Salary is competitive with area independent schools and commensurate with experience: $70,000-$85,000. Excellent health and retirement benefits are part of the employment package. Funding exists to support continuing education and professional development. Financial benefits include tuition remission for children of full-time employees.
Mirowitz is seeking an experienced Director of Admissions and Enrollment to begin in July 2023. The Director of Admissions is a team player who has a warm and collaborative nature, positive energy, and a sense of humor. The director will have exceptional communication and interpersonal skills including outstanding writing and public speaking skills, and the ability to interact comfortably with adults and children. This person will have genuine empathy for prospective families and an awareness of the needs and sensitivities of parents, students, faculty, staff, and administrators, and be able to manage expectations and deliver admissions decisions in a manner that is honest, caring, and diplomatic.
Recruitment: Effectively promote Mirowitz as a desirable educational option for Jewish families. Design and implement a comprehensive strategic plan for the admission of new students to the school including:
Develop and lead inclusive outreach efforts to draw mission-appropriate families to the school and ensure that Mirowitz enrolls students who both thrive as part of the school community and in turn contribute to the community as a whole.
Oversee a database of prospective families.
Provide tours of the school that articulate our unique value proposition to prospective families.
Coordination of recruitment open house events for K-5 and for Middle School.
Place warm and cold calls to nurture interest in the school and encourage families to visit the school.
Collaborate with leadership from congregations, pre-schools, and other feeder groups that can be helpful in attracting quality students.
Work with the Director of Marketing & Communications on events attracting prospective families and building a communications plan with prospective families to move them from inquiry to enrollment.
Recruit and manage an ambassador’s committee to enhance word-of-mouth marketing.
Establish other admissions strategies by evaluating data and trends revealed in our own family surveys and Jewish community studies.
Admissions: Direct the admissions process from point of inquiry through matriculation. Responsibilities include systematic and efficient handling of applications and communication with families; the arrangement of admissions testing and visiting days for lateral transfers; securing necessary student credentials; guiding families through the financial aid process; communicating final decisions to the appropriate individuals; ensuring yield by fostering connections with and support of newly accepted students and their families.
Financial Aid:Manage and support the financial aid process, and participate in policy decisions, messaging, and award-review meetings.
Retention: Create and implement a retention calendar that includes community-building events for families, carpool-line surprises, and communications that remind parents why they chose Mirowitz. Monitor parent satisfaction through surveys and conversations, and adjust plans accordingly. Manage retention tracker and retention committee, and develop individual retention plans for each family.Oversee the re-enrollment process including communication about continuous enrollment, tuition, and opt-out dates.
Reports: Prepare and maintain statistics regarding enrollment, the geographical distribution of students, financial aid, and attrition. Interpret these statistics when appropriate to the administration, faculty, and board.
Other Duties:Develop and administer admissions budget. Seek opportunities to collaborate and learn from other admission directors from both Jewish and non-Jewish schools. Join organizations that provide workshops for admissions professionals. Serve on Mirowitz's administrative team.
DEI Philosophy Statement
At Mirowitz, we recognize that the work of diversity, equity, and inclusion is deeply rooted in our work as Jewish educators. Our tradition teaches us the value of kavod habriyot, respect for the sacred diversity of all of God’s creations. Our core Jewish values of kavod (respect), hakarat hatov (recognition of the good), limmud (learning), and tikkun (commitment to repair) guide our work in building empathy, promoting sacred diversity of identities, and both studying and committing ourselves to repair of social inequities that have historically stemmed from these differences. We believe in the dignity and worth of every person regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, ability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, socioeconomic status, or any other individual characteristic.
A bachelor’s degree in a related field and a master’s degree are strongly preferred. Ideal candidates have some experience working with elementary and middle school students and their families, a flexible and team-oriented approach, excellent written and oral communication skills, exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail, superior interpersonal skills, a sense of humor, and a positive demeanor.
A successful candidate will have:
A depth of knowledge and understanding of admissions and enrollment retention strategies.
A passion for working in a school setting and developing high-quality experiences.
A desire to participate in continued professional development.
A desire to meet the needs of a diverse community.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
An ability to be fun, flexible, and collaborative.