The Associate/Assistant Director of Admissions is a key member of the admissions team whose primary responsibility is student recruitment and enrollment management. The SYA Admissions team is a high-energy, fast-paced and creative department that enrolls nearly 200 students every year to attend four different programs in China, France, Italy and Spain.
Key duties of student recruitment will include:
8-10 weeks of domestic travel to promote SYA and recruit students.
School visits in assigned areas include: prioritizing member schools, developing contacts, building itineraries of 10-15 school visits per week and delivering compelling and convincing presentations.
Conduct thorough follow-up for all school visits including sending thank you notes to school contacts and sending inquires to Admissions Operations Manager within 48 hours of the vis
Plan travel logistics for trips including finding competitively priced airfare, hotels and rental cars.
Update the admissions database regularly to ensure most accurate informa
Manage admissions funnel and convert inquiries into enrolled students. Activities would include proactively contacting inquiries and their families by phone, e-mail and in person both from the office and during recruiting trips.
Planning and attending conferences, regional admissions receptions and parent weekends at select member schools.
Key duties of enrollment management include:
Reading applications and evaluating candidates for your assigned country and one additional country.
Coordinating Merit Scholarship program and selecting winners for assigned countries.
Yieldingadmitted students to your assigned countries, including obtaining verbal confirmations and enrollment contracts.
Responsible for all enrollment/orientation communications to your assigned countries after enrollment contract is returned.
Serve as department expert for country-specific visa process management and assist families through the visa process.
Liaise regularly with your assigned country’s Resident Director to communicate status of student enrollment.
Other projects and duties as necessary to enhance the team’s ability to recruit students or promote the mission of the organization.
Assistant Directors of Admissions report to the Director of Admissions. The position will be based at SYA’s home office in North Andover, Massachusetts.
The ideal candidate for this position will be someone who has studied abroad, lived with a host family and has 2-5 years of relevant work experience. Other qualifications include:
Ability to establish rapport with, and command the respect of, students, families, school administrators and faculty.
Flexibility, good humor and high energy.
Willingness and ability to travel by air, sometimes abroad and sometimes with limited notice.
Ability to attend to detail with thoroughness and accuracy.
Strong communication skills, both spoken and writte
Must be comfortable with basic database management and repor
Proficient in MS Office.
Valid driver’s license (required).
Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to Avery Steele, Assistant Director of Admissions: firstname.lastname@example.org.
About School Year Abroad
School Year Abroad (SYA) is a nonprofit, NEASC-accredited school with campuses in China, France, Italy and Spain. Founded by Philips Academy in 1964, SYA is now a consortium of 45 top independent schools. SYA’s hybrid approach to study abroad – U.S.-style education combined with local engagement through travel, activities and homestay – allows high school students to benefit from this rich overseas experience without losing a year of credit for graduation back home.