Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School seeks an enthusiastic, articulate, and collaborative professional with strong inter-personal skills to serve as its Director of Admission.
The successful candidate will provide strategic leadership in managing all of the school’s recruitment, on-boarding, and retention efforts, working closely with professional colleagues, while also reaching out to peers in the local community and guiding the efforts of lay ambassadors. This position includes service on the school’s Hanhala Administrativit (Operational Leadership Team) and especially close partnership with the Director of Development and the Director of Communications & Outreach in projecting a compelling vision of the school’s vibrant present, its enduring impact, and its bright future. The Director of Admission will report directly to the Head of School and will supervise an Admission Associate / Events Coordinator (who also reports to the Director of Communications & Outreach). This is a 12-month, exempt, salaried position, with competitive compensation and full benefits. The preferred start date is in the late spring of 2018.
Established in 1990 as Mid-Peninsula Jewish Day School Jewish Community Day School, Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School provides a notably warm, joyful, engaging, and values-based context for the learning and growth of over 300 students in grades K to 8. The school is situated on a beautiful campus in Palo Alto, California, with spacious grounds for play and three modern school buildings. Weaving together the intertwined strands of its mission “to promote academic excellence, community responsibility, and vibrant Jewish living,” the school advances a legacy of keen questioning, active exploration, and sustained faith that the world can be a better place and that our students, prepared and stirred by both their learning and their formative experiences, can help to make it such.
Direct all efforts of the school’s Admission Office in a manner that reflects and communicates deep understanding of the school’s mission and its distinctive value proposition.
Research, track, analyze, and forecast data in order to advise the Head of School and lay leadership and to collaborate with them on the development and maintenance of a proactive multi-year enrollment plan with measurable goals to increase the number of students at the school by 15% over the next 3-5 years.
Lead the school’s recruitment of new students strategically, vibrantly, and warmly, fielding inquiries, planning Open Houses and other recruitment events, and coordinating and providing private tours.
Proactively manage a team of volunteers who serve as ambassadors for the school, providing ongoing training, keeping the team informed of changes at the school, training a subgroup to guide tours, and supporting ambassadors in planning events to recruit new families and help them understand the power of the Hausner program.
Manage the application process through its cycle, from inquiry to submission of materials and onto decisions, insuring a clear, ethical, and thoughtful process throughout this cycle, with positive, personalized experiences for all, tailored to the needs of each family.
Oversee robust and warmly welcoming on-boarding efforts for all new families and collaborate with administrative colleagues on community-building activities.
Direct a smooth re-enrollment process with a sustained focus on promoting retention, including through regular monitoring of possible attrition and coordination of proactive communication from the school to wavering families.
Promote a collaborative context around all functions of the Admission Office, inspiring and coordinating the supportive, organized, and strategic participation of administrative colleagues, faculty members, and lay volunteers.
Cultivate and sustain positive external relationships that serve Hausner’s recruitment and retention efforts, including ties with feeder schools, day care centers, current and alumni families, local Jewish organizations, regional and national associations, and any other institutions that could be helpful in attracting and retaining mission-appropriate students.
Remain current on trends in education, Jewish community life, and approaches to independent school admissions.
Prepare analytical reports related to all functions of the Admission Office and present summaries of these to the Board of Directors at the request of the Head of School and Board President.
Collaborate with the Director of Development and Director of Communications & Outreach to design and maintain a mission-driven, multi-media communications plan that serves the needs of all three offices and conveys in a consistent fashion the school’s strategic vision, its uniqueness, and its impact.
Supervise the Admission Associate / Event Coordinator, together with the Director of Communications & Outreach.
Undertake other duties as assigned by the Head of School.
Bachelor’s degree required, with advanced degree preferred
Minimum five years of experience working in a relevant professional context
Deep connection to the mission of the school, with clear appreciation for its impact and compelling ability to express its value proposition to others
Either prior experience with or readiness to learn management of all functions of the Admission office as outlined above.
High comfort in working with lay volunteers enthusiastically and appreciatively, while still maintaining professional management of the work of the Admission Office
Sound understanding of academic programming, with familiarity with independent school education preferred, ideally Jewish day school education
Strong verbal and written communication skills in general, nurtured by both curiosity and conviction, along with excellent presentation and relationship-building skills
Strong analytical decision-making skills, including in positive collaboration with others
Results-driven capacity to measure success in tangible ways and to adjust approaches as evolving circumstances require
Experience with supervising and mentoring direct reports preferred
Confidence in working with computers, including experience in using databases and spreadsheets and in researching on the internet
Active engagement in professional learning, including currency with best practices
Both evident leadership qualities and receptivity to feedback
Sensitivity and discretion, creativity and flexibility, attention to detail and ability to manage competing priorities, with a sense of humor preferred and personal warmth and customer orientation a must
Physical Requirements and Work Environment:
Generally work in standard office or school / classroom conditions and climate
Noise level is usually low to moderate and occasionally high
May work in varied inclement outside weather conditions during special activities
Required to work some nights and weekends to execute a variety of events.
Regular requirements to talk and hear, stand, walk, sit, and use a keyboard and video display terminal
Possible requirements to stoop, kneel, or crouch
Occasional requirements to lift up to 30 pounds
The work environment can be stressful at times, involving a wide variety of challenges, deadlines, and encounters with a diverse array of contacts
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions
This job announcement does not necessarily present an exhaustive or all-inclusive list of responsibilities, qualifications, physical requirements, or work conditions.
The school reserves the right to supplement, modify, or delete any aspects of this job, including the position itself, at any time, as it deems advisable.
Interested candidates should apply by sending a cover letter and resume to email@example.com, including the job title in the subject heading.
About Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School
We are a private Jewish Day School in Palo Alto, California.