The Associate Director of Admissions is a key partner in facilitating Priory’s admissions process. In addition to fostering and nurturing meaningful relationships with prospective families, the associate director will be responsible for creating and stewarding student programming for admissions. As a school serving grades 6-12 and Silicon Valley’s only Benedictine boarding program in the upper school, this role demands enthusiasm, flexibility, and a global perspective as the needs and demands of our inquiry pool span worldwide. This individual will be instrumental in facilitating an admissions process that is distinctly Priory, mission-aligned, and accessible.
The Associate Director of Admissions reports to the Director of Admissions and works closely with the entire admissions team as well as other school administrators and faculty. Some evening and weekend work is required. Occasional travel may also be required. This is a full-time, 12-month, exempt position.
Duties and Responsibilities include:
Serve as a main point of contact for families for prospective families, including assisting prospective families with various aspects of the application process by providing accurate and timely information in-person, by phone, or via email.
Coordinate Priory’s campus visit programs for prospective students and their families, including leading campus tours and other signature admissions events.
Oversee the creation and build a distinctively Priory student ambassador program within one year with an official launch by year two.
Represent Woodside Priory at outreach events, including school fairs; maintain and create meaningful relationships with sending schools across the San Francisco Bay Area.
Coordinate, and occasionally conduct, admissions interviews.
Read and evaluate application files, including occasionally chairing committee deliberations.
Partner effectively with Priory faculty and administrators to facilitate the successful onboarding of new families.
Possess enthusiasm for taking on special projects and other duties as required.
A successful candidate will posses:
A Bachelor’s Degree (required)
At least 3-5 years of admissions experience, preferably within an independent school
Experience working with younger students (e.g. coaching, counseling, teaching)
Warm and hospitable speaking and written communication skills
Meticulous organizational and project management skills with empathetic flexibility to adapt
High aptitude for technology and data management systems (e.g. Blackbaud, Ravenna, Salesforce) including Microsoft Office Suite
Ability to maintain confidentiality and facilitate an equitable admissions experience
Possess a collaborative, go-getter attitude to partner effectively and efficiently with members of the Admissions Team, Priory faculty, and administrators
A positive outlook and genuine desire to partner with families through the admissions process
Moreover, candidates with the following experiences and skills are strongly encouraged to apply:
Successful event planning experience
Fluency in spoken and written Spanish and/or Mandarin
Professional experience with independent school (or college/university) financial aid evaluation
About Woodside Priory School
Founded in 1957 by seven Hungarian monks and located within 40 minutes of San Francisco and 10 minutes from Stanford University, Woodside Priory School is an independent Benedictine, Catholic, college preparatory school for grades 6-12, committed to the highest standards of education and to the development of each student's intellectual, emotional, social, and spiritual potential. Our Benedictine values of spirituality, hospitality, integrity, individuality, and community guide us in our mission to assist all students in creating meaningful and balanced lives, develop lifelong learners and stewards, and productively serve a world in need of their gifts.