Washington International School (WIS) is a coeducational day school offering 900 students a challenging international curriculum from Preschool through Grade 12.
The position of Associate Director of Admissions and Financial Aid is focused on the Primary School division, which includes Preschool through Grade 5. WIS was one of the first schools in the US to implement the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB-DP) and Primary Years Program (IB-PYP). Language learning is an important component of a WIS education. In Preschool, Pre-Kindergarten, and Kindergarten, WIS offers a full language immersion program in French or Spanish. In Grades 1 through 5, WIS offers a dual-language program in English/Spanish and English/French, for students who are grade-level proficient in Spanish or French. In Grades 1 through 5, WIS also offers Additional Language Programs for students who have never studied French or Spanish, or who are not grade-level proficient.
The Associate Director of Admissions and Financial Aid position works closely with Director of Admissions and Financial Aid, who has general oversight of all WIS admissions. It is a full-time, 12-month position, to be filled in July, but by mid-August 2019 at the latest.
The ideal candidates will have:
Classroom teaching experience
Knowledge of Primary School assessments/evaluations
Knowledge of international education
Ability to communicate in a second language (French or Spanish preferred)
Enthusiasm for the WIS mission
Excellent oral and written skills
Demonstrates good listening skills
Highly organized, with an ability to multi-task, prioritize, and plan ahead
Enjoys meeting new people
Has an ability to effectively manage sensitive situations
Strong marketing/sales skills
Highly professional manner that conveys integrity, patience, and warmth
Strong interpersonal skills that lead to the cultivation of relationships with prospective and current parents, faculty, and staff
Ability to work with young children
Committed to working in a collaborative, team oriented environment
Computer literate: Word, Excel, Databases
Works with Director of Admissions and Financial Aid on Preschool through Grade 5 admissions
Helps to create a welcoming admissions environment at the Primary School campus
Committed to attaining enrollment goals with qualified, mission appropriate students
Primary point of contact for all telephone and email inquiries
Responsible for conducting tours, meeting with prospective parents, and assisting with open houses
Helps to organize the applicant screening and assessment process
Is a member of the Admissions Committee, helping to identify qualified applicants
Is a member of the Financial Aid Committee, helping to determine eligibility
Tracks the financial aid process and the awarding of grants
Conducts outreach to cultivate interest and increase inquiries
Assists in the training and management of the parent volunteers
Assists in the development of new student orientations
Organizes admissions events
Assists in the development of marketing materials
Coordinates activities with admissions staff
Attends school fairs and other events
Reports to the Director of Admissions and Financial Aid
Works closely with Director of Admissions and Financial Aid to establish goals, objectives, and strategies for enrollment at Primary School campus
About Washington International School
Founded in 1966, Washington International School is a private, non-profit, Preschool-12 school profoundly committed to its mission: to be an exemplary learning community—enriched by differences, informed through inquiry, global in reach. Serving its full community of 900 plus students on two campuses, the school is multinational, multicultural, and multilingual.
The school’s challenging international program draws on classroom-based research on pedagogical practices and curriculum design from renowned organizations such as the International Baccalaureate (IB) and Project Zero, based in the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University. From Preschool through Grade 5 students follow the inquiry-based IB Primary Years Program; in Grades 6-10 they continue with a multidisciplinary and inquiry-based approach designed to enhance understanding and develop the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in the prestigious IB Diploma Program (DP). All students in Grades 11 and 12 are enrolled in the DP, which prepares them to take exams to receive the International Baccalaureate Diploma in addition to a WIS diploma. IB Diploma results are well above the worldwide pass rate, and WIS gra...duates attend highly selective colleges and universities in both the United States (about two-thirds in a typical year) and abroad.
Commitment to the intensive study of a second language is a core principle, with Pre-School, Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten classes taught entirely in French or Spanish. All instruction in Grades 1-5 is “dual language” in English and either French or Spanish. Chinese is an option beginning in Grade 6. Typically, one half to three-quarters of WIS graduates earn the Bilingual IB Diploma, demonstrating fluency in two languages.
The entire school community – alumni, parents, students, teachers, administrators and staff – are ardent advocates for international education. WIS has played a prominent role in setting a standard for a global perspective that many schools now emulate.
The school culture is highly egalitarian, with a strong emphasis on collaboration and understanding differing points of view. There is no typical WIS family: some households consist only of U.S. passport holders, others are all non-U.S. passport holders and many are a mix of nationalities. In addition to this global diversity, WIS also strives to achieve economic diversity: 14% of the students receive financial assistance.