Bernard Zell is an independent Jewish day school for the 21st century where academic purpose, collaborative learning, and deep commitment to humanity develop engaged, confident learners and compassionate leaders for a stronger, more vibrant community and world. A pluralistic community day school, Bernard Zell welcomes students and families of varied levels of religious observance. The school combines Jewish learning and tradition with the best of innovative educational practice in a challenging and nurturing learning environment.
The Director of Enrollment Management serves as a member of the school’s advancement team. This position oversees the day-to-day operation of the office of Enrollment Management, as well as special projects assigned by the Director of External Relations. The Director advances the school and its programs in collaboration with senior colleagues in academics, auxiliary programs, communications, development and alumni relations, finance, human resources, operations, information technology, student life and all three divisions of the school. This person is involved directly in all matters pertaining to the recruitment and retention of all students and the outreach and marketing of the school.
Utilize available resources to conduct research on internal and external factors that may affect enrollment. Share information that accurately represents the perceptions of our school.
Partner with the communications team to maintain a robust marketing presence through a varied suite of promotional pieces that share a clear image of our school.
Promote good relationships with early childhood programs in the community through ongoing communication and observation of prospective students.
Develop and implement regular events designed to increase school awareness for prospective families, including jBaby classes, partnership events with local synagogues, and neighborhood receptions.
Provide regular updates to PTC and Board Leadership in order to effectively communicate talking points.
Create plan for outreach to 0-3 year old segments, including programs, communications, and ambassadorships in order to strengthen the admissions pipeline.
Provide prompt and efficient communications with prospective families.
When applicable, arrange for admissions testing and procurement of academic records for prospective students.
Conduct parent interviews and tours for prospective parents (nursery - eighth grade).
Participate in recruitment fairs (i.e. NPN School Fair) on a regular basis.
Manage the process by which Bernard Zell identifies candidates and moves them through the admissions process, including how tuition assistance impacts this process in all divisions. Assure continuity between the admissions process and enrollment, orientation, scheduling and student life.
Manage the re-enrollment process for returning students.
Annually evaluate the enrollment management office staff and programs.
Chair Admissions committee.
Coordinate all re-enrollment activity with ongoing monitoring of retention and attrition throughout the grades.
Regularly review and analyze data that identifies students who are struggling and may be at risk of withdrawing or being counseled out.
Collaborate with administrators to design and implement overall school retention strategy, including opportunities for parent feedback throughout the year.
Oversee Culture of Appreciation Faculty Committee in order to maintain a faculty of “raving fans.”
Onboard new school families through thoughtfully designed events that demonstrate Bernard Zell core values and partnership expectations.
Conduct market research (surveys, focus groups) using current families to determine areas of strength and opportunities for improvement within the school.
Manage central database for all enrollment and tuition assistance-related statistics.
Analyze market trends and create communication plan for market segments.
Conduct research on community demographics and make recommendations based on analysis.
Maintain relevant statistics on all aspects of admission, retention and tuition assistance.
Supervise the admissions assistant.
Represent the school at LMAIS (Lake Michigan Association of Independent Schools) admissions directors meeting, and other professional meetings (ISACS, NAIS).
Make regular reports and presentations to the Board of Trustees, PTC and faculty in order to generate support for all aspects of the enrollment process.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Required Qualifications & Skills
Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to interact with multiple constituencies
Comfort with public speaking and presenting in front of large groups
Strong customer service ethic and exceptional judgment
Experience in developing outreach programs
Results-oriented and able to effectively prioritize work in a dynamic environment
Extremely detail oriented with a strong attention to follow through
Bachelor’s Degree required, 7-10 years of experience in non-profit organizations preferred
Knowledge of Jewish community, culture, heritage and traditions
Experience with program development/early childhood education
Must have a valid driver's license and the ability to travel around Chicago community
Proficient in all Microsoft Office products
Work Conditions, Benefits, etc.
Full-time employee benefits include employer-subsidized medical, dental, life and disability insurance, 403B retirement plan, parking or public transportation, daily lunch and breakfast; as well as optional vision insurance; professional development opportunities
Sick, personal and vacation days subject to length of tenure
How to Apply
If interested, please send cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. As a condition of employment, all applicants must successfully pass a criminal background screening.
Equal Opportunity Employer
Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School has a long-standing policy of equal employment opportunity for every person regardless of age, race, color, disability, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, or citizenship.
Bernard Zell recruits, hires and promotes individuals without regard to these characteristics, and all staffing decisions are based solely on the qualifications of each individual and the legitimate educational needs of our students.
The school does not discriminate in working conditions, physical facilities or any other terms, conditions or privileges of employment, including transfer, compensation, training, promotion, demotion or separation based on age, race, color, disability, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry or citizenship. Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School seeks to provide a work environment that is free from discrimination, intimidation, and harassment based on any of these or other characteristics.
About Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School
Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School (www.bernardzell.org) is an independent Jewish day school for the 21st century where academic purpose, collaborative learning, and deep commitment to humanity develop engaged, confident learners and compassionate leaders for a stronger, more vibrant community and world. A pluralistic community day school, Bernard Zell welcomes students and families of varied religious beliefs and observance. The school combines Jewish learning and tradition with the best of innovative educational practice in a challenging and nurturing learning environment.