The Ethical Culture Fieldston School Office of Admissions is seeking a mission-driven, dynamic, people-person who is passionate about progressive education and social justice to fill the role of Assistant Director of Admissions, Middle and Upper Divisions. The successful candidate will be creative, eager to learn, and a team player, with professional integrity and a good sense of humor. The person filling this role will report to the Director of Middle School and Upper School Admissions and will join a team of committed and collaborative colleagues.
The primary areas of responsibility include:
Serve as one of the primary, outward-facing representatives of the Middle and Upper School Admissions team to prospective families, peer and feeder school colleagues, faculty, and current students and families
Interview prospective Middle School and Upper School students and families and write detailed narrative evaluations of these conversations
Read and evaluate application files for the Middle and Upper divisions, as assigned by the Director of Middle School and Upper School Admissions
Serve on the Middle School and Upper School Admission Committees and attend all relevant committee meetings
In collaboration with the Director of Middle School and Upper School Admissions, manage the Middle and Upper School Tour Guide Program, including supporting the Director and student leaders in recruiting, selection, training, and scheduling student tour guides
In collaboration with the Director of Middle School and Upper School Admissions, schedule and facilitate online admissions events, including virtual tours, discipline-specific “Eagle Talks,” student-centered office hours, and newly conceived programming
Organize, implement, and facilitate the buddy program for newly enrolled students and families
Oversee student ambassadors for newly admitted student Revisit Days
Create the annual faculty interviewer schedule across both divisions
Respond to prospective family and applicant phone and email inquiries
Maintain ongoing communication and follow up with applicant families throughout the admissions process
Assist in the planning and execution of all prospective and newly admitted family events
Participate with the Director of Middle School and Upper School Admissions in placement and partner program colleague calls, documenting the details of those conversations
Cultivate and maintain positive relationships with students, families, faculty, administrators, and other members of the ECFS community
Represent ECFS at all relevant school fairs, meetings, and panels (some evenings and weekend days required)
Attend ISAAGNY meetings
Bachelor’s degree required
2+ years of previous admissions and/or youth development experience
Demonstrated ability to handle confidential situations and materials with discretion
Strong communication and interpersonal skills
Flexibility to work evenings and weekends as needed
Strong time management and organizational skills
The ability to improvise, stay calm during stressful situations, and to laugh at oneself
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ECFS is an equal opportunity employer. Our goal is to be a diverse community of professionals broadly reflecting the people of the metropolitan New York City area, our students, and families. We aim to align our hiring process with our mission and institutional goals. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion or religious practices, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, citizenship status, national origin, age, ability status, military status, unemployment status or any other category protected by applicable local, state, or federal laws. ECFS takes affirmative action in support of its policy to employ and advance all qualified candidates.
About Ethical Culture Fieldston School
Ethical Culture Fieldston School is a progressive PreK-12 independent school that has been serving students throughout New York City and the surrounding suburbs since 1878. ECFS offers a rich curriculum in the arts, sciences, and humanities. A co-ed, nonsectarian school, it serves a diverse community of about 1,700 students on two campuses—one in the Riverdale section of the Bronx and the other in Manhattan.
The Ethical Culture Fieldston School has a long history of equity and inclusion deeply rooted in our mission and the educational philosophy of our founder Felix Adler. We embrace diversity of ancestry, family, identity, culture, and belief and seek a student body and faculty who reflect the pluralism and socio-economic diversity of metropolitan New York. We affirm both our differences and commonalities and strive to balance individuality and community. In keeping with our progressive tradition, we are dedicated to increasing our students’ cultural literacy to help them understand multiple perspectives and see the world beyond the self. We expect members of our community to engage in open dialogue about living and learning in a diverse environment inside and outside the clas...sroom. We see this work with its creative tensions as a catalyst for individual and collective growth. On a daily basis, we are committed to making this vision of a democratic, pluralistic, and progressive school a reality.