Girls Preparatory School inspires each girl to lead a life of integrity and purpose by engaging her mind, cultivating her strengths, and nurturing her self-confidence and respect for others.
Girls Preparatory School (GPS) seeks an innovative, experienced, and highly engaged Director of Enrollment Management to partner with the Head of School, a thoughtful Administrative Team, a dedicated admission department, and a highly supportive Board of Trustees to continue the school’s history of educational success. Founded to provide girls with the necessary courses to pursue a college education, GPS has proudly graduated almost 6000 young women since 1906. Currently, 131 faculty and staff serve about 600 girls in grades 6-12 with a college preparatory curriculum that includes a full complement of humanities, arts and STEM courses, and co-curricular programs of leadership development, athletics, performing arts, and community engagement.
A member of the Administrative Team, the Director of Enrollment Management works closely with other school leaders led by the Head of School, to secure the school’s main financial revenue stream each year through recruitment, admission, and enrollment processes. Using a strategic and girl-centered admission process, the Director leads a department of four dedicated admission professionals and collaborates with leaders, influencers, and teachers from across the community to draw and enroll mission appropriate families to the school.
As the school implements a newly launched strategic plan – Reaching Our Full Potential - the Director of Enrollment Management will join a welcoming and rigorous community poised to assume a leadership role in the national and global conversations about girls’ education and women’s leadership development for the civic and economic sectors.
There is a uniquely collaborative relationship with the Marketing and Communications Department and the Auxiliary Programs Director that must be strategically leveraged to build a pipeline for admission. Additionally, the Director leads the Enrollment Management Team, comprised of various student-facing school leaders, to maintain our historically low attrition. Lastly, the Director must be a thought partner with the Head of School on matters related to admission, marketing, and enrollment.
Formulate and execute forward-thinking, strategic admission, and enrollment policies and practices that will attract and engage mission appropriate families whose girls will benefit from the School’s unique culture and program;
Achieve the enrollment goals set in partnership with the Board of Trustees and Head of School;
Welcome prospective families to the School by hosting regular open houses and other events;
Recruit and manage student and parent volunteers in support of the admission process;
In collaboration with the Marketing and Communications Department, develop and implement a strategic recruitment, marketing, and communication plan to reach targeted audiences;
Work closely with the School’s business office to coordinate reenrollment;
Through active supervision of the Director of Financial Aid, oversee all aspects of financial assistance scholarship, and remission programs, to include policy drafting and implementation, determining and recommending award amounts, and working with individual families to review and understand individual financial circumstances;
Manage, maintain and administer all aspects of School SEVIS certification, including issuing I-20 Visas for international students;
Be sensitive to economic, cultural, and other matters present in the enrollment of a diverse student body;
Analyze data and identify trends that impact enrollment outcomes and provide meaningful reporting to the Head of School and Board of Trustees to inform decision-making;
Communicate clearly and enthusiastically to all staff and prospective students and their families;
Develop and engage in strategic partnerships designed to increase enrollment and visibility throughout the Chattanooga region and beyond;
Actively seek ongoing professional development through a well-established professional learning network and support other admission staff in same pursuit;
Enthusiastically serve as a member of the senior administrative team that leads and supports school-wide initiatives, policies, and procedures; and
Adhere to the NAIS Principles of Good Practice for
Life and work that embrace the school’s stated values: Honor, respect, curiosity, individuality, and relationships;
7-10 years admission experience in a college or independent school setting;
Bachelor’s degree, preferably in marketing, communications, or An advanced degree is strongly preferred;
3-5 years of leading and managing a diverse community of professionals through relationships based upon mutual respect, trust, and empathy;
Personal and professional conduct that represents a positive role model for girls;
Proven ability to balance multiple priorities in a complex environment while maintaining professionalism and a sense of humor;
Advanced knowledge of diversity and inclusion best practices that supports enrolling a diverse student body;
Experience as a teacher, student, parent, and/or administrator in an independent school;
Proven commitment to single-gender education as evidenced by involvement in a girls’ school, co-curricular programming, or volunteer efforts;
Experience working with a database management system (e.g. Blackbaud), Microsoft Office and Google Drive;
Expert verbal and written communication skills that demonstrate warmth, empathy, humor, and love for girls, their parents, and their teachers;
Strong professional social media presence; and
Fluency in a second language a
Girls Preparatory School is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to providing a workplace free from discrimination and unlawful harassment. It is the School’s policy to provide equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, genetic information, veteran status, or disability or any other characteristic protected under federal, state, or local anti-discrimination laws. It is the intent and resolve of the School to comply with the letter and the spirit of the law in the implementation of all facets of equal opportunity.
The School’s equal employment opportunity practices extend to recruitment, hiring, selection, compensation, benefits, transfer, promotion, training, discipline, and all other terms, conditions, and privileges of employment.
All employees are responsible for complying with the School's equal employment opportunity policy.