Western Reserve Academy, which enjoys an outstanding reputation as one of the finest boarding schools in the U.S., seeks a Director of Enrollment Management. This is an exceptional opportunity to join a school and administration at a time of growth and innovation, in an idyllic community with Mid-western sensibilities and a global mindset.
The Director reports to the Head of School, and serves on the senior administrative team. In addition to leading all admission and enrollment efforts, the Director exhibits the same innovative spirit on which the school was founded, and has since built its academic program and organizational brand. The Director must embrace the challenge of marketing and enrolling domestic, and particularly, regional boarding students. There are also significant international and long-distance boarding markets. The Director interacts with other administrative offices, faculty and staff, and particularly the Communications & Marketing Office. The Director demonstrates deep understanding of financial aid tactics, marketing, independent school trends, data analysis, strategic planning and personnel and office leadership. The Director also is expected to launch and leverage a successful Merit Aid program as part of the school’s awareness building and recruitment efforts.
WRA’s current Campaign for Excellence & Access underscores the loyalty of our school community, generating more than $75 million to support faculty, academic programs, financial aid and exquisite renovations along our historic Brick Row. The school recently opened The Wang Innovation Center, a 6,000-square-foot makerspace lauded by The National Association of Independent Schools and The Association of Boarding Schools. Our endowment exceeds $100 million and the school generates a $2.3 million annual fund. Our Admission team resides in a newly-renovated office, a thoughtful renovation of our campus’s oldest building, blending historic beauty with progressive elements like geothermal heating and cooling, and floors fashioned from reclaimed campus trees.
The Director must have the experience, skills and personality to lead a complex enrollment process, contribute to the Executive Committee, and involve the entire WRA community in admission goals and plans. WRA’s enduring values of excellence, integrity and compassion guide all we do, and are central to the outreach, responsibilities and success of the Director and his/her team.
Desired characteristics and experiences to be demonstrated:
Ability to manage staff and an office
Willingness to travel
Serve on senior-level administrative team, the Executive Committee
Demonstrated understanding and connections in the admission environment
Understanding of and interacting with the extended community: trustees, students, faculty, staff, parents, alumni and candidates
Engaging personality to connect with the community
Ability to analyze data to create data-driven marketing and decisions
Demonstrate an understanding of admission enrollment trends, leading the Executive Committee and Board in discussions about these trends and creating strategies to solve issues
Knowledge, ability and strategic sense to identify and open new and emerging admission markets
Leadership of all aspects of admission office procedures: contact with students, review of applications, acceptances, transition to enrollment, re-enrollment and others
Sophisticated understanding of financial aid process and tactics
Willingness to be a presence and involved in a residential school setting
Development of and build relationships with schools, counselors and consultants
Working with summer programs to build enrollment in all areas of school programs
Successful candidates must possess a Bachelor’s degree (Masters degree preferred), five years of admission and financial aid experience. In addition, one must be a strong manager, a team player and possess superior communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills, high energy, flexibility, warmth, and a sense of humor.
For more details about Western Reserve Academy, please visit the School’s web site at www.WRA.net. If interested in applying, please send an electronic file with a resume, a letter of interest and a list of three references by December 1, 2017 to: Christine H. Baker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Western Reserve Academy is one of the oldest boarding schools in the nation and the premier school of its kind in the Midwest. A WRA education emphasizes the importance of a lifelong engagement with the world. WRA offers a challenging curriculum that prepares our 400 students for future academic success – and for purposeful, fulfilling lives. WRA strives to graduate citizens who can think critical...ly, discuss important matters articulately, write persuasively and act responsibly.
A Western Reserve Academy education offers a transformational experience where students strive for excellence, live with integrity and act with compassion. We have a diverse body of motivated and well-rounded students who study and live in a supportive, inclusive academic community where they learn about independence and responsibility – traditional values that help them achieve success at higher rates than private day and public school students, in the classroom and beyond.
Western Reserve Academy’s campus, listed on the U.S. Department of Interior’s National Register of Historic Places, is ideally situated just a few blocks from downtown Hudson, which offers a variety of shopping and dining opportunities. Modeled on a traditional New England square, Hudson’s historic main street features charming brick and clapboard store and shop fronts. These blend perfectly with a beautifully designed, new shopping district that comprises an additional three blocks. With Akron and Cleveland within 30 miles, our employees and their families can take advantage of many cultural and educational opportunities.