The Academy of Notre Dame, Tyngsboro is a private, Catholic school, sponsored by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur and is based on the educational philosophy of their foundress, St. Julie Billiart. The Academy offers co-educational programming from Pre-K through 8th grade in the Lower School, and a college-preparatory Upper School for young women. Our mission focuses on educating the whole person for life through a curriculum rooted in spiritual formation and academic excellence. We nurture a belief in the goodness of God and the dignity of each person. We are committed to community-building, diversity, global justice and service to those in need.
The Director of Admissions serves as a member of the Leadership Team and reports to the President. The Director of Admissions provides strategic leadership for the school’s Admissions program, and then transforms strategy into tactics to recruit students and families whose personal philosophies and goals are in line with the School’s mission.
The ideal candidate will possess a solid understanding of children’s academic, social, and emotional development and familiarity with both independent school admission processes and enrollment management. Candidates should have a proven record of collaborative teamwork together with an understanding of interpersonal relations, strong verbal and written communication skills, and a strong work ethic. A minimum of five years of related experience in independent schools and a graduate degree in a related field are required.
Essential Job Duties:
Develop a forward-thinking and strategic Admission and enrollment management program that allows the school to successfully fulfill the mission and meet targeted enrollment goals.
Design and implement an Admission program in which the school’s mission, strategic goals, philosophy and culture are effectively communicated to all prospective parents and students.
Demonstrate leadership in the positioning and strategic marketing of the school and its programs, prepare marketing materials and promote the school at local information nights and school fairs.
Review, analyze, and recommend strategic goals regarding the Admission process and retention of current students.
Coordinate online and print communications with the Director of Marketing and Communications regarding the school throughout the Admission process.
Collaborate with various departments to organize and lead all Admission events, including but not limited to open houses, candidate shadow days, kindergarten screenings, coffees for applicant parents, new family welcomes, new student visit days, transition events, etc.
Oversee the online application database.
Conduct parent and student interviews.
Maintain and analyze application statistics, and student attrition and retention data utilizing the Veracross school information management system and inform Leadership Team and Board of Directors of trends and patterns.
Cultivate a strong partnership with the school’s faculty, staff, administration and board members.
Represent the school locally and nationally at professional meetings and conferences, including participating in regional associations in order to be informed of Admission trends and best practices.
Routinely cultivate relationships with administrators at sending schools and apprise them of the school’s program enhancements.
Attend all Admissions and Marketing Committee meetings as scheduled by the board of directors.
Work in partnership with the President, Chief Financial Officer and Finance Office Manager to support families seeking financial aid.
Serve on School’s Leadership Team
Participate in school-wide events and meetings
Accept and perform other duties, as assigned
Demonstrate a passion for the Academy of Notre Dame and a keen ability to convey the school’s program, opportunities and vision to an array of constituencies.
Demonstrate excellent and effective written and verbal communications.
Exhibit a cooperative team approach, complete with a good sense of humor and demonstration of a united front.
Display initiative, internal motivation, and a willingness to take on responsibilities beyond those explicitly defined.
Execute responsibilities efficiently, accurately and on or before deadlines.
Possess expertise in Admission and retention strategies, including the development of communications and events that help convey the value of the Academy’s education programs.
Exhibit sound judgment related to confidential conversations, projects, and information related to the school or any of its constituents including the effective communication regarding such matters to the appropriate individuals.
Five to seven years of related professional experience.
Highly skilled in the use of Microsoft Office, presentation software, and communication technologies, including social media, and the ability to conduct effective online research.
The preferred candidate will have a working knowledge of the Veracross school information management system.
Maintain a valid driver’s license and the ability to transport oneself and others when needed, to local schools, admission fairs, and community events.
A minimum of five years of related experience in independent schools and a graduate degree in a related field are required.
Perform tasks which are supportive in nature to the essential functions of the job, which may be altered or redesigned as necessary;
Ability to periodically work beyond and outside the typical work day in order to meet the needs of the Admission Office and the School;
Must be detailed oriented, thorough and accurate;
A collaborative, trust-based work style;
Must possess good judgment, tact, sensitivity, and discretion in the handling of confidential information, materials and situations;
Personal qualities including resilience, approachability, and kindness;
Must possess good social skills and ability to interact and work with a diverse school community including faculty and staff, students, guardians, and parents;
Provide proof of U.S. Citizenship or legal resident alien status; evidence of criminal check (CORI) and fingerprinting will be required.
The Director of Admissions is a full-time, twelve (12) month, exempt position eligible for benefits. The Director of Admissions is based in an office and school environment on a 200-acre campus in Tyngsboro, Massachusetts. The ability to occasionally lift files and storage boxes, walk up and down stairs, attend meetings in varying locations throughout campus, and continually use computers and related office equipment is required. Not all buildings on campus have elevators.
Additional Salary Information: Salary is competitive and will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.