Mr. Steven Garcia, Upper School History

Our culture runs deep at Menaul, and it is very common to see Alumni return for homecoming, sports, and community events. The Menaul community will welcome you with open arms and you will quickly feel at home. Being new to Menaul, I saw this firsthand.

Current Openings

Program Background: 

Menaul School, an independent day and boarding school for grades 6-12 with a rich Presbyterian heritage, is seeking a qualified candidate interested in a full-time position to join its staff in the new year. For more than 125 years, Menaul School has welcomed students of all cultures, religions, ethnicities, and income levels. World Smart exemplifies not only who we are but what we do. 

Position Summary: 

Menaul School is looking for a well-organized, inspirational, and nurturing candidate with excellent communication skills and high aspirations for young people to serve as our college and mental health counselor. This position is a full-time position. The college counselor position at Menaul School is a professional who will help each student to create an individualized plan for university admission and post-high school life. Menaul School students are well-prepared for college academics, and a highly successful college counselor will help to connect our students to right-fit programs in New Mexico, other states, and internationally. The mental health counselor is a person who will help identify, assess, and build plans to help keep Menaul students healthy and safe, as well as engaging with the faculty and families to keep abreast of the issues in our community. 

Basic Information

Job Title: College and Mental Health Counselor 
Job Location: Albuquerque, NM 
Target Population: Menaul School students, primarily at junior and senior level 
School Type: American Regionally Accredited Independent School with an A+ rating 
Starting Date: Immediately 

Essential Job Responsibilities: 

  • Meets with students and families on an individual basis to help assess ongoing issues 
  • Provides support and resources to general student body, families, faculty, staff 
  • Works with outside social services personnel or organizations to coordinate student care 
  • Communicates regularly with administration, faculty, families, and students 
  • Builds and maintains relationships with college admissions professionals 
  • Develop and maintain a strong data-driven system to track student progress and outcomes 
  • Compiles regular records of college admissions activity, especially an end-of-year report 
  • Organizes standardized testing at the school through the College Board 
  • Inspire students to dream big for college and career aspirations 
  • Develop student skills applicable to the admissions process (essay writing, interviewing, intrapersonal skills) 
  • Educates students and families about the specific details of the college admissions process, including scholarship and financial aid opportunities 
  • Assisting students in course selection, extracurriculars, test prep and planning pathways for competitive college admissions 
  • Develops and maintains a strong knowledge of colleges and universities, including admissions criteria, university tiers, specific programs of study, college athletics 
  • Holds weekly college seminars with different student populations to help them formulate an admissions plan, alert them to upcoming deadlines, review files, teach specific skills, and otherwise give developmentally appropriate guidance 
  • Prepares supplementary materials to be sent to colleges, including college counselor letters, transcripts, school program descriptions 
  • Review student files and be available for answering questions 
  • Work effectively with students on both an individual and group basis 
  • Maintains appropriate contact with students and parents 
  • Complies with Menaul School Employee Standards of Conduct, upholds and enforce rules, administrative directives and school policies 

Minimum Requirements for Application: 

  1. Current LMSW or LCSW professional certification 
  1. Ability to regularly create, track, and report key data in a professional manner 
  1. Excellent verbal and written communication skills and research skills 
  1. Ability to maintain high level of professionalism regarding students, staff, parents, and school matters 

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Experience, and Abilities: 

  1. Master’s degree from a regionally or internationally accredited college or university 
  1. Experience, training, or education in college counseling 
  1. Competitive college admissions experience 
  1. Experience working with youth 
  1. Independent school experience 
  1. Positive relationship with administration, faculty, students 
  1. Strong experience with MS Office Suite, especially Excel for program data and tracking 
  1. Competency with Naviance, Parchment, the Common App, the Common Data Set, etc. 
Menaul School considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, national origin, age, religion, sex, marital or veteran status, the presence of a medical condition, disability, or any other legally-protected status.  We are an equal opportunity employer.