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Garrison Forest School


Director of College Counseling


The Garrison Forest School has an opening for the Director of College Counseling to begin July 2020. The Director of College Counseling coordinates all efforts on the part of Garrison Forest School to guide students through the college search and application process. Such guidance includes counseling students and parents about post-secondary options, planning standardized testing strategies, assisting with all aspects of the financial aid process, and reviewing applications and transcripts.

As an ambassador of the School, the Director of College Counseling has extensive contact with college admissions officers, helping them to understand and appreciate the students and program at Garrison Forest. At the same time, the Director also has the opportunity to acquire extensive knowledge of the possibilities available to students at colleges and universities. The Director hosts university representatives at Garrison Forest in addition to visiting college and university campuses each year.

The ideal candidate will be an experienced college counselor and/or college admission professional whose knowledge of colleges is broad (minimum 5 years of experience in independent school college counseling and/or college admission). The candidate should have a style that is collaborative, communicative and student-centered. GFS college counselors work effectively and engage proactively with students and parents to meet the needs of each student. The candidate should demonstrate an enthusiasm for collaboration with various teams (Dean of Academic Development, the counseling staff, Dean of Students, and other staff and administrators).

GFS is a day and boarding school—interest/experience in working with students from diverse and international backgrounds is essential. Candidates should be prepared to integrate themselves with vibrancy to the life of the school—attending performances, athletic events, and other student activities is essential to ensure that each student is known from multiple perspectives and to believe fully in each student’s potential and trajectory.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Supervise the Associate Director of College Counseling and the College Counseling Coordinator/Upper School Registrar;
  • Know and advocate strongly for GFS students, and the GFS curriculum and mission;
  • Work with approximately 35-40 students each year and guide them through the college search, financial aid and application process;
  • Write school/counselor letters of recommendation;
  • Coordinate/host admissions visitors to GFS during fall travel season
  • Deliver/team-teach the 10th, 11th and 12th-grade college counseling curriculum
  • Coordinate PSAT, Mock ACT administrations and the two week Independent Senior Project (late May)
  • Coordinate SAT/ACT prep program with professional test prep company
  • Actively cultivate and maintain strong relationships with college admissions officers; 
  • Assist students with essays, resumes and interviews;
  • Plan and facilitate parent programming;
  • Report periodically to the Board of Trustees and the faculty;
  • Revise the Garrison Forest School profile annually;
  • Project and manage the College Counseling Office budget;
  • Update GFS courses externally (i.e. NCAA Initial Eligibility Center);
  • Be active in professional organizations and stay abreast of college admission trends;
  • Pursue on-going professional development by attending conferences and college tours; 
  • Serve on the Curriculum Committee and report to the Head of Upper School


  • B.A. degree or equivalent – Master’s degree desirable.
  • Exceptional writer and public speaker
  • Proven collaborator who can work with all internal/external members of the community
  • Creative and innovative leader who thinks strategically about ways to improve the college counseling program
  • High emotional intelligence (e.g., empathy)
  • Strong technology skills, particularly with Google and MaiaLearning (college counseling platform
  • Confidence, self-direction and sense of humor
  • GFS seeks candidates who will contribute to and are committed to diversity and multicultural educational practices. Ability to work in a diverse community is essential.

School Overview:
Garrison Forest School, located in Baltimore County, Maryland, is an independent, non-sectarian day and boarding school educating girls in grades K-12, with a coed preschool. GFS offers a national and international boarding program for girls in grades 8-12.  Founded in 1910 and set on a stunning 110-acre campus in suburban Owings Mills, Garrison Forest offers a program with a wealth of opportunities in Academics, the Arts, and Athletics. Confident, creative and compassionate, GFS girls are encouraged to be fully engaged within the school and with the local and global community around them as they develop their passions and their own authentic voices in a spirited and joyful environment.

Application Process:
Candidates should send a cover letter and resume to: Information can be mailed to Vanessa Griffin, Assistant to the Head of School, Garrison Forest School, 300 Garrison Forest Road, Owings Mills, Maryland 21117. No telephone calls, please.

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