Harrisburg Academy, a preschool through 12th grade coeducational, college preparatory day school seeks an accomplished and innovative Director of Admissions to manage our Admissions Office and enhance enrollment outcomes in our preschool through grade 12 programs.
The school is guided by its core values: academic excellence, fostering creativity/critical thinking, character development, creating a nurturing community, and partnering with the family and the community. The school leadership is highly collaborative and committed to building on the school’s many strengths. It believes that admission goals can be achieved more effectively through strong communication with the community, the staff and the faculty.
Reporting to the Head of School and working with the senior administrative team, the Director of Admissions will lead, plan, direct and implement overall strategy for all student recruitment initiatives on behalf of the school. The Director will oversee and actively participate in the creation, design, budget, and production of on- and off-site recruitment efforts and events to support enrollment.
The Director of Admissions, in conjunction with the Director of Communications, will oversee the development of all advertising and publicity related to the attraction of new students and the retention of existing students. The primary objective of the Director of Admissions is to increase the school’s enrollment to a 90 percent capacity level or better, ultimately aiming to create a waitlist of 10 percent of the class size. To achieve this goal, the Admissions Department will work closely with the Communications and Marketing Department, the faculty, and the Administration.
Responsibilities include the following:
To oversee all aspects of the admissions process for new students to the school and the retention of existing students.
To present the school to prospective students and parents, which includes systematic and efficient handling of applications and communication with students and their parents; interviews with students and their parents; arrangements for admissions testing; securing of necessary student credentials and communicating final decisions to the appropriate individuals.
To oversee the admission office, the creation of the admissions budget, and appropriate admissions and marketing materials including print, email and digital outreach. Develop a marketing and recruitment plan and supporting materials to attract international students.
Working with the Head of School, organize and administer, the allocation of scholarships and financial aid.
To continually evaluate, and redesign where appropriate, all aspects of the admissions and marketing programs with the goal of maintaining a capacity enrollment of qualified students and to ultimately create a wait-list of qualified applicants which consist of at least 10% of the maximum class size for each grade.
To manage the re-enrollment of current students for the succeeding year.
To oversee the network of parents, former parents, and alumni to assist in the admissions program.
To keep relevant statistics on all aspects of the admission and re-enrollment program.
To represent the school at various events and conferences.
To perform other duties as assigned by the Head of School.
To support the school and its leadership.
Participate actively in the work and success of the senior leadership team and provide support for school events and administrative jobs as requested.
The Director of Admissions will have the following types of experience and qualifications:
A BA/BS degree from an accredited college or university; an advanced degree is preferred.
Five years of increased leadership experience in Admissions, preferably in an independent school.
Outstanding speaking and writing skills.
Deep knowledge of the admissions process in schools and in using all relevant communication channels effectively for this purpose.
Ability to develop, monitor, and adhere to budgets and production schedules.
Demonstrated success in managing multiple projects with shifting priorities and competing deadlines.
The successful candidate should be:
A mission-driven individual with a belief in and commitment to Harrisburg Academy’s mission and values.
A good listener and strategist; comfortable receiving input from many sources, and able to analyze and formulate disparate information into a sound, well-organized plan.
A tactful leader; determined yet respectful of others’ concerns; someone with the flexibility and creativity needed to find alternate ways to reach objectives when barriers arise; a skilled negotiator.
A hard worker with a high energy level; a “doer” with a willingness to work hands-on activities when needed.
Emotionally mature with a very good sense of humor and the flexibility and sensitivity to work with diverse personalities and situations.
Harrisburg Academy is an equal opportunity employer. Interested candidates should forward a letter of interest, resume and three references electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 5, 2019. Questions can be directed to the same email address. Criminal Record Clearances and satisfactory references will be required. Finalists for the position will be interviewed on the campus of Harrisburg Academy between April 22, 2019 and May 3, 2019.
About Harrisburg Academy
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