Founded in 1961, Sandy Spring Friends School is a progressive, coed, academically-rigorous day and boarding school serving approximately 600 students from age three through 12th grade. The campus is located on 140 acres in the historic Sandy Spring area of Montgomery County, Maryland, and the School is approved by the Maryland State Board of Education and accredited by the Association of Independent Maryland Schools.
Our school’s culture, rooted in the idea that collaboration engenders achievement, can be traced to our Quaker heritage and abiding belief in the Quaker values of simplicity, equality, honesty, stewardship of the environment, and peaceful resolution of conflict.
Immediate - Director of Lower School Admission, Full-Time, 12 month, Exempt
Summary: Sandy Spring Friends School is seeking a dynamic team member to join the Admissions team as Pre-Primary and Lower School Admissions Associate. The ideal candidate will drive and facilitate the admission process for all Lower School applicants; provide excitement and expertise in outreach, recruitment, and cultivation of our new pre-primary program; and will have knowledge of licensure of pre-school classes in a school setting. Familiarity with independent schools and the greater Olney area is highly desirable. Availability to work occasional weekends and evenings is required. SSFS seeks candidates who value the importance of diversity and can share, teach, and appreciate differing points of view.
Oversee Lower School Admission including recruiting prospective families, coordinating visits for student applicants (PK3-5th grade), conducting parent interviews, and attending recruitment and outreach events.
Establishing, cultivating, and strengthening relationships with admission contacts (feeder schools, educational consultants, etc.) and parenting communities in the greater Olney region. This will require evening and weekend commitments.
Providing information to prospective families about SSFS via phone, person-to-person meetings, and campus tours.
Conducting all Lower School parent interviews and writing interview reports/submitting applicant data sheets.
Organizing, facilitating, scheduling, and observing applicants for pre-primary and primary grade play groups or school day visits.
Monitoring re-enrollment of current students with attention to attrition and retention rate; providing feedback and data for admissions marketing team.
Assisting with the implementation of re-enrollment and retention efforts, including contacting parents, teachers, and advisors and monitoring re-enrollment of current students with attention to attrition and retention rate.
Recruiting, cultivating, and training parent volunteers to be parent ambassadors of the school.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
Exceptional customer service with students and adults
Education and experience:
Bachelor’s degree preferred
Experience in recruitment practices
Please note that the School has a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy, which requires that all employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof of vaccination, including documentation of a booster shot given five months or more since you completed the final dose in the primary series.
Physical Requirements: Daily desk work including extensive amounts of computer and phone time as well as the ability to navigate stairs, mobility around a large campus with uneven pavement, bending and squatting, lifting/carrying boxes weighing up to 25 pounds, and the ability to rearrange furniture for events is occasionally required.
Commitment to Diversity: Sandy Spring Friends School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or a person's status as a qualified candidate with a disability in administration of its educational program, admission policies, financial aid program, staff hiring, and other school-administered programs.
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SSFS offers an inquiry-based college preparatory program that emphasizes deep understanding throughout the curriculum while encouraging collaboration, instilling confidence, fostering practical experience, and cultivating respect for others. The School's teachers help students internalize a process we call "QRA” —Question, Reflection, Action—which ensures that they think critically, integrate new knowledge, and apply what they learn. We help students develop their individual sense of purpose as they become caring citizens of the world.
Our school’s culture, rooted in the idea that collaboration engenders achievement, can be traced to our Quaker heritage and abiding belief in the Quaker values of simplicity, equality, honesty, stewardship of the environment, and peaceful resolution of conflict. Our teachers are lifelong mentors and strive to identify and cultivate each student’s intellectual, extracurricular, and social passions. In doing so, we help shape students whose actions speak volumes and whose lives become exemplars—not only among their peers and families today but also in their personal, educational, and professional communities long after high school. Sandy Spring Frie...nds School students are taught to act upon what they learn. This call to action propels their accomplishments as graduates, in college, and beyond.