Company: South Carolina Governor's School for Science and Mathematics
Location: Hartsville, SC
Employment Type: Full Time
Date Posted: 09/21/2021
Expire Date: 11/21/2021
Job Categories: Counseling
As a school recognized for academic excellence where 100% of our students attend college, the South Carolina Governorís School for Science and Mathematics (GSSM) invites applications for a College Counselor. This is a full-time, 12-month position reporting to the Director of College Counseling and Advising.
Working closely with the individual students in their assigned caseload (residential, virtual-at home high school, and virtual-at home students), recommending colleges for each student to consider based on the studentís interests, and helping each student with the college application process, including reviewing essays.
Counseling the student and parent(s)/guardian(s) through every stage of the college admission process, including applications for merit scholarships, honors programs, and applying for financial aid.
Write supportive, relevant, and compelling letters of recommendation.
Preparing school documents for studentís applications and submitting via SCOIR.
Communicating effectively with parents, via individual student/parent meetings and written correspondence.
Participate as an instructor in GSSMís College Planning Seminar in fall and spring, conducting classes on applying to college, resume building, and writing compelling and effective college essays.
Build and foster strong relationships with college and scholarship representatives to best advocate for our students.
Assist with the administration of standardized testing (PSAT, SAT, ACT, Career Readiness exams, and AP exams).
Develop and expand long-term relationships with colleges and universities.
Pursue on-going professional development by attending conferences and college tours.
Demonstrate proven ability to multi-task, organize events, shift gears, make decisions quickly and most importantly, have fun.
This is a full-time (12-month) position with State benefits and salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. The position start date is as soon as possible, but it will remain open until filled.
GSSM does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability in admission, participation, or employment in its programs and activities. GSSM is actively committed to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in all areas of its living, learning, and working community.
Bachelorís degree and experience in college admissions and/or college counseling. Masterís degree preferred.
Possess an in-depth knowledge of colleges and universities as well as an understanding of the current college admissions landscape.
Proficiency in MS Office, specifically Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and familiarity with using a student database for college admissions such as Scoir or Naviance.
Intimate knowledge of the financial aid process.
Excellent communication, writing, and public-speaking skills.
Availability to work evenings and weekends for special programming.
Ability to coordinate and accomplish tasks in a deadline-driven environment.
A strong sense of ethics and professionalism.
A team-oriented approach to all aspects of the college counseling process and a collaborative spirit of engagement in all professional endeavors.
Commitment to building a diverse, equitable and inclusive school community
Ability to work collaboratively on a team with humility, patience, and a sense of humor.
Experience working with high school students in an advanced and specialized academic environment is preferable.
Experience working with students virtually (i.e. via Zoom) is a plus.
Company Name: South Carolina Governor's School for Science and Mathematics
One of the few specialized public residential high schools of its kind, the South Carolina Governorís School for Science & Mathematics (GSSM) exists to push motivated young learners beyond their perceived levels of academic ability. Founded in 1988 under the leadership of the late Governor Carroll Campbell, GSSM has consistently raised the bar for STEM education in the Palmetto State. GSSMís two-year residential high school programóas well as its virtual high school program, summer camps, and outreach programsóall invite young people to explore the subjects they love in a diverse, inclusive, and uncommonly supportive academic environment. Here, challenge is viewed as a gateway to opportunity. GSSM students embrace the schoolís rigorous approach to education and in so doing begin to realize their full potential.