Paideia is a pre-K-12 college preparatory school of over 1,000 students in the Emory University area of Atlanta. Paideia was started in 1971 by a small group of parents who wanted a school that educated children with respect for their individuality. The school was founded on the idea that children have different interests and learning styles, and that they progress at different rates. The ancient Greek word Paideia conveys the concept of a child’s total education: intellectual, artistic, and social. After many years and considerable growth in size and programs, Paideia remains true to the ideas that inspired it and brought it into existence. Today, Paideia is the leading progressive school in the southeast.
For more information about our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, our focus on both social and emotional learning with rigorous academic offerings and opportunities for extra curricular learning, please visit our website at www.paideiaschool.org
The Director of Admissions and Enrollment Management takes responsibility for creating, leading and managing a comprehensive admissions and enrollment management program. As a part of our school culture, it is important that the admissions process is personal for prospective parents and students. The responsibilities of the position will evolve and develop with the changing nature of the school year. It is a multifaceted position with duties that range from supervision of Admissions staff, to full coordination of the admissions process.
This position will lead strategic admissions and enrollment management initiatives that align with the Paideia’s Framework of Values.
This position will include close collaboration with the Head of School, Director of Development, Director of Parent Involvement, and level Principals when necessary.
Primary responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Overseeing all aspects of the admissions and enrollment management operations and is responsible for developing, implementing, and overseeing the execution of a comprehensive enrollment plan with appropriate goals,
Providing leadership in enrollment management, which includes short and long term strategic approaches to admissions marketing, financial aid, directing the process of attracting, enrolling and retaining students and families,
Collaborating and communicating with the Head of School and other members of the school administration and school community,
Leading and overseeing the admissions committee process at all levels of the school,
Continuing and leading the work of the admissions team as it relates to bias in any admissions process with an emphasis on diversity, equity and inclusion,
Hiring, training, leading and supporting an admissions team,
Organizing and overseeing the schedules and work of members of the admissions team,
Leading or participating in school wide committees related to enrollment, including but not limited to financial aid, retention and digital and social media,
Keeping the Head of School and Board of Trustees informed of admissions results and enrollment trends through regular reports and presentations,
Create and maintain relationships with other public and independent schools.
Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree. A Master’s is preferred. Applicants should also have at least 3-5 years of experience working in independent schools in admissions and enrollment management. Applicants should have excellent interpersonal, organizational, managerial and communication skills and experience working in independent school admissions. Competitive applicants should be proactive, hands -on leaders who have high energy, warmth, a sense of humor, with a positive outlook. Applicants should be able to lead and handle intense periods of touring, interviewing, reading applications and decision making.
This is a full time, 12-month position. Because of the nature of admissions work, applicants must be available to work occasional evenings and weekends when needed, the week after acceptance letters are sent to families and participate fully in the life of the school. This can include concerts, plays, athletic events, fundraising events, parenting orientations.
Salary is commensurate with education and experience. A benefits package is offered for benefits-eligible positions. The Paideia School is an equal opportunity employer.
As a condition of employment, all employees hired after August 19, 2021 are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and able to provide proof of such vaccination.
Interested applicants should submit a resume, cover letter and contact information for three professional references via our online application.
Paideia is a K-12 college preparatory school of 999 students in the Emory University area of Atlanta; the elementary school enrolls 333 students. The elementary program includes twelve full-day, self-contained classrooms grades K-6. There are two teachers in each class of twenty-six to twenty-eight children. Teachers work together as lead teacher and assistant or as two co-lead teachers. Other than classes with specialists including art, music, physical education, and library, children remain with their own teachers throughout the day.
We believe the constellation of relative strengths and weaknesses among any group of students can differ widely; teachers decide when and how to offer extra help, when and where to augment a task to provide extra challenge, and when and why to take a step back to allow a child to process information. Social development is an integral part of a child’s maturation. Teachers help children learn how to work together cooperatively and effectively.