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The Director of College Counselor is responsible for the post-secondary placement of all seniors and for developing and maintaining close relationships with those universities, colleges, conservatories, and other programs that admit Idyllwild Arts Academy graduates. He/she works closely with families and students, as well as with the arts department heads to ensure the best possible options for placement. The Director of College Counseling will be an important leader in realizing the strategic vision of Idyllwild Arts Academy and will report directly to the Vice President of Educational Programs.
The Director of College Counseling will lead the college search and application process, inspire students to seek a “best fit” for college, arts schools, or conservatories. It is crucial that the Director establish and maintain strong parent communication. In addition, the Director will be charged with further development of a college preparedness and transition curriculum that is appropriate for different grade levels.
The Director of College Counseling should have experience in an independent school or a college admissions office. He/she should have experience in leadership and management. It is essential that the Director of College Counseling have substantial knowledge of arts training programs in all disciples, and some direct knowledge of the arts is preferred. Good interpersonal skills are important both with adults and students since the “counseling” aspect of college counseling is central. The Director of College Counseling should be flexible, diplomatic and demonstrate the ability to work with a variety of people, both domestic and international.