College Counselor/Assistant Director/Associate Director of College Counseling

The Peddie School seeks an experienced College Admissions professional or an Independent School College Counselor with college admissions experience to join our faculty as an Associate Director, Assistant Director or College Counselor beginning in the 2020-21 academic year.   Preferably, the new college counselor will begin working with the Class of 2021 with a start date as early as December 2019 or shortly after January 1, 2020, if possible.

Working with three other counselors and an office manager, the College Counselor/Assistant Director/Associate Director of College Counseling will provide individual college counseling to approximately 40 juniors and seniors (and their families). Using professional context and a social, emotional and intellectual understanding of each student, he or she will advise on course selection, standardized test plans, summer opportunities, financial aid, and appropriate college possibilities. To this end, the counselor must demonstrate developmental knowledge of high school students, as well as a general understanding of college admission, higher education, and testing. Maintaining a professional interest in keeping up-to-date about the rapidly evolving trends specific to this work and engaging in them rigorously is critical to this role.

Primary Duties

  • Cultivate professional relationships with students, parents, faculty/staff, and college admission personnel in order to meet the needs of each cohort;
  • Oversee each counselee's candidacy by researching and writing detailed, holistic letters of recommendation, and by serving as primary advocate in the college process for each student.
  • Review with an admissions lens the application essays of each counselee.
  • Manage each counselee’s file and Naviance account, and the timely submission of credentials to colleges;
  • Contribute (in presence and mind) to all events sponsored by the Peddie College Office.
  • Travel to regional and national professional development conferences and to individual colleges and universities.
  • At the discretion of the director, supervise projects that support the goals of the office and/or the school.

Required Qualities and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • At least three years’ experience in a selective college’s admission office and/or college counseling at an independent school
  • Excellent writing skills and an appreciation for heavy doses of seasonal writing
  • Keenness and skill for working with adolescents and their families across wide-ranging perspectives and priorities
  • Multicultural competency and appreciation for life within a diverse and dynamic boarding school environment
  • Understanding of the various applications for both need and merit-based financial aid and the ability to assist students and families as they navigate the FA process
  • Facility with multiple and changing technological tools
  • Ability to adhere to deadlines
  • High proficiency with data to support informed decision making
  • Sense of humor
  • Empathy and self-awareness
  • Commitment to team - Peddie’s College Office is constantly collaborating and considering new ideas to continue to support our students and families.

Members of the College Counseling Team also have the opportunity to support the school and our Peddie students in various roles including dorm supervision, coaching, advising and other responsibilities as assigned by the Head of School.

Qualified applicants should submit cover letter and resume to Joseph Rulewich, Director of College Counseling, at

Beyond meeting fully its legal obligations for non-discrimination, Peddie School is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community where members from all backgrounds can live, learn and thrive.