Director of University & College Counseling at American Embassy School, New Delhi in India
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Director of University & College Counseling
American Embassy School, New Delhi (India)

Aug 23, 21
Sep 15, 21

School Details

The American Embassy School (AES) Delhi is a private, not-for-profit day school for families in India with diplomatic missions and aid agencies and other expatriates. The school is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and is sponsored in India by the US State Department. We enroll 950 students from 65 countries. At the American Embassy School (AES), we strive to provide authentic and relevant academic and co-curricular programs that meet the needs of each student. We embrace collaboration, creativity, and professionalism as we model a joyful, balanced learning environment for our students. We have a solid commitment to professional development, which aligns with school-wide and personal learning objectives.

AES offers a rigorous university preparatory program that includes the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) and some Advanced Placement (AP) options. Grades 9 and 10 provide a foundation for success for both the AES High School Diploma or entry into the IBDP. Enrollment in IB and AP classes is open to all students. AES’ motto, “Enter to Learn, Leave to Serve,” is actively upheld by the work of the student-led Service Council and 12 community service clubs. AES service clubs work with local children, impoverished communities, human and animal rights, and environmental concerns. 75% of all high school students and 90% of our grade 12 class actively participate in voluntary service.

The American Embassy School is committed to diversity among our staff, and applicants of diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

Position Qualifications

AES seeks an experienced leader who has:

  • excellent communications skills, especially engaging public speaking, close listening, and clear and dynamic writing abilities;
  • superior organizational skills;
  • significant experience in highly selective university admissions in independent schools;
  • commitment to continued professional development and growth;
  • knowledge of curriculum development and an understanding of the curricular landscape as it pertains to university admissions;
  • a strategic thinker with the ability to critically evaluate processes and implement change;
  • broad knowledge of the programs and requirements at a wide range of colleges and universities;
  • an appreciation of progressive education and its pedagogy;
  • a flexible mindset, able to embrace change;
  • emotional intelligence and cultural sensitivity;
  • a bachelor’s degree (required); advanced degree preferred.
  • At least seven years of experience in university admission and related program development 

And who is:

  • warm, patient, and empathetic, but firm and clear about boundaries;
  • a collaborative leader committed to supporting and developing a team;
  • accessible and responsive;
  • able to share the optimism and hope around the university search and application process as well as the realities;
  • committed to building solid and individualized relationships with students and their families;
  • delighted about being part of a school community, eager to engage, and willing to be a visible presence;
  • confident and comfortable in the spotlight yet humble and open to constructive criticism;
  • invested in understanding AES’s unique culture and approach to teaching and learning;
  • able to manage and navigate the expectations of invested and aspirational families with grace and aplomb;
  • a lifelong learner.

Salary and Benefits

The American Embassy School offers competitive compensation and a generous benefits package.

AES Believes

  • That each colleague makes a significant contribution to our success
  • That each colleagues’ contributions should not be limited to the assigned responsibilities.

Therefore, this position description is designed to outline primary duties; qualifications, and job scope, but not limit the employee or AES to only the work identified. It is the school’s expectation that each colleague will offer his/her services, create documents, materials, and content, wherever and whenever necessary, and undertake any task that may reasonably be expected by the school and is commensurate with their role as a leader in the service of the learning community. 

The Mission of the Position

The Director of University and College Counseling will lead an innovative, proactive, and data-informed University and College Counseling program to support AES students in gaining optimum matriculation options for their post-secondary education.

The Work

The Director will support the AES High School students in their post-secondary education selection, application, and admissions journey beginning in grade 11 and completing grade 12. The Director will partner and support students and their families in both group and individual meetings.

Beginning in Grade 11 and the fall of Grade 12, students’ schedules include weekly University Group Meetings (UGM). The counseling team divides responsibility for the senior class (approximately 80 students) so that each counselor has a caseload of 25-30 students. The comprehensive counselors share responsibility for writing recommendations, designing programming, representing AES at regional and national conferences, and communicating with colleges and universities to support students in their goals post-AES.
The Director oversees an office of seven (the Director, three Comprehensive Counselors, one Social-Emotional Counselor, and two Administrative Secretaries) and is responsible for articulating and facilitating the department’s vision.

