Job Title: Director of Admission Department: Admission Reports to: Head of School Classification: Exempt
Far Hills Country Day School, an independent Preschool through Grade 8 school located in Far Hills, New Jersey, seeks a qualified Director of Admission beginning May 2023. Appropriate candidates will join a highly dedicated team of faculty and staff.
General Purpose and Function: The Director of Admission is responsible for managing the year-round admission process, from inquiry to matriculation into the school community.
Hours: This is a 12-month, full-time position that requires flexibility in order to meet the needs of the role, which can include evenings and weekends.
Summary: The Director of Admission is an integral member of the School Leadership Team (SLT) and the Advancement Team (which includes the Director of Engagement and Philanthropy and the Director of Strategic Marketing and Communications). Additionally, the Director of Admission works closely with the Director of Lower School, the Director of Upper School, and the Chief Financial Officer to meet strategic admission goals to achieve target enrollment.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
The Director of Admission partners closely with other school leaders in strategic thinking and daily decision-making, while leading a personalized admission process. In addition, the Director of Admission is responsible for the following:
Leading the process and setting the tone and vision for attracting, enrolling, and retaining a strong, diverse, mission-appropriate student body best suited for Far Hills Country Day School’s curriculum and extracurricular programs.
Working with the Head of School and Chief Financial Officer to create and oversee the school’s enrollment and financial aid budgets and strategies, communicating annually with the Board of Trustees about strategy and progress.
Partnering with the Director of Strategic Marketing and Communications in a wide variety of marketing initiatives, including events, personal outreach, and community and parent engagement.
Building sophisticated data models and statistical information regarding the school’s enrollment trends.
Informing the SLT, Board of Trustees, faculty, and community about demographics and enrollment trends, ensuring that changes and challenges are anticipated, understood, and addressed.
Developing relationships with current and prospective families.
Engaging personnel to assist with marketing, interviewing, and decision-making, as appropriate.
Developing and executing an all-school enrollment management model.
Informing local schools, community-based organizations, and external communities throughout the local area about FH’s mission and values.
Managing a welcoming and well-organized office.
Engaging in the life of the school, playing a vital role in the FH community, and serving as a model for the school’s mission and values.
Managing the daily operations of the Admission Office, including budget, database, files, correspondence, and mailings.
Building and maintaining relationships with other Directors of Admission in the area.
Attending and contributing to NJAIS, NAIS, and other related association training and conferences
Cultivate relationships and collaborate with Parent Ambassadors.
The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this job; it is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities, or requirements.
Excellent medical, dental, and vision plans with employer-dependent contributions for coverage
403(b) Retirement with a 4% match
Cafeteria plan (section 125 Flexible Benefits “FSA”)
Professional development support including continuing education
Employee affinity groups
Mental wellness resources and workshops
A profound belief in and desire to live the Far Hills Country Day School Mission of providing each child with brilliant beginnings for success in the modern world through academic excellence and character development
Bachelor’s Degree (advanced degree preferred)
Independent school admission experience
Experience with SchoolAdmin, Blackbaud, SSS or similar financial aid software, and Google Suite; knowledge of Finalsite helpful
Experience with school administrative systems, procedures, and practices
A minimum of five years of experience in admission and financial aid in an independent school or college, including leadership experience
The ability to work with a wide range of individuals
Exceptional communication and organizational skills
Initiative and an ability to work both independently and collaboratively
Embodiment and demonstration of Far Hills Country Day School’s Mission Skills (teamwork, creativity, ethics, resilience, curiosity, and time management)
Excellent interpersonal, communication, and public relations skills
A personal and professional commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and experience participating in an inclusive admission process
Facility with data, forward-thinking strategic ideas, and strong organizational and managerial skills
Willingness to learn about and use classroom technology for tour purposes
Energy, flexibility, maturity, good judgment, and a sense of humor
Far Hills Country Day School is a PreK - 8th grade independent school located in Central New Jersey, approximately 1 hour from New York City. The school is also close to the Pennsylvania border and only 1 hour from the greater Philadelphia Area. The school enrollment is 275 - 300. 75 faculty and staff serve the students and families of the Far Hills Country Day School community.
During the 2020-2021 school year, Head of School Georgia Zaiser introduced the "Inward," "Outward," and "Upward" vision for the school. We encourage you to read more about this on our website. In addition to the vision, in 2020, we successfully concluded a ten-room classroom renovation, including three science labs. We provided "in-person" learning for our students throughout the 2020-2021 school year, as we believe that young students thrive in "in-person" learning environments. Currently, a new "Learning Commons" renovation is underway in the heart of the school, which includes a new "Media Center" and "Maker Space." This new learning space opens at the beginning of the 22-23 school year.
Our curriculum is an intentional, Mission-driven, collaborative, integrated learning community — of students, ...faculty, staff, and parents — connected across grade levels by a coherent, consistent approach to teaching and learning.
Our faculty and staff are the heart and soul of our school. They come from various backgrounds and experiences, and their diverse interests and talents create a vibrant professional climate where their work is more than a mere job. Our faculty and staff share a passion for helping children learn and grow. We seek employees who view learning as a lifelong pursuit, embrace a child-centered approach to teaching, and who celebrate community.