Early Childhood/Intermediate School Director of Admissions
Bennett Day School
March 26, 2018
Full Time - Administration
Bennett Day School Director of Early Childhood and Intermediate School Admissions
Agreement Start Date: April 15, 2018
School Calendar Start Date: August 13, 2018
Bennett Day School is a progressive independent day school looking for passionate educators with innovative spirit and rich background in adolescent learning and school experience. We are a new type of independent school; unabashed believers in the values of progressive education, we put students at the center of the process of learning.
For the 2019-20 school year, the Director of EC/Intermediate School Admissions will play a vital role in the development and roll out of the first Upper School admissions cycle, as well as participate in the general and rolling admissions processes for the Early Child and Intermediate grades.
The primary responsibility of the Bennett Day School Director of EC/Intermediate School Admissions is to lead the Admissions process for PreK - 5th grade for the 2019-20 school year. The Director of EC/Intermediate School Admissions will work in close collaboration with the Director of Upper School Admissions, Marketing and Admissions team to set the admissions agenda and calendar, and create a “user experience” that takes prospective parents/guardians from the first touch point to enrollment. The Director of EC/Intermediate School Admissions reports directly to the Principal and CEO and works in partnership with the Director of Upper School Admissions.
The Director of EC/Intermediate School Admissions is a member of the Executive Team and plays an important leadership role within the school community, both with faculty and new and returning families. The Director of Admissions ensures that the Admissions cycle is in alignment with LMAIS, ISACS and NAIS best practices and directly reflects Bennett Day School’s mission, vision, and values.
Student Recruitment and Outreach
Work with the Director of Upper School Admissions, the Director of Marketing and Education Team to create and execute an admissions outreach plan, including materials/publications, ongoing communications, open houses, tours, and school fairs
Oversee play-based assessments and shadow day visits
Conduct parent/guardian interviews; student interviews in Upper School
Chair the Early Childhood / Intermediate School Admissions Committee and serve as a member of the Bennett Grants Committee
Establish and maintain memberships in admissions-related professional associations
Maintain contact with external organizations regarding recruitment and enrollment
Oversee parent, student, and staff volunteering for admissions events
Participate in the development of the “admissions-to-enrollment” user experience for applicant and enrolled families
Work with the Business Office to create and maintain an admissions budget
Maintain the admissions section of the website
Manage the admissions module within the school database
Maintain statistics on all aspects of the admissions and re-enrollment process from year to year (enrollment, retention, tuition assistance, etc.)
Prepare enrollment reports for the Board of Directors
Attend Board meetings, as required, to provide periodic admissions updates
Provide support to other colleagues in admissions and marketing as needed for all to succeed
Passion for the mission and the vision of Bennett Day School
Understanding of the tenets of progressive education
Marketing sensibility, preference for proven outreach and recruitment campaigns
Technology skills with BlackBaud or similar database systems
Professional network of admissions directors
Thoughtful judgment and effective interpersonal skills
Excellent skills in oral and written communications
Strong management and organization skills
Ability to effectively present information to all constituencies of the school
Flexibility in adapting to change that happens in an entrepreneurial-minded school
Three years minimum relevant experience, although we are more focused on your accomplishments
Experience with upper school admissions helpful although not required
About Bennett Day School
Bennett Day School is a new PreK-12 independent school in the heart of Chicago. Currently operating grades PreK, JK, SK, and First, Bennett Day School is founded with progressive roots. A fundamental and driving force behind our Reggio Emilia-inspired program is the belief that children of all ages learn through questioning, exploring and discovering. We are committed to advancing creativity, leadership and a love of learning for students and teachers.