Francis W. Parker School is a renowned JK-12th grade independent day school. Founded in 1901 on the tenets of progressive education, the school currently enrolls 935 students and employs 200 dedicated faculty and staff members who, in addition to assistant teachers, substitute teachers and coaches, work together to ensure that the School lives up to its Mission to “educate students to think and act with empathy, courage and clarity as responsible citizens and leaders in a diverse, democratic society and global community.”
We are currently seeking an Assistant Director of Admission for Outreach and Recruitment to support increasing diversity in our applicant pool leading to enrollment according to Parker’s mission, ethos and established goals. Francis W. Parker is founded on the belief that diversity enriches learning and a diverse community benefits everyone. The underlying philosophy of the Parker Office of Admission and Financial Aid is to connect with individuals, schools and community organizations in order to develop relationships and provide information about Francis W. Parker School with the goal of enrolling a diverse group of mission-appropriate students.
The Assistant Director of Admission for Outreach and Recruitment will report to the Director of Enrollment and Financial Aid and will help identify and implement outreach efforts to prospective students and families, feeder schools, community and professional groups and partners in the Chicagoland area. The Assistant Director will identify, cultivate and build relationships on behalf of Parker that strengthen a diverse and targeted applicant pool leading to the potential enrollment of qualified students from a multiplicity of diverse backgrounds consistent with our mission. There is a special emphasis on seeking students of color of both full pay capacity and demonstrated need socio-economic status for Grades JK-12. The Assistant Director is to be an outstanding ambassador on behalf of Parker. He, she or they will be responsible for identifying and developing new relationships as well as maintaining existing relationships. The Assistant Director will help counsel and guide families to engage in and complete the application and admission process. In addition to maintaining relationships with prospective and applicant families, there is a strong focus on establishing enduring interpersonal and institutional relationships that will help the Admission Department identify and recruit mission appropriate candidates and their families through the admission process to potential matriculation.
Support and participate as a full team member with the Admission and Financial Aid Team in implementing departmental and school goals as needed
Work with the Director of Enrollment and Financial Aid to develop a research agenda to support departmental goals for outreach and recruitment
Propose and work with the Director of Enrollment and Financial Aid to establish and refine recruitment metrics and benchmarks for Parker’s admission outreach and recruitment
Work in collaboration with the Assistant Directors of Admission for Grades JK-5 and 6-12 to support overall admission process, tracking, assessment and consideration of candidates
Conduct research and report on local and national demographic information and trends as needed
Work with the Director of Enrollment and Financial Aid to create and implement an Outreach and Recruitment Plan outlining clear strategies for targeting diverse groups of students to cultivate interest in Parker admissions
Research, assess, visit and report regularly on feeder schools and other groups and identify new sources of diverse prospective applicants
Create a plan for recruiting full pay families of color with an emphasis on primary entry points at JK, 6th and 9th grades
Identify, build, manage, enhance and maintain relationships with schools, counselors, community and professional groups and organizations leading to greater interest in the Parker admission process
Identify admission recruitment opportunities and attend speaking engagements, school fairs and presentations as well as manage targeted Parker-hosted outreach and cultivation events
Respond to a high volume of admissions inquiries via personalized emails, phone calls, and walk-in inquiries with knowledgeable, accurate and appealing information
Manage a recruitment calendar in coordination with the Admission Team
Maintain tracking, project management and benchmarking information on outreach and recruitment activities
Develop and manage a network of volunteers to support targeted recruitment efforts
Assist with the development of targeted publications and admissions collateral
Conduct parent meetings as needed
Plan and host admission events including information sessions and yield events
Research, maintain and present accurate data on targeted schools and groups including demographics and recruitment information and activities
Provide detailed and consistent communications and accountability on all field activities
Participate fully and be accountable to Admission and Financial Aid Team to support the overarching needs of the department
Assist Admission Team in identifying desirable candidates for admission (full cycle: inquiry to enrollment)
Other duties as assigned
Please submit cover letter with resume and salary requirements by email or fax to (no telephone inquiries please):
Laureen Sweers, Director of Human Resources Francis W. Parker School 330 W. Webster Avenue Chicago, IL 60614 firstname.lastname@example.org
The faculty, staff and administration of Francis W. Parker School are integral parts of the School's community. Through their passion, dedication and commitment to the School's mission, they create and support an environment where exceptional child-centered learning can occur.
Francis W. Parker School is committed to cultivating a community of dedicated students, parents, faculty and staff, trustees, administrators and alumni, who acknowledge, respect, and esteem diversity in our school; and who reflect, through their presence, the diversity of Chicago communities and the wider world.
Francis W. Parker School is an equal opportunity employer.
Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree in related field preferred
At least 5 years of school Admission Office outreach and recruitment experience, (preferably in independent schools), including social networking, marketing and communications
Experience working in a JK-12 educational environment
A working knowledge of progressive education and community engagement strategies
Extensive experience and demonstrated cultural competence and success in working with and recruiting diverse populations including BIPOC populations traditionally underserved by independent schools in Chicago.
A solid understanding of JK-12 independent school culture and the systemic dynamics affecting under-represented students and families in independent schools in Chicago, including systemic racism, redlining, gaps in wealth, education and opportunity, geographic segregation, etc.
Superior interpersonal skills with the ability to work with a wide variety of diverse populations
Accessible and approachable interpersonal style compatible with the “warm and welcoming” professional approach of Parker Admissions
Ability to develop and maintain a sense of camaraderie with the Admission Team and the greater school community
Experience planning and executing successful outreach, recruitment and events
Experience in trustworthy management of confidential information
An established network of relevant educational contacts in the Chicagoland area
Demonstrated success at managing constituency relationships
A deep understanding of the enrollment management profession
Highly organized, self-motivated, action-oriented, collaborative and communicative work style
Ability to establish priorities and manage multiple tasks simultaneously
Flexibility and ability to pivot and accept, process and adjust to coaching as needed
A sense of urgency, accountability and action needed in anticipation of critical dates and deadlines
Demonstrated proficiency with computers and technology: Word (detailed mail merges), Excel, PowerPoint and Gmail; experience with CRM, constituent, lead development or project management software; knowledge, facility and creativity with social media
Strong presentation skills including qualitative and quantitative information
Proficiency with Ravenna and Blackbaud (or comparable databases)
Spanish speaking proficiency a plus
Ability and willingness to travel in the Chicagoland area as needed
Flexible, with the ability to work evenings and weekends when needed
Additional Salary Information: Commensurate with background and experience, comprehensive benefits package.