Assistant Director of College Counseling
Lakeside School 2 reviews - Seattle, WA

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Assistant Director of College Counseling

Full Time (1.0 FTE) / Extended Year

Lakeside School, an independent coeducational day school located in North Seattle, is currently recruiting for a full-time Assistant Director of College Counseling for an extended year school position (beginning roughly in mid-August and ending roughly in early July).


The Assistant Director of College Counseling will join a well-established team of colleagues who are energetic and collaborative and will have a crucial role in working with the new director to guide the team in crafting, articulating and implementing a long-term vision for the college counseling program. The candidate will be expected to support students annually through the college search and application process; to keep the team abreast of trends and issues in the field through travel to professional conferences and college campuses; to devise and execute new methods of educating all Lakeside constituents on the landscape of selective college admission; and to work with the director on creating and implementing new programs to support students and families through the process.

The specific responsibilities of the position include:
  • Counsel, support, and mentor a group of 30 - 40 students and their families through the college selection and application process each year, including writing individualized recommendations for each counselee;
  • Educate the Lakeside community of students, families, teachers, and advisors about current trends, match, and fit in the college search and application process;
  • Advise the team and offer expertise to students, families and school administrators on what makes college applications stand out;
  • Visit and expand Lakeside’s network with colleges and universities in order to learn about options for students and to further educate these institutions about Lakeside;
  • Create dynamic communications and presentations for Lakeside families, administrators, and trustees;
  • Work with the middle and upper school directors and assistant directors, as well as with other program directors, to develop a strong school-wide understanding of how changes to curriculum and extracurricular opportunities can impact college admission decisions;
  • Devise new and effective methods of helping admission offices understand the high caliber of Lakeside School, its curriculum, and its students, and;
  • Actively participate in regional, state, and national professional organizations.
Requirements and Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree is required; master’s degree is preferred. In addition, successful candidates will have five or more years of relevant experience in either selective college admissions and/or college counseling in independent schools. He or she will possess excellent skills in listening, counseling, verbal and written communication, public speaking, technology, flexibility, creativity, and a proclivity for employing new approaches to his or her work. Strong organizational and time management skills are required and successful candidates must be able to work occasional evenings and weekends to support college counseling programs and to travel to colleges and conferences. Finally, candidates must satisfactorily complete a criminal background check .

Compensation and Benefits

Lakeside School is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding faculty candidates who will add to the racial, cultural, economic and gender diversity of our school community. We provide a competitive compensation package which includes, but is not limited to, a monthly salary, excellent health and welfare benefits, access to funds for professional development, housing down payment assistance program, and school-provided lunches. Additionally, Lakeside offers Faculty and Staff opportunities to participate in non-classroom teaching programs such as Global Service Learning, Summer School, coaching, etc., for extra compensation.

Additional Information

Lakeside School was founded in 1919, and currently enrolls 793 students in grades 5 through 12 from diverse ethnic, racial, religious, and economic backgrounds.

The School’s Mission and the shared commitment of all Lakeside employees is to develop in intellectually capable young people the creative minds, healthy bodies, and ethical spirits needed to contribute wisdom, compassion, and leadership to a global society. We provide a rigorous, dynamic academic program through which effective educators lead students to take responsibility for learning. We are committed to sustaining a school in which individuals representing diverse cultures and experiences instruct one another in the meaning and value of community and in the joy and importance of lifelong learning.

Application Process

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume via the online application located on Lakeside’s website ( ). From the home page choose About Us / Employment / View and Apply For Available Jobs. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Inquiries should be directed to Ari Worthman, Associate Director of College Counseling, who will assume the role of director on July 1.

Lakeside School is an Equal Opportunity Employer seeking to diversify its workplace.

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Lakeside School is an independent coeducational day school offering a broad curriculum in the liberal arts. Founded in 1919, the school...