The Director of University Counseling reports to the High School Principal and serves on the High School Leadership Team.

The Director of University Counseling will lead the guidance of our students to guide well-chosen, great-fit, selective pursuits after high school by:

  • Providing leadership and guidance the entire college process, leading to students wisely choosing desirable, selective post-secondary pursuits where they'll thrive
  • Ensure students and families feel educated, supported, and prepared for the admissions processes for universities worldwide.
  • Ensure that the college process is. founded upon productive relationships with both the students and their families
  • Serve on the Enrollment and Marketing Team, Diversity Committee, High School Faculty, and the Leadership Team and carry out functions assigned by each.
  • Teach University Counseling Seminar for Juniors and Seniors
  • Assemble, analyze, and present data on high school testing, college/university application results, and academic programs to the AES Director and Board of Governors.
  • Through travel to campuses and conferences, develop and maintain strong relationships with a broad network of colleges and universities.
  • In cooperation with other counselors, host grade-level meetings with students and families regarding curriculum, testing, financial aid, and the college application process.
  • Raise the visibility of AES locally, regionally, and internationally
  • Facilitate, publicize and support college admission representatives’ visits to AES
  • In cooperation with support staff, supervise the maintenance of MaiaLearning,
  • Provide ample and flexible summer hours for rising seniors to work on applications, essays, and interviews
  • Develop a comprehensive family education program that helps families throughout the school be aware of the university admission process
  • Work with the communications office to update the university guidance section of the school website
  • Support recruiting and training new department members as needed;
  • Perform regular evaluations and provide regular feedback and goal setting to department members;
  • Stay current with trends in university admission, higher education, and national testing;
  • Build and foster strong relationships with selective university admission offices throughout the United States, UK/Europe, Canada, and Asia;
  • Represent AES and its students through active participation in college/university counseling professional organizations and take a leadership role in meetings, committees, and workshops.

Expectations and Expected Results

Provide Stability and Direction
Due to various circumstances, the AES university counseling office has seen an unusual amount of transition during the last seven years. To best serve students and families during these transitions, experienced counselors with ties to the AES community have stepped into short-term roles in the office. Though at AES for a relatively short period, the current team has established a collaborative and trusting working relationship. They look forward to being supported and supporting the new Director, as they assess the program and office’s needs and grow the program appropriately.

Assess Programming and Resources.
From case study programs to university fairs to a university night for juniors, the counseling office will sponsor a range of programming to help students and families learn about and engage with the university search and application processes. The team would like to explore the most effective and helpful programs for students and their families, including whether engagement with students and families earlier in their high school experience has merit. The office used Naviance through the 2019-20 school year and is contracted with MaiaLearning through the 2022-23 school year. The next Director will be able to evaluate and determine which resource to use.

Support AES’s Vision of Inclusion.
The Director has the opportunity to examine and reframe the university counseling program to align with this vision and to better support all AES students and families.
Continue to Build University Counseling Office Practice.
As the University Counseling Office evaluates and evolves its programming, the Director will also model and guide continued professional development. This guidance will include focusing on how staff can further identify and center students’ individual needs in the university search process so that they feel fully seen, heard, understood, and supported.

Partner with Faculty to Best Support Students.
The University Counseling Office has the opportunity to work closely with the faculty who serve as Grade-level Community Advisors. Community Advisors typically work with students throughout their four years of high school. They often have critical insight into their advisees’ overall experiences and family dynamics that may support the work of the university counselors. The Director will also have the opportunity to continue guiding and supporting faculty who write letters of recommendation on how to represent students in their college applications best.

To Apply


Please write a letter of application, in English, in which you thoughtfully explain why you believe that this role would be an excellent match for your experience, skills and passions addressed to Dr. Andrew Torris, Director, at and Mr. Iftekhar Syed, High School Principal at Also please fill in the application Here.


 Last Date for Applications: 15 September 2021

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