that target student outcomes
  • Using time between school years to maintain current knowledge of his or her discipline, to review and revise curriculum, and to grow their repertoire of teaching and learning strategies

A committed, team player who is/has:

  • Dedicated to supporting the Mission of the School and Vision of the Pomfret Graduate
  • Passionate about, comfortable with, and find enjoyment in working with adolescents
  • Able to relate well to all constituents in a school community
  • Organized, diligent, and possess a strong, proactive work ethic
  • Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Able to communicate clearly, in a timely manner, and with confidentially with students, parents, and colleagues
  • An ability to multi-task and able to fulfill many responsibilities with diligence, resilience, poise, and a sense of humor
  • Familiarity with a broad range of colleges
  • Willingness to participate fully in the life of a vibrant boarding school community
  • Willingness to participate in professional organizations such as ACCIS, NACAC, and NEACAC

Preferred candidates will have ideally five or more years of experience in a competitive college admissions office and/or independent school setting and a familiarity with a broad range of colleges. Candidates must have a strong desire to live and work in a boarding school environment. Candidates deemed most qualified hold advanced degrees.

Interested candidates should prepare a cover letter, current resume or CV, and contact information for at least three professional references, and email them to Richard K. Dempsey, Associate Head of School, at hiring@pomfret.org. When communicating by email, please include “College Counseling position” in the subject line of your message.

At Pomfret, we value diversity and always employ, retain, promote, and otherwise treat all employees and job applicants based on merit, qualifications, competence, and talent. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religion, color, national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Pomfret School is a member of SPHERE, a consortium of eleven Hartford-area independent schools committed to broadening diversity of our student bodies, administration, faculty and staff.