International College Beirut
Career Guidance and College Admissions Counselor
effective August 2019
International College (IC) in Lebanon is one of the largest international schools in the world with over 3,600 students and 600 Faculty and Staff. The highest standards of academic and extra-curricular educational opportunities are consistently adhered to, in line with international accreditations, such as with the Council of International Schools (CIS) and New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) as well as being an authorized school with the Agency for French Education Abroad (AEFE) and International Baccalaureate (IB). Chartered in the State of Massachusetts, US, and abiding by the laws of the Lebanese government, IC remains a not-for-profit organization, and one that is proudly independent and non-sectarian.
IC is looking for an experienced Career Guidance and College Admissions Counselor to start in August 2019. This person will have overall responsibility for guiding secondary school students through the transition to post-secondary education, including guidance on course selection, information on career choices, and direct support for all aspects of the university application processes.
Main Duties and Responsibilities
- Review, update and deliver the college counseling curriculum through individual, large, and small groups to all secondary school students.
- Conduct information meetings with parents at least once a semester to share information about the college admissions process, with an emphasis on the differences between host country and international admissions.
- Meet with individual students beginning in grade 10 to align course selection and career goals with the college selection process.
- Oversee the process of finalizing each student’s list of colleges and ensure that all supplementary application materials are submitted by the relevant due dates.
- Provide parents and students with information and guidance regarding scholarships and financial aid packages.
- Establish and/or maintain regular contact with a broad range of college admissions office representatives to ensure that they are familiar with International College.
- Arrange for annual visits to college and university campuses to acquire personal knowledge of the setting, environment, campus life, and to make personal contact with admission office personnel. Efficient and cost effective visits should include geographically linked colleges on a rotating schedule. Whenever possible, solicit invitations from colleges and universities that cover the cost of flights and accommodation.
- Attend national and regional conferences such as Council of International Schools (CIS) and International Overseas Admission Counselors (IACAC).
- Supervise, assign work, and evaluate the counseling office assistant and work closely with other members of the college counseling office.
- Inform students and parents about the various criteria, including personal and family preferences that should be considered when choosing a college, the formal college admissions/application process, trends, testing, and guide students and parents in establishing realistic expectations between their academic and personal profile and the admissions requirements of various colleges.
- Collect and disseminate information to students and their parents on summer opportunities and support students in making summer plans.
- Meet with grade 10, 11 and 12 students, individually and in groups, to inform them about the college admissions process in different countries and how curricular choices impact college admission decisions.
- Invite and organize visits of college admissions representatives to International College and facilitate meetings between college representatives, students and parents. Serve as a liaison with College admissions offices throughout the year. Liaise with international schools in the region to coordinate scheduling and sharing of such visits when possible.
- Review, revise and update IC’s school profile annually, as well as, maintain information on grade distribution, class rank, grade point average, academic transcripts and a list of individual student awards, commendations, and activity participation that contribute to and support the college application process.
- Write a personal letter of recommendation, on behalf of International College, for any student who requires such a recommendation by getting to know each student and by gathering information from parents, teachers, school records, and students themselves. Complete all mid-year and final report forms requested by colleges.
- Propose a College Counseling Office budget for travel, college visits, public relations, communications and the purchase of electronic or print materials that provide information on colleges both in Lebanon and abroad, college resources, software subscriptions, scholarships, financial aid, etc.
- Keep students and parents informed about test dates, local college events, visits of colleges abroad to Lebanon, financial aid, application due dates, etc.
- Expose students to a variety of career clusters by developing a job shadow program and managing a career fair.
- Track and record admission decisions, statistics and prepare summary reports for the President and the Board of Trustees.
- Maintain membership in professional organizations: the College Board, the National Association of College Admission Counselors, CIS, IACAC.
- Maintain and disseminate information about standardized tests such as SAT, ACT, and TOEFL, administer PSAT exams. Schedule and coordinate all test administration activities including test security, testing facility scheduling, proctoring and supervision, and submission of completed tests to the relevant agencies/organizations.
- Perform other related duties as assigned by the Director.
Educational Requirements & Competencies
- Master’s Degree in a related field
- Strong oral and written communication skills in English
21 February 2019