The College / Career Counselor serves thestudents and families, primarily in 9th - 12th grades, by providing a programmewhich focuses on the major aspects of the career counseling and collegeplanning / placement process.
With a goal of 100% college acceptance, or indeedinternship or other relevant opportunities for students, the College / CareerCounselor works in coordination with each student’s teachers and other membersof the faculty, as well as with the school administration, to assist studentsin discovering their strengths and interests, exploring career alternatives andfinding institutions of higher learning which will meet these interests,strengths and values.
He / she develops an associated Curriculum that supportsstudents in their exploration of career alternatives and helps them understandthe college application processes in UAE, US, UK, Canada and Europe.
The College Counselor designs anddirects a program of activities to assist students with college planning in9th-12th grades including : academic preparation for college, meeting bothgraduation and college acceptance requirements, college searches, school and financialsponsorship or support applications, scholarship searches, testing,recommendations, and transition to college.
Proactivelycreates and develops positive relationships with all members of the schoolcommunity (students, teachers, families).
Developsthe College and Careers curriculum and provides training to school leaders tosupport the career planning and college selection / application processes.
Workswith students and their families to understand the career alternativesavailable to them as well as the educational alternatives that are accessible.
TheCollege / Career Counselor employs several venues to reach students and families,including individual conferences with students and families, larger grouppresentations in workshops, classrooms, and college visits.
Maintainsa resource library of print & electronic information of college catalogues,college guides, scholarship information, and financial support applications.
Establishes and maintains college counseling information across a variety of media.
Directs communication via newsletters, information sources, phone and e-mail with students and families.
Collaborates with student's teachers to deliver information, gather recommendations and meet deadlines.
Coordinates college, careers and university visits to the school.
Can organise college fairs.
Coordinates college entrance exam testing and interpretation.
May perform other projects and duties as directed by the CEO and Education Directors
Hold relevant Counselor qualifications if appropriate.
Bachelor's or Master’s Degree in applicable field of study / education from anaccredited college or university. A teaching qualification is desirable.
Demonstrated experience with experiential or project-based learning.
Excellent knowledge and understanding of the teaching and learning process.
Demonstrated success in effectively solving challenging problems through apositive, collaborative approach.
3+ years of experience in the college admissions process, either guiding highschool students in their application process or serving at the college level inadmissions or career counseling.
Dedication and expertise in counseling a range of students in the careerplanning and college process, including those whose families have long beenoriented toward college as well as those for whom college application andattendance is a new and unfamiliar.
Evidence of high levels of organizational skills and the ability to workclosely and effectively with students, parents, and colleagues in the school.
Interest in the mission and educational goals of Aldar including readiness tocontinue building the school’s career planning and college counseling program,and the ability to advocate for the school & its students in the collegeprocess.
Knowledge of the financial sponsorship and support process.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Ability to work with diverse populations.
Ability to work collaboratively and effectively with students, parents,administrators, colleagues, community, and other school community staff.
A strong sense of personal accountability for student achievement.
Outstanding listening, written and oral communication skills.
Holds the belief that all students, from all backgrounds, can learn and achieveat high levels.