Burgundy Farm Country Day School is a progressive school serving 260 children in junior kindergarten (age 4) through 8th grade on a pastoral 26-acre campus in Alexandria, Virginia, augmented with a 600-acre second campus in West Virginia (the Burgundy Center for Wildlife Studies). Burgundy believes children learn best in an inclusive, creative and nurturing environment that engages the whole child. Our innovative, hands-on approach to education cultivates independent thinking, promotes academic excellence, instills respect for diversity, and teaches responsibility for self, for others, and for the natural world. For more information, visit burgundyfarm.org.
The Director of Admission assumes primary responsibility for developing, executing, and managing the admission operation of the school. In collaboration with the entire Burgundy Farm Country Day community, including fellow administrators, teachers, students, parents, and alumni, the Director recruits and enrolls mission-appropriate students from diverse backgrounds. The Director of Admission is a member of the Administrative Team and reports directly to the Head of School.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Meets and communicates with all prospective families
Develops and executes a personalized, high-touch follow-up system to steward prospective families through the application, financial aid and enrollment processes
Develops and maintains positive relationships with local pre-schools, other feeder schools, programs and communities, participates in professional organizations, and attends local school fairs
Organizes and implements four to six open house events per year. Open house events include Head of School, teacher, parent, and student participation and can be recruitment for the whole school or smaller, more focused events
Collaborates with the Director of Communications and PR, along with the Outreach Coordinator, Head of School, and Administrative Team, to continually evaluate and redesign all marketing materials and tools, including the website
Organizes and schedules admission visits, internal admission assessments and/or interviews with applicants and ensures systematic communication with prospective families
Makes arrangements for admissions assessment as necessary
Secures applications and organizes application review process
Communicates final admission decisions to families and maintains a wait pool
Communicates with newly admitted families about the enrollment process
In collaboration with the Head of School and the financial aid committee administers the school’s financial aid/discounted tuition program in support of net tuition revenue goals
In collaboration with the entire school community, plans and implements orientation and on-boarding process for newly enrollment families
Works with division heads to manage the re-enrollment process
Directs and oversees Burgundy’s Parent Ambassador program that helps welcome new families to the school
Develops an admission budget to include costs for marketing materials created in collaboration with the Director of Communications and Marketing
Regularly surveys families about the admission process during and after the process
Manages an office that includes the school’s Database Manager and Special Events and Outreach Coordinator, both of whom serve the office on a part-time basis
Maintains relevant longitudinal statistics on all aspects of the admission and enrollment program and provides statistical reports as requested by Head of School
Oversees the network of parents, former parents, student and alumni volunteers
Represents the school at various gatherings and conferences
Performs other duties as assigned by the Head of School
Arrive by 8:00 a.m., depart 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
The School is closed for most national holidays, as well as Winter and Spring Break.
Attends and manages evening and weekend events.
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
Should have 3 to 5 years experience in admission or a related field, preferably in an independent school environment
Strong interpersonal skills - exceptional oral and written communication skills
Excellent writing, editing, and speaking skills
Self-starter with a high degree of motivation and keen attention to detail.
High degree of professionalism with sound judgment
Ability to work and collaborate with/contribute to the Administrative Team
Ability to participate in major all-campus events and protocols
Experience with Student Information Systems like Veracross and Ravenna will be a plus
Salary and Benefits:
Salaries are based on a competitive independent school scale with increases for advanced degrees and experience.
Burgundy Farm Country Day School will contribute $7,600 each plan year to each full-time employee’s benefits bank and pro-rated for employees who work at a minimum 75% of full-time, via our Section 125 Cafeteria Plan. This benefit may be taken as payment toward the school’s medical/dental/vision plans; dependent care expenses, subject to an IRS imposed limits, or may be taken as after tax cash to be added to the monthly salary.
Retirement plan with TIAA, with a 3% employer contribution for two years and then 6% employer contribution after two years, both irrespective of employee contribution.
A tuition benefit (1/2 discount) is offered for one qualified child attending Burgundy for children of full-time employees only. (Faculty-staff children may be eligible for additional financial aid also.)
How to Apply: Please submit a letter of interest and resume to Jeff Sindler, Head of School email@example.com -- no phone calls please
Burgundy Farm Country Day School actively maintains its commitment to equal opportunity for all employees. To fulfill this commitment, we recruit, hire, promote, and retain individuals in all job titles without regard to race, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions), religion, age, national origin, sexual orientation, military status, or disability.