The Brearley School, an independent K-XII day school for girls in New York City known for its academic excellence, cross-divisional teaching and diverse community, seeks an experienced, compassionate and committed professional to become Director of Middle and Upper School Admission and Financial Assistance.
About the Brearley School
Founded in 1884, Brearley has long combined outstanding academics with an insistence on a larger purpose: a passionate exchange of ideas within the School’s walls that would prepare girls of adventurous intellect and diverse backgrounds to put their knowledge and habits of mind and character to meaningful use beyond. (To view the School’s Mission Statement, please click http://www.brearley.org/Page/About/Mission.)
A center of intellectual exuberance, the School offers an extraordinary program to girls from across and beyond New York City, attracts and develops a dynamic and dedicated faculty who, along with a talented staff, instill in Brearley students a love of learning, an ability to think critically and creatively, a deep curiosity about the world and a pioneering and generous spirit. Our faculty finds an ever-renewing source of inspiration in the liberal arts—always with an eye to encouraging the students to go beyond the familiar and to find a sense of joy and balance in pursuits from the intellectual to the artistic, from athletics to leadership. We invite you to view Opening Doors, A Strategic Vision for Brearley (http://www.brearley.org/openingdoors), our roadmap for delivering on the full promise of a Brearley education.
To promote the goals of the Strategic Vision, Brearley is implementing a campus plan with the construction of a new partner schoolhouse at 590 East 83rd Street, steps from our historic building at 610. Built for flexibility and functionality, with resources invested to optimize teaching and learning, 590 will open in the fall of 2019. The new building will become home base for the Lower School and will include, among other features, new science labs for Classes VIII-XII, a 600-seat flexible auditorium, maker space and a regulation-size gym. At the School’s iconic 610 building, planning is going forward for infrastructure upgrades and exciting renovations of key spaces that will benefit the curriculum and further enhance the joy of the Brearley experience.
Among the hallmarks of Brearley is the belief that our students are best served by faculty who teach in more than one division. We believe that in this way teachers best come to know students over time as unique individuals and develop keen appreciation for the scope, sequence and coherence of the curriculum. From the first day in Middle School and carrying through Upper School, the aim is to help each girl develop a sense of self as she masters new academic, social, emotional and physical skills. The program leads students to assume appropriately progressive responsibility for themselves each year. Students in all divisions and the faculty and staff also participate in thoughtfully crafted ongoing learning and discussion about identity and belonging as part of the School’s commitment to strengthening diversity, equity and inclusion at Brearley. This process supports the School’s goal of enhancing our community culture so that all students, families, faculty and staff feel welcome, respected and valued. (To view both the School’s General Catalogue and Viewbook for 2018-2019, please click http://www.brearley.org/catalogueviewbook.)
The Position and Responsibilities
The Director of Middle and Upper School Admission and Financial Assistance at the Brearley School works in tandem with the Director of Lower School Admission. Both positions report to the Head of School and are members of the senior administration. The Director of Middle and Upper School Admission and Financial Assistance oversees all aspects of the School’s V-XII enrollment and $6.1 million financial aid budget.
Manages enrollment for Classes V-XII
Envisions outreach and communication to attract girls of adventurous intellect and diverse backgrounds to the School
Develops and uses data strategically to guide office operations
Organizes and oversees admission calendar, tours and events
Jointly with Director of Lower School Admission supervises Associate Director of Admission and Administrative Assistant
Interviews applicants and their parents for entrance in Middle and Upper Schools
Works closely with Director of Equity and Community Engagement to attract and support a diverse applicant pool and serves as a resource for counselors at talent search programs, such as ABC, Prep-for-Prep, Oliver Scholars and TEAK, as well as public, independent and charter schools that frequently refer students
Partners with department faculty to develop and administer entrance testing
Chairs Middle and Upper School Admission Committees, reading all applicant files
Organizes and coordinates decision notification
Coordinates with Dean of Students regarding retention and revisits
Trains and advises Student Tour Guides
Provides pre- and post-decision counseling for accepted and waitlisted applicants
Serves as a spokesperson for School both on and off site
Works with Head of School, Trustees and CFO to set financial aid policy
Assesses need and oversees granting and notification of assistance for all returning and new financial aid applicants
Administers various non-tuition grants to ensure an equitable experience for all students
Keeps records, compiles statistics and reports to the Business Office and Board of Trustees
Keeps abreast of affordability trends
Serves as a spokesperson both on and off site
Five years of experience in selective independent school or college admissions
Commitment to fostering a personal and humane admission process for girls and their families
Demonstrated success in prioritizing diversity, equity and inclusion goals in the enrollment and financial aid processes
Excellent communication, organization and technical skills
Interest in counseling families about independent school options
Strong decision-making skills, sense of humor, innovative spirit and a positive, collaborative work style
Bachelor’s degree required
Advanced degree and teaching experience preferred
Candidates are asked to submit a letter of interest, résumé and three current references by December 21, 2018 to Jane Foley Fried, Head of School, at email@example.com.
A competitive compensation package, commensurate with level of experience.
The Brearley School values diversity and is an inclusive community with respect to age, race, gender, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender identity. Our hiring practices are consistent with our values.
About The Brearley School
The Brearley School, an independent school for girls, was founded in 1884 to provide its students with a college-preparatory education equal in rigor to that of boys, and, in the words of the mission statement today, to prepare them for “active responsible citizenship in a democratic society.” Within a highly articulated 13-year curriculum, and with a 6:1 student-faculty ratio, teaching methods are varied, flexible and pragmatic, taking into account individual patterns of development and ways of learning. The School’s program is designed to challenge eager, able students intellectually, and to give each one the opportunity to gain competence, self-reliance and self-knowledge through academic achievement as well as experience in the visual and performing arts, sports, community service and a wide variety of extracurricular activities.
Brearley’s K-12 enrollment is divided into Lower School, Middle School and Upper School, and consists of about 690 students from throughout the New York metropolitan area who represent a diversity of backgrounds, experiences and points of view.
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