Berkeley Carroll is a Pre-K through grade 12 college preparatory school of 980 students located in the Park Slope section of New York City. Our vibrant intellectual community draws students from all over the city; admission to the school is competitive, and both our parents and students value academic excellence.
The College Counselor reports to the Director of College Counseling and is an integral part of a three-person counseling team, in addition to a full-time College Counseling Assistant, offering a comprehensive college counseling program serving primarily juniors and seniors with additional support for sophomores and freshmen and their families on an as-needed basis.
In addition to providing college counseling to students and parents/guardians through group work, class meetings, parent programs, the College Counselor proactively partners with each student and his/her family in an affirmative, transformational process, matching student strengths with the best possible post-secondary options, setting him/her on the road for continued growth and success.
The College Counselor guides families utilizing an expert degree of knowledge, counseling, networking, and skill, serving as an advocate for each student, composing personalized letters of recommendation, and providing advice informed by relationships and active membership in professional organizations.
Berkeley Carroll is committed to an inclusive program and a diverse faculty and student body. Candidates with a demonstrated commitment to and experience with diversity, equity or inclusion work are especially encouraged to apply.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Manage a caseload of 30-40 juniors and seniors, providing strategies, support, and guidance throughout the college process and in making the best individual choice for college.
Meet with students individually and in groups to educate and empower them navigating the college process, interpret admissions trends, and investigate individual college options.
Assist students in identifying resources for need- and merit-based scholarships and financial aid for colleges and universities.
Advocate for students throughout the application process, including writing a detailed, personalized, and timely written evaluation for 30 members of the senior class
Provide support to students in writing college essays and completing applications
Submit all school materials required for a student’s college application in a timely fashion
Contribute to a range of ongoing projects with a high level of organization and initiative (i.e. standardized test prep, scholarship database, work with deans and advisors, etc.)
Continually renew knowledge about a wide-range of colleges and universities and the programs and experiences they offer and stay informed about the ever-changing college admission landscape by reading industry publications, following list-serves and websites, etc.
Develop and maintain strong relationships with college admissions officers
Represent BC at relevant state and national conferences and workshops, interact with college representatives during on-campus and high school visits
Participating in the life of BC, including after-school meetings and evening programs
A bachelor’s degree is required; a master's degree is preferred
At least 3 to 5 years’ prior experience in college counseling or college admissions
Understand the objectives and mission of an independent college-preparatory school
Work effectively in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment while maintaining a supportive and approachable demeanor
Value diversity and inclusion; possess a proven dedication to working with diverse populations
Outstanding interpersonal skills and a dedication to a high level of confidentiality
Exceptional written and oral communication skills
Excellent organizational skills: detail-oriented and able to work collaboratively
Strong work ethic and high level of integrity
Technologically savvy and familiarity with Naviance Student is preferred
High-energy and enthusiasm for working in an academic setting
Teaching experience is a plus.
About The Berkeley Carroll School
The Berkeley Carroll School is an independent, nonsectarian, coed pre-kindergarten through 12th Grade day school in Park Slope, Brooklyn. The school is a creative and intellectual community where devoted teachers challenge and engage talented students. Its demanding curriculum and vibrant civic life prepare graduates for success in college and for the greater endeavor—a life of critical, ethical, and global thinking. For more information, visit www.berkeleycarroll.org