Keys School, a K-8 of approximately 320 students and 45 faculty, seeks a full-time Director of Admission to begin July 1, 2018. Founded more than forty years ago, Keys believes students’ curiosity and intellect are best nurtured in a safe and supportive environment that offers a constructivist approach to learning. Faculty create interdisciplinary projects that require students to think critically and work collaboratively. Today Keys is known for helping students to become compassionate and empathic community members while developing the confidence to find their voice and advocate for themselves.
With a cross-divisional buddy program, ice-skating lessons, classes in self-science, and an extensive outdoor education program beginning in kindergarten, the school offers an array of distinctive programs. These experiences, in concert with a strong academic program, prepare students to matriculate to the region’s highly selective independent secondary schools and rigorous public high schools.
The school is situated on two campuses, about a mile apart. The Lower School campus houses grades K-4, approximately 180 students and 30 faculty and staff. The Middle School campus houses grades 5-8, approximately 140 students, and 30 faculty and staff.
The Director of Admission serves as a member of the Leadership Team and reports to the Director of Community Engagement and Growth (Advancement). In collaboration with the Assistant Director of Admission and the Director of Community Engagement and Growth, the Director of Admission provides strategic leadership for the school’s Admission program, and then transforms strategy into tactics to recruit students and families whose personal philosophies and goals are in line with the School’s mission.
The ideal candidate will possess a solid understanding of children’s academic, social, and emotional development and familiarity with both independent school admission processes and enrollment management. Candidates should have a proven record of collaborative teamwork together with a nuanced understanding of interpersonal relations, strong verbal and written communication skills, and a healthy sense of humor. A minimum of three to five years of related experience in independent schools and a graduate degree in a related field are required.
Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities:
Develop a forward-thinking and strategic Admission and enrollment management program that allows the school to successfully fulfill the mission and meet targeted enrollment goals.
Design and implement an Admission program in which the school’s mission, strategic goals, philosophy and culture are effectively communicated to all prospective parents and students.
Demonstrate leadership in the positioning and strategic marketing of the school and its programs, prepare marketing materials and promote the school at local information nights and school fairs.
Review, analyze, and recommend strategic goals regarding the Admission process and retention of current students.
Coordinate online and print communications with the Director of Communication regarding the school throughout the Admission process.
Collaborate with the Assistant Director of Community Engagement and Growth to organize and lead all Admission events, including but not limited to open houses, candidate visit days, kindergarten screening, coffees for applicant parents, new family welcomes, new student visit, transition event, etc.
Oversee the online application database.
Conduct parent interviews.
Maintain and analyze application statistics, and student attrition and retention data and inform Leadership Team and Board of Trustees of trends and patterns.
Cultivate a strong partnership with the school’s faculty, staff, administration and trustees.
Represent the school locally and nationally at professional meetings and conferences, including participating in regional associations in order to be informed of Admission trends and best practices.
Routinely cultivate relationships with administrators at sending preschools and elementary schools and apprise them of the school’s program enhancements.
Chair the Admission Committee.
Work in partnership with the Director of Finance and Operations to support families seeking financial aid.
Collaborate with the Assistant Director of Community Engagement and Growth to organize and advise the school’s Welcome Committee, a team of parent volunteers.
Serve on School’s Leadership Team
Participate in School-wide events and meetings
Accept and perform other duties, as assigned
Demonstrate a passion for Keys School and a keen ability to convey the School’s program, opportunities and vision to an array of constituencies.
Demonstrate excellent and effective written and verbal communications.
Exhibit a cooperative team approach, complete with a good sense of humor and demonstration of a united front.
Display initiative, internal motivation, and a willingness to take on responsibilities beyond those explicitly defined.
Execute responsibilities efficiently, accurately and on or before deadlines.
Possess expertise in Admission and retention strategies, including the development of communications and events that help convey the value of a Keys education.
Exhibit the ability to define problems, collect data, establish fact, grapple with complexity and inconclusive evidence, and draw valid conclusions. Must interpret technical instructions in written, mathematical, or diagram form.
Possess the ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume, and be able to forecast enrollment targets based upon historical data, demographics, and the economic climate.
Exhibit sound judgment related to confidential conversations, projects, and information related to the School or any of its constituents including the effective communication regarding such matters to the appropriate individuals.
Possess and provide evidence of a bachelors degree, a graduate degree in a related field preferred.
Five to seven years of related professional experience.
Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office, presentation software, and communication technologies, including social media, and the ability to conduct effective online research.
Occasional availability on nights or weekends.
Initial and continued criminal background clearance by DOJ and FBI.
Initial and continued tuberculosis clearance.
Maintain a valid driver’s license and the ability to transport oneself between two campuses, to local schools, local admission fairs, and other community events.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 30 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, ability to adjust focus, and sound hearing. The ability to speak clearly and coherently is also required. One must also maintain a valid driver’s license and the ability to transport oneself between two campuses. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands, talk, and hear. The employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms. On occasion, the employee is required to stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, jump, hop, skip, and dance.
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, statement of philosophy, and three to five references to email@example.com
Keys School is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability, orientation or veteran status. For more information on the school, please visit keysschool.org