This is a full-time, 12-month administrative position reporting directly to the Director of External Affairs which oversees admissions and financial aid as well as advancement functions. The admission staff works collaboratively on the recruitment, evaluation of new students, and retention of all enrolled students.
This is a demanding job, but it’s a role with enormous inherent satisfaction! The right person will have a strong work ethic, motivation, creativity, high ethical standards, initiative, and a strategic mind-set. While we work in a team environment and value collegiality, the ADOA will have agency and encouragement to work independently and show initiative. It also offers the opportunity to have an professional development experience as we commit to support, encourage and develop the ADOA with the goal of helping her or him grow into a director level position.
The Assistant Director of Admission will welcome prospective families and care for them throughout the admission process. This may sound easy but requires incredible diplomacy, patience, empathy and communication skills. This includes the ability to articulate the benefits of an independent school education and the unique features of the Applewild program with conviction, authenticity and persuasion. This is a great job for someone who loves working with families, is able to multitask, handle pressure and maintain confidentiality.
Duties and Responsibilities
Responsible for assisting in the recruitment and selection of appropriate students
Formulate and implement creative marketing plans to position the Applewild brand in key towns to drive sustainable enrollment. This may include developing auxiliary programs.
With support of the Head of School and the Director of External Affairs, develop and curate the on-campus experiences of prospective families by entry point (Preschool, Lower School gr. 1-5, & Upper School gr. 6-8).
Help design all on-campus recruitment events and lead off-campus events
Manage follow-up with prospective and newly admitted families
Interview prospective students/parents on campus and schedule individual school visits.
Cultivate relationships with current parents and Board of Visitors to develop lead generation program.
Assisting with special event planning.
Support monthly and annual admission statistics and trends reporting.
Develop and manage Admission Ambassador program
Support Applewild’s digital reach program.
Additional responsibilities may be assigned at the discretion of the director
SEVIS duties as a PDSO or DSO – including managing school’s SEVIS database, issuing I20s, maintaining records, corresponding with international students, families and organizations. Point Person for SEVP representatives.
Participate fully in the life of Applewild School, including:
Attend Faculty Meetings and professional development
Participate in weeknight and weekend duties, as assigned
Attend All School programs
Environment: Office working with prospective families and their children.
Physical Demands: Able to sit, stand and lift up to 30 lbs for eight hours per day, including the need to walk up hills and stairs frequently. Occasional weekend and/or weeknight obligations. Housing may be available.
Applewild is an independent, co-educational school for students in prekindergarten through eighth grade. We have two campuses, the original 26-acre that has been in use since 1957 and a newer satellite campus approximately 20 miles away. The school has a warm inclusive culture which comes from a ubiquitous commitment to the following Core Values:
Respectful To exhibit a courteous regard for oneself, others and property
Fair To demonstrate impartial and thoughtful behavior and decision-making
Responsible To be reliable, dependable and accountable in word and deed
Compassionate To act with kindness, empathy and sympathy
Cooperative To work together toward common goals
Honest To be truthful in words and actions
Civic-Minded To participate actively in promoting the well-being of the community
At Applewild we believe that the ages of four to fifteen are the most important in a child's education, the foundation upon which all future success is built. We empower students to discover their passion for learning and pursue excellence in academics, arts, and athletics in our supportive environment. The Core Values and Competencies we promote and the relationships we foster among all members of our diverse community prepare our students to be confident learners and engaged citizens.
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