St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, a vibrant and diverse PK3-12 independent, college preparatory day school, is seeking a dynamic, team-oriented, and forward-thinking admission professional to serve as the next Director of Admission and Financial Aid.
Founded in 1947 and serving more than 1150 students, St. Andrew’s Episcopal School has two campuses: the Lower School located in Jackson, the capital city of Mississippi, and the Upper and Middle Schools located on a spacious 75-acre campus five minutes away in the suburb of Ridgeland. St. Andrew's boasts nationally recognized programs in global studies and speech and debate, 39 of the 47 State AP Scholars from Mississippi, the top-ranked athletic program in the state for schools its size (for 17 straight years), and an impressive record with college admissions and placement – both within Mississippi and at the most competitive schools in the nation.
Embracing fully the school's mission, the ideal candidate will have a keen sense of marketing, an entrepreneurial orientation, and exceptional communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills. In keeping with the Characteristics of Excellence for all faculty and staff at St. Andrew's, s/he also will be self-motivated, flexible, growth-oriented, and technologically savvy.
This position is ideally suited for either a veteran independent school admission professional already serving in a leadership position or an aspiring leader serving as an associate or assistant director of admission with a strong record of accomplishments to this point in their career. In either case, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to collaborate and innovate with St. Andrew’s incoming Head of School, Tom Sheppard, who comes to St. Andrew’s with more than 20 years of experience in independent school admission and enrollment management. The successful candidate also will enjoy the support of the school’s Associate Head of School and Chief Financial Officer, Kevin Lewis, in the continued development and administration of the school’s robust financial aid program.
Successful candidates will possess many (if not all) of the following qualities:
An awareness of and experience with effective admission and recruitment models, especially at the PK-8 level;
An understanding of and ability to develop genuine connections with millennial parents and their children;
An interest in and appreciation for the importance of data-based decision-making, as well as a desire to grow in this area;
An ability to lead an office of four admission professionals and to support their professional growth.
Serving on the school's Senior Leadership Team, working closely with division heads and the Office of Institutional Advancement, and reporting directly to the Head of School, the Director of Admission leads and manages the school's admission team and budget, serves as the point person for financial aid, and inspires all school constituencies to actively participate in student recruitment and retention.
Specific responsibilities include (but are not limited to) the following:
Recruit and enroll a talented, motivated, and diverse student body well suited for success at St. Andrew's;
Oversee all aspects of the admission process, including communications, testing, visits, tours, and admission committees;
Evaluate continually and redesign where appropriate all aspects of the admission and marketing program with the goal of maintaining capacity enrollment of qualified students;
Ensure that the admission and financial aid processes are efficient, positive, and family- friendly;
Develop and implement strategies for increasing inquiries and applications from qualified applicants and for increasing yield;
Work with the Office of Institutional Advancement and other members of the Senior Leadership Team to craft and execute a comprehensive marketing campaign;
Maintain relevant statistics on all aspects of admission, re-enrollment, and financial aid and report on such matters to school constituencies as appropriate;
Organize and oversee all aspects of retention, including a retention committee comprised of administration and faculty;
Develop and administer mission-appropriate strategies surrounding the school's financial aid and merit scholarship programs;
Organize special events as recruitment and retention tools;
Work with Director of Global Studies to support and expand international student enrollment;
Stay current on trends in independent school admission, financial aid, and retention, including economic and demographic shifts that could impact admission and enrollment;
Articulate the school's value-added proposition locally, nationally, and internationally.
This is a full-time, twelve-month position, with salary highly competitive and with professional development opportunities, including yearly attendance at the national conference for the Enrollment Management Association. Some travel and weekend and evening work may be required. The position is open June 1, but the start date negotiable.
As an Equal Opportunity Employer and institution explicitly committed to nurturing a diverse community, St. Andrew’s does not discriminate in violation of the law on the basis of the protected categories of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender, and sexual orientation), age, disability, genetic information, or military/veteran status in its employment practices or hiring practices. The school encourages applications from all qualified candidates and especially encourages applications from members of traditionally underrepresented groups in independent schools. St. Andrew’s also offers a competitive benefits package, including extensive professional development and travel opportunities. More information about the school is available at www.gosaints.org.
To apply, please submit the following as one PDF file:
a letter that addresses the expectations, qualities, and responsibilities listed above, including why this opportunity is a compelling step in your own personal life and professional career;
a current resume or CV;
a list of at least three professional references.
All materials should be submitted electronically and emailed to email@example.com, with "Admission Opening" in the subject line.