The Philadelphia School, a progressive pre-8 day school with 476 students and 115 employees, seeks a Director of Admission beginning July 1, 2018. The Director of Admission is responsible for leading the school’s effort to attract, enroll, and retain a diverse and mission-appropriate student population. The Director is charged with understanding the changing educational landscape in Philadelphia, solidifying the school’s brand position, and developing strategies and tactics to achieve enrollment targets. The ideal candidate will be passionate about the mission and programs of the school and will be prepared to set the strategy for the department, be eager to embrace innovation, and serve as a visible spokesperson to the community and other external constituencies. This position reports to The Director of Institutional Advancement and has responsibility for managing the Assistant Director of Admission and the Admission Assistant.
Principle Duties and Responsibilities:
The Director of Admission will:
Demonstrate a deep understanding of the academic program, culture, and values of the school and effectively use this knowledge to recruit, enroll, and retain prospective students and families.
Work directly with prospective families using a relational, proactive, and strategic approach to all aspects of the recruitment and selection process.
Design and oversee admission office operations; update policies, procedures, and protocols, as needed, to ensure that they are efficient, effective, welcoming, and user-friendly.
Collaborate with faculty/staff in executing admission events, assessing candidates, determining admission decisions, and optimizing enrollment.
Working with the Director of Marketing & Communications, develop a strategic communication plan and ensure that all materials are consistent with the overall branding strategy and style guide.
Oversee the management of the admission database.
Maintain, analyze, forecast, and report on relevant data such as demographics, admission/enrollment/retention stats, and national/local tends.
Supervise admission office staff.
Recruit and train student and parent volunteers.
Develop and monitor the admission budget.
Foster high ethical standards, integrity, and respect for colleagues, alumni, parents, and students throughout the admission process.
Be sensitive to economic, cultural, and other issues present in the enrollment of a diverse student body.
Communicate clearly and enthusiastically to all staff and prospective students
A Bachelor’s degree; Master’s degree in education, business, or a related field is preferred
5+ years of experience in education, preferably in admission.
Ability to think critically and creatively and to work collaboratively with other school community members.
Proven success and/or proven potential to work in a senior administrative role.
Demonstrated leadership qualities.
Outstanding oral and written communication skills.
Knowledge & Skill Requirements:
Working knowledge of admission best practices and trends in independent school education, recruiting/marketing tools and technology, and student databases.
Must be diplomatic, tactful, discreet, flexible, resourceful, dependable, organized, friendly, punctual, and professional.
Must be able to work effectively with multiple supervisors, balance and prioritize multiple requests.
Must demonstrate ability to complete assigned project tasks on time and with minimal supervision.