Assistant/Associate Director of College Counseling

Georgetown Day School opened its doors in 1945 as the first integrated school in a segregated city. Governed by a Board of Trustees elected by the parent body and administered by an appointed Head of School, it was founded by seven families who wanted to create a school committed not only to academic excellence and educational innovation but also to a value system emphasizing appreciation and respect for others. Believing that diversity was the ground out of which all deep and rich learning occurs, they established a school where all children would be welcome, celebrated, and challenged to be their best selves.
 
Today, the School's philosophy, programs, and position in the national educational landscape strongly reflect its roots. Having grown from 12 children in 1945 to 1075 students in PK-12 today, GDS is recognized as one of Washington, D.C.’s and the nation’s most dynamic educational institutions.
 

Georgetown Day School, an independent day school in Washington, D.C., invites applications for an Assistant/Associate Director of College Counseling. The College Counseling team at GDS is a mission-driven, collaborative group that guides students and families through the college process with a focus on wellness and balance. Our philosophy of equitable and accessible college counseling centers on student empowerment, self-advocacy and authentic self-reflection. The Assistant/Associate Director will work as part of a team, expertly guiding students to identify colleges and universities that match their goals and values, developing strong relationships with students and families, and providing sound advice at every step of the college process. As a diverse, inclusive school devoted to preparing our students to live and work in an increasingly globalized and multicultural society, GDS is particularly interested in professionals with demonstrated interest and experience in working in such a school setting.

 

Key responsibilities include:


 

  • Advising and supporting approximately ¼ of each class through all phases of the college process. Counseling students and families with empathy and compassion through the stresses and challenges of the college search, application and enrollment process.


 

  • Playing a key role in the development of an Anti-Racist college counseling program in collaboration with school leadership


 

  • Writing detailed, personal and incisive letters of recommendation in support of counselees 


 

  • Communicating clearly and effectively with students and parents on all issues and trends related to college admissions, standardized testing and financial aid


 

  • Working closely with the College Counseling team to organize and run college counseling events and to develop new programming, including early engagement for ninth and tenth grade students

 

  • Staying abreast of new programs and policies at colleges and universities through professional conferences, college tours, reading of relevant publications and networking


 

  • Developing and maintaining strong relationships with admissions officers at a wide array of colleges and universities


 

  • Representing GDS (its curriculum, mission and students) to colleges and universities in a manner that highlights the unique attributes of a GDS education 


 

  • Participating fully in the life of the school through faculty meetings, in-service learning opportunities, and student advising.

 

Key requirements and qualifications:

Successful candidates will have a minimum of 3-7 years of relevant experience in selective college admissions or college counseling and a B.A. or B.S. degree. Candidates must also possess excellent communication skills - be a strong writer, a compelling speaker, a thoughtful listener, and have strong time-management skills. Empathy, energy, flexibility, maturity, optimism and a strong work ethic will be highly valued in this position, as well as the ability to thrive in a dynamic and fast-paced office environment that encourages collaboration, mutual respect, compassion and care.

 

Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and list of three references using our online application system. To apply and to find out more about the school, candidates should visit our website at www.gds.org. 

How to Apply

Coronavirus Safety

  • Screenings the night before and morning of being on-campus
  • Required face coverings
  • 6 feet physical distancing
  • PPE freely available including 
    • Cloth mask
    • Surgical mask
    • Face shield
    • Goggles
    • Stylus (for touching shared screens such as copiers or time clocks)
  • Classrooms and shared offices spaces equipped with sanitizer dispensers, microfiber cloths, and cleaning spray bottle
  • Signs throughout the building, including posters for every classroom with health and safety reminders
  • Additional HEPA filtration devices in all classrooms and shared office spaces
  • Required GDS-specific health and safety video training 
  • Ongoing COVID-19 testing for staff and students

See our Hopping into 2020 site for more information about our reopening plan.

Non-Discrimination Policy

Georgetown Day School does not discriminate in its educational, admissions, and personnel programs and policies or activities on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion or religious creed, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, disability or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state or local law.

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