Assistant Director of College Counseling

  • Franklin Road Academy
  • Nashville, TN, USA
  • Nov 19, 2023
Full time Counseling

Job Description

At FRA, our faculty often become lifelong mentors, coming alongside our students through academic and co-curricular programs and encouraging their students to become more than they often times think is possible. Our teachers challenge students to grow as leaders and develop their sense of purpose in this world. We hire faculty who are committed to our mission to inspire, encourage, and nurture our students from our earliest pre-kindergarteners to our graduating seniors.

 Our Mission:

Franklin Road Academy provides a challenging educational experience in an inclusive Christian Community with an unwavering commitment to develop leaders of integrity and purpose.

We will:

Inspire in our students a lifelong love of learning through a dynamic academic program which will prepare them for success in life;

Encourage students to discover their passions through opportunities in academics, the arts, athletics, and servant leadership;

Nurture leaders of integrity, guided by Christian principles, compelled to lead lives of compassionate global citizenship.


Job Location: USA-TN-Nashville

Position Type: Full-time, 12-month position beginning Fall 2024

Education Level: Master's degree preferred

Job Description and Qualifications
FRA seeks an experienced college counseling professional to support the college search and application process for upper school students. This position will work with students and parent constituents in grades 8-12 to ensure quality counseling and programming while promoting college admission awareness in an approachable, student-centered culture. Qualified candidates will have a bachelor's degree (master's preferred), experience and understanding of the selective college admission process either working in the college admission environment or college counseling office in an independent day or boarding school; a desire to advocate for students, excellent writing and interpersonal communication skills, an ability to accomplish tasks in a deadline-driven environment, and a sensitivity to the needs of students and families from diverse backgrounds.


  • Advise students and families on course selection and four-year planning
  • Collaborate with the director of college counseling to implement and develop programming for students in grades 8-12 and their parents on college exploration and preparation
  • Work with a caseload of approximately forty rising seniors meeting with students and parents to help build appropriate college lists
  • Write personal, detailed recommendation letters and manage school document submission for a junior/senior caseload
  • Schedule and manage college representative visits to campus via RepVisits platforms
  • Read and submit teacher recommendations for each student in their caseload
  • Brainstorm with and edit college essays for students in their caseload
  • Empower students to manage the details of their application process while supporting their needs
  • Build and maintain relationships with college admission officers and community partners
  • Travel to professional conferences (NACAC, SACAC, ACCIS), networking events, and college visits
  • Serve as Upper School Testing Coordinator, organizing logistics/administration for standardized testing (PSAT, SAT School Day, and AP exams)
  • Plan and lead an out-of-town Interim trip for sophomores and juniors
  • Serve as an academic advisor to a small cohort of students
  • The ability to coach a sport or teach one class (highly desirable)


  • 3-5 years of experience in college counseling or selective college admissions
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills
  • Familiarity with Naviance or Scoir, CommonApp, and Slate
  • Eloquent storyteller with strong interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills; team player, writer/editor with attention to detail
  • Ability to set priorities, and complete work promptly, often working with multiple competing deadlines
  • Enthusiastic, deadline-driven, collaborative, detail-oriented, empathetic, inclusive