Job Title:Director of Admissions and Enrollment Management
Department:Admissions and Enrollment Management
Reports to:Dr. Glyn Cowlishaw, Head of School
PDS Status:Staff, Full-time, benefited
Providence Day School (PDS) invites applications and nominations for a dynamic, visionary to serve as the Director of Admissions and Enrollment Management (DAEM). The role of DAEM requires a highly-skilled, experienced, innovative leader who will serve as the School’s chief strategist on all matters related to enrollment. This position requires full responsibility for creating, leading and managing a comprehensive enrollment program that incorporates best practices in recruitment, admissions, institutional research, record-management, registration and financial aid. This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced enrollment management leader with an entrepreneurial spirit, proven record of implementing best practices, fresh thinking, and an eye for innovation and creativity. In addition to the Director, the Admissions and Enrollment team consists of 5 members who report directly to the Director.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Overseeing all aspects of the admissions and financial aid operations and is responsible for developing, implementing, and overseeing the execution of a multi-year and annual comprehensive enrollment plan with appropriate goals that include strategies to recruit and enroll students.
Developing annual admissions and financial aid forecasts, predictive models and budgets; building, leading and motivating the appropriate teams to ensure that enrollment goals are met.
Developing and implementing an integrated marketing and communication plan in partnership with the Director of Marketing and Communications and the Lower, Middle and Upper School Heads on print and electronic recruiting collateral, using research-based decisions on message and delivery mediums.
Providing comprehensive statistical and data-informed analyses necessary to make sound policy decisions.
Monitoring and assessing data to evaluate the effectiveness of recruitment efforts including social media, marketing and other emerging technologies that enhance yield with potential students and their families.
Developing and using existing and emerging technologies to communicate and build relationships with students, families, feeder schools, pre-schools and secondary school leadership.
Planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating the specific programs, services and functions designed to meet institutional objectives related to enrollment management to optimize net tuition revenue
Evaluating and improving the practices of the student enrollment experience, including timely, effective and positive engagement with students and families throughout the entirety of their experiences with admissions, financial aid and registration.
Ensuring campus compliance with any and all laws (International, Federal State and/or Local) surrounding enrollment management.
Identifying target audiences, establishing enrollment goals and developing and executing effective enrollment management plans designed to attract students.
Lead and supervise an Admissions and Enrollment team of 5.
Collaborate with Division Heads and the Senior Leadership Team to provide the vision for short and long-term enrollment goals and effective marketing strategies aimed at optimizing enrollment opportunities in targeted programs.
Works closely with Assistant Head of School for Finance and Risk Management in developing an annual and multi-year financial aid plan that meets enrollment and net tuition revenue objectives.
Leads the Financial Aid Committee, which reviews financial aid policy and determines financial aid award packages for admitted students.
The DAEM is responsible for an operating budget of over $65,000 dollars
In conjunction with the Assistant Head of School for Finance and Risk Management, the DAEM is responsible for a financial aid budget of nearly $4 million dollars.
Works with Director of Strategic Marketing and Communications in allocating six figure marketing budget.
A minimum of five years at a senior administrative level within education.
Demonstrated leadership in education strategic enrollment management, including developing and implementing data-driven programs, budgetary and personnel responsibilities, enrollment management planning, contract management and program development.
Experience in working with international students
Qualifications and Skills:
Highly efficient and effective communicator who is a results-oriented individual with strong business acumen, proven experience leading, motivating, and managing a team, and knowledge of best practices and current trends in the enrollment field
Leadership experience with current best practices in enrollment management, admissions, financial aid and registration.
Experience with current and emerging technology (hardware and software solutions) related to recruitment, admissions and financial aid, including expertise with enrollment management systems and web-based recruitment efforts.
Experience with process-improvement initiatives and leadership in change-management environments.
Leadership experience in recruiting and supporting a culture of inclusion and diversity.
Knowledge of national and state issues related to independent school education policies and practices that influence enrollment management.
The successful candidate will have the ability to balance focusing on operational effectiveness with visionary and strategic thinking.
The ideal candidate also will demonstrate excellent communication skills, outstanding integrity, and the ability to collaborate effectively with internal and external constituents.
Experience with data analytics.
Experience in collaborating effectively with athletic coaches and the Athletic Director.
Manage student information systems, budget oversight and financial aid.