Montclair Kimberley Academy (Montclair, NJ) is seeking an Associate Director of Admissions for the Primary School (Pre-K-3rd grade). The ideal candidate will be outgoing and socially confident, highly organized, able to establish positive relationships and personal connections with prospective and current families, have excellent verbal and written communication skills, demonstrate initiative and have a strong work ethic. In addition, this person should be well versed in formulating admissions strategies and marketing initiatives. The Associate Director of Admissions reports directly to the Director of Admissions and Financial Aid as well as the Head of the Primary School.
Summary of Responsibilities: The Associate Director of Admissions for Primary School helps to lead the team that designs and carries out the admission and enrollment processes at Montclair Kimberley Academy. The Associate Director works with prospective Primary School students and families in the application process that begins with the family’s first contact with MKA and concludes with an admissions decision, and when applicable with enrollment at MKA. Responsibilities include outreach and recruitment activities, screenings/testing with students, interviews with their families, and maintaining engagement with the applicant and family through telephone contact and electronic and written communication. The Associate Director also communicates often with faculty regarding admissions news and updates.
Major Duties and Specific Responsibilities: The Associate Director implements the Primary School admissions practices that encourage families to consider MKA, determines an applicant’s eligibility for acceptance to MKA, and leads accepted students (and families) to enroll. The Associate Director is responsible for making sure that information about MKA and its mission are appropriately and accurately represented to the community at large. The Associate Director interviews and tours prospective families, and summarizes information and impressions for inclusion in applicants’ admissions files. The Associate Director provides information and support to the applicant and family throughout the admissions process, and is the first reader of a student’s application. Once admissions decisions are shared with applicants, the Associate Director maintains continuing communication and engagement with the applicant and family.
Committee Responsibilities: The Associate Director of Admissions for Primary School leads the Primary School Admissions Committee and is a member of The Enrollment Planning Committee. In addition, the Associate Director sits on the Student Services Committee at Primary School.
Outreach/Recruitment: The Associate Director is responsible for representing MKA at school fairs, conferences and school visits in order to encourage prospective students and families in their consideration of MKA and explain our admissions process. The Associate Director assists with the planning and execution of on-campus recruitment events, including open houses and information sessions.
Other Duties: • Admissions process management: responsible for oversight of the sequence and stages of the admissions process from inquiry to enrollment for Primary School applicants. • Works with the Director of Communications and Admissions support staff to evaluate, update and provide quality control over admissions print information (catalogue, individual program pieces, etc.) and application forms. • Plans and implements retention strategies for current students with the Head of Primary School and the Director of Admissions and Financial Aid. • Tracks stages of admissions application and process completion including written communication to families and oversight of Admissions decision letters and telephone contact. • Works with the Director of Admissions and Financial Aid and the Associate Director of Admissions for Upper School to design effective admissions committee procedures. • Works with the Director of Admissions and Financial Aid and the Associate Director of Admissions for Upper School to design and implement enrollment management procedures. • Participates in evening and weekend Admissions activities as needed. • Attends Primary School Faculty meetings as determined by the Head of Upper School • Organizes Primary School Admissions Ambassadors program.
Requirements: Bachelor’s Degree, Admissions office experience, familiarity with admissions databases, strong interpersonal skills, collaborative and supportive colleague, committed to school’s mission, self-motivated, flexible, willing to work beyond traditional office hours, including evening and weekend events.
MKA is a robust school community with over 1000 students on three campuses (Pre-K-3rd, 4th-8th, 9th-12th). We function as one school through a clearly articulated curriculum whose hallmarks include our unique and longstanding Pre-K-12 Signature Programs: the Culture of Ethics, The Writing Challenge and The MKA Core, as well as a nationally recognized program for integrating technology in the curri...culum. MKA was recognized as an Apple Distinguished School for 2013-2015 and provides a 1:1 laptop learning environment for our students. At MKA, the work of our teachers and the lives of our students are shaped by our Mission Statement and the ideals of our motto, “Knowledge, Vision, Integrity.”