Brentwood School, a vibrant and diverse K-12 independent school, is seeking resumes from qualified candidates interested in a full time Director of College Counseling to begin in July 2020. This position reports directly to the Upper School Director. The Director of College Counseling is a member of the Upper School Administrative Team and the Brentwood School (K-12) Leadership Team. The ideal candidate will be team-oriented with an interest in working with high school students, their families, college representatives, faculty and administrators. This is a 12 month position with a workload that can vary greatly during the course of the year.
The principal responsibilities of the Director of College Counseling include:
Leading and effectively managing the college counseling department including four Associate Directors and one full time support staff member
Advising students and families as they move through the college research, application, and selection process
Writing letters of recommendation
Reviewing, adjusting, and improving the college counseling program each year.
Executing on-campus programs and workshops for parents, students and college admissions representatives
Advising on course selection, registration, and consequences in the college selection process
Preparing regular mailings and electronic communication to parents in tandem with the communications staff
Overseeing progress through the fall process of finalizing college lists and sending off applications
Visiting college campuses to establish and maintain mutually beneficial relationships with college admission staffs
Representing Brentwood School at national and regional conferences
Guiding the work of the office through weekly department meetings
Attending weekly faculty and administrative meetings
Preparing and presenting to the Board of Trustees regular reports on the college admission process, placement, and national trends
Attending regular curriculum committee meetings
Advising faculty in their writing of college recommendations
Work with various personnel who support the college counseling process, including the Liaison for Student Athletes and the Essay Writing Coach
Establishing and maintaining a yearly budget
Sharing chaperone responsibilities with the College Counseling Team for Brentwood’s East and West Coast College Trips
Engaging actively in the Brentwood School community, including attending student performances, athletics events, social activities and serving as an advisor
Organizing and implementing the annual Essay Writing Workshop for seniors
Desirable attributes include:
A detail-oriented approach to work and outstanding communication skills including writing, listening, and public speaking
The ability to work collaboratively with the administration, faculty, and other key members of the Brentwood community
The energy, patience, and sense of humor necessary to work effectively with high-school students and their families
Proficiency in MS Office, specifically Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, and the ability to learn additional software such as Naviance and PowerSchool
Ideal candidates should have extensive experience in selective college admissions and/or college counseling
A demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion
An interest in and openness to professional growth and development
An advanced degree is strongly preferred
Brentwood School is dedicated to the creation of a diverse faculty and staff that better represents our student body and the city of Los Angeles. For further information about Brentwood School, please visit the school’s website: www.bwscampus.com.
Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest, resume, and three references electronically to
Administrative Assistant to Upper School Director
About Brentwood School
Mission & Values
Brentwood School is a vibrant and diverse community whose purpose is to promote personal and intellectual growth.
We provide challenging, engaging programs in a nurturing learning environment, devoting care and attention to every student. Embracing high standards of character, commitment, and achievement.
Brentwood School encourages students to think critically and creatively and to act ethically.
In its relatively short history, Brentwood School has grown to be one of the premier independent day schools in Southern California. Founded as a non-profit corporation in 1972, Brentwood School acquired the Brentwood Military Academy, which had existed since 1902.
Brentwood School opened in the fall of 1972 as a co-educational, college preparatory day school with grades 6-10. Grade 11 was added in fall 1973, and the school graduated its first senior class in June 1975.