Assistant Director of Admission: Grades 6-12 (Begins As Soon As Possible)
Francis W. Parker School
July 5, 2018
Full Time - Administration
4 Year Degree
Francis W. Parker School is a renowned JK-12th grade independent day school. Founded in 1901 on the tenets of progressive education, the School currently enrolls 940 students and employs 200 dedicated faculty and staff members who, in addition to assistant teachers, substitute teachers and coaches, work together to ensure that the School lives up to its Mission to “educate students to think and act with empathy, courage and clarity as responsible citizens and leaders in a diverse, democratic society and global community.”
We are currently seeking a skilled and experienced Assistant Director who is responsible for identifying applicants for grades 6 through 12 who reflect a range of demographics, academic skills, personalities and backgrounds that support the School’s mission. Through the admissions process, the Assistant Director of Admission will help the School continue to make progress in recruitment strategies, in guiding marketing initiatives and in achieving diversity in all areas of admission.
Reporting to the Director of Enrollment and Financial Aid, the Assistant Director is a critical member of the admission team. The Assistant Director serves as an ambassador and an important point of contact for many families interested in obtaining more information about the School. The Assistant Director should have an understanding of and an appreciation for the value of independent schools and progressive education. General duties include communicating with prospective families, parents and faculty, high school placement counselors/community partners and others. The Assistant Director works closely and in collaboration with the rest of the Admissions team, as well as the Principal, Assistant Principal, Head of Middle School, Head of Upper School, and the Director of Communications in order to carry out the essential functions of the office.
Ability to maintain confidential information
Develop a deep understanding of the School and its activities and community
Maintain caseload and oversee approximately 500 applications annually for admission to Grades 6-12
Plan and execute recruitment and admission related events such as Middle and Upper School Open Houses; Yield Events; New Parent Orientation
Skillfully conduct individual parent meetings for prospective parents in Grades 6-12
Enthusiastically lead group school tours for prospective parents
Respond to a multitude of inquiries about the School
Engage in recruitment planning for Grades 6-12
Easily utilize technology including admissions software such as Ravenna, Calendly, Bookeo
Coordinate and manage Admission Committees for grades 6-12
Maintain and build working relationships with faculty, parents, and outside educational institutions and communities
Attend school fairs and open houses; visit and build relationships with schools, scholarship organizations and community groups
Manage and oversee student ambassador program
Manage and oversee a cadre of qualified, trained volunteers
Facilitate appropriate assessment of candidates
Maintain and report on admission and diversity data and statistics for Grades 6-12
Participate in Admission Office events and day-to-day operations as a collaborative team member
Compile data for Board report and prepare reports and information and as requested
Work with the admission team to promote and provide information about the School and actively advocate and recruit appropriate applicants to the school
Positively and proactively communicate with applicant families
Flexible to work some nights and weekends when required
Carry out all other duties as assigned
Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree preferred
At least 5 years of experience in admissions; independent school experience preferred
Recruitment and event planning experience
Ability to interact with internal and external constituencies of the School and represent the School in a positive manner
Social and emotional intelligence; comfortable interacting with diverse groups of people
Outstanding organizational skills and superior interpersonal and written skills
Confidence and effective presentation and public speaking skills
Collaborative work style with excellent communications skills
Exhibit strong initiative, sense of urgency and follow through skills
Ability to handle multiple tasks and establish priorities and procedures
Must be proficient with data and computers, with special emphasis on all MS software especially Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Google
Please submit cover letter with resume and salary requirements by mail, email, or fax to (no telephone inquiries please):
Laureen Sweers, Director of Human Resources Francis W. Parker School 330 W. Webster Avenue Chicago, IL 60614 firstname.lastname@example.org
The faculty, staff and administration of Francis W. Parker School are integral parts of the School's community. Through their passion, dedication and commitment to the School's mission, they create and support an environment where exceptional child-centered learning can occur.
Francis W. Parker School is committed to cultivating a community of dedicated students, parents, faculty and staff, trustees, administrators and alumni, who acknowledge, respect, and esteem diversity in our school; and who reflect, through their presence, the diversity of Chicago communities and the wider world.
Francis W. Parker School is an equal opportunity employer.
Additional Salary Information: Commensurate with background and experience, comprehensive benefits package.