The Episcopal School of Los Angeles is seeking a dynamic, experienced Director of Admissions to help shape the school’s future. Reporting directly to the Head of School and collaborating closely with the Director of Communications, the Director of Admissions will lead and manage all aspects of the admissions process.
Our brief history:
Opening with 28 students, ESLA’s enrollment has grown to 210 with a goal of over 300 within the next five years. The school received a 7-year term of accreditation from WASC and CAIS in 2018, following intensive work in curriculum development, student life, and other programming. The Visiting Committee report described ESLA as “a strongly mission-aligned school [with] a faculty and staff imbued with well-deserved pride.” A new era begins in early 2020, when the school moves back into its renovated permanent buildings.
Who we are:
Founded in 2012, ESLA is an independent, college-preparatory day school serving grades six through twelve. Our core virtues are Generosity, Integrity, Curiosity, and Courage. Nearly half of our students’ tuition expense is made possible through donor-funded scholarships. This generosity and philosophy allow the school to recruit and enroll the brightest, most dedicated students from all walks of life. Now in our eighth year, we are growing a community that reflects the vibrant diversity of Los Angeles. ESLA is committed to diversity in its culture, curriculum, and program. Believing that an equitable, inclusive community is essential to learning, ESLA actively seeks families, faculty, and staff who bring a range of experiences to the school. ESLA embraces and respects differences in age, ethnicity, gender, learning style, physical ability, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic class. Expecting and requiring respect for others are hallmarks of our educational process. Our model is founded upon the belief that the best educational tool for any young person is the collaboration and camaraderie of peers from different backgrounds—peers who have stories and perspectives to share, the stuff of life that simply cannot be gleaned from a textbook. For further information about the school, go to www.es-la.com.
The Job Description
Manage the entire admissions process through the Ravenna platform:
Collect core application forms and fees
Collect letters, transcripts, and test scores
Manage applications for financial aid through SSS and conduct thorough financial discernment for all aid applicants
Schedule and conduct interviews with all applicants and families
Prepare and deliver all application materials to readers
Train readers and manage the committee process
Prepare final decisions with Division Heads and Head of School
Deliver decisions and enrollment contracts
Manage the waitlist and late applications
Manage all aspects of ESLA’s admission-related outreach:
Coordinate ESLA’s presence at and attend top priority school fairs and community events
Communicate with and visit top priority independent feeder schools
Maintain relationships through PTAs at top priority public feeder schools
Maintain strong relationships with access organizations, including ABC, the Alliance, and YES/HYPE
Coordinate all major admissions events and programming, including:
Sample classes or “faculty voices” events
Events for current 8th-grade families and students
Events for ABC, Alliance, and YES/HYPE families
Lead the ESLA Student Ambassador Team
Lead the ESLA Parent Ambassador Team
Coordinate newly-enrolled family mailings
Coordinate with the Director of Student Life and Diversity to host newly-enrolled family events, including DEI and affinity programming
Coordinate with Parent Association leadership in developing a program linking current and new families
4-year degree or higher
At least 3 years’ experience in admissions or a related field
Familiarity with data-management systems such as Ravenna, Blackbaud, SSS
Superb communication skills, both verbal and written
Cover letter, addressing, among other topics: “Why ESLA?” and “How do you create an inclusive community?”
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This is a full-time, exempt position. Diverse and traditionally underrepresented candidates are encouraged to apply.
The Episcopal School of Los Angeles does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, sexual orientation, or national and ethnic origin in administration of our educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school administered programs.
About The Episcopal School of Los Angeles
Serving students in 6-12th grade, The Episcopal School of Los Angeles is a city school founded in the heart of Hollywood. We are looking for bright, hardworking, creative teachers and staff members who are interested in being a part of a pioneering generation of educators. Technology and ethics play a central role in our culture. As an Episcopal School, we are an inclusive community that welcomes people from all backgrounds. Unlike traditional independent schools, 75% of our students receive financial aid. As a result, we offer one of the most diverse communities in the independent school market.