University Advising Counsellor

United World College of South East Asia| Date Posted: 31-Oct-2020
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Job Description

UWCSEA Dover is seeking an appropriately qualified and experienced University Advising Counsellor from August 2021. 

Considerable current experience of advising students applying for admission to university in North America and the United Kingdom is required. Experience of developing and implementing a Grade 9-12 careers exploration programme is highly desirable. Familiarity with advising and application processing in Canada, Australia, Europe and Asia would be valuable, as would experience in advising students with financial aid needs. In addition, the appointee must be able to teach academic courses in the High School and candidates should clearly state their teaching subject(s) on the application form.

The appointee will join a passionate team of University Advisors who enjoy working together in a highly collaborative atmosphere. There is considerable opportunity for professional growth, both through working with highly experienced colleagues within the College as well as representing the College at conferences and events. The successful candidate will also work intensively with UWC National Committee and other scholars who are seeking full-need scholarship places at university. Most importantly, the appointee can look forward to working alongside highly motivated, enthusiastic, and talented students as they grow through their High School years.

Main Responsibilities  

  • Support innovative thinking regarding the future of work and learning within the team, and the implications this has for life beyond the College for students.
  • Work with the High School Leadership Team to develop and implement appropriate strategic plans as well as procedures consistent with the College’s values and practices.
  • Collaborate with the Heads of Grades, Vice Principal, Counsellors and Principal on the overall wellbeing and welfare of students.
  • Establish a personal advising relationship to an assigned caseload of students and help them determine the “best fit” next step for them post-school (including the possibility of university, work placements, national service and gap years)
  • Provide students with guidance, information and advocacy as they navigate their way through the university application process worldwide.
  • Ensure that students feel well-informed, supported and empowered to identify appropriate universities that are a good match and to present themselves to those universities in a manner that highlights their strengths.
  • Support students in their transition from Grades 10 to 11 with guidance on subject selection based on their future aspirations.
  • Participate in the ongoing development and implementation of a careers exploration program for Grades 9-10 along with other members of the University Advising department.
  • Support students in their process of planning, researching and short-listing universities, with a particular focus on students choosing a “right fit” set of universities based on their needs and learning preferences. 
  • Support students through gap year and National Service planning, including university applications post NS and gap years
  • Support students with identifying and understanding career options post tertiary education.
  • Advise students on their academic and overall profile to ensure best possible application outcomes, including advice on ACT/SAT and other test preparation, work-experience, essays, interviews, etc.
  • Facilitate interview and mock-interview opportunities for students. 
  • Seek financial aid and scholarship opportunities worldwide and facilitate student research for scholarships and coordinate scholarship nominations and applications. 


Administration and Communication

  • Ensure through regular meetings, briefings, and other forms of communication that appropriate members of staff are kept informed of career and university issues pertaining to High School students and of any changes that may have implications for students.
  • Inform students, parents, and staff about university systems worldwide and run information sessions. 
  • Facilitate small and large group workshops and presentations for students and graduates, including workshops on careers exploration and skills training, personal Statement and college essay writing.
  • Provide individual feedback on multiple drafts of students’ personal statements/essays.
  • Advise G8 students in their Grade 9 subject selection, as needed.
  • Support the understanding of all teaching staff of the university application process, especially in their roles as mentors and reference writers.
  • Ensure timely, proactive and relevant communications about deadlines to students, parents and staff.
  • Use Maia Learning for US application processing and UCAS for UK application processing.
  • Manage and track university applications, including processing school-issued support documents, following up with university representatives and troubleshooting as needed.
  • Contribute to printed and electronic communication to inform students, parents, and staff about on and off-campus events, university information opportunities, deadlines, and other relevant information.
  • Lead the production of high-quality references by contributing to workshops and information for teachers, mentors, and other relevant members of staff.
  • Write, review, edit and collate references for students in Grade 12.  
  • Contribute to collation and analysis of university application and placement data, and use appropriate data analysis to inform university guidance.  
  • Network with alumni regarding final destinations, sharing their university experiences with current students.
  • Remain up-to-date on university-related matters in a rapidly changing world through diverse means, including visiting universities and making presentations at relevant conferences, very often during the school holidays.
  • Remain up-to-date knowledge on careers and aptitude exploration resources.


Relationships with Universities and Organisations

  • Co-host visits (virtual and face-to-face) from universities throughout the school year.
  • Arrange speakers to visit the College to talk to students.
  • Liaise with universities and educational centres for various countries through a variety of forums
  • Attend major international admissions and guidance conferences and present at panel workshops for professional development.
  • Maintain on-going relationships with university representatives regarding admissions decisions, waitlists, conditional offers, financial aid awards, etc.


Person Specifications

  • A degree and a minimum of three years experience as a High School University Advising Counsellor, University Admissions Counselor, or other appropriate educational administrator are prerequisites.   
  • Candidates should ideally already be working as a University Advisor or University Guidance Counsellor in a similar environment or be well suited to making the transition to this post at UWCSEA.
  • The ability to engage with students and to engender enthusiasm for learning is a prerequisite for working at UWCSEA.    
  • Teachers should be willing and eager to participate in the five key elements of a UWCSEA education:
  • Academic; Personal and Social Education; Service; Activities; Outdoor Education.
  • Academic expectations include enthusiastic participation in Professional Development, both that which is mandated by the College and that which is identified by the teacher.
  • Pastoral expectations include the leadership of a tutor group, unless the teacher is exempted due to other responsibilities.
  • On average the College expects a yearly contribution of two sessions per week in each season to Activities and/or Service.
  • The College expects that teachers will participate enthusiastically in the curricular Outdoor Education
  • experiences which are relevant to their students and will also occasionally volunteer for holiday Outdoor Education trips.
  • Applicants should be enthusiastic about teaching within a multicultural environment. Flexibility of approach and a collaborative style is essential.

Interested applicants, please submit an application via our portal latest by Friday, 16 October 2020.

About Us

UWCSEA welcomes applications from all qualified candidates. We are committed to safeguarding our students and protecting them from harm. In keeping with the expectation that all staff and volunteers share this commitment, those applying for a position at the College must be willing to undergo employment background checks and screening appropriate to the post. If you have a strong sense of adventure and an exceptional level of commitment to teaching and learning, UWCSEA might be the perfect next step for you visit our website to learn more.

Our school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all the students in our care and expects all applicants to share this commitment. We follow safe recruitment practices and all appointments are subject to interview, satisfactory references, identity and criminal record checks.

UWCSEA is an equal opportunities employer, and welcomes applications from those who wish to join a community which is inclusive, and which celebrates diversity.

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