The Director of Admission and Financial Aid is responsible for managing student enrollment. The Director instills a sense of team responsibility, personal leadership and ultimately improves both student enrollment and net tuition revenue. The Director oversees all aspects of the admissions process, including strategies for recruiting new students. The Director manages an office that includes 3 Associate/Assistant Directors and the Admission Office Assistant. The Director of Admission and Financial Aid reports to the Assistant Head of School.
Specific Duties include:
Designs, implements, and evaluates all aspects of a strategic, comprehensive admission program with the goal of maintaining a capacity enrollment of qualified students that meets or exceeds net tuition revenue goals, and a waitlist of qualified applicants;
Ensures outstanding customer experiences for prospective students and parents, through high-touch handling of applications and communication, personalized campus tours, interviews with students and parents, and communicating final decisions;
Maintains and builds close and productive relationships with feeder schools, educational consultants and other referral sources in target markets, and creates relationships in new markets;
Organizes and administers the financial aid program for both new and returning students;
Serves on the Enrollment Management Committee;
Effectively presents and embodies the school and its value proposition through outstanding public speaking and formal presentation skills, one-on-one communication skills, informal interpersonal interactions, and written communication ability;
Travels extensively both domestically and internationally to build productive relationships, visit feeder schools, and participate in admission events and coordinates admission staff travel.
Manages a staff of 3; hires, trains, and evaluates staff members using best practices and school policies;
Manages departmental budget and allocates resources with strategic awareness and professionalism; and
Other duties as assigned.
Qualifications and Essential skills:
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required;
3 to 5 years of admission and financial aid experience;
Self-starter with the ability to work independently and effectively in a changing, fast-paced environment;
Share an educational and artistic vision that aligns with the core principles of Walnut Hill;
Proven leader with commitment to collaboration and the ability to manage and grow a team’s skills, vision and cohesion;
Exceptional communicator with outstanding written, organizational, analytical, presentation, and interpersonal skills;
Commitment to and strong understanding of cultural competency;
Highly expert in providing accurate and insightful weekly, monthly and annual reporting and analysis of statistics and quantitative metrics;
Possess strong computer skills; and
Outgoing and energetic attitude, passion for arts and education, and a sense of humor.
Internal Number: Requisition ID: 1024
About Walnut Hill School for the Arts
The mission of Walnut Hill is to educate talented, accomplished and intellectually engaged young artists from all over the world. The School does so in a diverse, humane and ethical community.
Founded in 1893, Walnut Hill offers intensive training in five arts disciplines: dance, music, theater, visual art, and writing, film, & media arts, in the context of rigorous academic preparation for college.