The Director of Admissions is responsible for all aspects of the Admissions program. He/she reports to the Head of School and is a member of the Leadership Team. The new Director of Admissions will be an individual who will demonstrate a high level of enthusiasm, dedication, professionalism, knowledge and affability and whose exceptional professional, communication, and interpersonal skills will enable him/her to build and lead an exemplary enrollment management program that ensures the attraction and retention of mission appropriate students and their families to Pardes. The individual will be a prominent face for the school and will play a strategic role in the advancement of Pardes Jewish Day School.
Oversee all aspects of the admissions program, including collaborating on the establishment of enrollment goals, community outreach goals, managing open houses, tours, kindergarten play dates and student shadow days, parent interviews, and all aspects of the admissions process.
Develop and host visitor mornings, open houses, kindergarten previews, and other admissions events
Establish and maintain contact with prospective families throughout the admissions cycle in a timely and professional manner
Create and execute a student recruitment plan, identifying and recruiting mission-appropriate students to ensure that the strategic admissions goals are met
Articulating clarity on school’s identity
Create a working annual admissions plan to enhance the admissions process and to improve enrollment and retention rates
Work with the diverse communities from which Pardes draws. This includes geographic, educational and religious.
Provide outreach to develop and maintain relationships between the school and local synagogues, preschools and pre-kindergartens, as well as with leaders of various synagogues and community organizations in the surrounding areas
Implement appropriate retention strategies
Nurture and maintain a highly collaborative relationship with the head of school, the Director of School Advancement, the members of the Board, and the faculty of the lower and middle schools.
Create enrollment and applicant reports to track enrollment history, as well as creating school-based data analysis, using key performance indicators to continuously improve recruitment and retention strategies and processes
Communicate frequently and through a variety of media with parents regarding re-enrollment
With the Director of School Advancement and the Director of Marketing and Communications, plan and implement internal and external marketing strategies for the school. Develop systems to chart the effectiveness of strategies
Facilitate a strong parent community that inspires families to remain at Pardes
Assist with the coordination of school celebrations and events for current families
Oversee the Pardes FAN base and implantation of FAN initiatives
Experience as a proven admissions professional
Knowledge of independent schools and Jewish day schools
Ability to synthesize the School’s profile and messaging clearly, concisely, and compellingly to internal and external constituencies
Knowledge of admissions processes, from inquiry to matriculation to retention, in the K- 8 independent school model, as well as a clear understanding of the principles of enrollment management for today’s independent schools
Organizational/managerial skills to lead all admissions initiatives
Creative problem solving skills
Knowledge and understanding of school-based data analysis, using key performance indicators to continuously improve recruitment and retention strategies and processes
A collaborative working style as a key member of the Leadership Team
Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal skills
Attention to detail and drive to complete projects on time
Strong people skills and a friendly, outgoing personality
Ability to prioritize, multi-task, and work in a highly organized and efficient manner
Ability to plan and support admission initiatives and events
Pardes Jewish Day School is a premiere Jewish independent school for children in grades kindergarten through eighth grade, founded in 1993. Pardes, located in Scottsdale, is the largest Jewish Day School in Arizona. The School prepares students to become outstanding members of society through a rigorous secular and Judaic education, a nurturing community, and a foundation in Reform Judaism that welcomes all Jewish traditions.
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Pardes Jewish Day School, as an equal opportunity employer, does not discriminate in its hiring of employees on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, creed, national origin, citizenship, marital or veteran status, age or disability. We actively seek diversity among faculty and administration as well as among students.