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Assistant Director of College Counseling

November 22, 2021 - January 31, 2022



Fountain Valley School is a co-ed, college-preparatory boarding/day school enrolling 230 students in grades 9-12. Founded in 1930, the School provides a rigorous, global curriculum in academics, arts, athletics and the outdoors in a diverse community to develop young adults who are courageous, open-minded, self-reliant, curious, and compassionate. This is a full-time, 10-month faculty position reporting to the Director of College Counseling. The Assistant Director counsels students and families through all stages of the college process. Responsibilities include:  assisting students with the formulation of appropriate college lists, guiding students through the writing and editing of application essays, managing records in Common App and SCOIR, educating parents, faculty and other constituents about recent trends in college admission, delivering appropriate curriculum to sophomores, juniors and seniors, developing relationships with college admission personnel, advocating for students throughout the process, and building knowledge of colleges and universities. 


General Duties:

  • Serve as professional support to the Director of College Counseling
  • Under supervision of the Director:
    • Counsel students and their families on the importance, objectives and process of the college application, and assist them with use of appropriate technology resources such as SCOIR, the Common Application, FAFSA, and the CSS Profile.
    • Maintain effective contacts with the admission offices of a wide range of colleges and universities of interest to FVS students, and maintain current knowledge of trends in the profession.
    • Advance the application process of individual students by writing effective letters of recommendation, maintaining appropriate contact with college admission officers, and by overseeing the work of other recommenders.
  • With others:
    • In collaboration with the Assistant to the Director, responsible for assisting students in the mechanics of the college application process.
    • Assist the Office of Communications in producing and evaluating publications, profiles and promotional materials.
    • Collaborate with the Deans Office in sponsoring joint activities, workshops and publications for students and parents.
    • Maintain office statistics and records in Common App and SCOIR.
  • Regularly inform faculty of trends in admissions.
  • Solicit faculty assistance in responding to the college/university interests of individual students.
  • Regularly evaluate and revise marketing and application strategies. 


Other Duties:

  • Coach two seasons of athletics/afternoon activities.
  • Serve as an adviser to approximately six students.
  • Participate in a class-level retreat along with other faculty members.
  • Participate in committees as assigned.
  • Participate in co-leading an Interim student trip (Spring experiential learning trip.)
  • Serve as a member of a weekend and weeknight duty team (1 weeknight a week, and 9 weekends a year.)


Knowledge and Skills:

  • Ability to develop a constructive, learning-centered teacher/student rapport with teenagers from a wide range of backgrounds.
  • Ability to work with individuals in a courteous and professional manner.
  • Demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate in a team environment.
  • Detail-oriented, organized, self-motivated, self-directed and punctual.
  • Ability to work independently, prioritize tasks, and manage multiple tasks at one time.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Proficient in LMS Blackbaud OnCampus and Google Educational Suite Apps preferred.



Bachelor’s degree in a related discipline required; advanced degree and experience working in a selective college admissions office or previous college counseling experience preferred.  Working with students and adults in an independent boarding/day school environment is preferred. 


Salary Range:  $50,000 - $60,000 dependent upon experience


Working Conditions

  • Environment: office and indoor classroom working with some outdoor events.
  • Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination/or evidence vaccination is in process.  The school will make reasonable accommodations for applicants who require a medical or religious exemption.
  • Physical demands: able to sit and stand for at least 8 hours per day; must be able to lift 40 lb.
  • Attendance at certain community events will be required.
  • Working relationships: students, parents, outside vendors, and all other employees. 



FVS’ Core Values are courage, open-mindedness, self-reliance, curiosity, and compassion. FVS supports a culture of communication and collaboration with the intent of creating an environment of predictability and support for our students, parents, and colleagues.  FVS employees celebrate diversity, participate fully in the school community, embrace the power of the prairie, the peaks, and the history of the School. FVS teaching faculty challenge students, create opportunities for learning and growth beyond the academic day, employ innovative teaching methods, and pursue professional and personal development through lifelong learning. 



Fountain Valley School of Colorado provides a transformative curriculum in a supportive environment where students are challenged to think critically, become leaders, and live by our core values: Courage, Compassion, Curiosity, Self-Reliance, Open-Mindedness.



Send letter of application, resume and list of three professional references to:


Amanda Dedrick

Fountain Valley School of Colorado

Colorado Springs, CO 80911

fax 719.392.6138

E-mail: [email protected]