A Pre-K to Grade 12 Independent Quaker Day School Serving the Greater Durham-Chapel Hill Area

Current Openings

College Counselor

The Opportunity:

Carolina Friends School seeks a full-time Upper School College Counselor to begin on or about August 1, 2019.  This position is eligible for a full employee benefits package.

The Upper School College Counselor will be fully responsible for facilitating the college search process for Carolina Friends School students. In addition to annually counseling 40-50 seniors through the college application process, the College Counselor will educate students and families about all aspects of planning and managing a college and career search process.  

The College Counselor also teaches 1-2 classes in the Upper School and serves as an advisor for a group of about 10 students. The College Counselor reports to, and works closely with, the Upper School Head Teacher.


  • Provides education and information about the college search process to families on both individualized and community levels. Manages appropriate programming and associated print and digital resources for students and parents at each stage of their Upper School experience.

  • Works closely with each family starting in the spring of the junior year through college decisions in the spring of senior year.

  • Maintains records of student applications, complete and in process; records and analyzes acceptance data, matriculations in Naviance.

  • Facilitates appropriate and effective use of Naviance by CFS students and families.

  • Writes Counselor Recommendation and completes relevant application forms for each student.

  • Assists students with essay writing and interview preparation.

  • Arranges for college representative visits to CFS.

  • Works collaboratively with the Director of Athletics, coaches, and students regarding athletic recruitment.

  • Assists advisors in course selection choices as necessary.

  • Communicates to families about standardized testing options and dates.

  • Serves as AP-Coordinator and oversees AP test administration.

  • Maintains and updates the Upper School Profile.

  • Guides staff in the writing of teacher recommendations and manages the collection of teacher recommendations.

  • Attends Weekly Upper School Staff Meetings and other duties as required by the Upper School Head Teacher.


  • Bachelor’s degree in education or academic subject area. Relevant advanced degree preferred.

  • Teaching and/or college counseling experience at the secondary school level and/or experience in college and university admissions.

  • A genuine love of adolescents and a visible joy in working with kids of widely-ranging ambitions and abilities.

  • Strong knowledge of local, regional, and national colleges and universities and their academic programs.

  • A desire and ability to be collegial, flexible, and joyful in an energetic work environment.

  • A commitment to CFS’s Mission and Philosophy; application of that student-centered mission and philosophical perspective to college counseling.

  • Superior communication, time-management and organizational skills.

  • Understanding of and strong affinity for Quaker philosophy and the School’s mission.

  • Willingness to understand and explore how power and inequality influenced by factors such as race, class, gender, sexuality, and learning and physical disabilities impact our students, families and colleagues.


Who We Are:

The Upper School at CFS strives to be a learning community rooted in Quaker philosophy and values where teenagers can find and can help create a safe place for the exploration of themselves and the world. Students and teachers address one another without titles as an expression of the equality we see in one another.  We believe that a child’s secondary education experience should challenge them to develop the critical thinking, reading, and problem-solving skills that not only prepare students for life beyond graduation, but also for participation in the world as active agents right now. We require students to have a wide variety of curricular experiences, from traditional academic requirements to extensive work in the arts and community service. Upper School students are asked to see themselves as stewards of the whole community.


How to Apply:

Interested candidates should submit, when possible in one complete PDF file, the following:

• Cover Letter

• Resume

• Statement of Educational Philosophy

• Three letters of recommendation, including their names and contact information

Please complete all these documents into one complete packet and submit to jobopenings@cfsnc.org.  Please indicate College Counselor in the email subject line.

Under separate cover, please ask each recommender to send a letter of reference directly to jobopenings@cfsnc.org and indicate College Counselor in the subject line of the email.  All letters of reference must be received in order for the application to be complete.

Review of resumes will begin immediately and continue until filled.  CFS reserves the right to close the recruitment at any time. Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as all materials can be compiled.

APPLICANTS: Please review the Who We Are, Commitment to Diversity and Inclusivity, and Important Information for All Applicants sections on the CFS Employment opportunities page.


Carolina Friends School actively strives to be a community of staff, students, and families of diverse backgrounds. CFS does not discriminate based on age, race, color, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, disability, socio-economic background, family structure, national or ethnic origin, genetic information, or military service in the administration of its policies and program.

                 CFS is an equal opportunity employer in both policy and practice.