Co-Director of College and Academic Advising

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The Athenian School


Full-time Position: Co-Director of College and Academic Advising

Expected Beginning Date: July 1, 2018                                    Application Deadline: February 21, 2018

Position Description:

The Athenian School, an independent co-educational day and boarding school in Danville, California seeks dynamic and highly qualified candidates for the position of Co- Director of College and Academic Advising. This is a full-time, 12 month position.

Key Responsibilities:

Responsibilities include advising and supporting students in all aspects of the college admission process, writing recommendations, working with students individually and in small groups, building relationships with parents, and developing and maintaining relationships with colleges and universities. The Co-
Director will help to further develop and run an academic advising program which will support and guide students throughout all four years of high school.

Core Qualifications:

The successful candidate will possess excellent communication skills, a strong work ethic, and a desire to work with a diverse group of students and parents. A Master’s degree and a minimum of ten years of experience in selective college admissions and/or college counseling are strongly preferred.

It is important that candidates possess the flexibility, energy, sense of humor and commitment to teamwork that life in an independent boarding school requires. We seek someone who possesses both an appreciation for adolescents and a collaborative spirit.

School Description:

The Athenian School is a distinctive independent school that prepares its students for college and for lives of meaning and purpose. Athenian encourages students to become life-long learners and infuses them with confidence, independence, personal responsibility and a sense of community. Enrollment in grades 6-12 is 524 students, including 59 boarding students, 45 of whom are international students. We ask that applicants take time to read about Athenian’s history and philosophy (visit our website:

Every employee is an Athenian community member, and as such, embraces the cornerstones of Athenian’s philosophy: respect; open, direct communication; honesty; fairness; responsibility; and dedication to the students in their intellectual and personal growth. Additionally, active support for environmental conservation, international understanding, equity, inclusion, justice, participatory government, outdoor education, and service is essential. Cultural competence is an expectation of employment for all teaching and professional staff at Athenian. As a school that from its founding has valued the worth and integrity of each individual, we are particularly interested in candidates with a proven commitment to teaching and working in a diverse, multicultural setting.

The Athenian School strives to attract and retain a faculty and staff of the highest caliber. We have a unique community here, filled with many differing opinions, backgrounds, ideologies, and experiences. We have students from all over the globe, our families include a mom and a dad, two moms, two dads, single parents, guardians, and stepparents. We have many faiths and those who are non-observant. We represent all income levels. What we share is a belief in Athenian’s mission. By embracing diversity in all forms — gender and gender identity, sexuality, faith, ethnicity, socio-economic status — we encourage students to take intellectual risks, to challenge their own assumptions and to learn to work collaboratively as global citizens and advocates for positive change.

The Athenian School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, faith, sex, gender or gender expression, age, ability, sexual orientation, familial or marital status. The Athenian School is actively seeking to create a more culturally diverse school community and as such, we encourage people of color and members of the LGBTIQ community to apply.

Athenian’s salary and benefits are competitive and include medical, vision, and dental insurance, a retirement plan, a smoke-free environment, and a daily prepared lunch.

Please send letter of interest, current resume, and three references (in MS Word format or PDF) via email to:

Address your letter of interest to: Dick Bradford, Head of Upper School. Please also include the particular source through which you learned about this position: i.e. job search website, professional referral organization, Athenian website, friend/colleague, etc.







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