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UWCSEA is looking for a Head of University Advising to join its Dover Campus in August 2020. The position encomapasses careers and university advising with a strong focus on supporting students in making the best possible decisions for their futures which are aligned to their passions and capacities. Although the title names university advising explicitly, UWCSEA Dover is looking for a forward-thinking leader who is able to continue leading a holistic strategy for re-thinking career guidance into the future. As a result, the successful candidate will need to have  an in-depth understanding of emerging themes in the world of further education and employment. The successful candidate will need to provide guidance to the wider College leadership team on learning pathways for the future and demonstrate a deep understanding of the opportunities and challenges for international students in global education and the changing world of work.

The successful candidate must have current and considerable experience advising students applying for admission to universities across the world, and especially in North America and the United Kingdom. Experience of developing and implementing a Grade 9-10 careers exploration and work-experience programme is highly desirable. In addition, experience in advising students with financial aid needs would be advantageous. The successful candidate must also be able to lead Gap Year conversations with students.

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. Most importantly, the appointee can look forward to the highly fulfilling task of working alongside highly motivated, enthusiastic, and talented students as they grow through their High School years.

The Context

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. Here are some reasons why:

  • You can be part of the College at an exciting time in its development. The implementation of our bespoke College-wide curriculum, the integration of technology into teaching and learning, and a significant focus on educating for ethical dispositions are just some of the exciting initiatives our staff are currently involved in.
  • As a non-profit organisation, we invest a percentage of income into scholarships for approximately 100 students each year. These scholars come from a wide variety of cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. You can teach and learn from these exceptional students.
  • Our academic results are outstanding, but our focus on holistic education means teachers are involved in all aspects of the programme. At UWCSEA you can take students trekking in the Himalayas or kayaking in Thailand, building houses in Cambodia or skiing in Switzerland. Equally, you can support them in making real connections with the local community, working with children with multiple disabilities or teaching life skills to domestic workers who have been victims of violence. All our students and teachers, from Kindergarten 1 to Grade 12 are involved in our activities, outdoor education and service programmes.
  • We provide a professional learning programme that brings international experts to the school and supports teachers in their professional learning journey.

Main responsibilities

  • Lead the Dover University Advising Team, including six advisors and two assistants, overseeing all activities related to university advising, including: parent, student and teacher workshops, IB Diploma course selection, university visits, internship placements, gap year/ national service planning, standardized testing, and reference writing.
  • Oversee and support application processing for all students to world-wide universities, including Europe, the US, UK, Canada, and Asia.
  • Collect and analyse department data.
  • Work together with High School Leadership Team, Parents' Association, Alumni Relations and the Admissions, Marketing and Communications to support families as they plan to join, or for their life beyond, UWCSEA.
  • Provide Grade 11-12 students and parents support, guidance, information and advocacy as they navigate their way through the university application process worldwide.
  • Ensure that students and parents feel well-informed, supported and empowered to identify appropriate universities that are a good match and present themselves to those universities in a manner that highlights their strengths.
  • Support students and parents in their transition from Grade 10 to Grade 11 with preliminary university information and guidance on IB Diploma subject selection.
  • Participate in the ongoing development and implementation of a careers and strengths exploration program for Grades 9-10 along with other members of the University Advising department.
  • Lead the team of University Advisors so as to provide the highest possible standards of support to students and parents.
  • Represent UWCSEA at major international admissions and guidance conferences.

Person specification

  • A degree and experience as a High School University Advisor/College Counselor with experience leading a  team.
  • The ability to engage with students and to engender enthusiasm for learning is a prerequisite for working at UWCSEA.
  • Candidates should be willing and eager to participate in the five elements of UWCSEA's holistic learning programme: Academic; Pastoral; Service; Activities; Outdoor Education.
  • Expectations include enthusiastic participation in Professional Development, both that which is mandated by the College and that which is identified by the University Advisor.
  • Work with the High School team to develop and implement appropriate procedures consistent with the College’s values and practices.
  • Regularly update knowledge base on all university-related matters in a rapidly changing tertiary world through personal research, departmental Insets, and various professional development opportunities including visiting universities and making presentations at relevant conferences, very often during the school holidays.

Interested applicants, please submit an application via our portal by Wednesday, 23 October 2019.

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.

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