Director of College Counseling
Gilman School Baltimore, MD Originally established in 1897 as “The Country Day School for Boys,” Gilman School is rooted in the belief that, in order to build character, school should provide every boy with strong academics and a full-day program that includes afternoon sports. Today, Gilman educates boys in kindergarten through Grade 12 through a rich, college-preparatory program of offerings in academics, athletics, and the arts. The school subscribes to the teacher-coach model and takes great pride in the fact that its teachers connect with the students through activities outside the classroom. Most Gilman teachers are involved in athletics and/or student clubs and activities. Teachers also help to cultivate students’ interests in music and performing arts through a variety of groups, bands, and productions. Whether in the classroom, on the field, or in the community, every minute of every Gilman school day is designed to helps boys to grow to become principled young men. Set on a 68-acre campus in the northern part of Baltimore City, the school serves roughly 1000 students in three divisions: Lower School (K-Grade 5), Middle School (Grades 6-8), and Upper School (Grades 9-12). Facilities include separate buildings for each of the three divisions, an Upper School science building, an auditorium, and a shared dining hall. Athletic facilities include an arena and other gymnasiums, indoor pool, weight room, locker rooms, game and practice fields, tennis courts, and alpine tower. Gilman has a full-time faculty of nearly 140, and the average class size is 16. A strong coordinate program with two neighboring girls’ schools—Roland Park Country School and Bryn Mawr School—provides students in the Upper School with a broad and comprehensive curriculum and with opportunities for coeducational classes on all three campuses. Director of College Counseling: The Director of College Counseling is responsible for the overall strategic vision for college counseling at Gilman. The Director achieves college matriculation goals as determined in consultation with the Headmaster and Board of Trustees, and s/he leads the strategic efforts of a College Counseling team made up of three faculty counselors and an administrative assistant. Reporting to the Headmaster and working closely with the Head of Upper School, the Director ensures students and families receive effective guidance and communication throughout the college counseling process. S/he also makes certain that students set the highest appropriate aspirations for matriculation and enroll in colleges that offer them the best possible opportunity
for success. Additionally, the Director advocates for Gilman students at colleges and universities receiving applications. S/he is a critical leader for the entire school community and serves on the Leadership Council that manages the School’s overall operations. Main Responsibilities include: Strategic Vision & Planning Working with the Headmaster, Upper School administrative team, and College Counseling staff, the Director will: ● Determine a strategic timeline for the college counseling process on a grades 9-12 continuum that ensures both appropriate guidance for students and families as well as achievement of matriculation goals; ● Establish appropriately high aspirations for college matriculation in support of strategic goals; ● Develop and execute action plans for communication with and education of students and families; ● Establish and carry out plans to advocate for students in the application process; ● Steward existing relationships with colleges and build new ones that further matriculation goals; ● Track relevant data and outcomes related to matriculation goals and student success in college; ● Develop leadership capacity of the college counseling team. Leadership & Management Working with the College Counseling staff, the Director will lead, manage, and oversee the following: ● Dissemination of information to students and families in all relevant grades; ● Coordination of the application process and meeting of deadlines; o For students and families o For faculty working on supporting materials ● Operation of Naviance and administration of appropriate standardized tests; ● Coordination of college representative visits to Gilman; ● Planning and coordination of college counseling events and programs; ● Conducting regular departmental self-study and audits. Additional Responsibilities ● Create regular reports and updates for Board of Trustees about matriculation outcomes, college admission trends, as well the level of success Gilman graduates are having in college ● Meet weekly with the Headmaster to provide current updates, evaluate established strategies, and determine forward work of the College Counseling team; ● As appropriate, teach a class, serve as an advisor, and/or coach a sport; ● Extend oneself beyond the job description to support the mission and goals of the School.
