Head of Careers & University Guidance

LEAF Academy
career advisory
university admissions
career counseling
Start date
15 August 2023
Type of job offer
Full-time permanent employment
Monthly salary
Compensation for the role is starting from 1800 euro gross base, depending on the qualification and track record of final candidate. Start date is Aug 15, 2023 or earlier upon mutual agreement
from 1800 €

Job description

We are looking for an enthusiastic and experienced Head of Careers & University Guidance to join our team of innovative educators.

You will be reporting to the Principal, and your main responsibilities will include:

  • Lead the development, implementation, and improvement of a comprehensive careers & university guidance programming at LEAF Academy

  • Assist students with self-assessment, career exploration and academic/career planning

  • Counsel students on AP course selection appropriate to their interests, abilities and academic plans

  • Prepare and deliver information sessions for students on post-graduate opportunities

  • Assist students with their GAP Year, internship/work placement or work planning

  • Assist students with making ambitious, yet realistic university choices

  • Provide guidance and information on all aspects of the university/college application process

  • Monitor student progress in the application process and beyond

  • Review and provide feedback on multiple drafts of students’ Personal Statements, College Essays, and Letters of Motivation, as well as university/college applications before submission

  • Provide students with information about and assistance in applying for financial aid in tertiary institutions around the world

  • Actively seek scholarship opportunities worldwide and share the information with students

  • Oversee the submission of university/college applications, including the coordination, collection, processing, and sending of all documentation, including teacher recommendations, counselor evaluations, predicted grades/AP Scores, transcripts etc.

  • Write detailed counselor recommendations, references, and nomination letters for the assigned group of students when necessary (i.e. approx. 35 - 50 senior students)

  • Establish and maintain relationships with university representatives to better advocate for students regarding admissions decisions, waitlists, conditional offers, financial aid awards etc.

  • Represent the school at various conferences, CPD workshops, receptions etc. and network with university representatives and other professionals in the field

  • Organize/facilitate/host university visits or fairs at LEAF Academy

  • Update the School Profile document, departmental policies, and other resources as needed

  • Assist our graduates with university enrolment after the release of AP exam results (i.e. in July)

  • Produce an annual report featuring the school’s university/college application statistics and graduate outcomes

  • Manage department budget

  • Line manage and mentor a part-time Career Counselor

You will also be expected to assume some of the following responsibilities:

  • advisory (part of the full-time contract): a person is responsible for a small group of students, and she/he is providing support to students when necessary

  • residential duties (expected): regular weekday and/or weekend (every 7-8 weekends per year) duties in the dormitory 

  • club or committee (expected): act as member of at least 1 extra-curricular club or educational committee at the academy

Who are we looking for

  • Minimum 4 years of recent full-time university/comprehensive high school counseling experience, preferably in an international school setting

  • Clear understanding of the admissions requirements and procedures for applying to universities around the world, particularly in North America, the UK/Ireland, and continental Europe

  • Degree in Humanities or Social Sciences, preferably Psychology, Counseling or Education.

  • Specialization or Certification in Careers/Academic Guidance or School/Guidance/Youth/University Counseling - highly desirable

  • Experience/familiarity with the Advanced Placement (AP) and US High School Diploma programs, specifically in the context of university admissions - highly desirable

  • Fluent English speaker (Fluency in Slovak or Czech is highly desirable)

  • Ability to engage with young people and build rapport easily

  • Positive, enthusiastic and proactive attitude

  • Ability to remain calm under pressure, organize time effectively, prioritize workload and meet external deadlines

  • Trustworthy, reliable, able to maintain confidentiality and integrity

  • Ability to communicate effectively and clearly, both verbally and in writing, adapting style to suit the audience

  • Strong presentation, research, and problem-solving skills

  • Ability to work to a high level of accuracy and with an eye for detail 

  • Willingness to travel internationally to attend conferences, university events and CPD workshops, as well as to work occasional evenings, weekends, and few days during the school holidays

  • Familiarity with Careers & University Guidance platforms such as BridgeU - highly desirable

  • Working knowledge of university application platforms (notably CommonApp, UCAS, Studielink, CAO)

  • The Slovak work permit is required

Why should you choose us

If you are looking for an opportunity to follow your personal mission and contribute with your unique talent to a better life in Slovakia, LEAF Academy may be the right place for you.

We can offer you:

  • Dynamic international environment: You will become part of a diverse international team that strives to be at the forefront of 21st century education.

  • Meaningful impact: We aspire to support the development of talented young people who have the potential to be change-makers in society by building a boarding school, literally from the ground up!

  • Learning opportunities: On-the-job learning and personal development here is inevitable.

  • For international hires relocation assistance, housing in student residence is available but not required

Additional information

If you are interested in this role, please send us your CV in English together with a one A4-page cover letter explaining why you would like to work at LEAF Academy and describing your skills and experience that you could us in this role. Only candidates that submit the cover letter will be considered for the role. Selected candidates will be contacted by phone within 1 week after applying. The selection process will include interviews with various team members and assignment. We take hiring very seriously and want to make as sure as possible that new members of our team will not only be excellent at what they do, but also passionate for both the role and LEAF mission and thriving in our culture - the side effect being that hiring process can take longer in some cases.


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LEAF Academy je medzinárodná rezidenčná (internátna) stredná škola pre akčných študentov so sídlom v Bratislave. Je to inovatívna škola, ktorá ťa pripraví nielen akademicky na ďalšie štúdium, ale aj n..
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