Director of College Counseling - Hunting Valley Campus

University School seeks a Director of College Counseling for the 2020-21 academic year. The Director of College Counseling has overall responsibility for guiding the members of each year’s graduating class (100 or more seniors, on average) through the transition to post- secondary education. The director joins a strong team of four college counselors who collectively develop working relationships with students, colleagues, and families to guide them through the educational and procedural dimensions of the transition.
S/he superintends the composition and submission of letters of recommendation with the rest of the college counseling team. S/he aligns this work with the calendar year, on balance, in order to be available to students, their families, and colleagues (faculty and administration). 

The director works with students and parents. S/he:
  • directly counsels with approximately 25-35 boys throughout their assigned processes;
  • reviews, adjusts, and improves the college counseling program each year;
  • establishes and teaches the college counseling curriculum in small-group and full-class settings throughout the academic year;
  • addresses freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior parents as appropriate;
  • meets with families individually about their sons’ college processes;
  • coordinates the office’s representation at school events (e.g., New Student Orientation, Open House, Merit Day, Parent Coffees, etc.);
  • advises on counselee course selection and implications and/or consequences in the college selection process;
  • prepares regular mailings, electronic and print, to various school constituencies;
  • updates the College Counseling Handbook for use by each successive graduating class.
The director works with college representatives. S/he:
  • visits college campuses to establish and maintain mutually beneficial relationships with college admission staffs, including counselor tours hosted by multiple colleges;
  • attends national and regional conferences (e.g., the National Association for College Admission Counseling [NACAC] conference, the Association for College Counselors in Independent School [ACCIS] conference, etc.);
  • facilitates more than 125 visits by college representatives to campus each fall;
  • connects with college representatives to advocate for and support boys’ applications through the application process.
The director works with the faculty, administration, and trustees. S/he:
  • serves as a key member of and contributor to the Curriculum Committee, comprising of key stakeholders in the Upper School curriculum;
  • prepares report presentations for the Board of Directors;
  • advises new faculty in their writing of college recommendations and confers with administration on returning faculty’s writing of college recommendations;
  • counsels teachers, sponsors, and coaches on how to best help boys through the college selection process;
  • compiles the comprehensive University School Profile each year;
  • represents the school in college-related activities of the Cleveland Council of Independent Schools (CCIS).
The director works with the business office. S/he:
  • establishes and maintains a yearly budget;
  • anticipates expenses necessary to the successful operation of the department;
  • approves all expenditures from the college counseling budget in coordination with the Upper School directors.
The director is responsible for the effective use of multiple technological tools, such as:
  • the online database MaiaLearning;
  • students’ and college counseling staff’s employment of the Common Application and other online applications;
  • the college counseling webpage for students and families.
The Director of College Counseling is responsible for articulating and facilitating the vision of the department. S/he works closely with the director of the Upper School to best ensure its successful operation within institutional resources and in furtherance of the mission of University School.

The Director of College Counseling is a consummate professional and team player who coordinates his/her work responsibly with other school stakeholders. S/he models and maintains a positive and constructive tone with all stakeholders.
A strong work ethic, superlative communication skills, excellent organizational skills, flexibility, and a willingness to coordinate efforts with colleagues in and peers outside of the school are vital.

  • Advanced degree(s) in your field preferred; bachelor’s degree(s) required;
  • Significant experience in college admissions and independent school college counseling
Interested individuals should submit a letter of interest, an up-to-date resume, and a list of references to William Daughtrey, Director of Upper School, at

Shaker Heights Campus

20701 Brantley Road
Shaker Heights, Ohio 44122
GRADES Junior K-8
Phone: 216-321-8260

Hunting Valley Campus

2785 SOM Center Road
Hunting Valley, Ohio 44022
Phone: 216-831-2200
University School serves 840 boys in Junior Kindergarten to grade 12 on two campuses in suburban Cleveland, Ohio. The School’s mission is to inspire boys of promise to become young men of character who lead and serve. Dedicated faculty, rigorous curriculum, and experiential programs foster intellectual, physical, creative, and moral excellence.