Skills and Qualifications A qualified candidate will have at least a bachelor’s degree and experience in areas of college admissions and/or placement. S/he will understand school settings covering a range of grade levels and will demonstrate an interest in and enthusiasm for boys’ education. Written and oral communication skills, as well as organizational acumen, are necessary. S/he will possess the ability to connect and collaborate with a variety of people and constituencies within and outside the school community. Finally, the embodiment of character traits found in the Gilman Five (Honor, Integrity, Respect, Humility, Excellence) is critical. Compensation: Compensation is highly competitive in the Baltimore area and is commensurate with the position and experience. Gilman enjoys a remarkably low faculty turnover rate—below 10% in the last three years, where the national average is 16.8%— mostly attributed to retirements. The school ranks in the top 2% in salaries across all experience ranges among the 13 independent schools in the Baltimore area. Behind these numbers lies the fact that Gilman is an institution that cares about the well-being of its employees, nurtures creativity and encourages further education and professional development. To Apply: Gilman has engaged the services of Carney, Sandoe & Associates to assist in its search for this position. Interested individuals should email a cover letter and resume to: Ben Bolte Senior Search Consultant Carney, Sandoe & Associates firstname.lastname@example.org / 617-933-3430 (direct) Skype benbolte Please do not send your information to Gilman School. All inquiries are confidential.
gilman school 5407 Roland Avenue Baltimore, Maryland 21210 t 410-323-3800 f 410-464-3132 www.gilman.edu
school profile 2016-2017 administration Henry P. A. Smyth, Headmaster Bartley P. Griffith, Jr., Assistant Head of School Robert Heubeck, Head of Upper School college counselors Iva Turner, Director Matthew Herman Anna Follensbee Justin Baker appointments Vivian Sawyer, Office Manager 410-323-3800, ext. 238 ceeb: #210-095 FACTS ABOUT GILMAN
history Founded in 1897 as this nation’s first country day school
accreditation Association of Independent Maryland and DC Schools; Approved by the Maryland State Board of Education; Member of NAIS, The College Board, NACAC, ACCIS
enrollment 1003 Students 466 in Upper School—109 Seniors 245 in Middle School 292 in Lower School
upper school faculty Full time—65, Part-time—3 85% with advanced degrees Average number of years teaching experience—18 Average number of years teaching experience at Gilman School—10
Gilman School, founded in 1897, is an independent day school for boys in grades kindergarten through twelve.
A coordinate program allows students to take courses at Bryn Mawr School (BMS) and Roland Park Country School (RPCS).
Gilman is dedicated to helping students prepare for college and for lives of involvement and service. Gilman School admits qualified applicants of any race, religion, color, sexual orientation, and national or ethnic origin.
upper school curriculum (grades 9-12) Gilman offers a challenging college-preparatory curriculum. Students in the ninth and tenth grades take six courses each year. Juniors and seniors must take at least five courses each year. Advanced Placement (AP) courses are offered in some disciplines. Departmental philosophy precludes offering an honors track in English or history. advanced placement courses are offered in: Sequential Disciplines Chemistry Spanish Literature Biology Latin Vergil Calculus French Language Electives Spanish Language Art History Statistics honors courses are offered in: Sequential Disciplines Algebra II Electives History of Science Geometry Precalculus U.S. History Since 1945 (Not offered in 2016-17) Physics French Latin Spanish Studio Art
upper school student-faculty ratio—6.5:1 average upper school class size—14 financial aid budget—$4.5 million 34 percent in Upper School 30 percent in Middle School 17 percent in Lower School
Global Online Academy (GOA), a consortium of the world’s leading independent schools whose mission is to translate into online classrooms the intellectually rigorous programs and excellent teaching that are hallmarks of its member schools. Cum Laude Society, an academic honor society that inducts the top 10% of the class in the junior year, and an additional 10% in the spring of the senior year. An association of 382 members, Cum Laude chapters are found in independent and public schools in the U.S. and around the world.
4 years English 3 years Mathematics 3 years Foreign/Classical Language 2 years Lab Science 3 years History 4 years Athletics 50 hours of community service completed within any 16-month period 21 credits total required for graduation. In order to satisfy the State of Maryland graduation requirements, students must take a total of six credits of math and science combined. Athletics are co-curricular within the Gilman program, and are considered the last class of the day. Students are required to participate in three seasons of interscholastic or intramural athletics. Seniors may opt out of one season.
grading • Grading is either numerical or Pass/Fail; all courses are either one or two semesters in length. • Rank: Because of the small size of the graduating class, Gilman does not rank its students. • Grading Scale 97-100 a+ 93-96 a 90-92 a- 87-89 b+ 83-86 b 80-82 b- 77-79 c+ 73-76 c 70-72 c- below 70 f
the gilman five The values of Respect, Honor, Integrity, Humility, and Excellence are emphasized throughout school life, and provide a foundation from which we fulfill the School’s mission.
