Reporting to the Head of School, the Director of Enrollment Management (DEM) at Friends Academy is a member of the Leadership Team and is responsible for leading the strategic and operational components of enrollment, developing the research necessary to inform decision-making, as well as the oversight of student recruitment, financial aid, and enrollment efforts. The DEM leads enrollment management discussions and manages the Admission Office’s full and part-time staff (presently at three).
An essential part of the School’s recruitment and enrollment of students, the DEM oversees the administration of the admission and financial aid budgets, which requires sensitivity to economic, cultural and other issues present in the enrollment of a diverse student body,
all re-enrollment efforts, constituent volunteer efforts, and all recruitment, enrollment and matriculation efforts, up to welcoming new families to school in August/September. Working closely with the Assistant Head of School, Principals, Chief Financial Officer, and Marketing/Communication Team, the DEM guides the processes that support the School’s enrollment and reenrollment efforts.
The DEM plays a vital role in the Friends Academy community and will be expected to create an enrollment management infrastructure, starting with the existing strengths of the Admission Office, along with providing initiative and leadership in the facilitation of an enrollment management mindset. The DEM will conduct research and implement strategies to ensure that the School achieves the enrollment goals set by the Board of Trustees and Head of School.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Provides leadership in enrollment management, which includes admission, marketing, and recruitment and directs the process of attracting, enrolling and retaining students at Friends Academy.
Sets annual enrollment and admission goals, in accordance with the School’s mission to promote essential elements of diversity in the student body, based on enrollment goals set by the Board of Trustees and Head of School.
Leads the creation of an Enrollment Management Team
Organizes and administers the School’s financial aid program and budget in conjunction with the Director of Finance, Operations and Strategic Initiatives.
Manages new student enrollment and assists with the reenrollment of current students by working in close connection with school leadership.
Understands and informs the Leadership Team, admission staff and community about research, demographics and other relevant enrollment trends, ensuring that changes and challenges are anticipated, understood, and addressed.
Develops and implements strategic marketing ideas designed to enhance enrollment, in collaboration with the Marketing/Communications Team
Develops an annual Admission and Enrollment Action Plan with goals and objectives.
Ensures the internal constituents understand and embrace a customer service orientation intended for all families from the prospective to enrolled phases.
Attends Board of Trustee meetings when appropriate, is involved in strategic planning and keeps the Board fully apprised of the School’s admission & financial endeavors.
Maintains statistical and trend data related to admission and enrollment. Presents statistical and trend information to the Leadership team, Board of Trustees, and faculty.
Works directly and in collaboration with the communications/marketing team on the management and creation of all admission publications and communications, including the school’s view book and other print materials, and the Admission Office’s portion of the web site.
Works closely with the Advancement Office in coordinating the Admission Office volunteer network.
Works closely with the Student Life leadership on retention-related issues and student life.
Provides training and professional development opportunities for admission staff.
Participates as an active member of the Leadership Team.
Oversees all on-campus visitation programs-including interviews and spring accepted student programs.
Directs the entire application review process, and assigns reading and committee assignments to associates in the office, faculty, and staff.
Represents the School at public events, on and off campus, which includes domestic and international outreach.
Maintains and encourages relationships with feeder schools, counselors, and consultants.
Represents Friends Academy at NAIS, NYSAIS and Friends Council on Education
Is an integral leader for the school community and participates fully in daily community life of the school.
Extends oneself beyond the responsibilities of a job description when the need arises. Assists Head of School with all other duties as assigned.
Minimum 5 years of admission/enrollment management experience
Strong commitment to PK-12 education
Superior communication skills both written and spoken
Superior interpersonal, organizational, leadership and managerial skills
Abundant energy, flexibility, warmth, a ready sense of humor and someone who will relish the opportunity to serve as “the ambassador in chief” to the entire Friends Academy community
Experience in a Friends school preferred; comfort with Quaker testimonies essential
Skilled and facile with technologies that support student record management, analytical reporting, office operations, and social media. Fluent with database management software preferred
Able to manage multiple complex tasks, meet tight deadlines, and changing demands
Commitment to confidentiality and good judgment on sensitive matters
Our Commitment to Diversity?: We believe each student is a valued individual with unique intellectual, physical, social and emotional needs. The Friends Academy community values the Quaker principles of equality, integrity, responsibility and mutual respect and is committed to developing well-educated and engaged students in a respectful, positive and supportive environment.
This 12-month position includes four-weeks vacation.
All inquiries and applications should be directed to The Baker Group.
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Founded in 1876 by Gideon Frost for "the children of Friends and those similarly sentimented," Friends Academy is a Quaker, coeducational, independent, college-preparatory school for students ages three through twelfth grade. Our philosophy is based on the principles of integrity, simplicity, patience, moderation, peaceful resolution of conflict, and a belief that the silence and simple ministry of the "gathered meeting' bring the presence of God into the midst of our busy lives. Friends is committed to developing a diverse community whose members value excellence in learning and growth in knowledge and skills. We are also committed to service and ethical action, and to an understanding that every life is to be explored, celebrated and enjoyed in the spirit of the Religious Society of Friends.
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About Friends Academy
Founded in 1876, Friends Academy is an independent Quaker college-preparatory private school located in Long Island, serving Early Childhood through 12th grade.