Crossroads School, located in Santa Monica CA, seeks a highly motivated professional to serve as the school's Associate Director of Admissions.
Crossroads was founded upon five basic commitments: to academic excellence; to the arts; to the greater community; to the development of a student population of social, economic, and racial diversity; and to the development of each student’s physical well-being and full human potential. The School provides a unique K-12 program built on a progressive, developmental model of education with many of its programs on the cutting edge of education. The school is dedicated to helping young people make bold and valuable decisions with their lives while acting as a force for positive social change.
Reporting to the Director of Enrollment Management, the Associate Director of Admissions is an essential part of the day-to-day operations and admissions programs for approximately 600 Grades 6-12 applicants. This position serves as the public face of admissions, promoting the Crossroads philosophy to internal and external constituencies, including volunteers, students, applicant families, faculty and staff, sending schools, and other referring organizations. Crossroads School is a complex, relationship-based, high volume organization, which requires the Admissions office to maintain a visible profile on campus and a warm, customer-centered approach. The Associate Director works closely with the Middle and Upper School administration and faculty in many aspects of the admissions process. The Associate Director is part of a team of nine professionals on two campuses.
Essential Job Functions
Collaborate with the Director of Enrollment Management on strategic initiatives
Responsible for the planning, implementation, and evaluation of significant aspects of the Middle and Upper School admissions program
Review and assess 300-400 applicants in grades 6-12 and chair multiple Admissions Committees
Represent Crossroads School’s mission, programs, curriculum and philosophy knowledgably and effectively to prospective families
Interview Middle and Upper School applicants and families
Actively communicate with and visit sending schools and diversity access organizations regarding applicants as well as identifying potential new sending schools
Partner with the Middle and Upper School Administration and admissions staff in planning and implementing assessments, events, and new family orientation to Crossroads
Develop and maintain a positive rapport with the Middle and Upper School by visiting Middle and Upper classrooms regularly, attending faculty meetings, and serving on committees
Serve on all-school committees and fully invest in the life of the school
Required Experience, Education, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Bachelors required, Masters preferred
Minimum 5-8 years’ experience in independent school admissions and demonstrated growth and advancement in the admissions profession
Exemplary skills in team building and complex constituent and project management
Ability to communicate a complex educational philosophy through exceptional writing and public speaking
Strong systems orientation to database management and data tracking
Strong cultural competency skills and track record of successfully working with families from diverse backgrounds
A friendly, gracious, professional manner; willingness to learn; and growth mindset
Impeccable ethics and a demonstrated commitment to confidentiality
Professional experience in Middle and/or Upper school curricula and pedagogy