Hawken School is a preschool-12 co-ed independent day school with four campuses spanning the greater Cleveland, Ohio area. Founded by a John Dewey-inspired progressive educator more than 100 years ago, we have deep roots in the realm of experiential education.
Over the last 10 years, we’ve established ourselves as an industry leader in progressive education, starting our three-week intensive program and founding the Mastery Transcript Consortium, a national organization aimed at reinventing how students prepare for college, careers, and life. Now we’re ready to take our ambitions to scale.
Hawken School is launching a new high school in the University Circle neighborhood in the city of Cleveland, built entirely around mastery -- the audacious notion that learning should be deep, enduring, creative, and transferable. We’re designing The Mastery School of Hawken around three core principles:
Courses and programs organized around real-world problem solving.
A mentorship model of instruction, allowing for more project-based and personalized learning.
Mastery-based crediting, a feedback and assessment model that defines and credits enduring, deep, and transferable learning.
Committed to strengthening our relationship to the community, we are building this school for greater socioeconomic access by offering 25% of our seats to full-need students from the city of Cleveland.
As the director of admissions at the founding of the school, you’ll be part of the core design team who makes decisions about every part of how the school is set up in its initial year. We’ll design curriculum, culture, partnerships, and space, and work together to launch this groundbreaking program. In future years, you’ll help onboard and mentor new colleagues. This high school will provide a new model for education, and you will have the opportunity to be a co-author, and lead storyteller for that new model.
Within one month, you’ll:
Learn how our project-based model works by training at the Korda Institute for Teaching
Give feedback on initial marketing materials and help create new ones for the first year
Meet with our student advisory board to learn about the role of student input in our process
Within three months, you’ll:
Organize Mastery School admission events, including open houses and information sessions
Recruit, support and manage student and parent volunteers for these events
Collaborate with the Assistant Head of School for Enrollment Management and the Director of Upper School Admissions on the tour guide, parent ambassador, and visit day programs for the 2019-20 school year
Participate in ongoing Admissions and Communications team work on telling the story of the Mastery School
Within six months, you’ll:
Collaborate with the Assistant Head of School for Enrollment Management and the Upper School Admissions Director on the retention process and activities for 8th grade families on the Lyndhurst and Birchwood campuses
Interview prospective students and families for the class of 2025
Develop and sustain professional relationships with feeder schools and organizations
Chair the admission committee for the Mastery School and conduct thorough evaluation of applicant files
Participate in the Mastery School Design Team planning, especially as it relates to space, neighborhood, and location and student life and community culture
Collaborate in larger school-wide strategic design and implementation of the plans to attract, admit, yield, and retain qualified students for Hawken
By the end of the 2020 school year, you’ll:
Enroll the first class of students for this new high school
Transition the admissions events onto the new campus
Build connections with key community partners for the initial year
Maintain accurate admission and enrollment statistics for the Mastery School
This position reports to the Assistant Head of School for Enrollment Management and begins July 1, 2019.
Hawken School is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to promoting all forms of diversity in the workplace and in our student body. We strongly urge all qualified individuals to apply.
Excited about working in an innovative, fast-paced and collaborative 9-12 environment
Experience in independent school or college admissions office
Exceptional communicator with outstanding organizational, analytical, and interpersonal skills
Eager to initiate projects independently while also working with the design team on the Mastery School campus and the admissions team across four campuses
Committed to active ongoing development of cultural competence
Philosophically aligned with the mission of the school
Willing to roll up your sleeves and jump in to do what the team needs
About Mastery School of Hawken
Founded on the ideal that “the better self shall prevail and each generation introduce its successor to a higher plane of life,” Hawken School is a coeducational independent day school with nearly 1,400 students in preschool through grade 12. Our three campuses within 25 minutes of downtown Cleveland and an urban extension center in the city’s museum district provide a demanding and integrated course of study in a diverse and dynamic environment.
To learn more about us, visit www.hawken.edu