The Director of Admissions is responsible for overseeing the preK-12 admissions process, with direct oversight of upper school admissions, grades 9-12. The Director will provide appropriate and accurate information to applicants, families, organizations, and educators to ensure best applicant match to our program. They are one of the key ambassadors for Nueva and provides leadership on issues related to student recruitment, admissions, and enrollment management. This person should demonstrate commitment to building a mission-aligned, diverse and inclusive community that is reflective of the socio-economic, racial, ethnic, varied family structure, and gender diversity of the Bay Area.
They will work with the admissions team, faculty, and staff to both observe and select students for enrollment. Some evening and weekend work is required. The Director of Admissions will be a thought partner with and report to the Director of Enrollment and Strategic Engagement. The Director of Admissions will serve on the Expanded Leadership Team. Members of the admission team will report to the Director of Admissions.
We are seeking applicants who represent the full diversity of our community in the Bay Area. Our ideal candidate will possess a deep understanding of the diverse socioeconomic, racial, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, academic, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. In joining our team at Nueva, you will become a part of an inclusive, iterative, and equity-minded community that recognizes that social justice is a lens with which we examine all aspects of our school community in order to ensure an educational experience where all students can thrive. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Nueva, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with Nueva’s Mission, Vision, and Values.
Lead the admissions process and procedures of the school, preK-12.
Direct responsibility for the upper school admission process, 9-12.
Provide appropriate, accurate, and timely information to applicant families, community-based organizations, and educators.
Provide accurate and timely information to staff and faculty.
Maintain the admissions testing process and procedures which includes hiring psychologists to test applicants and reviewing the results of tests administered.
Support scheduling and event reservations for students and parents.
Present the school to prospective families through virtual and in-person admissions events and workshops (including tours, program previews/open houses, diversity events, and other programs for applicants and applicant families).
Assist in coordination and implementation of outreach strategies and events.
Support larger diversity goals for the school.
Support THRIVE program goals for enrollment and retention.
In collaboration with the communications team, maintain the Admissions pages of the external website and develop outreach electronic and print materials for applicant families.
Manage the internal and external website pages and events for new families.
Conduct parent and student interviews.
Participate in/lead on-site and remote applicant observations and visits.
Chairs the US Admission Committee, and partners with LS and US Associate Directors of Admissions leading those reading committees. Trains committee members on reading files, and leads the Committee in decision making discussions.
Maintain accurate databases of applicant information and statistics.
Oversee international student applications.
Serve as the PDSO or DSO for SEVIS to facilitate F-1 visas for International Students.
Update records, registration, and school recertification as needed through SEVIS.
Maintain accurate and complete current and inactive student files.
Manage the Admissions volunteer program and training (Nueva Parent’s Association, Students, US Mavericks Program, Faculty, and Staff).
Supervises and manages the admission team.
Other special projects and duties as assigned.
Knowledgeable and passionate about early education through high school education and the needs and development of gifted children.
Five or more years of admissions experience.
Excellent organizational skills and high attention to detail.
Excellent managerial skills.
Ability to work independently and collaborate on a team.
Ability to manage multiple responsibilities simultaneously and prioritize.
Demonstrates excellent skills in cross-cultural collaboration.
Flexibility and creativity in working in a dynamic environment where new ideas, mistakes, and iteration are embraced.
A desire to learn by doing and to learn with and from others.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Ability to cultivate new and maintain strong relationships and partnerships.
Sensitivity, discretion, and a sense of humor.
Extensive knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite.
Working knowledge of FileMaker Pro or Ravenna Solutions a plus.
Teaching experience a plus.
Bilingual abilities– Spanish/English or Mandarin/English a plus.
About The Nueva School
About The Nueva School
The Nueva School, an internationally recognized, nonprofit, independent day school, has served gifted learners since 1967. Today, Nueva serves nearly 1000 students PreK–12. Nueva is located in the neighboring towns of Hillsborough and San Mateo, equidistant between San Francisco and Silicon Valley, serving six counties throughout the Bay Area of Northern California.
A constructivist school, Nueva is known for its distinctive inquiry-based interdisciplinary studies, project-based learning, and pioneering work in social-emotional learning and design thinking. The Nueva community instills a passion for lifelong learning, fosters social and emotional acuity, and develops the imaginative mind. Our school has received the US Department of Education National Blue Ribbon Award and the American Institute of Architects Award for School Design and Sustainability, has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished Program and appointed an Ashoka Changemaker School, co-founded the Common Ground Speaker Series, hosts the biennial Innovative Learning Conference, and was highlighted by the Pulitzer Prize–winning and New York Times best-selling author Thomas Friedman in his book That Used to Be Us in the chapter “Average Is Over.”