The director of admissions and college counseling reports directly to the Head of School and is an integral part of the senior administrative team at AGBU Vatche & Tamar Manoukian High School. S/he will have overall responsibility for leading the admissions and college placement program. The combination of these two responsibilities makes this an exciting opportunity. Duties include and are not limited to the following:
Contribute to the mission and standards of the school by recruiting and retaining students who will benefit from the school’s unique culture and programmatic offerings and contribute to the school community.
Formulate forward-thinking, strategic application, admission, and enrollment policies.
Report directly to the head of school and serve as a liaison to the board of trustees regarding admissions and enrollment.
Coordinate four essential elements to ensure a competitive admissions process and the long-term health of the student body and broader alumni/ae base:
admission management (the tracking of prospective students from applicant to enrollment and beyond)
research (analyzing data that affect enrollment)
Develop a strategic recruitment and communication plan to reach targeted audiences, including identifying and implementing best-practice web-based technologies.
Work closely with the Business Manager who is responsible to the board committee for Financial Aid.
Oversee admission budgets.
Partner with student affairs committees and academic departments.
Understand the culture and climate of the school and the broader educational environment.
Foster high ethical standards, integrity, and respect for colleagues, alumni/ae, parents, and students throughout the admissions process.
Be sensitive to economic, cultural, and other issues present in the enrollment of a diverse student body.
Communicate clearly and enthusiastically to all staff and prospective students.
Manage a caseload of approximately 40-50 students, providing strategies, advice, support, and guidance to those students and their families throughout the application process and in making the best individualized choice for college.
Meet with students individually and in groups to educate and empower them on how to navigate the college process, admissions trends, and individual college options.
Assist students to identify resources for scholarships and financial aid for colleges and universities.
Coordinate the calendar of all standardized testing for students, including scheduling test dates, registering students, arranging for special “prep” classes, administering the tests, and providing pre- and post-test counseling.
Conduct events and educational outreach for both the student and parent communities.
Develop and interpret extensive summary reports on students’ progress on standardized testing for the school community.
Ensure the registrar has accurate permanent records of students’ testing and academic work.
Create and submit materials to colleges in support of college applicants.
Coordinate the faculty writing of requested recommendations for students applying to college.
With the Head of School write recommendations for students applying to college.
Facilitate visits between students and college representatives at the school.
Oversee various student award programs and ceremonies.
Cultivate mutually beneficial working relationships with college admissions professionals and local area college counseling colleagues.
Arrange and direct visits to relevant colleges and college fairs.
Visit college campuses to stay abreast of university offerings and maintain familiarity with signature programs.
Track trends in the admissions and college counseling fields.
Pursue professional development opportunities.
Attend conferences and professional meetings in order to remain current with industry trends.
Participate in committee, department, and staff meetings as well as school-sponsored events that would benefit from your area of expertise.
Be involved in the school community at large.
Become active in SACAC and WACAC.
Assume responsibility for other projects as assigned by the head of school.
A bachelor’s degree in complimentary field; master's degree preferred
Comfort with the Armenian language is preferred, but not required.
At least 3 to 5 years’ prior experience in admissions and college counseling
Successful track record working with students from first contact to college admission
Outstanding interpersonal skills and a dedication to a high level of confidentiality
Exceptional written and oral communication
Excellent organizational skills
Detail-oriented and able to work collaboratively
Strong work ethic and high level of integrity
High-energy and enthusiastic about working in an academic atmosphere
Additional Salary Information: Competitive with benefits