Metairie Park Country Day School seeks an Associate Director/Director of College Counseling who will support a growingly diverse community of students as they navigate their individual college searches, applications, and matriculation processes. The Associate Director/Director of College Counseling is a full-time, 10-month position, reporting to the Director of College Counseling and can anticipate managing the college application process for thirty to forty families per year. A department of two, the Director and Associate Director/Director, work in close collaboration. The ideal candidate will be an effective counselor with a demonstrated interest in and capacity for working with high school students and their families as well as college representatives, faculty, and administrators. Essential skills include centering students in the process, excellent written and verbal communication skills, strong public speaking and organizational skills, the ability to have honest and straight forward conversations, and the ability to meet, as well as support students and faculty in meeting deadlines. Expertise in college admission counseling and upper/high school college counseling is essential. Cultural competency, eagerness to collaborate, and respecting sensitive and confidential issues are vital in this role.
Duties and Responsibilities:
-Creating a warm, responsive, and inclusive space for all Metairie Park Country Day community members and visitors -Working in collaboration with the college counseling team in the continued development of a comprehensive college counseling program that meets the needs of the MPCDS community -Counseling approximately 30-40 seniors and their families through the college search and application process beginning in the junior year -Group advising freshmen and sophomores -Communicating regularly and effectively with parents regarding the college admission process -Writing compelling and authentic letters of recommendation for students -Working collaboratively with students, faculty, and administrators on course selection -Hosting 100+ college representatives on-campus annually -Coordinating AP Testing -Speaking and co-facilitating at college counseling, transition, and financial aid related programming as well as parent nights, panels and forums throughout the year -Participating in local and national associations relevant to the profession, including NACAC, SACAC, the College Board, and ACCIS -Attending conferences and touring colleges throughout the year -Willingness to engage actively in the Metairie Park Country Day School community
-A bachelor’s degree; master’s degree preferred -Experience in college counseling, college admissions, or school counseling with an understanding of the current college admission landscape -Demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusion with a high level of cultural competency/fluency and willingness to support all students identities -Knowledge of financial aid processes across income levels; no need, middle and low income, and Pell Grant eligible -Interest and desire to know various college environments including selective, historically black, community and state colleges and universities and understand the importance of community fit -Polished oral, written, telephone, and e-mail communication skills; ability to communicate effectively with colleagues and a wide variety of constituents -Excellent planning, prioritization, and organizational skills with the ability to successfully manage multiple tasks -Proficiency with essential Web-based platforms, such as SCOIR and Google Suite -Flexible and resilient problem-solver with a demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively -A student-centered focus throughout the college admissions process with the ability to develop strong relationships with students and to assist them in relating their skills, aptitudes, and interests to current and future goals and college plans -Creativity and openness to innovation coupled with the capacity to understand the existing culture and rich history of Metairie Park Country Day School and the unique culture of New Orleans -Willingness to serve as an ambassador for the School, both internally and externally -Ability to maintain strict confidentiality
Interested parties may forward a cover letter, a resume, and a list of three to five references to Paul_Casadaban@mpcds.com and should include “College Counselor Position” in the subject line of the email. Applicants should submit documents in PDF or MS Word format and label them as follows: "Full Name-Document Type". For example, John Doe-Resume, John Doe-Cover Letter, etc.
Although emailing is preferred, application materials may also be physically mailed to the following address:
Mr. Paul Casadaban
Human Resources Manager
Metairie Park Country Day School
300 Park Road Metairie, LA 70005
Metairie Park Country Day School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, veteran status, age, disability or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.
In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.
About Metairie Park Country Day School
OUR MISSION: Metairie Park Country Day School enriches the lives of talented young people in a dynamic learning environment, building strength of intellect and strength of character within a community that is simultaneously challenging and supportive. Our students learn to be flexible, to be adaptable, and to face the challenges of life with honor, optimism, confidence, creativity, and a sense of humor.
Metairie Park Country Day School was founded in 1929 on a 15-acre campus located in an attractive residential neighborhood north of downtown New Orleans. The School has a stable and growing enrollment of approximately 730 students in Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade and sends its seniors to competitive colleges. Country Day has 96 teaching faculty, many of whom have advanced degrees and a long tenure with the School. The faculty to student ratio is approximately one to 8.7. While the School has a demanding course of study, with a number of opportunities to take electives, it comes out of a progressive tradition that puts a premium on challenging students to excel within their own frameworks of talent and ambition in a highly interactive environment. Values emphasized are ...a love of learning for its own sake, individual responsibility, critical thinking, strength of intellect, strength of character, creativity and self-expression, and communal values.
In supporting the character formation of each student, Country Day strives to sustain an atmosphere in which faculty, staff, parents, alumni, and others work together to foster a caring and nurturing environment. Students are encouraged to be tolerant of other views, to be morally responsible, to be adaptable to a changing world, to recognize and act upon a sense of social responsibility, and to see themselves as individuals who are also active members of a vibrant larger community. The School has a strong co-curricular program, including successful athletic teams in which most students participate, a fine instrumental and choral program, and a sturdy commitment to community service, all of which are actively supported by parents and alumni.
The current Head, Mr. Matt Neely, was appointed in 2017.
The School operates with an annual budget of $15 million. Various capital campaigns have raised the funds to upgrade school facilities over the past ten years including, most recently, raising funds to renovate and expand the Coleman Family Dining Room, build a new Science and Engineering Building, and renovate our Art and Lower School Science Building. Even while raising funds for these large capital projects, the Country Day Fund, our school’s annual giving campaign, continues to enjoy historic levels of financial support and unprecedented levels of participation across all constituencies.
Country Day accepts qualified students without regard to race, color, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion, national or ethnic origin.