Crossroads School is an independent, K-12, co-educational school of nearly 1,200 students, located in the beach city of Santa Monica, CA. Crossroads was founded in 1971 on five core commitments: to academic excellence; to the arts; to the greater community; to a student body of social, racial, and economic diversity; and to the development of each student’s physical well-being and full human potential.
Crossroads has been recognized for decades as an innovative force in education and for the public good. Its progressive philosophy, strong community and culture, emphasis on diversity and inclusion (47% of students and 32% of faculty identify as people of color), and a belief that all domains of school life (arts, athletics, service, etc.) are equally integral to a child’s development and well-being have made it a top choice for families in Los Angeles. Crossroads is a school on the move: current initiatives include the newly launched and fully endowed Equity & Justice Institute, a new strategic plan, and a capital campaign to construct a performing arts complex on the 21st Street campus.
Crossroads has transitioned over the last four years to a strategic enrollment management model. Reporting to the Director of Enrollment Management, the Director of Elementary Admission is responsible for all aspects of admission: outreach, recruitment, assessment of applicants, and onboarding of new families. Working closely with the Director of Enrollment Management, the Director of Elementary Admission oversees all day-to-day operations and admissions programs for approximately 300 to 350 K-5 applicants. This position serves as the public face of admissions, promoting the Crossroads philosophy and approach with internal and external constituencies, including volunteers, students, applicant families, faculty and staff, sending schools, and other referring organizations.
Crossroads School is a high-touch, high volume institution, which requires the Admissions Office to maintain a visible profile on campus and a responsive, client-centered approach. The Director works closely in partnership with the Elementary School administration and faculty in many aspects of the admissions process. The Director supervises an Assistant Director of Admissions and an Admissions Assistant and is part of a team of nine professionals on two campuses.
Director of Elementary Admission Major Responsibilities
Collaborate with the Director of Enrollment Management on recruitment and admissions strategy
Responsible for the planning and implementation of all aspects of the Elementary School admissions process
Review and assess all 300+ applicants in grades K-5 and train administrators and faculty on application reading
Manage the Sibling/Employee/Legacy admission program as an important but not sole priority of the school
Chair the Elementary School Admissions Committee
Represent Crossroads School’s mission, programs, curriculum and philosophy knowledgably and effectively to prospective families
Serve as the lead interviewer of applicant Parent/Guardians and oversee the efficacy of the interview program
Actively communicate with preschool heads as well as visiting feeder schools and potential new feeder schools
Lead liaison with diversity access organizations and other outreach initiatives for grades K-5
Partners with the Elementary School Administration in planning and implementing observations, events, and new family onboarding to Crossroads
Develop and maintain a positive rapport with the Elementary School by visiting Elementary classrooms regularly, attending Faculty/Staff meetings, and serving on committees
Required Experience, Education, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
BA required, Masters preferred
Minimum 5+ years experience and demonstrated growth and advancement in the admission profession
Professional experience in early childhood development and/or elementary school curricula
Strong cultural competency skills and track record of successfully working with families from diverse backgrounds
Exemplary skills in team building, public speaking, and complex constituent and project management
Experience with the assessment and evaluation of young children
Proficiency in word processing, MS Office, Google Docs, and database management
A friendly, gracious, professional manner and outlook
Strong written and oral communication skills
Impeccable ethics and a demonstrated commitment to confidentiality
Fluency in Spanish or a language other than English is preferred
Crossroads School has retained The Baker Group, the premier independent school enrollment management consulting firm, to assist in the recruitment of its next Director of Elementary Admission. Interested candidates are asked to submit, in an electronic file, their resume, a one to two-page cover letter, and names and contact information of three references, directed to Christine H. Baker. Please submit materials by November 15, 2018.