Position Description: Admissions Associate The Admissions Associate is a valued member of the admissions team which collaborates heavily across all aspects of the enrollment management process. This specific role focuses on all areas of the admissions process for Elementary applicants (Early Childhood through 5th grade) and serves as a contact for the Admissions Office’s multicultural outreach, providing support in the recruiting, application, and transition processes for families of color, particularly Spanish-speaking families from the Wood River Valley and beyond.
Work collaboratively with the admissions team and committees in all aspects of the Elementary admissions process from inquiry to enrollment: responding to inquiries, scheduling student visits, conducting parent and student interviews, communicating with parents, reviewing applications and selecting students, writing regular communications, and planning admissions events;
Recruit and enroll Latino students through outreach, event hosting, relationship building, and community networking;
Support Spanish-speaking families in the application, enrollment and transition processes to SVCS;
Collaborate with Admissions team, Division Heads and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion coordinators in the support of current and incoming Latino students and families at SVCS;
Build and maintain relationships with local schools and youth programs as well as with educational access programs;
Support the development of enrollment and communications materials and marketing strategy, and assist in Spanish-language translation;
Understand and support the mission of the school, the educational philosophy of the Elementary School, and participate in the life of the school.
A Sun Valley Community School Elementary education is a child-led journey of discovery, fueled by the energy of a dedicated faculty on campus and in the natural surroundings we explore. Starting at the age of two in our Reggio Emilia-inspired program, we encourage our students to follow their passions and explore their creativity while building a strong academic foundation. Throughout our Elementary program, we use authentic challenges and situations—in the classroom, in the lab, on the stage, in the art studio, or in the wilderness—to teach students to work together and build skills while developing essential character strengths. Students learn to value setbacks as well as successes and approach both with optimism and perseverance. Small group discussion, hands-on projects, and teamwork are hallmarks of our learning process. When our students complete their elementary education, they have the independence, confidence, and ability to thrive in Middle School.
Bachelor’s degree or higher in elementary education or related field, or relevant and equivalent teaching or work experience, preferably in elementary education.
Native or advanced proficiency in Spanish;
Demonstrated cultural competency skills to communicate and collaborate effectively with families from varied cultural backgrounds, and demonstrated commitment to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive school community (or other comparable environment).
A high degree of professionalism, and the ability to maintain absolute confidentiality and the integrity of the admissions process;
Strong interpersonal written and verbal communication skills;
Ability to work as part of a team, with administrators and teachers, and independently to accomplish departmental and individual goals;
Ability to manage multiple tasks or projects and quick transitions, and strong organizational skills and attention to detail;
Ability to work some late afternoons/early evenings and weekend days in the fall and winter (2-4 times), as needed for admissions and recruiting events or high-volume application review season.
Admissions experience, preferably in an independent school setting, or other client-oriented experience in an educational environment;
Experience with Blackbaud and/or proficiency with student information systems and/or databases;
Experience with or interest in data analysis and data-driven decision-making.
Since its inception in 1973, Sun Valley Community School in Sun Valley, Idaho has inspired its students to think critically, embrace challenges, and lead impactful, purposeful lives. The school serves more than 430 day and boarding students in grades pre-kindergarten through twelve. Close student-faculty relationships and experiential, project-centered learning define the school’s distinctive educational experience.
Our philosophy? Build community. Take risks. Grow your curiosities. Pursue your passions. Aim for personal bests. We are a preK-12 day and boarding college prep school of more than 400 students set in the iconic mountain resort town of Sun Valley, Idaho. Our faculty and staff are passionate about the outdoors, the arts, innovation, athletics, adventure, and the work they do with students. They are engaged and encouraging and believe in our student-centered approach.
Our students are open to new experiences, take advantage of the natural environment, thrive in a small-town community but have a solid sense of the broader world. A Sun Valley Community School experience balances intellectual inquiry with adventure. We ask students and faculty alike to push comfort zon...es and seek understanding. We value inclusivity, authenticity, and critical thinking. Please see our website for further details about our school’s guiding principles as well as our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion work.
Our mission: "From our campus to the wilderness, we inspire students to think critically, engage confidently, embrace challenges, and lead impactful, purposeful lives."