Salem Academy College Counselor

Salem Academy and College, the oldest continuously operating educational institution for girls and women in the country by its founding date of 1772, invites applications for a College Counselor and Student Engagement Coordinator.  Our ideal candidate is an 11-month faculty member reporting to the Director of Curriculum and Instruction & College Counseling.

About Salem Academy and College:

Salem Academy and College is the oldest continuously operating educational institution for girls and women in the country by its founding date of 1772. The institution just celebrated its 250th anniversary and is engaging in transformational change to innovate in women’s education. Salem Academy is a college preparatory school located on a diverse, active college campus focused on preparing young women for careers in STEAM. Salem College is the nation’s only liberal arts college exclusively dedicated to developing the next generation of women in health leadership. Salem Academy and College is located in Winston Salem, North Carolina, a vibrant college town known for arts and innovation.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:


College Counselor

  • Define the college counseling program by grade and objective areas (personality, strengths, career and college goals).
  • Create a four-year integrative approach to meet holistic college and career objectives including workshops, seminars, evening programs and individual college counseling.
  • Engage with College Admissions Personnel
  • Attend regional, national and other college admissions counseling events such as NACAC, SACAC, College Board & NCAIS as they occur
  • Host Salem Academy fall college representative visits
  • Attend college visits-throughout the year through fly-ins and other campus tour opportunities.
  • Maintain College Counseling Platform: SCOIR
  • Follow Current trends in the education and the college admissions process
  • Create School Profile
  • Oversee planning and coordination of student service projects in freshmen and sophomore year
  • Oversee internship program for juniors and seniors
  • Oversee independent study courses

General Responsibilities

  • Maintain communication with parents
  • Serve as a faculty advisor to student clubs and organizations as assigned.
  • Participate in faculty meetings and curriculum development discussions.
  • Chaperone student activities (on- and off-campus) as needed.
  • Attend Assembly and other Salem Academy events 
  • Adhere to school guidelines regarding grading and other recordkeeping duties.
  • Maintain regular contact with academic advisors, students, and their families.
  • Comply with all rules and regulations established as school policy.
  • Work effectively with other faculty, staff, and administration at the Academy and College.
  • Ability to provide instruction remotely if and/or when the need arises
  • Develop and maintain a course site in Google Classroom. 
  • Ability to use Google Suite products.

Administrative Duties:

  • Work with the Head of School and Director of Curriculum and Instruction

Additional Duties (as assigned) may include:

  • The ability to provide supervision in the Academy dormitory during the school day until 5:00 p.m. on some days
  • Attend and support school events that occur after hours and on weekends.
  • Perform all other duties appropriate to employment as determined by the Head of School.

Required Qualifications:

  • Masters' Degree
  • 3-5 years experience in college admissions or counseling
  • Knowledge of a wide range of universities, including Ivy League, NESCACs, State University systems, and overseas universities
  • Experience teaching or working in an independent, private, boarding, college preparatory, or like-kind school setting
  • Exceptional public speaking, writing, organization, and communication skills
  • Ability to perform well under pressure and to meet deadlines
  • Experience interacting with young adults and their families, school administration, and college admissions offices
  • Ability to read people well, communicate clearly and firmly, and exercise both discretion and transparency
  • Sensitivity, openness, and approachability
  • Strong references that convey your college counseling abilities
  • Skills, talents, and flexibility for contributing to the independent school community in additional capacities. For example: Coaching sports, advising extracurricular activities, supervising a dorm at a boarding school, etc.
  • Competency with educational technology, including Zoom, Google Suite, and online learning management platforms.
  • Ability to crossover teaching between the Academy and the College.
  • Actively consider college counseling and student engagement through the lenses of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Project management, organizational, and leadership skills.
  • Collaborative, growth-oriented, and motivated to continue developing as a teacher.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills for interacting with students, parents, and colleagues.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Masters degree in education specifically counseling or educational leadership

Physical Functions:

While performing the responsibilities of the College Counselor, the employee is required to sit for varying lengths of time; bend, reach, lift, push, and pull up to 25 pounds; occasionally stand, walk, and kneel and regularly ascend/descend stairs; use hands and fingers to handle or feel and manipulate keys on a keyboard; perform extended periods of work at a computer workstation, viewing computer monitor; perceive sounds at normal speaking levels with or without correction and receive detailed information through oral communication; express and exchange ideas using spoken word, and work in an office setting.

Application Process:

To apply, please send a letter of interest addressing your qualifications for the position along with a resume or curriculum vitae and three professional references to and The letter of interest may be addressed to the “Search Committee.” The review of applications will begin immediately and will be ongoing until the position is filled.

Salem Academy and College is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, age, religion, disability status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, pregnancy, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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