Senior School Dean/College Counseling Lead


Distinguished by its rigorous academics, outstanding faculty, and highly motivated students, Sewickley Academy is Pittsburgh’s longest-standing coeducational independent PreK-12 day school. Our mission is to inspire and educate students to engage their hearts, minds, and hands to cultivate their full individual and collective potential in the service of a greater good. At the Academy, every child is challenged to explore and excel to their highest ability and encouraged to arrive each day with their authentic selves.

With the recent completion of state-of-the-art computer science and robotics classrooms and new athletic facilities, the Academy is poised for the continued expansion of our STEM and athletic programs.  We believe strongly in the importance and value of a well-rounded education in academics, the arts, athletics, and community service.  Our faculty and staff from all departments and divisions work together to create an environment of encouragement and support by inspiring students to reach their goals and develop a love of learning. 

This position offers a competitive salary plus excellent benefits and work/life balance programs, including a premium-free health plan option, an excellent retirement plan, generous leave time, and tuition benefits programs. Are you searching for a workplace where a diverse mix of talented people come together to serve our students? If so, apply for this today!

Job Description

Reporting to the Head of Senior School, the Senior School Dean/College Counseling Lead is responsible for fostering a positive, supportive, and enriching educational environment for a diverse group of students in grades 9 through 12. In this 12-month, administrative position, they serve as the primary advisor and college counselor, providing guidance and support on all college-related, academic, extracurricular, social-emotional, and disciplinary matters. In addition to this work, this position connects families with school resources and support and is the primary point of contact for parents and students.

The Senior School Dean/College Counseling Lead serves as a crucial representative of the institution to the wider community. They work daily with Senior School faculty and staff to manage student, parent, and teacher concerns, and are part of a team who relies on each other for judgment, support, and wisdom. This role carries major responsibility for all college counseling matters, including guiding and supporting fellow Senior School Deans in their work with students, creating and establishing student education around the college application process, and building strong relationships with families.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Maintain a strong presence in the school on a daily basis, working closely with other administrators to set the tone and manage the rhythms of the daily schedule
  • Build close relationships with students and provide support and guidance to help them navigate challenges, identify opportunities for growth and success, and achieve their academic and personal goals
  • Collaborate with other administrators, faculty, and staff to address students' needs, develop policies, and shape the overall student experience
  • Work closely with the Director of Student Life and Head of Senior School to provide support and guidance to students when their choices have led to disciplinary outcomes
  • Respond to family inquiries in a timely and helpful manner and connect them with the appropriate resources and support
  • Provide strategic, innovative, and comprehensive college counseling advice to their students during the college research and application process
  • Collaborate on the development and delivery of college counseling materials and presentations to help educate students and families
  • Write counselor recommendations for rising seniors before the start of Grade 12
  • Ensure that the school provides the best possible support for all college applications, including document delivery, school profile, and teacher recommendations
  • Embrace the school’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and continually evaluate  programs, contributions, and community interactions to reflect this commitment 
  • Demonstrate a desire for constant professional and personal growth by regularly participating in and seeking out professional learning opportunities
  • Promote school life by participating on academic committees, contributing to department and staff meetings, and presenting at faculty-staff events 

  • Bachelor’s degree required; Masters degree preferred; College counseling experience a must
  • Minimum of five years experience in a relevant position that results in a strong understanding of academic life and school culture, as well as the skills and empathy necessary to effectively counsel adolescents
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to engage effectively with students, parents, faculty, and other members of the school community in a way that is reflective of the school’s culture and that projects professional competence, leadership capability, warmth, and sound judgment 


All interested applicants applying for this position should submit their resume, cover letter, and salary requirements. 

Sewickley Academy is committed to having an inclusive community where all members are treated with dignity and respect. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, the Academy does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices on the basis of gender/gender-identity, sex, race or ethnicity, color, national origin, religion, age, disability, veteran's status, genetic information, family or marital status, sexual orientation, or any other protected class.