SAT Reasoning Test: Mean Scores class
Advanced Placement Test Results: 2016 - All Classes subject
640 632 628 654 654 649
630 644 653 676 670 664
629 633 654 649 645
class of 2017 - 109 members mean scores by quintile
1 2 3 4 5
704 679 638 596 525
737 703 664 644 521
714 679 647 595 528
2017 (through junior year) 2017 (through junior year) 2016 2015 2014 2013
Revised SAT Old SAT
SAT Subject Test Results: Class of 2017 - through Junior Year subject Biology - Molecular Chemistry Chinese with Listening English Literature French Latin Math Level II Physics Spanish U.S. History
680 677 690 657 690 597 694 719 622 658
2 33 1 6 2 13 33 27 10 18
Art History Music Theory Studio Art: Drawing Portfolio English Language and Composition English Literature and Composition European History Macroeconomics Microeconomics United States Government and Politics United States History Calculus AB Calculus BC Computer Science A Statistics Biology Chemistry Environmental Science Physics 1 Physics C: Mechanics Chinese Language and Culture French Language and Culture Latin Spanish Language and Culture Spanish Literature and Culture Psychology World History
% earning 3 or higher
8 3 6 6 3 13 7 8 8 17 22 24 15 29 37 40 9 1 1 5 9 10 19 3 5 1
50% 100% 100% 100% 67% 69% 71% 88% 88% 82% 27% 96% 87% 83% 95% 88% 11% 100% 100% 20% 89% 100% 100% 100% 80% 100%
National Merit Program Semifinalists Commended National Hispanic
2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 8 6 8 2 1 21 23 17 19 12 1 2 1
COLLEGE ENROLLMENT Two or more students from the Classes of 2012-2016 are enrolled at the following colleges and universities: 4 Amherst University 3 Bates College 2 Brown University 5 Bucknell University 2 Carnegie Mellon University Case Western Reserve University 2 6 Colgate University 2 College of Charleston 5 College of William and Mary 5 Colorado College 6 Columbia University 6 Cornell University 7 Dartmouth College 6 Davidson College 2 Denison University 4 University of Denver 9 Dickinson College 3 Drexel University 9 Duke University 4 Elon University 2 Emory University 7 Franklin & Marshall College 3 Frostburg State University 7 Furman University 11 George Washington University
12 Georgetown University Georgia Institute of Technology 3 6 Gettysburg College 3 Grinnell College 2 Hampton University 9 Harvard University 3 Haverford College 3 Howard University 4 James Madison University 19 Johns Hopkins University 8 Kenyon College 2 Lehigh University 2 Loyola University Maryland 2 Lynchburg College 3 Macalester College 2 Mass. Institute of Technology 2 Mercyhurst University 2 Miami University, Oxford 4 Middlebury College 3 Monmouth University 2 Morehouse College 5 New York University 2 Northeastern University 4 Northwestern University 3 Ohio Wesleyan University
2 Pennsylvania State University 5 Princeton University Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 5 11 Rhodes College 3 Roanoke College 2 Rollins College Sewanee: The University of the South 7 2 Skidmore College 2 St. Maryâ€™s College of Maryland 4 Stanford University 2 Syracuse University 3 The Ohio State University The University of Texas at Austin 4 6 Trinity College 9 Tufts University 8 Tulane University United States Air Force Academy 2 United States Military Academy 7 3 United States Naval Academy 5 University of Alabama 7 University of Chicago University of Colorado at Boulder 2 4 University of Delaware 9 University of MD Balt. County University of MD College Park 52
2 University of Kentucky 8 University of Michigan 2 University of Mississippi 8 University of NC Chapel Hill 5 University of Notre Dame 9 University of Pennsylvania 2 University of Pittsburgh 3 University of Richmond 6 University of South Carolina University of Southern California 2 3 University of Vermont 14 University of Virginia University of Wisconsin-Madison 2 4 Ursinus College 8 Vanderbilt University 2 Villanova University 3 Virginia Polytechnic Institute 8 Wake Forest University 4 Washington College 7 Washington Univ. in St. Louis 2 Wesleyan University 3 Williams College 9 Yale University