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Oakwood School is a K-12 coeducational day school in North Hollywood, California that opened its doors in 1951. The school has remained faithful to its original mission ever since: “to create a diverse educational environment where young people are partners with the adults who teach them and learn from them; where the best means of preparing students for the future is to immerse them in the present; where a healthy learning environment requires joy and humor as well as rigorous intensity; and where students’ intellectual and aesthetic depth – along with their capacity for empathy and moral courage – emerge out of authentic engagement with their teachers, one another, and the world around them.”

Position Summary:
Under the supervision of two Co-Directors of College Counseling, the Director/Associate Director of College Counseling (title to be determined based on experience) will work in concert with the department to provide comprehensive college counseling to grades 9-12. The Director/Associate Director must possess a nuanced understanding of highly selective admissions processes that will equip them to provide individualized and specific college counseling services for students with a range of interests and talents, including exceptional artistic and athletic abilities. The candidate must have excellent counseling, listening, organizational and communication skills. The Director/Associate Director must have prior experience with admission strategy, including college list building, course scheduling, standardized test advising, essay review, and interview preparation. They should be accustomed to working in a fast-paced environment that includes high volume responsibility and atypical or unpredictable hours and tasks.  An easy-going personality and great sense of humor are essential traits, as is an unwavering work ethic and a love of working with teenagers.

Oakwood is proud to serve a diverse community of students: ethnically, racially, socioeconomically, and culturally. Our students are also diverse in their learning styles, as well as in the backgrounds and composition of their families. The candidate should possess an abundance of sensitivity, compassion, and discretion in working with our students and their families. And, while we expect that the candidate will be able to partner with all of the school’s constituencies, building trusted relationships with students and their families is key.

Duties and Responsibilities (include but are not limited to):

  • Manage the college counseling process for approximately 30 sophomores, juniors, and seniors per class, including academic scheduling.
  • Meet with seniors as needed to create and finalize college lists, review essays, proofread/edit applications, etc.
  • Author highly personalized letters of recommendation for high school seniors.
  • Demonstrate a willingness to join the larger Oakwood community through participation in myriad campus events.
  • Commit to engage in campus-wide diversity, equity, and inclusion work by joining affinity groups, participating in Diversity Week, and earnestly dialoguing with students and colleagues on these issues.
  • Participate in all office-sponsored programming and show enthusiasm for enhancing or reimagining programming.
  • Utilize college counseling technology (ie: Scoir, College Kickstart) to both guide students through the college selection process and manage enrollment data.
  • Show willingness to learn technological skills and/or systems in order to manage and assess current practices.
  • Handle highly sensitive material with discretion.
  • Engage in professional development opportunities, such as visiting colleges and universities throughout the academic year and representing Oakwood at national and regional college admission counseling conferences.
  • Meet with college representatives (both on campus and through professional development opportunities) in order to establish and/or develop collegial relationships.
  • Advise a group of approximately 15 high school students and lead them through weekly social-emotional curriculum.
  • Collaborate with College Counseling team to create publications for internal and external use.

Key Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required/Master’s degree preferred.
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in college counseling and/or college admissions.
  • Outstanding written, oral, interpersonal, and presentation skills.
  • Willingness and agility in implementing new procedures and strategies in the ever-evolving college admissions landscape.
  • Technological proficiency and an openness to learn.
  • Strong organizational and problem-solving skills.
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Interested candidates should email Steffany Perez, Co-Director of College Counseling at sperez@oakwoodschool.org with:

  • Cover letter expressing interest in the position
  • Current resume

Reports to: Secondary School Principal (if Co-Director position), or Co-Directors of College Counseling (if Associate)
Department: College Counseling
FLSA Classification: Exempt
This position description reflects the general duties of the job but is not intended to be a detailed description of all duties which may be inherent to the position.
Oakwood School is an equal opportunity employer committed to cultural diversity in our workforce.

To apply for this job email your details to sperez@oakwoodschool.org