The Director of Enrollment Management is a member of the Senior Administrative Team and is responsible for the overall leadership, vision, and strategic planning direction for Indian Springs’ Office of Admission and Financial Aid. Functions which report to the Director include Financial Aid, Recruitment, Enrollment Management and Admission Communications/Marketing. The Office of Admission, in addition to the Advancement and Communications Offices comprise the school’s External Affairs team.
The Director of Enrollment Management reports to the Assistant Head for External Affairs, partners with the Head of School and will be responsible for developing and executing enrollment and recruitment initiatives and managing all related matters. The Director of Enrollment Management also will interact with the School’s senior administrative staff, faculty, alumni, parents and Trustees.
The ideal candidate is a thoughtful, articulate and experienced admissions professional who can both effectively lead staff and serve as a superb front-line ambassador for the School. The ability to orchestrate and run an admissions cycle with coordinated events, publications, and outreach efforts is essential to the mission of the office. In addition, at Indian Springs, a cultural fit is of equal importance to a candidate’s ability to perform the tasks associated with this role. To that end, Springs seeks candidates who are self-starters, problem solvers, and effective communicators, who embody the School’s core values and invest in the life of the school.
This public-facing position which requires a strong ability to build goodwill on behalf of the School with parents and prospective students as well as local, regional, and national institutions from feeder schools to professional organizations to consultants. The Director will be expected to develop strong relationships with the full range of the School’s constituents and to attract and yield students who will comprise a cohort to advance Indian Springs’ mission.
Among other duties and responsibilities, the Director of Enrollment Management will:
Create and implement a comprehensive recruiting and marketing strategy to meet 8-12 grade enrollment and revenue goals.
Travel throughout the United States and the World developing relationships and recruiting students.
Build relationships with feeder schools, consultants and agencies.
Report to the Board of Trustees 4 times a year on enrollment and financial aid.
Manage Financial Aid budget of over $1.5 - 2 million with the objectives of attracting and yielding a mission-appropriate cohort of first-rate students and meeting tuition revenue and enrollment goals.
Manage an office budget of $200K annually.
Work in close partnership with the Advancement and Communications Offices to aid in the creation of all new publications, marketing materials, and advertising campaigns.
Attend meetings of the Finance and Advancement Committees of the Board of Trustees, and provide relevant data and updates for the committees’ work.
Manage admission staff and invest in their professional development.
Collaborate with the Director of Summer Programs to develop and implement summer programming that will support the recruitment efforts of the School.
Adhere to the highest ethical standards, reflect an optimistic and positive attitude, demonstrate perseverance and stay focused on securing support for a set of campus-wide priorities.
Integrity, warmth, flexibility, confidence, a positive outlook and a good sense of humor.
Knowledge of and experience with successful enrollment management programs and efforts.
Ability to interact effectively with and earn the respect of all the constituencies of the Indian Springs School community, including current and prospective families, the leadership team, staff, faculty, Board of Trustees, alumni, students, and friends of the School.
Demonstrated ability to manage, motivate, develop and mentor staff.
Knowledge of how to market and communicate the School’s mission, vision and values both internally and externally.
Excellent written and oral communication skills.
A strong commitment to an independent, globally-minded, pluralistic, progressive boarding school education.
Previous experience leading an admission office or demonstrated career advancement within an admission office at an independent school and/or in higher education is preferred.
Additional Salary Information: This administrative position offers a competitive salary and generous benefits package, which may include housing and meals as well as tuition remission for qualified children.
About Indian Springs School
Indian Springs School is the premier coed, independent day and boarding in the Southeast. Located in the suburbs of the growing city of Birmingham, Alabama, Indian Springs brings together a diverse cohort of approximately 300 boarding and day students in the 8th-12th grades. The school’s picturesque campus, on a 350-acres, is consistently rated as the best school in Alabama, most beautiful school campus nationally, and includes LEED-certified facilities built in 2015. Since its founding in 1952, Indian Springs has been committed to Learning through Living, challenging students to develop a love of learning and creativity, a sense of integrity and moral courage, and an ethic of participatory citizenship with respect for individuality and independent thought. Students discover their passions by taking part in everything from athletics to our renowned choir to student-run scholastic, service, and special-interest clubs.