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Dean of College Counseling (Anticipated opening 2020-2021)

  • 22 Nov 2019 2:17 PM
    Message # 8135448

    Dean of College Counseling (Anticipated opening 2020-2021)

    Exciting Opportunity at Francis Parker School in San Diego, California 

    Francis Parker School is seeking an enthusiastic, dedicated, and passionate educator who shares its core values: Students First, Academic Excellence, Global Perspective, Strength of Character, Inclusive Community, and No Limit to Better. Collegial and collaborative, Parker faculty create a learning environment that is dynamic and engaging. Parker faculty are content and pedagogical experts who invest in professional growth generously supported by the School. Importantly, Parker’s unswerving commitment to being a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community creates a culture of respect for all.  

    If Parker’s values and school culture resonate with you, we encourage you to consider this opportunity. 

    About Francis Parker School:

    Francis Parker School is a coeducational independent day school in San Diego, California with 1300 students in grades JK-12. Founded in 1912, the school’s mission is to create and inspire a diverse community of independent thinkers whose academic excellence, global perspective and strength of character prepare them to make a meaningful difference in the world”.

    Overlooking Mission Valley, two separate campuses serve students in Lower School – junior kindergarten through 5th grade; Middle School – 6th grade through 8th grade and Upper School – 9th grade through 12th grade. As a college preparatory school Parker offers a comprehensive program that includes twenty-five advanced placement courses as well as a rich palette of electives – all designed to meet the individual needs of our students.

    Job Description:

    The primary responsibility of the Dean of College Counseling is to support the educational plans for each graduate of the School.  Through guidance and advocacy, the Dean of College Counseling assists the students in their endeavors to find colleges and programs that would be appropriate fits for their individual needs and interests.  The Dean of College Counseling serves on various campus committees that oversee student interests and the curriculum, and they participate in professional development opportunities that add to their knowledge base and serve the school.  The Dean oversees the College Counseling Department including the Directors of College Counseling, the Administrative Assistant, the Testing Coordinator, and the Test Prep Coordinator, and oversees the budget for the department.

    Essential Duties/Responsibilities:

    • Meet with individual students and their families (as alphabetically assigned) throughout the college search to address their questions and provide guidance that meets their specific goals for post-secondary education.
    • Meet with college representatives (both on campus and through professional development opportunities) to broaden understanding and promote the school and its students.
    • Develop and oversee programming so the campus community can be informed on all aspects of the college search and selection process.  Sample programs include: college fairs, grade specific sessions, application workshops, financial aid nights, athletics and arts information sessions and case studies.
    • Coordinate with the Grade Level Deans to guide all Upper School students with regard to their academic and extracurricular plans.
    • Write recommendations for students for college and scholarships and oversee the school information that is shared with colleges and other post-secondary programs.
    • Design the annual school profile that accompanies college applications 
    • Keep faculty and staff informed of the college process.
    • Oversee standardized testing programs related to the college search.
    • Keep abreast of trends and changes in the field.
    • Provide annual evaluations for all direct reports in accordance with Francis Parker School’s Evaluation program. 
    • Working with Upper School Division Head and other key stakeholders, recommend and develop programs in support of Francis Parker School’s college preparation objectives. 
    • Hire and retain staff to secure the quality of the department and to meet Francis Parker School’s objectives for student graduation and educational future.


    • Minimum Bachelor’s Degree
    • Extensive experience in the field of college counseling and college admission
    • Interpersonal skills for working effectively with teenagers, parents, faculty, staff and administrators
    • Experience as Director or Dean of Counseling in independent school or University setting.
    • Understanding and experience in developing and evaluating a team of high performing professional staff.
    • Ability to work as part of an office team
    • Well-developed written and verbal communication skills
    • Ability to meet the time commitments related to the demands of the job that occur outside the regular school hours
    • Ability to keep informed of the field through various professional development opportunities

    Salary and Benefits:

    Francis Parker School is committed to attracting and retaining the highest quality faculty and staff through a substantial compensation plan, including competitive salary, TIAA retirement benefits and full medical/dental coverage. Individual salary is negotiable depending on years of experience and educational background.


    Francis Parker School values diversity and seeks talented students, faculty, and staff from different backgrounds. All employment decisions are made without regard to unlawful considerations of race, color, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, religion, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, creed, age, mental or physical disability, medical condition, genetic information, military or veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by federal, state, or local law.   

    Application Process:

    Please note the position is an anticipated vacancy. Francis Parker School makes no guarantee regarding the availability of this position.

    All candidates that would like to be considered for this position should it become available for the 2020-2021 school year, should submit electronically the following documents; cover letter, resume, transcripts, and completed employment application.

    Please indicate the position you are applying for in the subject line.

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