Kents Hill School is one of the oldest co-ed boarding schools in the country, located on 400 beautiful acres in Maine. We bring boarding and day students together from across the world to engage in self-discovery and growth, both in and out of the classroom. Diversity, equity, and belonging are integral to our community as we actively strive to be an anti-racist school through consistent and ongoing learning for all. Our caring and deeply engaged faculty members truly know each student, and because of that are able to create transformational experiences. With student-centered inquiry at its core, the academic curriculum merges the four dimensions of learning (knowledge, skills, character, and reflection) with PBL (project-based learning) to balance academic rigor with strong support. Students also have the opportunity to explore their passions in athletics and the arts and develop leadership potential with over 30 clubs and activities.
Reporting to the Dean of Enrollment Management, the Director of Admissions and Specialized Programs oversees Kents Hills’ specialized recruitment efforts. This includes our International Program, specialized recruitment through Community-Based Organizations (CBO’s), and Partnership Programs with identified businesses within Maine. The Director supports the development, organization, management, budget, and reporting of international recruitment, CBO’s, and Partnerships and will be responsible for relationship building with key people and organizations. This position will also work closely with international families and consultants throughout their time at Kents Hill, continuing the relationships and communications that they develop during the recruitment process. In addition, they will work with colleagues in Student Life to develop programs to support all students, with a particular focus on international students.
Primary Responsibilities and Duties
Independently develop, manage, and execute a strategic travel plan (8-10 weeks) to visit countries within the territory.
Implement targeted calling/email/mail campaigns to accelerate students through the enrollment funnel.
Manage a large volume of daily correspondence while offering top-notch customer service.
Meet with prospective students in-office visits and give campus tours.
Maintain a wealth of information about Kents Hill’s academic/social/athletic/artistic opportunities so as to personally and persuasively recruit students and tailor messaging to achieve goals.
Responsible for meeting yearly enrollment goals as they impact net tuition revenue for Kents Hill.
Represents Kents Hill on-and off-campus events as needed and participates in the formulation of events (both in-person and /virtual) when appropriate.
Drives the analysis and development of certain key markets internationally and domestically through brand management and relationship building such as working with stakeholders with abroad marketing companies, and agencies.
Interviews prospective students and effectively conducts pre-admission counseling to ensure a thorough understanding and acceptance of Kents Hill School and its programs.
Monitors the flow of students as they move through the various stages of the admission funnel.
Oversees all phases of international student file reviews, including verifying finances and scores, reviewing transcripts and English language assessments, and ensures smooth transitions for enrolling mission-appropriate students with full/high-pay recruiting and enrollment as a top priority.
Builds and maintains relationships with independent counselors, academic advisors, study abroad agencies, Community Based Organizations, and key partners.
Creates travel reports and market white papers to secure information flow to the rest of the Admission Team.
Leads calling campaigns, webinars, and yield events internationally.
Participate and plan Admissions events as directed, including select weekends.
Tracks marketing campaigns and trends within markets.
Travel outside the United States approximately 3-4 times per semester for 1-2 weeks at a time.
Serve on a weekend duty team.
Performs other duties as assigned by the Head of School and the Dean of Enrollment Management
A minimum of five years’ experience in international student recruitment with success in meeting application and enrollment targets
Proficiency with virtual meeting software platforms, Office 360 (Outlook, Microsoft Teams, OneDrive, Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Notebook, and Zoom)
Must be goal or results-oriented
Excellent coordination, project management, and time management competency
Logical and detail-oriented organizational skills
Strong written and oral communication skills
Must be available to travel 50% of the time
Excellent public speaking skills and the ability to present the School in a positive way to diverse populations
Demonstrated ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team
Ability to multitask and effectively function in a fast-paced and team environment
Comfortable working under the pressure of time and numbers/targets
Strong interpersonal and relational skills, exceptional customer service, and the ability to work collaboratively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
Entrepreneurial mindset and the desire to take a lead role in developing strong relationships with international consultants, community-based organizations, and business partnerships.
Ability to lead a significant enrollment effort for Kents Hill School. This position is designed for an experienced international recruitment professional.
Kents Hill School is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to inclusion and diversity. We take affirmative action to ensure equal opportunity for all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or other legally protected characteristics. Learn more about your EEO rights as an applicant.
About Kents Hill School
Kents Hill School, one of the oldest boarding schools in the country, has a foundation of caring and deeply engaged faculty members who truly know each student. Our 180 students, grades 9-PG hail from 25 states and over 20 countries. Our small size allows for a transformative educational experience rooted in community, character, and values. Our academic leadership team supports teachers, while also encouraging all members of the community to be lifelong learners as together we positively shape all aspects of student learning. Kents Hill fosters confident, forward-thinking young men and women who are striving to make a difference in the world. Our breathtaking 400-acre campus is nestled in the midst of the Belgrade Lakes, with access to our state-of-the-art facilities including the Bodman Performing Arts Center, the Alfond Athletics Center, and the O’Connor Alpine Center. Kents Hill is close to major ski resorts, the Maine coast, and the state capital. The state's largest city, Portland, with its lovely historic district and lively array of restaurants and shops, is only an hour away. With vigorous academics, vibrant arts programs, outstanding athletics facilities, and focus on cha...racter development, Kents Hill offers each student the opportunity for personal and intellectual growth in a safe and supportive community, and gives the Faculty the opportunity to live, learn, and enjoy an active outdoor lifestyle, and the ability to join a wonderful and supportive educational community