• Associate Director, College Counseling & Scholar Development

    Requisition # 2019-10271
    Date Posted 3 weeks ago(4/30/2019 3:25 PM)
    Academic Administration
    Full-Time / Part-Time
  • Overview

    The Princeton University Preparatory Program (PUPP) seeks a compassionate and experienced college access professional to join our team as Associate Director for College Counseling and Scholar Development.  The responsibilities of the person holding this position fall essentially into five categories: 

    • College guidance,
    • School year academic and personal counseling,
    • Parent and family relations,
    • Instructional and administrative responsibilities for the summer institute, and
    • General administrative and leadership tasks related to the overall functioning of PUPP as well as to the University’s larger college access and success initiatives.


    Since 2001, PUPP has worked directly with outstanding, low-income students from high schools in Mercer County, NJ.  Throughout this time, PUPP has developed a comprehensive program that engages students, families, teachers, alumni, and others in order to support these young scholars as they strive to gain entry to and graduate from this country’s selective colleges and universities. We are deeply involved in our students’ lives – from our core mission of college preparation and access, to providing tutoring support, and offering personal guidance as our scholars negotiate a range of family and community challenges on their journeys toward post-secondary degree attainment. 


    College Guidance:

    • Coordinate the college admission and financial aid process for PUPP Scholars;
    • Advise PUPP Scholars and their families on the college admission process in general including academic courses and standardized test selection, and the identification of “fit” schools;
    • Prepare letters of recommendation for college admission, scholarships and other programs to which PUPP Scholars are applying, in collaboration with PUPP faculty and staff;
    • Serve as the chief liaison between PUPP and college admissions offices;
    • Develop and manage the delivery of “transition to college” experience for PUPP Scholars during the spring of their senior year and summer before they matriculate at college;
    • Arrange college tours for PUPP Scholars, including one-day trips and the annual fall overnight trip for juniors and seniors;

    School Year Academic and Personal Counseling:

    • In conjunction with the PUPP Program associate, assist PUPP Scholars in setting short and long-term goals for high school, college and careers and in developing plans with objectives and methods for meeting those goals;
    • Assist with academic and discipline interventions;
    • Counsel PUPP Scholars personal issues and on the availability of support services for students and families, and conduct home visits (as needed);
    • Establish and maintain relationships with community support programs for resources and referrals;

    Parent and Family Relations:

    • Work closely with PUPP families in the preparation of financial aid and scholarship applications and in the negotiation of financial aid packages;
    • Communicate regularly with parents and families regarding the college admissions process and performance in PUPP;
    • Work in collaboration with school partners to provide guidance/advocacy for PUPP students and their parents in matters related to their high school experience

    Summer Institute:

    • Coordinate the College Preparation strand (courses in personal development, test preparation, and college admissions) of the Summer Institute, including direct supervision of the personal development and college preparation faculty:
      • Assist the director of PUPP in the recruitment, selection and evaluation of the personal development and college preparation faculty;
      • Work directly with the faculty to prepare and implement the curriculum and instructional materials of the summer institute, organize activities, invite guest speakers, etc.;
    • Conduct individual meetings with PUPP Scholars during Summer Institute to provide general, as well as academic guidance and counseling support;

    Leadership/Administrative Responsibilities:

    • Supervise the PUPP Alumni Associate, PUPP Program Associate and PUPP Social Work Intern(s);
    • Work to further enhance institutional relationships with our partner school districts and schools;
    • Engage in the recruitment, selection, and orientation of new students for PUPP;
    • Chaperone PUPP Cultural Enrichment programs/excursions and college tours;
    • Assist the director of PUPP as needed on program evaluation efforts;
    • Attend and present at professional forums and conferences regionally and nationally as appropriate;
    • Serve as lead PUPP administrator in PUPP Director’s absence.



    Required Qualifications:

    • Masters’ degree in a relevant field – higher education, school counseling, social work, etc.
    • 5-7 years successful experience with educational outreach activities, college admissions, student advising/counseling, or similar positions
    • Deep familiarity with college access and success initiatives, research and programs for populations traditionally under-represented in elite higher education
    • Experience working with and a commitment to underserved, academically motivated students and diverse student populations and their families
    • Advanced written and spoken (English) communication and administrative skills; excellent telephone manner
    • Experience with Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook), Adobe Photoshop and database programs; as well as familiarity with college admissions software (e.g. Naviance), Google Docs and various Google applications
    • Strong attention to detail and experience managing complex and nuanced programs
    • Proven track record in delivering programs to diverse student audiences
    • Exceptional organizational, leadership, and communication skills
    • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to build effective relationships with diverse stakeholders
    • Comfort with change, ambiguity, and risk in a fast-paced environment
    • Must have a valid Driver’s License and own vehicle
    • High degree of energy, self-motivation and flexibility
    • Ability to work some nights and weekends as needed to attend events, meetings etc. 


    Preferred Qualifications:

    • Fluency in a second language.
    • Experience as a classroom teacher and/or guidance/college counselor;
    • Experience as an undergraduate admissions officer
    • Experience as a school counselor and/or licensure as a therapist or social worker
    • Experience with Google Classroom



    Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW

    Salary Grade

    ADM, 060

    Standard Weekly Hours


    Work Schedule, If Other Than Standard Hours

    Some nights and weekends required for special events, family meetings, etc.

    Eligible for Overtime


    Benefits Eligible


    Essential Services Personnel (see policy for detail)


    Physical Capacity Exam Required


    Valid Driver’s License Required



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